First 8-core MacBook Pro performance gains spotted in Geekbench results

The first Geekbench results have landed today for the new 8-core MacBook Pro. Both the single-core and multi-core scores show improvements for the new notebook over the last generation MacBook Pro, with the multi-core result coming close to Apple’s claim of up to 40% faster performance.

Spotted by MacRumors, performance results for the new 8-core MacBook Pro were posted to Geekbench today. The single-core score came in at 5879 for the new notebook compared to 5348 for the 2018 MacBook Pro. That’s almost a 10% increase in performance.

Meanwhile, the 2019 MacBook Pro saw a multi-core score of 29184 as it leveraged the new 8-core Intel i9 processor, showing a roughly 29% improvement over the 22620 that the 6-core 2018 MacBook Pro earned.

Apple is touting that the new 8-core MacBook Pro can offer up to a 40% performance improvement with certain workflows like 3D renderings in Autodesk Maya. It also says the new machine is up to two times faster with render speeds than a quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro. Time will tell as the 8-core variant hits the market if some applications will see these gains.

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When it announced the new MacBook Pros, Apple also gave some examples of performance gains for other applications comparing the new 8-core model to the previous quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro in its testing.

  • Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to two times more Alchemy plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
  • 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster in Maya Arnold.
  • Photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 percent faster in Photoshop.
  • Developers can compile code up to 65 percent faster in Xcode.
  • Scientists and researchers can compute complex fluid dynamics simulations up to 50 percent faster in TetrUSS.
  • Video editors can edit up to 11 simultaneous multicam streams of 4K video in Final Cut Pro X.

Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with the 8-core Intel i9 processor starts at $2799.

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