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Early Benchmarks Indicate M1-Equipped MacBook Air Surpasses 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Curtis Joe

| 1 month ago


When we discussed the speculative Geekbench results of the Apple Silicon processor, at the time believed to be the "A14X," the natural frame of reference had it pitted up against the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s Intel Core i9.

Now, barely a week later, we have the official name of Apple’s first Apple Silicon chip: the M1. We also know that it will house a world-class octa-core CPU, an impressive 8-core GPU, an intelligent Neural Engine, and more.


However, the M1 event was short and left a lot to be desired. They didn’t disclose internal bandwidth, page size, clock speed, or any direct comparisons. For example, when claiming to be more power efficient and higher performing than the latest PC laptop chip, they didn’t say what system they were running the M1 against.


They were purposefully vague—and that’s fine. We have no doubt that the M1 will bring about new levels of performance and power efficiency for Apple’s Macs. However, to satisfy tech enthusiasts and those who care more about specs than surface-level details, more real-world performance details are in order.

Those Numbers May Have Surfaced Today

Some interesting details about Apple’s M1-powered MacBook Air may have been released in an early Geekbench 5 test. According to the benchmark test results, the MacBook Air’s M1 leaves the current generation 16-inch MacBook Pro’s Intel Core i9 in the dust.

Single-Core Score: 1687

Today's Geekbench results show the M1 ringing in a single-core performance score of 1687. This comes in even higher than the fabled 1634 single-core score reported by the aforementioned "A14X."


To put it into perspective, the mid 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro’s quad-core Intel Core i7-1068NG7 reported a single-core score of 1239.


The octa-core Intel Core i9-9980HK found at the heart of the late 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro garnered an even lower single-core score of 1095.


For a mobile processor, 1687 is a very impressive single-core score.

Multi-Core Score: 7433

The MacBook Air’s M1 looks to achieve a multi-core performance score of 7433.


This is 2918 points ahead of the mid 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro, which scored 4515 for multi-core performance.

This is 564 points ahead of the late 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro, which scored 6869 for multi-core performance.

Order Your Own M1 Mac on Apple's Online Store

If these Geekbench 5 scores are true, they would align closely with the claims made during Apple’s online event on November 10th.

The price tags on M1-equipped Macs are already quite competitive. Considering the performance per watt and software integration promised by Apple’s new proprietary chips, Apple Silicon Macs could offer an incredibly compelling value proposition.

The 13-inch Apple M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are available to order on Apple's online store, and will begin shipping November 17th.

Products Covered

allapplenews-product-MacBook Air
MacBook Air
Release Date
November 2020


• 256GB / 512GB
• 13.3" LED-Backlit Retina Display with IPS Technology
• Apple M1 chip
• Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID Sensor
• Up to 18 Hours Video Playback
• 8GB / 16GB unified Memory


Apple Silicon is finally here! The 2020 MacBook Air is built around the all-new M1 processing chip. The first-ever ARM-based Apple-exclusive chip features an 8-core CPU with four perform­ance cores, four efficiency cores, 7-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. All these upgrades make up the most powerful MacBook Air ever. The latest silent, fanless design boasts up to 16 hours of battery life.

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