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    I have a MacBook Pro 15 2.9GHz Core i7 16GB RAM 2133 MHz LPDDR3. 512GB SSD.

    I am considering getting a MacBook Pro 15.4" 2019 - Core i9 9980HK / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / AMD555X

    How do these MacBooks compare in terms of power and performance? I want to know that the MacBook I looking at is going to be superior than the MacBook I already have.

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    You didn't mention the processor speed on the 2019 version? However, that's one of the things I like about everymac.com. They have a compare feature, which makes it easy to see the differences.

    The I9 is faster than the I7, the processor is newer in the 2019 MBP. Also, the newer models offer more cores, than the older models, so more cores means more speed.
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    Now I am looking at an i9 with the following specs;

    Macbook Pro 15" i9 2019 512gb SSD 2.3GHz CPU 16GB RAM MV912LL/A

    How does this compare to my i7?

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    Do some research on the i9s. Lots of complaints about them running hot and noisy. My personal feeling is that they are not worth the extra $$, but that's a choice for you to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matty1 View Post
    Now I am looking at an i9 with the following specs;

    Macbook Pro 15" i9 2019 512gb SSD 2.3GHz CPU 16GB RAM MV912LL/A

    How does this compare to my i7?
    Here is a site that runs benchmarking software on all of the Macs Apple has released and which allows you to compare the results.

    Mac Benchmarks
    - Geekbench Browser


    As you can see, the MBP you are looking at with an i9 is significantly faster than your i7. However, whether or not you will even notice the extra speed when using the i9 MBP depends on what sorts of software you are running. If all that you do is word processing, Web browsing, and e-mail, you might not notice any difference at all.
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    What matters most is what you are going to do with the machine, if you are going to be browsing the web, creating documents and other simple tasks, you will see no overall difference between the machines. If you are doing more strenuous work, AND that work is CPU bound, then you might see a benefit. The newer machine purely based on hardware alone will be "better" because it's a newer generation everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    What matters most is what you are going to do with the machine, if you are going to be browsing the web, creating documents and other simple tasks, you will see no overall difference between the machines. If you are doing more strenuous work, AND that work is CPU bound, then you might see a benefit. The newer machine purely based on hardware alone will be "better" because it's a newer generation everything.
    Thanks that’s really helpful. I’ll mainly be doing simple tasks. I’m evaluating the cost efficacy of i7 v i9 and wanting to work out what the best upgrade option is.

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    Graphics processing abilities are important as well. The more difficult part about evaluating graphics abilities is benchmarks for GPU's are not as easy to find as benchmarks for CPU's.

    But generally speaking...the newer the GPU...usually the better it is. Thus if you're trying to decide between two or more choices...and just about all specs seem to be about the same otherwise. If one computer has a newer GPU...you could potentailly use this to "break the tie".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy B. Singer View Post
    Here is a site that runs benchmarking software on all of the Macs Apple has released and which allows you to compare the results.

    Mac Benchmarks
    - Geekbench Browser


    As you can see, the MBP you are looking at with an i9 is significantly faster than your i7. However, whether or not you will even notice the extra speed when using the i9 MBP depends on what sorts of software you are running. If all that you do is word processing, Web browsing, and e-mail, you might not notice any difference at all.
    So the i9 2.3GHz is significantly faster than the i7 2.9GHz despite a lower processor rating? Is this because of more cores?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matty1 View Post
    So the i9 2.3GHz is significantly faster than the i7 2.9GHz despite a lower processor rating? Is this because of more cores?
    Having more cores is one part of it, the newer gen processors have more transistors and do more work with at lower speeds.
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    On a performance-built machine, the i9 destroys the i7. The same i9 processor put inside those MacBook Pros is capable of reaching 5.0GHz from Intel if it is correctly cooled.
    HOWEVER, the problem is the MacBook Pro doesn't allow for proper cooling once the clock count starts rising and creating more heat. The computer will throttle down to a much lower sustained clock speed to achieve "normal" high operating temps. This is why Apple underclocked them and you will never see those speeds. The i7 has a higher single core clock speed, and you will probably notice this a lot more since not a lot of apps utilize multi cores.

    If it were my decision, I would stay away from the i9. I bet in years to come, those i9 equipped MacBook Pros are going to be known for cooking themselves to a crisp.
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    Good stuff Iggi. Exactly my opinion regarding the i9. For now, I too recommend staying away from the i9.

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