It is not at all common to see Apple refreshing its MacBook lineup in such a short span of time just a few months after bringing a major update in late 2016. Apple updated its entire Mac lineup with the newer Kaby Lake processors and new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics card. These improvements have brought significant improvements to its performance and these leaked benchmarks are a proof of that.
The 2016 lineup came equipped with Skylake processors and that was one of the few reasons why the MacBook Pro 2016 wasn’t appreciated by many. The Kaby Lake-based MacBook Pro series was much asked for and Apple did deliver it during the recent WWDC 2017.
All the new Macs are up for sale in the US and many of the prospective buyers would like to know if the new MacBook are any better than the previous models. You must be pleased to know that with the Kaby Lake processors in place, the new MacBook Pro lineup is about 20 percent better than the 2016 models, based on Geekbench 4 results.
The new MacBook Pro 15-inch comes configured with Intel Core i7-7820HQ processor clocked at 2.9GHz. It scored 4,632 on single-core and 15,747 on multi-core series. On the other hand, the last year’s MacBook Pro 15-inch came with a Core i7 chip running at 2.7GHz and it scored 4,098 on single-core and 13,155 on multi-core.
You must note that these numbers are an average of thousands of Geekbench 4 scores and the score on your particular machine may differ. These results, though, give a fair idea how the updated MacBook Pro is better than its predecessor from 2016.
One department that the 2017 MacBook Pro still disappoints is the RAM which is still capped at 16GB. Apple was expected to push the limit to 32GB this time but it didn’t. We might have to wait a bit longer to see MacBook Pro models running with higher RAM capacity. Apple iMac is, however, can be configured up to 64GB of RAM.