8-core Core i9 MacBook Pro benchmarks confirm major performance improvements

Apple recently released new 2019 MacBook Pro models with up to 8-core Intel processors. The new 9th-generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors pack a punch, as they provide a 40% performance improvement over the last generation. New Geekbench benchmarks have surfaced that show off the capability of these processors.

2019 MacBook Pro

2019 MacBook Pro Performance

As spotted by MacRumors, new Geekbench benchmarks show the 15-inch MacBook Pro, equipped with a 2.4GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz, score a 5879 in single-core and 29184 in multi-core performance. To put things in perspective, 2018’s high end Core i9 MacBook Pro scored 5348 in single-core and 22620 in multi-core performance. This is a massive jump in performance, no matter how you compare it.

Apart from processor upgrades, everything else is the same: RAM, SSD and other components.

Performance is not the only improvement Apple has worked on for the new MacBook Pro. The highly controversial butterfly keyboard has also received another update. While this is not something Apple has specifically advertised on the new MacBook Pro webpage, they communicated the change to a few websites like Daring Fireball:

But Apple has changed the mechanism under the hood, using a new material for at least one of the components in these switches. The purpose of this change is specifically to increase the reliability of the keyboards.

iFixit also opened up the new MacBook Pro and found that Apple is using the same silicone membrane that was introduced in the 2018 model but some tweaks have been made to the material used for the metal dome and plastic that covers it. It is too early to say whether this will fix the complaints that users have with butterfly keyboards. To back up the changes, Apple has introduced a 4 year warranty for keyboard issues, which does not instill much confidence in their keyboard choices.

P.S. If you are looking for a MacBook Pro review, look no further than the hilarious review by Dave Lee on YouTube.

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