Finally, some stats are out. I was smart to purchase the fastest CPU Apple offered in Late, 2013 and while instead of $1999, I paid $2500 for the 512GB SSD + Core i7 2.6Ghz, I’ve been lucky because for the past 5 MacBook Pro releases, I have not seen a need to upgrade. the 2014 and 2015 MacBook Pro was very slightly faster like 1-2% then the 2016 MacBook Pro where they moved to a TouchBar and added Space Grey, again, like 10% faster. The 2017 speed bump was just 15% faster. No Slouch but still not fast enough.
Things have finally moved forward enough to warrant my purchasing a new notebook computer.
Core i9 Geekbench CPU Scores:
CPU Benchmark Scores
Late-2013, Core i7 2.6Ghz:
CPU Benchmark Scores
Single core is 12% faster which is good. Still some applications only work in single-core so this is a nice bump. Multi core is a full 40% faster than my machine. Amazing. this is not to mention we’re going to have a twice as fast GPU, Thunderbolt 3, True Tone, TouchBar, larger trackpad, less key travel (not sure how i’ll deal with that one) and finally, the SSD is like 40 times faster. People are seeing read and write at the same time at 2 gigabytes per second. Amazing.
With all of that said, I have purchased a new MacBook Pro. It’ll arrive while I’m traveling but it wasn’t a trip that required a MacBook Pro (first trip like that in a very long time). I’ll be out in the middle of nowhere. Not even sure I bring my iPad. The machine I purchased:
2018 MacBook Pro 15″
Core i9 at 2.9Ghz
1 Terabyte SSD
AMD Radeon 560X with 4GB of VRAM (wish this was a newer model)
32GB of 2400Mhz DDR4 RAM
It’s replacing my 2.6Ghz Core i7 MacBook Pro I bought in February 2014 (late-2013 model) with 16GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD, Nvidia 750M (going to miss those CUDA cores) and a lot more available ports.
Funnily enough, the MacBook pro I bought is slightly faster than my 5K iMac late 2016 model with a Core i7 4Ghz but it has a much better GPU and unfortunately a 3 terabyte Fusion drive which is the bane of my existence.
Sorry for the poorly formatted post. Busy week, trying to get a lot done before I leave for 2 weeks but wanted to at least share that i’ve made an upgrade!