Apple MacBook Pro Benchmarks: Up to 130% Faster Graphics Performance Thanks to 14nm FF Process

Apple’s 2016 line of MacBook Pro is out with new and advanced set of features. One of the most exciting of these features is the improved graphics performance of the upcoming MacBook Pro models. The graphics solutions inside the new products offer up to 2x increase in Performance Per Watt thanks to a shift to 14nm FinFET process.

The Cupertino has introduced three dedicated GPUs for its MacBook Pro 15-inch variant. These include the Radeon Pro 450, Radeon Pro 455 and Radeon Pro 460 from AMD, built using the company’s latest Polaris architecture. Below are the specs of these Radeon Pro GPUs:


The MacBook Pro 13-inch variant uses the Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics solution. It features 64MB DRAM-on-chip and comes in two different flavors, the Intel Iris Graphics 450 and the Iris Graphics 550.

Apple Unveils MacBook Pro Benchmarks – Video Editing, 3D Graphics & Gaming Performance

Let’s take a look at the performance benchmarks of the new MacBook Pro as revealed by the company. The benchmarks are for the top-of-the-line variants of both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro variants featuring the Intel Iris Graphics 550 and Radeon Pro 460, respectively.

13-inch MacBook Pro Performance

15-inch MacBook Pro Performance

Looking at the benchmarks, we can see that the new MacBook Pros are quite a bit faster than their predecessors. Of course, they are not designed for gaming, but the focus is on delivering improved Perf/Watt. Meaning, the GPUs inside the new machines should be perfect for casual to moderately heavy graphics workloads.

In terms of the memory, Apple limits the new MacBook Pro lineup to a maximum 16GB RAM. According to the company, the memory cap stems from a need to prolong battery life. Apple touts its top end MacBook Pros as having “all-day battery life,” which equates to 10 hours of wireless web use or iTunes movie playback.

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