Apple 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Released: Benchmark Shows Processor Speed Gains

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The entry-level 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is nearly 8 percent faster than the entry-level 2013 Retina MacBook Pro.

Following the release of Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) refreshed models of Retina MacBook Pros on Tuesday, a set of benchmark results revealed a modest performance boost for the new notebooks compared to the previous versions.

According to a GeekBench 3 result for the entry-level 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Intel Core i7-4770HQ (2.2 GHz) processor, the new device is nearly 8 percent faster than the entry-level 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, powered by the Intel Core i7-4750HQ (2.0 GHz) CPU.

The benchmark also revealed that the new machine is nearly 2 percent slower than the mid-level Retina MacBook Pro released in 2013, which featured an Intel Core i7-4850HQ (2.3 GHz) CPU, MacRumors reported.

According to the report, the single-core performance for the device scored 3050, compared to 2811 scored by the 2013 model, while the multi-core performance for the 2014 version was also impressive at 11586 against the 10730 scored by its predecessor.

Priced at $1,299, the 13-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro is powered by a 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, and it features 8GB RAM and 128GB flash storage. The $1,499 model comes with the same specifications, except for an increased flash-storage capacity of 256GB. The $1,799 model, on the other hand, sports a 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB flash storage.

The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is also available in three versions with the entry-level model starting at $1,999 and featuring 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB flash storage and Iris Graphics. The high-end model, priced at $2,499, comes with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB flash storage and Nvidia GeForce GT 750m.

Build-to-order options include a 3.0GHz dual-core Core i7 processor available for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and a 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 processor available for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, along with 1TB of flash storage option on both models.

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