Apple Silicon M1 MacBook Air Benchmark: Fastest Mac Ever in Single-Core Performance

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Some Apple Silicon M1 benchmarks have made their way onto Geekbench, and the numbers are just incredible.

The 2020 Apple Silicon MacBook Air scored the highest single-core result of any Mac ever made, topping out at 1695. This handily beats the 1251 single-core score from a 2020 27-inch Retina iMac with an Intel Core i9-10910 at 3.6 GHz (10 cores). The M1 chip is clocked at 3.20 GHz and showing 8GB of RAM in these early Geekbench scores.

Here’s a chart (via MacRumors) that puts the single-core score from the M1 MacBook Air (with 8GB of RAM) into perspective:

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When it comes to multi-core, the M1 MacBook Air scored as high as 7433, which beats all 16-inch MacBook Pro configurations, plus a late 2013 Mac Pro with Intel Xeon E5-2697 at 2.7GHz (12 cores) and its score of 7015. The M1 MacBook Air sits below the base 2019 Mac Pro and its score of 7989.

Check out the following single core and multi-core scores, comparing the Apple Silicon MacBook Air to the Mac mini, 16-inch MacBook Pro and 2020 iPad Air:

While the M1 MacBook Air is showing some incredible numbers, it’s unclear how the computer will fare when it comes to sustained and heavy workloads, versus the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro. There is no fan in the new M1 MacBook Air.

We’ll have to wait for official benchmarks from reviewers, but from these early numbers, it’s clear Apple Silicon is no joke. A 2020 M1 MacBook Air beats all 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Ouch.

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