New MacBook Pro and Air Benchmarks Comparable to Mid-2014 Models

The newly refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro announced on Monday is seeing comparable performance to the mid-2014 model, according to the latest Geekbench benchmark. The early 2015 model with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz achieved a single-core score of 3043 and a multi-core score of 6448, a minor variance from last year's low-end 13" Retina MacBook Pro single-core score of 3056 and multi-core score of 6554.

MacBook Pro Benchmark 2015
The latest 11" MacBook Air, with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, also performed comparably to its predecessor in Geekbench benchmarks, with its single-core score of 2753 and multi-core score of 5486 marginally higher than the mid-2014 model's scores of 2430 and 5291 respectively. Meanwhile, the new 13" MacBook Air had modestly lower scores, although more benchmarks will need to be averaged before results are conclusive.

MacBook Air Benchmark 2015
John Poole of Primate Labs, the makers of Geekbench, claims that the latest MacBook Pro and Air may see slight performance improvements after OS X Yosemite gets through first-boot housekeeping, so further benchmarks results will be needed for those models as well to determine accurate performance. Nevertheless, it is clear that this year's refreshed MacBooks deliver only negligible improvements over the year-ago models.

The results are largely unsurprising given Intel's focus on improving battery life versus performance with its latest Broadwell processors. The new MacBook Air and Pro lineups also have faster graphics and flash storage, two areas where improvements should be more noticeable over last year's models. The refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro in particular is up to 40% faster than the previous model with Intel Iris graphics.

Apple refreshed the MacBook Air lineup yesterday with Intel Broadwell processors, Thunderbolt 2 and Intel HD Graphics 6000. It also refreshed the 13" MacBook Pro with similar improvements, including Intel Broadwell processors, Intel HD Graphics 6100 and all-day battery life. The latest MacBook Pros also gained a trackpad with built-in Force Touch technology that detects a small tap versus a deep press and performs a different action accordingly.

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Top Rated Comments

autrefois Avatar
121 months ago
So this is apparently what it's like to be in the Mac ecosystem now. Hoping that performance on this year's models will not be worse than last year's models, and that Apple doesn't take away more in terms of features than it adds.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eithanius Avatar
121 months ago
1. Negligible performance improvement...
2. OS X quality drops without options to downgrade...
3. Price increased exorbitantly (from where I am)...

I'll be keeping my soon-to-be 5-year old MBP for another year I guess... :rolleyes:
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gpat Avatar
121 months ago
New MacBook Pro and Air Benchmarks Comparable to Mid-2014 Models

...which were the same as the 2013 models. Good job Intel! (not really Apple's fault)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikeray Avatar
121 months ago
...which were the same as the 2013 models. Good job Intel! (not really Apple's fault)
To be fair, the goal for that refresh was power consumption, and they really delivered on increased battery life. Also Broadwell is just a die shrinkage so none of this is unexpected.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
paulrbeers Avatar
121 months ago
forget Broadwell, Skylake is around the corner

Isn't that what everyone said about "forget Ivy Bridge...", and then "forget Haswell...", and now Broadwell?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikeray Avatar
121 months ago
Never thought I would see the day when a Macbook Air is beefier than a Macbook.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)