Geekbench 3 results for the new Retina MacBook Pros are now available on the Geekbench Browser and on the Mac Benchmark Chart.
Primate Labs’ John Poole says he wanted to take a closer look and see how much faster the new Retina MacBook Pros are compared to the previous Retina MacBook Pros. He’s collected Geekbench 3 results for all of the Retina MacBook Pros and charted the results.
He notes that there are only minor performance gains (2% to 4%) between the new generation and the previous generation Pros and Airs, which he says is not surprising given that the design focus of Intel’s new Haswell Core processors was power consumption, not performance.
However, what he did find surprising is that the high-end Pro is only 5% faster (10% faster for the high-end 15-inch rMBP) than the high-end Air in single-core performance (the difference increases to 13% in multi-core performance), noting that users with applications that only use one core won’t notice much speed difference between the Air and the Pro.
Poole summarizes that like the MacBook Air update earlier this year, this MacBook Pro update provides only a modest improvement in processor performance. However, the improvements in other areas, such as battery life and graphics performance, may make it a compelling upgrade for users with a first-generation Retina MacBook Pro.
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