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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014): Minor update offers slightly better CPU performance

James Galbraith | Aug. 5, 2014
Last week, Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, and while the new models are identical on the outside to their 13- and 15-inch predecessors, released late last year, the "Mid 2014" models feature processors that are just a little bit faster. As modest as these internal improvements are, they do provide more performance bang for the buck.

Comparing the 13- and 15-inch models' performance, you can see that the quad-core processors used in the larger laptops helped the low= and high-end 15 inch MacBook Pros post around 60 percent higher Speedmark 9 scores than their 13-inch counterparts.

Battery life

Mac model

Time

13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Mid 2014)

10 hours 2 mins

13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.8GHz (Mid 2014)

9 hours 24 mins

15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.2GHz (Mid 2014)

7 hours 13 mins

15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.5GHz (Mid 2014)

6 hours 56 mins

13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.4GHz (Late 2013)

9 hours 48 mins

13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013)

 n/a

15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013)

 7 hours 18 mins

15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013)

7 hours 32 mins

13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz, 256GB flash storage (Mid 2014)

12 hours 13 mins

   

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

To test the battery life in these new portables, we looped a playlist of shows downloaded from the iTunes store. We turned off Wi-Fi and set the screen brightness to 200 cd/m2. The 2.6GHz 13-inch model lasted just over 10 hours in this test while the 2.8GHz model lasted just under nine and a half hours. The 15-inch models lasted a respectable seven hours. The most recent MacBook Air, for comparison's sake, lasted over 12 hours in this test.

Finder tests

Mac model

Copy

Zip

Unzip

13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Mid 2014)

39.9

351.1

62.6

13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.8GHz (Mid 2014)

25.4

342.1

51.2

15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.2GHz (Mid 2014)

25.9

332.1

44.8

15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.5GHz (Mid 2014)

22.7

322.5

40.3

13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.4GHz (Late 2013)

35.3

321.4

40.4

13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013)

22.4

301.4

 

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