As you'd expect from such an amazingly powerful (and frighteningly expensive) notebook, the MacBook Pro with Retina display put in an excellent performance in our benchmarking tests. Its solid state drive gives it a huge advantage in our Xbench storage and processor test.
We tested the high-end 2.6GHz model, which was rated at 428.67. To put this in perspective, the previous high-end MacBook Pro - a late 2011 model with a 2.4GHz Core i7 processor - scored 138.6.
Solid state storage gives the new Retina display notebook an incredibly fast boot time too. A clean install of OS X 10.7 Lion starts up in around 17 seconds. Obviously it will take longer over time as login items are added, but if you want to get up and running even faster, there's another solution.
The battery lasts for around seven hours of regular use, and if you close it, the notebook goes into Standby Mode. It can remain in this low-energy state for up to 30 days, and is instantly on as soon as you open the lid.
Our Cinebench tests showed just how useful the new MacBook Pro with Retina display is for video editors, and indeed anyone who needs a lot of rendering power. Using just one of its four cores, the notebook scored 5165, up from 4870 on the 2.4GHz late 2011 model.
But with all four cores and HyperThreading in action, it was rated 20179, more than 27% up on its predecessor's score of 15786. Our test movie, a five-minute 640 x 480 video file, took just 149 seconds to encode to iPod format using iMovie, shaving more than five seconds off its predecessor's speed.
The only benchmarking test in which the MacBook Pro with Retina display didn't excel is our iTunes encoding test. Our standard test CD took 449 seconds to encode, over a minute and a half slower than the late 2011 model.
This is, of course, inevitable given that the older MacBook Pro had a built-in optical drive, while the new one was benchmarked using an Apple USB SuperDrive, with the USB port proving the limiting factor.
Cinebench 10 Single core: 5165
Cinebench 10 Multi-core: 20179
iTunes encoding: 449 secs (using USB SuperDrive)
Movie encoding (using iMovie): 149 secs
Doom 3: 192.7 FPS