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Geekbench shows MacBook Air with M1 chip outclassing 16-inch MacBook Pro

By Kenny Yeo - on 14 Nov 2020, 11:11am

Geekbench shows MacBook Air with M1 chip outclassing 16-inch MacBook Pro

Note: This article was first published on 12 Nov 2020.

The new M1 chip. (Image source: Apple)

Early yesterday morning, Apple finally unveiled M1, its custom silicon for Macs, as well as the first Macs to be powered by M1.

And now, it seems like benchmarks are pouring in and they look to be amazing.

On Geekbench 5, the new M1-powered MacBook Air with 8GB of memory recorded a single-core score of 1,687 and a multi-core score of 7,433.

To put these numbers into context, it's the fastest single-core performance ever recorded on any Mac. Additionally, the MacBook Air's multi-core score puts that of the 16-inch MacBook Pro to shame.

In comparison, a 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with a 10th generation Core i9 managed single-core and multi-core scores of 1,096 and 6,870 respectively.

Geekbench 5 scores
Model Single-core Multi-core
M1 MacBook Air 1,687 7,433
Core i9 16-inch MacBook Pro 1,096 6,870

Yup, the least powerful M1 MacBook Air is outperforming the fastest Intel-powered MacBook Pro. And remember, the MacBook Air has no fans.

While the MacBook Air is clearly superior on raw CPU benchmarks, the 16-inch MacBook Pro could still have the upper hand in graphics benchmarks thanks to its discrete graphics. We'll have to wait for more benchmarks to know.

For now, these are exciting times for the Mac and we can't wait to run tests on these new Macs.

Source: Geekbench via MacRumors