Performance Preview: 13-inch MacBook Pro Benchmarks Are Here

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Apple released new MacBook Pros truly aimed at professionals this week, and the proof is in the benchmarks--which are shaping up to be quite impressive. Our colleagues over at Laptop Mag got their hands on a 13-inch unit and went straight to benchmarking. We also expect to do further testing on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar soon.

The $2,499 review unit, with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD was no pushover. You can see the full numbers over at Laptop Mag, but we'll give you a tease.

For starters, it produced the fastest SSD speeds the publication has ever seen (though being mobile focused, they haven't tested Intel's Optane 905P). Still, the performance numbers are in part likely down to Apple's APFS file system.

The MacBook Pro outpaced the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, Huawei MateBook X Pro, Asus ZenBook 13 and Microsoft Surface Book 2 in Geekbench 4,  but it also took a few losses in some other productivity and graphics tests (the 15-incher, with Radeon graphics, should fare better in that department).

Keep an eye on Tom's Hardware for more news on the new Mac Pros. We should get our hands on them to do our own thorough testing soon. 

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  • jimmysmitty
    That review has a few flaws. The test seem suspicious and also not like for like.

    If they want like for like here is a similarly cost MSI laptop:

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834154891

    8th gen CPU, just like this one, PCIe SSD, like this one, 2x the RAM AND a dedicated Quadro GPU.

    I guess they wanted to compare just 13 inch to 13 inch and not actual specs.
  • velocityg4
    Anonymous said:
    That review has a few flaws. The test seem suspicious and also not like for like.

    If they want like for like here is a similarly cost MSI laptop:

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834154891

    8th gen CPU, just like this one, PCIe SSD, like this one, 2x the RAM AND a dedicated Quadro GPU.

    I guess they wanted to compare just 13 inch to 13 inch and not actual specs.


    That's their standard way of doing comparison tests. People in the market for an ultraportable of a certain size aren't going to care much how it compares to a much larger and heavier computer. There are other sites for such comparisons.
  • krelat
    Anonymous said:
    That's their standard way of doing comparison tests. People in the market for an ultraportable of a certain size aren't going to care much how it compares to a much larger and heavier computer. There are other sites for such comparisons.

    Can you link to some? I did a search for benchmarks on these machines and the sites that this one links to seem to be the only ones bothering at the moment, but I'd love more detailed opinions.