The first of the much-anticipated benchmarks for Apple’s new ARM-powered Macbooks, launched yesterday, has started hitting the internet, and it appears they are living up to much of Apple’s promises.
A Geekbench result has shown up the for new MacBook Air (2020) powered by Apple’s new M1 Apple Silicon chip, based on the A14 chip.
The device features 8GB RAM, runs at 3.2 Ghz, and has a single-core score of 1687 and a multi-core score of 7433.
The score convincingly beats the Intel-powered MacBook Pro in both single and multi-core tests. The high-end 16-inch MacBook Pro earned a single-core score of 1096 and a multi-core score of 6870.
A benchmark for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 chip and 16GB RAM also produced a single-core score of 1714 and a multi-core score of 6802.
By comparison, the A14 iPad Air, earned a single-core score of 1585 and a multi-core score of 4647.
PC owners would be interested in the scores for the latest Dell Inc. XPS 13 9300, which scored 976 on Single-Core and 4126 multi-core.
It all depends of course of these benchmarks translate into real-world performance, particularly when moving off-chip, but if Apple can overcome comparability and emulation issues they may have confirmed that ARM is the future.