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The new 16-inch MacBook Pro has the best CPU performance yet — but not by a lot

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is Apple's most powerful notebook computer, with initial CPU benchmarks showing a small performance improvement compared to the the 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro


Apple's new submissions to Geekbench. We've based on the comparison on Geekbench data for the 2.4Ghz i9 version of the new MacBook Pro.

Averaging out the data, the new 2.4GHz 16-inch MacBook Pro model with i9 averages out at 1137 single-core and 7184 multi-core.

In our own testing, the mid-2019 15-inch i9 MacBook Pro in its 2.4GHz model scored 1104 single core and 6871 multi. The 2018 15-inch i9 MacBook Pro with a clock speed of 2.9 GHz got a single-core figure of 1081 and multi-core of 5302.

There is a considerable improvement versus the last year's model in the multi-core score, with the new MacBook Pro beating the 2018 one despite being 2.3GHz compared to our test machine's 2.9GHz. However, there's much less difference between the now discontinued 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro and its replacement, in regards to CPU power.

What this is not, is an indication of GPU power. Apple says that customers who choose the standard configuration of the MacBook Pro will see 2.1 times faster graphics performance than the previous standard configuration —and there is an upgrade available for more money, and more speed. Actual performance increases will wait on further testing when we get one.

16-inch MacBook Pro i9 2.4GHz15-inch MacBook Pro i9 2.4GHz (2019)15-inch MacBook Pro i9 2.9Ghz (2018)
Single Core100511041081
Multi-core718468715302

CPU Benchmark scores do vary considerably depending on environment, with actual performance for any given user depending on what the machines are specifically being used for. Based on the CPU-centric benchmarks, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is faster, but not dramatically faster than the 15-inch model it replaced.

It does, however, come with a new 16-inch display, improved audio and a new keyboard system in a case that is only marginally wider and thicker than the previous model.