The SSD in Apple's Updated MacBook Pro is in a Different League of its own, Blowing Away Dell and all others
Laptop Mag's Editor in Chief Mark Spoonauer reported on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro that is being classified as the top laptop for overall performance. The report notes that "Apple's laptop scored 18,055 on the multi-core test. That obliterates the 9,930 premium laptop average. The next closest system was the Core i7-powered Dell XPS 13, and that hit 14,180." Spoonauer added that Microsoft's mighty $1,999 Surface Book 2 only mustered a score of 12,221 on this test with its Core i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM.
Laptop Mag's video below provides you with a quick overview of the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Below are a couple of the key performance charts from the Laptop Mag report.
In respect to Apple's SSD, Spoonauer writes "I had to do a double take when I saw how quickly the new 13-inch MacBook Pro duplicated 4.9GB worth of data. It took 2 seconds, which comes out to a rate of 2,519 megabytes per second. That’s insane." It should be noted that Mark Spoonauer mentions in his video review that the Apple File System (APFS) was a contributing factor.
Laptop Mag's Bottom Line: "The MacBook's overall CPU performance is impressive, and it's SSD in particular is over-the-top fast. You'll notice a big leap in performance if you're upgrading from a 2016 MacBook Pro and even an impressive jump from last year's model. And you should expect amazing performance at our $2,499 price.
On the downside, "the graphics performance isn't stellar on the 13-inch model based on our early testing, and you can get a Windows ultraportable with a more powerful Nvidia GPU for less than this MacBook Pro." For more, read the full Laptop Mag report here.
Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro only offers Intel's Iris Plus Graphics 655. On the top end 15" models, Apple offers a better graphics solution with the Radeon Pro 550X or 560X cards with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
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