Lot’s of confusion is going around the internet regarding MacBook Pro i9 performance.
- Heating Problem
- Less performance than previous MacBook Pro’s
- Keyboard problems
- Software issues.
So, What we are up to now? let’s extract some juice out of these MacBook Pro’s and put these into the test.
Products need to compare:
|MacBook and iMac Pro||Model||Specification|
|2018 MacBook Pro i9||2.9 GHz, 6-Core i9 Processor 32 GB, 2400MHz DDR4 RAM|
|2017 MacBook Pro i7||2.9 GHz 4-Core i7 16 GB 2133 MHz DDR4|
|2017 iMac Pro Xeon W processor||2.3 GHz 18-Core 64GB 2666 MHz DDR4|
Benchmark Score for Apple products
|2018 MacBook Pro 15'||2017 MacBook Pro 15'||iMac Pro|
|Graphics||Radeon Pro 560X|
4GB of GDDR5 Memory
|Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory||Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 16 GB of HBM2 Memory|
|Cinebench Score||104.28 fps||89.51 fps||143 fps|
|Disk Speed||Write: 2665.3 MB/S|
|Write: 1614 MB/S|
Read: 1998.1 MB/S
|Write: 2927.7 MB/S|
Read: 2465.2 MB/S
|Geekbench||Single Core: 5593|
|Single Core: 4629|
|Single Core: 5276|
These scores are analyzed only through software, so I think it’s not the accurate way to determine these powerful machines.
Now, we need to put them in the real world test to get the most accurate performance out of it, or else it would be like… The energy of the person is determined by his calorific count without putting him to test. ?
1) Final Cut Pro
So, here we took a project file of 104 GB and need to render the file in MacBook pro 2018, MacBook Pro 2017 and iMac Pro.
According to the test results…
- iMac Pro finished rendering 100 GB project file in 6 Min 13 seconds.
- MacBook Pro 2018 completed rendering in 17 Minutes 55 seconds.
- MacBook Pro 2017 finished in 25 Minutes 37 seconds.
Here, you can clearly observe there is a major difference observed between 2017 and 2018 MacBook Pro. Which clearly shows that 2018 MacBook Pro has given it’s best performance.
To some point, many people claimed that due to thermal issues in MacBook Pro i9 is unable to utilize its complete hardware configuration due to its design.
Because of the high temperatures recorded in MacBook Pro i9, it is also showing the difference in performance as well.
The temperature of the MacBook’s during the test.
- 2018 MacBook Pro temperature is 46° C, which is considered as high heat.?
- 2017 MacBook Pro temperature is 40° C, which is considered as Ok.
Even in the coming different tests, you will get to know the actual results during high temperatures.
2) Exporting 31 GB file into Pro rs-422
According to the test results:
- iMac Pro exported the file in 1 Min 23 Seconds.
- 2018 MacBook Pro exported in 2 Min 30 Seconds.
- 2017 MacBook Pro exported in 3Min 50 Seconds.
Even here, we can observe there is not much difference between 2018 and 2017 MacBook Pro. Yes, I do agree that the file is small so we cannot notice much time difference. But, I can clearly say that this 2017 MacBook has given a tough competition.
3) Rendering 12 Min 4K/30 fps video in Final Cut Pro X
- However, iMac Pro rocked with its speed of rendering with only 6 Min 35 Seconds.?
- 2018 MacBook Pro finishes in 23 Minutes 42 Seconds.
- 2017 MacBook Pro finishes in 27 Minutes 56 Seconds.
??? I think, people, having 2017 MacBook Pro feeling quite happier by seeing these results. Besides that, people having 2018 brand new piece may be in shock or in the confused state. Don’t worry! Will explain why does this happen…
Basically, we already know that heat is an enemy to any electronic product. What it does is… It slow downs the device and the processors cannot outperform due to heat.
But the performance can work at it’s maximum potential only when the device is at room temperature. By this, to achieve maximum potential we need to exhale heat from the device.
The same had happened with MacBook Pro i9, though it is having high advanced processor it could not perform at it’s best.
This happens because of the thermal issue, and however, we already know that to remove heat fans are provided in the devices. But, the strange thing is that the fans of MacBook Pro 2018 are not spinning at high speed.
Okay!! Now shall we test again by running the Fan at its maximum speed with the help of fan speed App?! Let’s Begin…
Download Fan control App Here.
4) Rendering 12 Min 4K/30 fps video in Final Cut Pro X at Maximum Fan Speed.
Shocking results ?
- 2018 MacBook Pro has finished rendering 42% faster than the fan at normal speed.
It clearly shows, there’s a lot more performance drags occurs when the device temperature is high. It makes sense, why Buggati Chiron has 10 radiators for cooling its engine. 🙂
5) Exporting 12 Min 4K/30 fps video in Final Cut Pro X at Maximum Fan Speed.
- iMac Pro had done this job within 2 Minutes 5 Seconds.
- 2018 MacBook Pro done within 3 Minutes 27 Seconds.
- 2017 MacBook Pro within 4 Minutes 28 Seconds.
Clearly, there is no much difference between the new MacBook and the previous one even with the maximum fan speed.
6) Stabilization test for 90 Seconds Video.
However, stabilization of the video is quite necessary for videography as we can’t shoot it continuously with stable hands. So, to make video stable, stabilization is a key aspect. For that purpose, we are taking stabilization test into consideration.
Even with Max fan speed, there is no much difference between the two MacBook’s. This could be a happy moment for 2017 users. 🙂
Mainly, the best outcome had come up because of the software and hardware optimization. The rendering speed is so fast compared to windows device with same hardware configuration.
There’s nothing much to complain about 2018 MacBook, but testing with some other applications make more sense to unlock the best and accurate performance of these devices.
So, now we need to test with Motion Application which is designed by Apple.
7) Tracking test in Motion Application with 53 Seconds 4K/30 fps Video.
Basically, tracking is like… Which makes the video more focused on the main object. This helps the main object tend to be more focused than the unnecessary object around.
You can see the results… Stunned, isn’t it?! Yes!
What may be the reason? Any idea?
Simply, we can say that the Motion application is unable to use the full hardware power of iMac Pro. We can say that the Application is not completely optimized with the Hardware.
Now, we are using a compressor App by Apple for the test.
8) 50 GB 4K ProRes 422 to 4K H.265 and 4K H264
Even here the results are shocking…
- 2018 MacBook Pro had finished this task 28% faster than iMac Pro. Even here, we can say clearly that the software cannot take full advantage of iMac Pro resources.
9) Exporting 5 Min 4K video to ProRes 422 in Adobe Premiere.
Happy 2017 MacBook Pro owners…??
From test results, 2017 MacBook Pro performed 25% faster than 2018 MacBook Pro with max fan speed on both the books.
Even I did face some automatic restarts that too just a couple of time while rendering on the other hand 2017 MacBook did not get restarted automatically.
Even some users reporting for crackling sound coming from 2018 MacBook whenever a user plays a song. Reports say crackling sound occurs even when something played from Headphones. Fortune asked about this issue to Apple, need to wait for the response.
So, are you satisfied with these results? or disappointed? or is there anything to regret if you are owning 2018 MacBook Pro.
My answer would be… No… Because these slight issues can be fixed easily with Software updates. There is no need to worry!.
Should you upgrade to 2018 MacBook Pro i9
A big ” No “ from my side, because apart from some more speed and some new addon features. I don’t think so, it would be worthy of purchasing new i9 if you’re already having 2017 i7. If you’re a new buyer then I recommend you to go for i9 but don’t upgrade it.