Intel Core i5-6267u vs i5-7267u – 2016 Macbook Pro vs 2017 Macbook Pro – Is the new Macbook Pro better?

The new 2017 Macbook Pro 13 inch with touch bar has been announced at June’s WWDC. Although the update did not consist of ground breaking changes, the Macbook Pros have seen a hardware bump from the 2016 line-up.

The previous generation base model of the 2016 Macbook Pro 13 inch with touch bar came with an Intel Core i5-6267u. This CPU was clocked at 2.9GHz and could go up to 3.1GHz. The updated 2017 13 inch Macbook Pro with touch bar has been upgraded with the new Intel Sky lake chip. The Intel Core i5-7267U now has a base clock of 3.1GHz and can go up to 3.5GHz. That’s an increase of 13% in clock speed.

Looking at the table below, we can see that the only changes between the 2 chips is an increase in clock speed, a better GPU, and a revised architecture.

Intel Core i5-7267U Intel Core i5-6267U
3.10 GHz Frequency 2.90 GHz
3.50 GHz Turbo (1 Core) 3.30 GHz
3.50 GHz Turbo (All Cores) 3.10 GHz
2 Cores 2
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
3 MB Cache 4 MB
Intel Iris Plus 650 GPU Intel Iris Graphics 550
0.30 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
1.05 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.05 GHz
10 GPU Generation 9
12 DirectX Version 12
3 Max. displays 3
48 Execution units 48
Decode/Encode Codec h264 Decode/Encode
Decode/Encode Codec JPEG Decode/Encode
Decode/Encode Codec h265 8bit Decode/Encode
Decode/Encode Codec h265 10bit No
Decode/Encode Codec VP8 Decode/Encode
Decode Codec VP9 Decode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode/Encode Codec AVC Decode/Encode
Kaby Lake U Architecture Skylake-U
DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM Memory DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM
2 Memory channels 2
No ECC No
3 PCIe version 3
12 PCIe lanes 12
14nm Technology 14nm
BGA 1356 Socket BGA 1356
28W TDP 28W
Yes AES-NI Yes
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Q4/2016 Release date Q3/2015
Market price

 

Looking at the benchmarks below, the new Skylake chip is only marginally better than the previous generation chip.

Intel Core i5-7267U Intel Core i5-6267U
2x 3.10
GHz (3.50 GHz) HT
2x 2.90
GHz (3.30 GHz) HT
Cinebench
R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)
1.7 (100%) 1.59 (94%)
Cinebench
R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)
4.16 (100%) 3.69 (89%)
Cinebench
R15 (Single-Core)
149 (100%) 140 (94%)
Cinebench
R15 (Multi-Core)
379 (100%) 336 (89%)
Passmark
CPU Mark
5340 (100%) 4735 (89%)
Geekbench
3, 64bit (Single-Core)
3699 (100%) 3481 (94%)
Geekbench
3, 64bit (Multi-Core)
8030 (100%) 7128 (89%)

 

The benchmarks alone don’t say the whole story however. At the moment, we don’t yet know how the new chips perform in terms of battery life, heat generation, and throttling. It may be that the newer chips are more efficient with the use of power, and thus may consume less power. This means that better battery life may be achieved with the new chips. The new chips may also generate less heat, thereby increasing the time after which the CPU heats up and speed is throttled down.

However, if the new chip uses nearly the same amount of power and produces nearly around the same amount of heat, then the older chip might still be worth it. Macbook Pros with the older chip may now be had for cheaper prices until stocks last. If one is to consider the speed increase alone, we would go for the 2016 model with a discount. Eventually we might see the 2016 touch bar model going for the same price as a non-touch bar 2017 Macbook Pro.

Jake Bonello

Jake Bonello

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