This is it. This is the computer I’ve been waiting for Apple to build for at least the past year. Unboxing the highest end configuration 16″ MBP available at the Apple Store!
EDIT: I’ll save most of this for the full review, but I did render a ~7min video with HandBrake (which is incredibly CPU intensive) to see how much the thermal system has improved. I’m glad to report that it has. It’s at the very least adequate, in that it maintains the CPU’s base clock or stays slightly above it. While the temperature quickly shot into the 90s as MacBooks typically do, it settled right around the high 80s after the fans kicked in. These shots from Intel Power Gadget were taken shortly after starting, during the middle of, and at the end of my render.