Cupertino-based giant Apple has recently updated their lineup of MacBook Pros, of which was recently among the hot seat because of one headlining decision – putting an Intel Core i9 chip inside a superslim, portable machine which is targeted towards power users and professionals.
We all know that it was priced way too high, but in return you should be expecting that unrivaled performance with a MacBook Pro. You should be able to render videos and 3D objects efficiently, you should be able to do your work without getting it on the side because of overheating, and much more, since you might have sold a kidney in order to buy one.
The MacBook Pro with the Core i9-8950K (which happened to be an unlocked Intel chip) has a base clock frequence of 2.9GHz, which had Turbo Boost capability of up to 4.8GHz. First spotted by YouTuber Dave Lee, he made subsequent tests to confirm that the Core i9 chip thermal throttles that it can’t even maintain its base clock speed of 2.9GHz. As seen on the video below, the chip only runs at 2.2GHz due to the result of thermal throttling as well as heat being generated inside the chassis.
What’s worst is that the thermal throttling is so severe, that the older generation MacBook Pro even beat the newer model in terms of performance. Dave Lee showed a benchmark with Adobe Premiere Pro rendering a 5.5-minute clip from his Red Scarlet-W 5K to 4K H.264. The results are so disturbing that he even attempted to put the blazing Mac to a freezer just to control its thermal performance.
Dave compared the Core i9 MacBook Pro against a 2017 MacBook Pro which uses an older Kaby Lake chip with fewer cores – the older MacBook Pro was even faster by 11 percent!
As you can also see, the Gigabyte Aero 15X was also tested, only getting the job done in just 7 minutes and 18 seconds. Although it wasn’t really comparable to each other (since Mac and PC optimizations of Adobe Premiere are different), the last item on the benchmark which says (Freezer) on the name shows a 31-percent improvement from the previous render time.
Apple’s thermal solution to the Core i9 is the one to be blamed. It’s cooling that’s insufficient, and it means the Core i9 is completely wasted inside the MacBook Pro. You’ll be paying for more but you’ll be getting less than expected.
Another thing to note is that the problem isn’t just limited to the Core i9 model. NotebookCheck tested other variants of the 2018 MacBook Pro with the Core i7-8850H and experienced similar throttling problems.
Apple might have compromised the design with their 2018 MacBook Pros, having no consideration about the cooling requirements of these newer processors from Intel, and still out-going for that superslim, sleek and lightweight design. Those compromises aren’t acceptable when Apple expects you to pay $2,399 for the 2018 MacBook Pro with a Core i7 and $2,799 if you want a Core i9.