The newly announced MacBook Pro, with a budget of $ 1,299, includes Touch IDs, Touch Bars and the latest Intel 8th generation processors. At first glance, the processor may seem a little derisory given its basic clock specifications at 1.4 GHz.
However, it turns out that this machine is probably faster than you thought and compares favorably enough considering its entry-level price in the MacBook Pro range.
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The previous generation non-touch MacBook Pro had an Intel i5 2.3 GHz processor, compared to the 1.4 GHz chip of the new MacBook Pro at $ 1299.
Based solely on the number of titles, this seems to be a downgrade, but it's important to note that not only are eighth-generation chips more efficient, it's also a quad-core processor while generation previous was only a dual-core processor.
The new turbo processor also accelerates up to 3.9 GHz for short additional performance increases, exceeding the previous generation's 3.6 GHz maximum.
Jonathan Morrison has tested the new MacBook Pro with painful video editing routines. In a Final Cut 4K export, the new entry-level MacBook Pro completed the task in 3 minutes and 16 seconds, compared with 4 minutes and 40 seconds for the previous generation model.
The 2019 MacBook Pro features Touch ID, Touch Bar, and the T2 chip.
In the same video, Morrison shows how the T2 chip can help accelerate specific workflows, for example by leveraging its built-in HEVC hardware encoder. The new Pro could complete the HEVC task in 33 minutes, almost an hour less than the previous model.
In Geekbench's partitions, the new MacBook Pro naturally outperforms its predecessor on multiple cores with two extra cores, but also on one core, probably because of the extra capacity of Turbo Boost.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a 2.4-GHz quad-core processor and achieves average Geekbench scores of 4948 and 18505. The "1.4 GHz" processor of the new $ 1299 model is almost at the performance height.
For $ 500 less, the delta of performance is not that important. The new basic model MacBook Pro seems to be a good buy from the performance point of view.
You may want to consider higher levels if you need more SSD storage or want two extra Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports of course.