2018 ‘mid-level’ MacBook Pro versus the 2017 ‘mid-level”

“How does the performance of the ‘Mid Level’ 2018 MacBook Pro 15 inch 2.6Ghz i7 6-core compare to the ‘Mid Level’ 2017 MacBook Pro 15 inch 2.9GHz i7 4-core?” Rob Art Morgan asks for Bare Feats.

“The performance of some apps (DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, After Effects, PhotoZoom) improved after the ‘Thermal Patch’ from Apple was installed. Other apps ran slower (Final Cut Pro, Compressor). Some remained unchanged (Lightroom),” Morgan reports. “BEFORE the patch was released by Apple, we observed major thermal throttling with DaVinci Resolve’s processing of RED 4K video… [After the patch] the crazy oscillation of CPU frequency has been eliminated and it is now able to stabilize above the “mid-level” MacBook Pro i7’s 2.6GHz base frequency. We hope the same will be true of the 2.9GHz Core i9.”

“As stated at the beginning of this report we tested the ‘mid-level’ 2018 MacBook Pro 15 inch is because it was attainable immediately. So to be fair, we compared it to the ‘mid-level’ 2017 MacBook Pro 15 inch,” Morgan reports. “We do plan to test the Core i9 top model as soon as we get our hands on one.”

Read more, and see all of the benchmarks, in the full article here.

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  1. Never buy the early versions of any new Apple design. Wait until running production changes and SW fixes have been made.

    You can thank me later, but I am keeping my 2016 Retina MacBook Pro with all the ports and the card slot.

  2. Slows FCPX and Compressor down after fixing CPU issues for Adobe and BlackMagic programs? Did the thermal throttling occur with FCPX or Compressor? If not, what are these third party programs doing that Apple’s CPU intensive programs don’t?

  3. I am keeping my Retina Ognads in a jar by the monitor. It’s a reminder that I should have never, ever bought a Dell, but I was infected by Applecynic’s stupid cynicism.

    Thanks AC. Never gonna trust YOU again. But what the hey, this dawg can get down and dirty all the time now, no problems. Varis ain’t got nuthin’ on me!

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