MacBook Air M1 Benchmarks Released, Crushes Windows Laptops

MacBook Air with M1

Apple’s ARM-based chipset benchmarks are impressive. They can be seen by MacRumors, the benchmarks are for Geekbench 5 and show how the M1 in the new MacBook Air can achieve performance that crushes most Intel-powered laptops.

In the single-core Geekbench analysis, the MacBook Air with M1 got a score of 1,687, and it got a very high 7, the multi-core test. For example, the MacBook Pro 13-inch hit 4,399 with its 10th gen Core i5 CPU. That’s by no means poor or inferior score, but it outclassed by the M1 for sure.

Here Are The MacBook Air M1 Geekbench 5 Results

Laptop Geekbench 5 score
MacBook Air M1 7,433
Dell XPS 13 (Core i7-1165G7) 5,319
Asus ZenBook Flip S (Core i7-1165G) 5,084
MacBook Pro 13-inch (10th gen Intel Core i5) 4,399
MacBook Pro 16-inch (9th gen Intel Core i9) 7,250

So how M1 will do in the new MacBook Air and how it compares to new Windows laptops which are coming out with Intel’s latest Tiger Lake chips? Well, M1 just annihilates them.

The MacBook Air M1 also far outpaces the Asus ZenBook Flip S, which reached 5,084 in the Geekbench multi-core test. It has the same chip as the Dell XPS 13.

MacBook Air with M1

M1 uses the fundamental base architecture as the A14 Bionic chip which you get in the iPad Air 2020 and iPhone 12, it’s no surprise it’s single-core scores are quicker than the A14 Bionic.

But in multi-core performance, the M1 leaps in front of the pack. The iPhone 12’s A14 Bionic got a score of 3,880 in the multi-core test. That’s hardly unexpected given the M1 has an 8-core CPU, while the A14 Bionic has a 6-core CPU.

ARM-based chips mean a shift from x86 architecture to the RISC architecture that supports almost all the chips in smartphones. As such, software originally tweaked to run on x86 architecture needs to be made compatible with RISC.

Apple claims it’s software tools, like Rosetta 2, will allow x86-based apps to run on the new M1 with ease. Again, we’ll need to see this for ourselves before we pass judgment on what Cupertino’s engineers have cooked up.

But these early Geekbench 5 results ensure powerful performance from the Apple Silicon MacBook Air. And that bodes well for the Apple Silicon MacBook Pro. The Pro comes with a similar M1 chip but comes with a more robust 8-core GPU and an active cooling system for best-sustained performance.

The new MacBook Air will start at $999 and go on sale on November 17, with pre-orders live right now. And the MacBook Pro with the M11 chip will go on sale the same day, starting at $1,299; it’s also ready to pre-order right now.

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