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Looks like Apple dropped yet another MacBook Pro refresh. The 8-Core processor is an add-on for about $300 now the default i9 configuration for the highest end model, with a 200$ option to boost core clocks. Seems like better value than the previous 6-core i7/9 for sure - but how will it perform thermally? We'll probably find that out soon once reviews come in. Hopefully Apple has made silent improvements to cooling.

There seem to be no other changes - same GPUs, same T2, etc., well, except for the keyboard.

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/05/apple-introduces-first-8-core-macbook-pro-the-fastest-mac-notebook-ever/

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Apple makes sexy MacBook but I’m agree with dave2d. On some benchmarks here I saw that already power limited Blade 15 8750H still outperform 8850H and I think similar with MBP15  i9 last gen physical performance.

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I'm keeping my 2016 15" MacBook Pro until it dies or until Apple no longer replaces its keyboard. 😀

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@itsage Same thoughts with my 2018 system. More so because I know (#throttle) I'm not going to get the most performance out of it anyway :p

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the 8950HK had a higher base clock, would a lower base clock make thermals on the 2019 better?  (although turbos higher)

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@blessf no because there are two more physical cores. Not sure how the existing cooling system would handle this (unless there are changes) unless the architecture is much better. Hope we see a tear down of some sort soon.

Base clocks in notebooks don’t really mean much - it is only a standard by which one can refer to what the processor under full load will perform “at worst.” The system is rarely at this clock (usually much lower when idle, much higher for load bursts, and typically slightly above base for long workloads, with worst case being base).

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saw this review and with decent cooling we can see a performance gain in multi-threaded workloads.  idk if the macbook can cool as well but if so not a bad upgrade. we certainly will have a better performance (more power for the cpu) using an egpu than the people trying to juggle power between these 8 core cpu and the laptop vega cpus.

"This is also 25 percent faster than the last generation Core i9-8950HK and just 13 percent slower than the full-on desktop Core i9-9900K in the Eurocom Sky X7C.
he Core i9-9880H is what the Core i9-8950HK should have been. The two extra cores give it the firm performance advantage it needs over both the Core i7-8750H and Core i7-9750H. The average i7-8750H is about 36 percent slower before accounting for any performance throttling."
https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-GE75-Raider-9SG-Core-i9-9880H-RTX-2080-Laptop-Review.420559.0.html

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@blessf not the best idea to go by reviews of the chip in other laptops. Macs are rather different.

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As long as @itsage keeps his 2016 MBP 15", I will always have a guide on how to setup my 2016 MBP 15" :mrgreen:

Quick edit/add:  Fully spec'd 2019 MBP is pricing out at $6,549.00 before tax!!!  Lord have mercy! 😯
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@blessf not the best idea to go by reviews of the chip in other laptops. Macs are rather different.

the performance on a mac will be different yes (even agreed in that post), but we can certainly use the review to gather the comparison of the 8950HK and 9880h as both machines have identical specs aside from cpu. was just stating that performance should be better than the last macbook.

the macbooks cant give more than 100w and these 9th gen chips can easily go over 100 so for sure a power throttle, 

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@blessf fair point👍 - yes, additional cores would certainly mean better multi-threaded performance. I was just addressing the question about clocks previously - on a Mac it is likely that we see lower clocks. Net would still be a performance gain no doubt.

In any case am glad to see Apple consistently update the Pro line (they should do the same for 13” models).

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