Everything you wanted to know about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro
In the hands of those who are not bound by any obligations to Apple, the 16-inch MacBook Pro was supposed to get no earlier than tomorrow. However, just don’t tell anyone about it, the unknown number of people who ordered this MacBook Pro, as soon as it appeared in the online store, it has already received. Among them was one of my friends, a former employee of the QuickTime group at Apple – I learned from him that miracles do happen.
Deliveries of the MacBook Pro 16 in several English-speaking countries will begin tomorrow, Friday, November 15th. Along with the start of sales of new MacBook Pros in the retail Apple Store, which in these countries hundreds and a half. Will anyone buy them? Is there any problem that has escaped the attention of its creators that will erase all its positive qualities? But today, I would like to focus on technical details. On those of them that are reliably known from the very beginning.
And also, I would like to correct the typo that came from the previous article, it’s not clear where the MacBook Pro with a 16-inch diagonal if you select the most expensive options in the configurator, costs not 5,299 dollars, but the whole 6,099. This is a portable monster weighing 2 kg, with Intel Core i9 2.4 GHz (i9-9950HK), 64 Gigabytes of RAM, 8 Terabytes SSD and AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8 Gigabytes GDDR6. Just $ 101 more expensive than the Apple Pro XDR Display with nano-structured glass and a unique stand in the kit. The comparison is fair, maximum configuration versus maximum configuration. The MBP 16 in the maximum configuration is $ 100 more expensive than the Decembrist Mac Pro in the minimum. This is in prices excluding taxes and fees. In rubles, taking into account all taxes, the ratios will remain, but the amounts will be terrifying.
16-inch MacBook Pro processors
The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses exactly the same processors as the 15-inch six months ago. This is Coffee Lake Refresh, the ninth generation of the great Core microarchitecture. Over the past six months, Intel has not released new processors for this class of laptops. So before you blame the author for not knowing the “mat parts”, make sure that this is true. In the “Central and GPUs in MBP15 2019” section of the May 15-inch MacBook Pro, for example. Constantly referred to in the media as “new processors”, “9th generation processors instead of 8th processors” is a mistake.
All three modifications of the central processors used in the 16-inch MacBook Pro are made using 14 nm “second generation” technology, and these are still the best processors for powerful professional (and gaming) laptops in the world. All of them support Hyperthreading, that is, for the operating system they have twice as many kernels as they actually are:
- 6-core Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz (i9-9750H), with a third-level cache of 12 megabytes and with a maximum clock speed in Turbo Boost mode of 4.5 GHz;
- Octa-core Intel Core i9 2.3 GHz (i9-9850H), with a 16-megabyte third-level cache and a maximum clock speed of 4.8 GHz in Turbo Boost mode;
- An 8-core Intel Core i9 2.4 GHz (i9-9950HK), with a 16-megabyte third-level cache and a maximum clock speed of 5.0 GHz.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses the same modification of the integrated GPU from Intel (Intel UHD Graphics 630), and two GPUs from AMD, for one of them in the configurator you can choose the size of video memory. Intel UHD Graphics 630 uses for its needs from 1.5 GB of total RAM and higher, it is exactly the same as in the May 15-inch MacBook Pro.
- AMD Radeon Pro 5300M, with 4 GB GDDR6;
- AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, with 4 or 8 Gigabytes of GDDR6.
16-inch MacBook Pro ventilation system
Thanks to a radically redesigned ventilation system, with a long peak load, processors will be able to work at full power longer. One of the troubles of the May 15-inch MacBook Pro, the throttling of clock cycles, was connected precisely with the overheating of the CPU. The processor clock speed automatically decreased, which had an extremely negative effect on performance. The media sweetly scared Apple and its MacBook Pro, and already sick keyboard butterfly. Apple engineers tried to fix this problem in May MBP by changing the processor settings – but they could not seriously improve the situation. It is not known whether they will be able to defeat throttling now, but if there were no grounds for hoping for it, most likely they would not have remembered it. And the new cooling system looks something like this:
How much is the new MacBook Pro
All prices indicated in dollars are “basic”, excluding taxes and fees. Even within the United States, taxes and fees vary widely across regions. The prices indicated in rubles include all taxes and fees, these are the amounts that the buyer will pay. Of the ruble so far, only the prices of two basic configurations are known, 199,990 ₽ and 232,990 ₽. All configurations use the same type of RAM, DDR4 with 2,666 MHz (in May MacBook Pro 15 they used DDR4 with 2,400 MHz), the maximum size of RAM is 64 Gigabytes. The maximum SSD capacity is 8 Terabytes, which is twice the maximum SSD capacity in May MacBook Pro 15).
The basic configuration for 199,990 ₽ ($ 2,399) includes an Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz processor (i9-9750H), 16 Gigabytes of RAM and a 512 Gigabyte SSD. GPU – AMD Radeon Pro 5300M with 4 GB GDDR6. For a surcharge of $ 300, you can choose the world’s most powerful laptop processor, Intel Core i9 2.4 GHz (i9-9950HK). Instead of the basic 16 GB of RAM, you can choose 32 GB (for $ 400) or 64 GB (for $ 800). The range of available SSD volumes is wider: 512 GB can be replaced with 1 TB (for $ 200), 2 TB (for $ 600), 4 TB (for $ 1,200) or 8 TB (for $ 2,400). The graphics processor can be replaced with an AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with either 4 GB of GDDR6 (for $ 100) or 8 GB of GDDR6 (for $ 200). If you choose the most expensive options, you get $ 6,099.
In former times (which had not yet been completed to the end), the set of available options depended on what initial configuration the buyer began to adapt to his needs and capabilities. Now I will show you the trick: in the initial basic configuration for $ 232,990 ($ 2,799) – 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB SSD and AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4 GB GDDR6. RAM upgrades are the same (up to 32 and 64 GB), for the same 400 and 800 dollars as in a cheaper configuration. The increase in SSD volumes begins “with the following figure) – 2 TB ($ 400), 4 TB ($ 1,000) and 8 TB ($ 2,200) are available. You cannot replace the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with another GPU, but instead of 4 GB GDDR6, you can install 8 GB GDDR6 (for $ 100). Choosing the maximum options, in total we get the same 6 099 dollars. True, this is not a trick, for sure you all have long understood.