Zack Apiratitham

M1 MacBook Air Benchmark


MacRumors (via Hacker News):

The M1 chip, which belongs to a ‌MacBook Air‌ with 8GB RAM, features a single-core score of 1687 and a multi-core score of 7433. According to the benchmark, the M1 has a 3.2GHz base frequency.

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In comparison to Macs, the single-core performance is better than any other available Mac, and 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. That high-end 16-inch MacBook Pro earned a single-core score of 1096 and a multi-core score of 6870.

That is crazy talk. The entry-level laptop without a fan beating out top-of-the-line 16-inch MacBook Pro! Imagine what the higher-powered variant of this chip could do in a desktop Mac with more thermal envelope and wattage.

My current 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro has been feeling slightly long in the tooth and I was considering upgrading to the then new 16-inch model until Apple announced back in June that they are transitioning to ARM. Now I am certain that my next Mac will be an Apple Silicon Mac. My hope is that before or during WWDC next year, they will announce a 16-inch model of this.