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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.

32.0

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

23.5

297.1

35.4

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

21.4

272.7

33.0

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

38.6

406.3

86.2

       

Results as times in seconds. Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

(Other benchmark-component test results published below.)

Bottom line

With beautiful high-resolution screens, fast PCIe-connected flash storage, Thunderbolt 2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0, Apple's latest MacBook Pros with Retina display are fantastic machines. And while the changes to the latest models are modest, they do provide higher performance in most applications than previous models, more RAM in the low-end models, and lower prices at the high-end.

iMovie 10.0.1 enhance/export

Mac model

Results (seconds)

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

209.7

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

205.0

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

148.0

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

62.3

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

219.7

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

204.0

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

151.7

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

63.0

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

219.0

   

Results as times in seconds. Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iPhoto 9.5.1 import

Mac model

Results (seconds)

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

152.3

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

143.0

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

76.3

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

76.7

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

173.3

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

158.3

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

87.0

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

78.0

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

 

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