Apple launched the M1 chip , which will make its market debut next week. The company promises that the ARM-based SoC will deliver a surprising ratio of performance per watt, and the first benchmarks with the product show promising results.
Recently, a listing in the Geekbench app showed the performance of the MacBook Air 2020 , one of the first computers to bring the M1 chip. The Apple-based Silicon product scored 1,687 points in the single-core assessment and reached 7,433 in the multi-core test.
According to the Geekbench database, the score is sufficient to beat the most powerful 2019 MacBook Pro, which has an Intel processor. Apple’s top-of-the-line notebook hit the market with the Core i9-9880H processor and has a score of approximately 6,800 in the multi-core test on the benchmark platform, which ensures an advantage for the new Air.
The result in the single-core test of the notebook with M1 is also surprising. The score achieved by the MacBook Air is enough to beat even iMacs equipped with the i9-10910, Intel’s 10-core chip.
The computer used in the tests has 8 GB of RAM. The M1 chip present in the tested MacBook Air has eight processing cores, as announced by Apple on Tuesday, and a base frequency of 3.2 GHz.
Despite the success of the MacBook Air 2020 in the CPU part, it is important to note that the product ends up losing in the graphics part. According to MacRumors , the ARM-based device offers less GPU performance compared to the 2019 MacBook Pro because of the more powerful graphics chip that is present in the Intel chip notebook.
MacBook Pro with M1
The MacBook Air was not the only product with Apple Silicon to appear on Geekbench recently. The MacRumors also found listings with the MacBook Pro using the M1 chip and, despite having the same construction as the Air model, the device does better in single-core test because of some differences in the specifications.
The product has a fan for cooling in its design and has been tested with 16 GB of RAM. The notebook achieved a score of 1,714 in the single-core test, while the multi-core stood at 6,802.
More details on the performance of computers with Apple Silicon will appear next week, when the products will hit the market.