Apple’s new 2018 MacBook Pro sales began and are now shipping, landing on the doorsteps of consumers all over the globe. There are customers who already have the new machines in hand such as this publication which has been able to get one of these recently announced MacBook Pros. Just after putting it through some benchmarks, remarks that the new MacBook Pro hardware is the “fastest system in its class.”
Laptop Mag is that publication to get on hold of the new 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro models, have performed some review to give us a conclusion on how it measures up to competing PCs. According to benchmark reports, it is suggested that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the “fastest system in its class.”
Apple is not only the name of a fruit but also comes as the first letter in the alphabets, so it was all about quality, not quantity. And that quality doesn’t come cheap. Consumers will always be able to buy a cheaper 13″ notebook if they look across to the Windows side of the equator.
The tests were performed on the $2,499 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar equipped with a 2.7GHz quad-core 8th-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus 655, and a 512GB SSD. However, for those who want a macOS-based system, and happy to pay the premium that comes with Apple’s pure hardware, it seems that this latest MacBook Pro is one of the best Apple has offered.
The results or a file copy test of the SSD in the new MacBook Pro, Apple says sequential read speeds of up to 3.2GB/s and sequential write speeds up to 2.2GB/s, led Laptop Mag to declare the SSD in the MacBook Pro “the faster ever” in a laptop. Higher capacity SSDs may see even boosting speeds on disk tests. A BlackMagic Disk test was also conducted, resulting in an average write speed of 2,682 MB/s.
I had to do a double take when I saw how quickly the new 13-inch MacBook Pro duplicated 4.9GB worth of data. It took 2 seconds, which comes out to a rate of 2,519 megabytes per second. That’s insane.
So we also ran the BlackMagic Disk Speed test for macOS, and the system returned an average write speed of 2,682 MBps.
To be fair, Apple’s relatively new APFS file system is designed to speed up file copies using a technology Apple calls Instant Cloning. But a win is a win.
Out of all of the tests performed, the MacBook Pro smoked the competition, outperforming machines like the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 12, and the Huawei MateBook X Pro.
On a Geekbench 4 CPU benchmark, the 13-inch MacBook Pro gained a score of 18,055 on the multi-core test, outperforming 13-inch machines from companies like Dell, HP, Asus and even Microsoft. That score beats out all 2017 MacBook Pro models and is faster than some iMac configurations. 15-inch MacBook Pro lineup with 6-core 8th-generation Intel chips will show even more impressive speeds.
Consumers out there will obviously look for other positives and negatives that apply to real-world usage and not just pure stats on a brand new machine. While the MacBook Pro took 16:57 minute to transcode a 4K video clip to 1080p using Handbrake, faster than most rival machines and two and a half minutes faster than the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro.
One area where the MacBook Pro didn’t quite measure up to other competing machines with similar specs was GPU performance. The 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro uses Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics 655 with 128MB of an embedded DRAM, which was unable to compete in a Dirt 3 graphics test, getting only 38.8 frames per second. All Windows-based machines tested offered much better performance vs. 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro GPU test.
In fact, Apple did team up with Blackmagic to offer a Blackmagic eGOU for gaming purposes and system intensive creative tasks, that device is priced at $700 extra. However, it does offer super fast performance with a built-in Radeon Pro 580 GPU.
Whichever way you look at it, it is evident that Apple has made remarkable performance gains with this recent refresh. Additional benchmarks and details about the 2018 MacBook Pro models will surface over the couple of the next few days as orders arrive and retail stores shipment begin stocking the machines.
The new 2018 refresh models can be purchased from the Apple online store, with prices on the desk for 13-inch machine starting at $1,799 and prices on the 15-inch machine starting right from at $2,399, respectively.
(Source: Laptop Mag)