16-inch MacBook Pro blows away your old laptop

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16-inch MacBook Pro from 2019
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is wicked fast.
Photo: Apple

Benchmark tests confirm the MacBook Pro released today is as fast as the speedy macOS laptops introduced earlier this year. That’s good news for anyone who’s been nursing along an older MacBook, waiting for this new 16-inch model.

And it’s not just about the larger screen. Plenty of people have been holding out for a MacBook without the infamous Butterfly keyboard, and that’s what Apple delivered this morning — a new macOS laptop with a Magic Keyboard. And a larger screen to boot.

Check these 16-inch MacBook Pro Geekbench scores

The top-of-the-line version of the just-introduced 16-inch MacBook Pro has a ninth-generation Intel 2.3GHz 8-core Core i9 processor.

Several Geekbench 5 tests have already been performed on the MacBookPro16.1, the code-name for the laptop that went on sale this morning, and uploaded to the Primate Labs’ site. The Multi-Core Scores vary quite a bit, but after ignoring some obvious outliers the average falls at 6891.

Consider that the best-performing 2015 MacBook Pro with a 15-inch display scored 3336 on this same Geekbench 5 test. Or the top-tier 2013 model scored 3284, according to Primate Labs.

Benchmark scores aren’t perfect indicators of real-world performance, but differences in scores as large as those indicate that the new 16-inch MacBook Pro will be significantly faster than those 4-year-old and 6-year-old models.

The situation is completely different for anyone who got the 15-inch MacBook Pro introduced earlier this year. It and Apple’s latest use the same Intel processor, and so the now-discontinued model has virtually the same Geekbench 5 score as the new one.