MacBook Air with M1 chip outperforms 16-inch MacBook Pro in Geekbench benchmarks

As per the latest benchmarks that have surfaced on Geekbench, the base model M1 MacBook Air outperforms the 16-inch MacBook Pro that is powered by an Intel chip. Other benchmarks have also appeared from the new M1 MacBook Pro and M1 Mac mini, which also show tremendous improvements in both single-core and multi-core performance.

M1 Geekbench scores confirm that it destroys Intel’s processors

A lot of people had been questioning Apple’s numbers and labeling them as marketing mumbo-jumbo even before the event ended. As per Apple’s numbers, the new custom M1 chip outperforms Intel-based processors at a much lower wattage. This is something that even AnandTech believes to be true, based on the performance numbers put out by the A14 chip in iPhone 12 and fourth-generation iPad Air.

M1 13-inch MacBook Air benchmarks

The new MacBook Air, with its 8-core M1 chip clocked at 3.2 GHz, and 8GB RAM, has the following numbers on Geekbench:

  • Single-core: 1687
  • Multi-core: 7433

In comparison, the 16-inch MacBook Pro, with an 8-core Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, hits the following numbers:

  • Single-core: 1096
  • Multi-core: 6870

To put things into perspective, MacBook Air’s single-core and multi-core scores are higher than all iOS devices, including the latest iPhone 12 and iPad Air with A14 chips. The MacBook Air’s single-core performance is also higher than all other Macs that Apple sells, including the Mac Pro.

The MacBook Air’s multi-core performance is higher than all portable Macs that Apple sells. Only iMac, iMac Pro and Mac Pro outperform it in multi-core performance scores.

M1 13-inch MacBook Pro benchmarks

There are also scores available on Geekbench for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, however, they are not as impressive despite featuring the same M1 chip. We will wait for more numbers to show up before judging these.

  • Single-core: 1714
  • Multi-core: 6802

In comparison, the fastest Intel-based 13-inch MacBook Pro with Core i7-1068NG7 scores the following:

  • Single-core: 1239
  • Multi-core: 4517

M1 Mac mini benchmarks

The $699 M1 Mac mini also has scores on Geekbench:

  • Single-core: 1682
  • Multi-core: 7097

In comparison, the fastest Intel-based Mac mini, with a 6-core Core i7-8700 gets the following scores on Geekbench:

  • Single-core: 1101
  • Multi-core: 5473

Interestingly, it shows a slightly lower clocked M1 chip at 3.04 GHz.

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