Here Is How Apple Achieved the MacBook Pro Performance Boost


Soon after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) revealed its new Haswell-powered MacBook Pros, tech aficionados began posting the Geekbench benchmark scores for the upgraded laptops, giving users the opportunity to compare the latest MacBook Pros’ performances to the previous generation, reports Apple Insider. Geekbench is a cross-platform processor benchmark suite designed by Primate Labs that uses various stress tests to determine a multi-core performance score for a user’s computer.

Although all of Apple’s new MacBook Pro models have slower processor clock speeds, Primate Labs determined that the latest laptop models outperform the previous generation of MacBooks by as much as 8 percent, reports Apple Insider. Not surprisingly, the top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook with 2.6- gigahertz processor demonstrated the biggest gain in Geekbench’s performance scores.

The 15-inch flagship laptop increased 8 percent in single-core and multi-core benchmarks over the previous generation. On the other hand, the 13-inch MacBook Pro only gained between a 2 percent to 4 percent increase for single-core performance.

“We’ve made the world’s best pro notebook even better by adding more performance and even longer battery life,” stated Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller. “MacBook Pro with Retina display continues to redefine the pro notebook.”

When it came to the single-core benchmark, Primate Labs found that Apple’s flagship 13-inch MacBook Air was only 5 percent less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. However, the MacBook Air’s deficit increases to 13 percent in the multi-core benchmark. ”Users with applications that only use one core won’t notice much difference between the Air and the Pro,” noted Primate Labs founder John Poole via Apple Insider. However, the MacBook Pro’s higher performance also comes with a power cost since the MacBook Air beats the MacBook Pro’s battery life by three hours.

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) was able to achieve performance increases from its Haswell processors despite slower processor clock speeds due to its Turbo Boost feature. Turbo Boost allows the processor to increase its clock speeds as needed for larger workloads. For example, the 2.6-gigahertz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor can boost up to 3.8 gigahertz.

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