Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake in the test

Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake in the test

Only in October 2016, Apple has released its MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 and partly with the new Touch Bar, now the successors presented at the WWDC are already in stores. Apple provided us with two of the new Touch Bar models – one with 13 and one with 15 inches in the best standard configuration.

Please note: this is a preliminary report. Read the full review on Mac & I Issue 4/2017.

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Increased computing power with Kaby Lake CPUs

All 2017 MacBooks now use Kaby Lake processors that deliver slightly more performance than Skylake’s predecessor generation at the same clock rate. The greatest progress, however, they have made when saving energy in the computer-free times, which should improve the battery life under light load – at least with the same timing.

At the same time, Apple has slightly raised the clock rates, which should result in further performance surges. With the most expensive MacBook Pro 13 “, the dual-core CPU (Intel Core i5-7267U) now operates at 3.1 instead of 2.9 GHz and turbo boosts to 3.5 instead of 3.3 GHz in the short term With Cinema 4D gains of about 15 percent (386 to 338 points at Cinebench 15 ).The fans were in CPU full load with a quiet 0.3 Sone to hear.The battery lasted under light load just under 20 hours, the predecessor, however over 21 hours.

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when playing.

The slightly more spacious 15-inch models can either access the integrated, energy-saving GPU or a dedicated graphics chip. Switching organizes the operating system automatically depending on the program or monitor used. The most expensive MacBook Pro 15 “has an AMD Radeon Pro 560 with a hefty 4 GB of VRAM, before it was a Radeon Pro 455 with 2 GB of the image memory, which was up 10% in Cinebench 15 and similar for Tomb Raider Fans shot up to 1.6 sones at GPU load.

It remains in all MacBook Pro with fast PCIe x4 SSDs with transfer rates up to more than 3000 MB / s, which unfortunately still only offer capacities between 128 and 512 GB in the standard configurations. For a not inconsiderable surcharge, you can also order SSD sizes up to 1 TByte at purchase. A later change is not possible because the memory modules are soldered.

It uses LPDDR3 memory modules with a higher clock rate, which cannot be socketed and saves energy when it is not being written to or read out. Unfortunately, therefore, not more than 16 GB of total capacity is still possible.

MacBook Pro

In addition to the headphone jack, the two very slim Pro MacBooks offer only Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C, DisplayPort and charging function. 

With the displays and the interfaces, nothing has changed with the 2017er-year, just as little as with the housing form or the weight. As before, the 13-inch models have two or four Thunderbolt-3 interfaces and the 15-inch models always have four. It also runs USB, DisplayPort, and loading.


For the less than a year old MacBook Pro, the update is not as clear as the iMacs. Depending on the model, runtimes, graphics performance or computing power benefit – but they have also fallen in part. Nothing has changed in the displays and interfaces. For a detailed test with other models and additional measurements such as the battery life read in Mac & I Issue 4/2017, from 3 August in the trade.


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