Finally, Apple’s MacBook Pro 2018 refresh does the right thing for the users that they claim to target. As it features adequate RAM, processing power, and storage specifications for the users who need to run applications that require hefty computing specifications and fast storage. The 15″ variant of the lineup will get the bulk of upgrades along with the usual premiums that Apple charges for their products.
Apple’s decision to go with the Intel’s hexa-core Core-i9 processor is the highlight of this year’s MacBook Pro refresh. The 15″ variant of this year’s MacBook Pro refresh lineup will feature a Core-i9 8950HK having a 4.2GHz of Turbo Boost frequency, 2.9GHz Base frequency, 12MB of L3 Cache and a 45W TDP.
Having a remarkably thin form-factor, it is an impressive feature of this year’s MacBook Pro lineup that how Apple managed to fit all of the upgraded hardware in it. But, this could just end up backfiring for the Core-i9 variant.
A lot of people are getting around to test the notebook as Apple was quick to make the MacBook Pro 2018 available to consumers. iFixit was the first who took no time at taking part in the 2018 MacBook Pro’s keyboard in order to see how Apple had fixed earlier problems. This is kind of a secondary issue, but we just might be on the edge of something big.
Another user to get their hands on Apple’s latest MacBook is a YouTuber, Dave Lee. Since Lee has some computing needs so, he went out and purchased the Core-i9 variant. Now, it seems like he and other users who ordered the notebook might be in trouble. The 2018 MacBook Pro doesn’t perform any better than 2017 models, despite featuring a Core-i9 processor which you can see below.
The images above show the render times for a 5.5-minute Premiere Pro render and the MacBook Pro 2018’s hardware statistics. The CPU frequency is all over the graph in the image above, as the Core-i9 struggles with heat dissipation in order to keep up with the computing needs. The quad-core variants having similar power consumption previously worked well for Apple but, Apple’s decision to fit a hexa-core processor having a 45W TDP in a chassis really doesn’t work that well.
Dave also found out that the 2017 Core-i7 MacBook Pro outperforms the 2018 Core-i9 MacBook Pro, a fact that should turn some serious heads over at Cupertino. He didn’t stop there, he placed the 2018 MacBook Pro with Core-i9 8950HK inside a freezer in order to further confirm the results.
Putting the 2018 MacBook Pro in a freezer allows the Core-i9 to fully stretch its wings which also make the notebook gain 10 minutes in rendering time. This confirms that the problem is overheating as Apple’s thin form-factor and chassis just cannot keep with the Core-i9. For now, it seems to be limited to one machine only but as others will come out, the overheating just might become widespread and if it does then Apple will have to rush to appease professional users.
If this problem of overheating becomes widespread then the solutions to fix the problem will be limited for Apple. Apple could provide the users with a software update that will underclock the processor which will defeat the purpose of having a Core-i9 processor in your notebook. Or, Apple could guide their users to their stores so they can apply thermal paste which will not solve the problem completely.
Stay tuned for more!