MacBook Pro 13" with Touch bar Intel I5 vs I7

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Hello everybody,

I'm going to buy a new 2016 MacBook 13 inch. But I'm still not sure if I shall buy the I5(3,1 to 3,5 GHz) or the I7 (3,3 to 3,6 GHz).


I would like to use my mac for Office work and video editing (with 4K footage).


Because it's a big price difference between the I5 and the I7. I'm not sure if it's with it (I'm sure that I will but 16GB Ram).


Thanks for you help in advanced.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    nhtnht Posts: 4,487member
    For home video editing the i5.  For Pro the 15" i7 and not the 13".

    13" MBP Core i7 vs 13" MBP Core i7

    http://barefeats.com/rmbp13v15.html

    13" MBP Core i5 benchmarks

    http://barefeats.com/lowlap2016.html

    Alternative: 2013 15" MBP

    http://barefeats.com/rmbp2015.html

    Office doesn't matter.

    if you are doing FCPX + Resolve get an iMac.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,223moderator
    Hello everybody,

    I'm going to buy a new 2016 MacBook 13 inch. But I'm still not sure if I shall buy the I5(3,1 to 3,5 GHz) or the I7 (3,3 to 3,6 GHz).


    I would like to use my mac for Office work and video editing (with 4K footage).


    Because it's a big price difference between the I5 and the I7. I'm not sure if it's with it (I'm sure that I will but 16GB Ram).


    Thanks for you help in advanced.

    The dual-core i7 is not worth it any more. It used to be that i5s had 2-cores and 2-threads so the i7s were better at multi-tasking but they are the same now. The performance difference between the lowest i5 and highest i7 is here:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i5-6360U-Notebook-Processor.149856.0.html
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i7-6567U-Notebook-Processor.149848.0.html

    If you look at the Cinebench score, that is a test that measures raw CPU performance and the results are 309 vs 364 so just under 18% faster. You'd hardly notice that difference. If you had a 1 hour export on the i5, the i7 would take 51 minutes in the best-case. Not worth the $300 upgrade IMO, you'd be much better off putting that towards more SSD storage as 4K footage uses a lot of space and SSDs slow down if you fill them up. Only 50%+ performance difference would be worth the extra.

    You have to factor in the GPU too as the higher up CPUs have the Iris 550 GPU vs 540 but again it's a small difference ~5-15%:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Graphics-540.149939.0.html
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Graphics-550.149937.0.html

    The entry touchbar model has the 550 but the entry CPU model of either touchbar or non-touchbar would be fine and just get upgrades to RAM and SSD.
  • Reply 3 of 3

    There are a few minor differences like:

    • Hyperthreading: All i5 processors are Quad Core and hence have 4 physical cores serving 4 threads. All i7 processors also are Quad Core but they are equipped with Hyperthreading technology which enables each core to serve 2 threads, hence the OS sees it as an Octa Core Processor rather than a Quad Core Processor.

    • Cache Size: RAM minimizes the use of Hard Drive similarly Cache minimizes the use of RAM. The more the Cache size, the more data can be accessed quickly. Most i5 processors(if not all) have a cache size of around 4MB (3,4,5 or even 6MB in some of them) but almost all i7 Processors have 8MB cache, which is significantly more, thereby allowing more amount of data to be accessed quickly.
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