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15-inch Retina MacBook Pro review: A tale of two laptops

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Copy 6GB Folder
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 23.5
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 22.5
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 38.0
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 26.5
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 138.1

Results are in seconds. Shorter bars/lower results are better.

Compress 6GB Folder
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 297.1
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 271.7
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 267.6
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 383.9
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 300.2

Results are in seconds. Shorter bars/lower results are better.

Decompress 6GB Folder
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 35.4
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 32.9
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 38.3
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 55.5
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 124.4

Results are in seconds. Shorter bars/lower results are better.

HandBrake Encode
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 103.7
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 93.7
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 98.7
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 192.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 110.3

Results are in seconds. Shorter bars/lower results are better.

iPhoto Import
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 87.0
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 78.0
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 77.0
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 158.0
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 117.0

Results are in seconds. Shorter bars/lower results are better.

Photoshop Action Script
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 104.7
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 102.0
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 112.3
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 144.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 103.3

Results are in seconds. Shorter bars/lower results are better.

iTunes AAC to MP3 Encode
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 69.0
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 65.7
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 65.7
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 73.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 72.3

Results are in seconds. Shorter bars/lower results are better.

Cinebench CPU
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 76.3
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 70.0
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 72.7
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 150.3
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 100.0

Results are in seconds. Shorter bars/lower results are better.

MathematicaMark 9
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 3.87
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 4.23
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 3.55
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 1.82
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 3.24

Results are scores. Longer bars/higher results are better.

Cinebench OpenGL
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 27.64
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 53.87
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 49.56
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 21.47
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 29.21

Results are in frames per second. Longer bars/higher results are better.

Unigine Heaven Benchmark
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 35.7
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 36.8
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 36.0
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 21.4
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 37.2

Results are in frames per second. Longer bars/higher results are better.

Unigine Valley Benchmark
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (Late 2013) 28.0
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 37.5
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz (Early 2013) 37.5
  • 13" Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz (Late 2013) 17.5
  • 21.5" iMac/2.7GHz (Late 2013) 28.7

Results are in frames per second. Longer bars/higher results are better.

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