PrimateLabs’ John Poole has posted updated benchmarks for Apple’s quietly mildly refreshed their Retina MacBook Pro lineup with faster processors. The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro now comes with a 2.4 GHz, 2.7 GHz, or a 2.8 GHz quad-core processor. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro now comes with a 2.5 GHz, 2.6 GHz, 2.9 GHz, or 3.0 GHz dual-core processor.
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro
Poole notes that 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models each received a 100 MHz increase in processor speed, which has resulted in between a 3% to 5% increase in performance to each MacBook Pro model according to the Geekbench 2 scores. He says one point to note is that the new mid-range Retina MacBook Pro has the same speed processor as the old high-end Retina MacBook Pro but is actually slightly slower than the old high-end model due to the latter having more cache.
13-inch Retina MacBook Pro
The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros also get a 100 MHz increase in processor speed, but unlike the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which only ships with the new processors, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro ships with both the old and the new processors. The old processors appear in 13-inch models that start with 128GB of storage, while the new processors appear in 13-inch models that start with 256GB of storage. The new processors bring a 3% to 5% increase in performance according to their Geekbench 2 scores.
Poole observes that with Intel’s next-generation Haswell Core i processor family at least four months away, he’s not surprised Apple updated the Retina MacBook Pro lineup with the latest Ivy Bridge processors, but was surprised that they didn’t update the old MacBook Pro. This could be a strong indication that the current-spec. non-Retina MacBook Pros are the ultimate specification for those models before being discontinued, probably later this year. When Haswell MacBooks are announced could see the old-school MacBook Pros dropped.
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