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MacBook Air with M1 chip beats all available Macs in single-core performance test

12 November 2020 0

Apple unveiled its first silicon M1 specifically for the Macs at its recently happened event. While the company didn’t dig deeper into the technical details, it did talk about some of the things that are important to note in the tech world of growing competition.

M1 chip is built on a 5nm process and has 16 billion transistors. The chipset packs powerful custom technologies, including high-efficiency CPU and GPU cores, high-bandwidth caches, high-efficiency audio processor, Neural Engine, Secure Enclave, and much more. Apple touts the new M1 chip offers three times better performance per watt. It offers “impressive performance,” and high bandwidth with low-latency. Apple also touts its new silicon is up to two times faster than the competing PC processors.


Well, all these claims sound pretty impressive but the real-time performance is yet to be experienced. However, before that, you can look at some numbers and estimate what the new M1 is capable of.

The first benchmark of the new chip has surfaced via the Geekbench site and the score the chip has bagged is pretty admirable. Well, many of us don’t really go by the benchmark numbers because they don’t reflect the actual performance of a device. But when the difference between the scores obtained by the two devices is big, it does turn heads. This is what just happened.

According to early benchmark testing, the Cupertino company’s new M1 chip outperformed its top Intel-based machines, suggesting its own built chip is indeed living up to the expectations.

The MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and M1 chip with 3.2GHz base frequency benchmarked on Geekbench and received a single-core score of 1687 and a multi-core score of 7433. For comparison, aggregate scores compiled by the benchmarking site show the M1 outperformed all Macs in single-core performance.

Single-core score

The multi-core performance beats out all of the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro models, including the 10th-generation high-end 2.4GHz Intel Core i9 model.

One more benchmark done on the MacBook Pro with M1 chip, 16GB RAM scored 1714 on single-core performance and a multi-core score of 6802. These are some indeed great results and pushing us to bind high expectations with it clearly.

Multi-core performance

At the event, Apple announced,

“M1 chip includes two types of cores – High-performance cores and high-efficiency cores. Each performance core is designed to run a single task or thread as efficiently as possible while maximizing performance. And, M1 has such 4 high-performance cores. To handle lighter workloads more efficiently, M1 brings 4 high-efficiency cores, which delivers similar performance as the current generation dual-core MacBook Air at much lower power.”


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