Latest MacBook Pro blows away its predecessors

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2019 MacBook Pro
The 2019 MacBook Pro is the first with an 8-core processor, giving it better performance running complex software.
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Apple’s marketing for the recently-announced 2019 MacBook Pro emphasizes how much faster it than last year’s model, and now a benchmark score may confirm that this macOS laptop is almost 30 percent speedier.

The top-tier new MacBook Pro employs a Intel 9th-generation Core i9 processor, which just debuted. It’s clocked at 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz. This is the first 8-core macOS laptop, and Apple’s promotional materials promise “40 percent more performance than a 6-core MacBook Pro.”

MacBook Pro 2019: And the benchmark says…

Promotional materials are all very well, but benchmarks are generally more accurate. The results of a Geekbench 4 test on a “MacBookPro15,3” were unloaded to Primate Labs’ website this morning, indicating that this computer almost lives up to Apple’s enthusiasm.

The multi-core score for this device is 29184. Last year’s speediest 6-core version of the MacBook Pro topped out at 22620, indicating that its predecessor is 29 percent faster.

The single-core score for the new model is 5879, up from 5348 in the 2018 version. That’s a 9.9 percent improvement.

Geekbench scores can be faked, but this one has the correct model number and processor. There’s every indication it’s legit.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro configuration in this benchmark score is at least $3,399. That’s with the 8-core i9-9980HK process and 32GB of RAM. The base version of this new laptop is $2,399 but has a slower chip and less RAM.

Apple’s 2019 MacBook Pro also has a better screen than last year’s, and it might, might fix the infamous “butterfly” keyboard.