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'Coffee Lake' chips could give 2018 MacBook Pro a jolt

06 July 2018

Interestingly, the multi-core score trumps the 15-inch model from previous year, even though the Core i7-7920HQ should be a more powerful CPU, and the highest scoring 13-inch model was from mid-2017 with 9,553.

Whether this benchmark indicates the 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro will have a substantially better processor is not known. This chassis was fitted with Intel's Core i7-8750H and 32GB of RAM. Benchmarks for a macOS laptop running a "Coffee Lake" chip showed up on Geekbench. The previous benchmark ran on the 14,2. This suggests that the device is a new variant that is undergoing testing over at Apple if the listing is authentic. Still, it provides us with some interesting details.

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The last time we got new MacBook Pro models from Apple was a year ago, when they were refreshed with Intel's seventh-generation "Kaby Lake" chips.

The Intel Core i7-7820HQ used in last year's 15-inch MacBook Pro was laid down with a 14nm process, and has 4 cores and 8 threads, the same as the i7-8559U that appeared in these benchmarks. It also features Intel's fastest integrated graphics chip in history, the Intel Iris Plus 650.

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The purported Geekbench scores for the "MacBookPro15,2" are 16607 in the multi core test and 4448 in the single-core one. The performance gain offered by the Core i7-8559U is simply massive. For comparison, this laptop has a single-core score of 4606 and a multi-core score of 9553. Not that the MacBook Pros are particularly ugly or in need of a design overhaul, but Apple could do something a bit fancy to mix things up beyond adding a somewhat redundant Touch Bar.

The bad news comes from the RAM department. "The RAM isn't a big deal anyway since it's possible to order a 13" MacBook with 16GB right now as well. We know we'd be happy with this machine if it is indeed coming to market.

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'Coffee Lake' chips could give 2018 MacBook Pro a jolt