In a new blog post today, Primate Labs summarizes the Geekbench 2 results for the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro hitting the company's database, unsurprisingly finding that the machines' performance is on par with that of the non-Retina models released in June. Benchmark scores for both stock models of the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro register within 0.5% of the scores seen for the corresponding non-Retina models.

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It is interesting to note that these new benchmarks also appear to confirm an early Geekbench result that appeared in the database in late June. Aside from that machine having an older BIOS identifier and carrying only 4 GB of RAM while the released models all carry 8 GB of RAM, other details such as the processor, motherboard identifier, and the benchmark results themselves all line up with the production model.

As always, it's important to note that Geekbench testing focuses on processor and memory performance, providing comparisons of raw power between machines but only telling part of the story. Notably, as with the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, the new Retina models do not offer a discrete graphics chip, instead relying on the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics packaged with Ivy Bridge even with the increased demands from the Retina display. Real-world performance is of course also affected by drive speeds, with the Retina models' all-flash storage topping the traditional hard drive options found in the non-Retina models, although the non-Retina models also have flash storage options available.

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Top Rated Comments

VB7 Avatar
120 months ago
I'll admit it was looking a little dicey there for a while, but I can now honestly say I have absolutely ZERO regrets buying the 15" rMBP.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CausticPuppy Avatar
120 months ago
I won't buy a rMBP (15") until at least Haswell. If the 13" will only ever have IGP, I would recommend waiting for the Broadwell version.

Yeah, the 2014 models will be SWEEEEET!

I'm holding out for the 2017 models though. They will make the Broadwell chips seem absolutely pokey by comparison.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GenesisJLS Avatar
120 months ago
Well, it is the exact same machine (tech spec wise) besides the display.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Codyak Avatar
120 months ago
I'll admit it was looking a little dicey there for a while, but I can now honestly say I have absolutely ZERO regrets buying the 15" rMBP.

I feel EXACTLY the same way.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blue22 Avatar
120 months ago
13" rMBP is overpriced for what you're actually getting...

I'm sorry, but this 13" MPB/rMBP spec-bumb is completely underwhelming. Unless you "really need" an optical disk drive and/or a retina display you might as well just get the high-end 13" MBA and call it a day.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sza Avatar
120 months ago
I care more about the Performance/Price ratio...13 inch rmbp is the lowest in terms of this aspect in the mac product line. :rolleyes:
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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