Benchmarks show Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook is amazingly fast

“The first-ever publicly displayed new MacBook Geekbench 3 test results reveal the new 2lb. laptop to be amazingly fast,” Mark Reschke writes for T-GAAP. “The MacBook tested used the upgraded processor — 1.2 GHz — capable of running up to 2.6 GHz with Intel’s Turbo Boost technology. The single-core showcased an impressive 2831 result, while the dual-core results came in at stunning fast 5567, running Mac OS X 10.10.2.”

“Primate Labs Geekbench 3 tests revealed only 1 out of 67 Windows laptops running the Core M-Y571 processor could beat the MacBook’s multi-core score,” Reschke writes. “The ASUSTeK T300CHI beat the MacBook’s multi-core score by a mere 2%, and 4% in the single-core testing. However, ASUSTeK also accomplishes this feat by running a 1.4 GHz baseline M-Y571 processor speed, 200 MHz faster than the MacBook. At this point, no PC comes to matching the new MacBook’s performance with a 1.2 GHz M-5Y71 processor.”

“This initial testing showcases just how effectively Apple can integrate any given component into their holistic design of hardware and software,” Reschke writes. “Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of these test results is how closely the Geekbench scores run against the refreshed MacBook Air products. The updated 13-inch MacBook Air, equipped with a default 1.6 GHz – 2.7 GHz Turbo Boost Intel Core i5 processor, beats the new MacBook by only 3% in an average combined Geekbench score.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Once again, Apple proves that vertical integration yields significantly better products.

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  1. Now to see how the graphics scores compare. Pushing a retina display with a 5300 Intel graphics vs a non-retina MBA display with a 6100 GPU should be telling.

    1. What will be far more telling is to see how well the MacBook does running the Geekbench stress test. Without active cooling the only way the processor will keep from overheating is by throttling the clock speed on an already slow processor.

    2. Exactly. My son is looking to buy a Mac for college this fall, and he’s debating between the MacBook and 13″ MacBook Pro (he wants Retina display, so MBA is out). Been waiting for some full MacBook testing to see how it stacks up against the MBP 13.

      1. What does the MacBook offer? Low weight and long battery life. For a college student who will use his machine for practically everything, including work that he can’t even predict today, choosing aesthetics over performance is not a great tradeoff compared to a MacBook Pro.

        If he’s young and healthy, he can lift a MacBook Pro. On a college campus, there is no shortage of places to charge up.

        There is no practical reason to go with an inferior performing MacBook.

  2. Apple iPad Air 2 is also super fact — it reached 4800 in this test.

    This is why I wrote that if Apple really wanted, it only had to tweak A8X a little bit to make its frequency higher and it would match or top Intel’s offer.

    In half year from now, iPad Air 3 will already top Macbook in performance with its A9X SoC.

    However, Apple has no use for ARM architecture for Macintoshes now. There is no significant benefit to switch even low power products like Macbook.

    One of the reason is because Intel is still leading in manufacturing: their 14 nm is the only honest 14 nm production. Samsung, Global Foundries and TSMC half cheap by keeping interconnects made on older 20 nm dimensions — so their 14/16 nm processes are half way to fully 14 nm process Intel has.

      1. I have a 2011 MBA with the 1.8 GHz i7. It’s not blazing. It was fine until Yosemite, then the 4GB RAM just became too little. Now I have to be careful not to have too many apps open or too many tabs open in Safari. Mavericks was much better at memory management.

        1. I completely agree that Yosemite has some serious memory management issues. Having more memory just means it’ll take a little longer before you run into those problems.

    1. On the same geekbench 3.3.2 test the 13″ MacBook Air 2010 scored 840 single core and 1436 multi core that is about 3.5-4 times slower than the new MacBook – not really “about the speed”…

      1. Exactly the problem with the early MBAs: not powerful enough. It was not a sales success until Apple gave it more ports and more horsepower, and still it isn’t Apple’s best selling laptop.

        Fast forward to today, and you have 5 years more bloat in OS X and all the applications that run on it. Offering a new MacBook that has no more power than a 2011 MBA just makes no sense whatsoever if you do anything more than email and web surfing. But if all you do is email and websurfing, then save yourself $1000 and get an iPad.


    64 bit multiprocessor:

    best Mac desktop score:
    Mac Pro (Late 2013), Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 2700 MHz (12 cores)

    best Mac laptop score:
    MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Mid 2014), Intel Core i7-4980HQ 2800 MHz (4 cores)

    best ultraportable laptop:
    MacBook Air (11-inch Early 2015), Intel Core i7-5650U 2200 MHz (2 cores)

    The new 2015 MacBook (12-inch, Intel M-5Y71 processor, 1.2 GHz)

    any questions?

      1. Every user has to figure out WIW for themselves. Hard to say whether a Retina screen will trump lack of processing power. Maybe.

        But in a larger sense, I think the new MacBook will be disappointing to entry-level buyers who just want to get a decent value Mac laptop. There is no low-cost, high-CPU-power MacBook model anymore. The new MacBook is just another MacBook Air with fewer ports, sized for people who do their workouts in the gym and never want to pick up a device that looks like it weighs any more than the ridiculously overpriced coffee in their other hand.

        1. The article proposes that performance doesn’t matter because now computer buyers only want fashion, and someday the 2015 MacBook will eventually be considered a decent value?

          What complete BS.

          Anyone who is willing to settle for poor CPU performance is also willing to settle for poor graphics, and there are many netbooks that will give them what they want for a quarter of the price. Other Macs offer vastly more performance for about the same price.

          A Retina display is just not a huge selling point for a machine that cannot realistically edit high resolution video or images, nor play high resolution games. A used 2011 MacBook Air is an infinitely better value. Watch Apple drop the price on this fancy netbook if Cook can’t move hardly any units by the 2015 holiday season.

    1. Not impressed, actually. The processor score is only good for short duration bursts. Remember, this thing is fanless, so no quick way to cool a hot processor. When you dig into anything that requires some processing, then watch as the MacBook CPU speed drops like a rock.

      As others have said, this is a fashion oriented netbook. I don’t believe that its processor score reflects accurately how limited this machine will be in the real world.

      1. Limited for what? Photoshop? Yeah I’m sure (because PS is bloatware), but that is obviously not the target market. I doubt this MacBook will be limited to the “real world” it was designed for (probably not you or me).

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