M1 MacBook Air outperforms Intel’s 11th gen Tiger Lake processor in Geekbench benchmarks

As per the latest benchmarks that have surfaced on Geekbench, M1 MacBook Air outperforms Dell XPS 13, which is powered by the highest-end chip in Intel’s new 11th generation “Tiger Lake” family,

Intel announced its new 11th generation Tiger Lake processors in September 2020 and said that the new line of chips are the best for thin and light laptops. So far, only a few laptops have shipped with Intel’s 11th generation processors, but when those machines are compared with Apple’s M1 chip, Apple Silicon destroys all competition.

MacBook Air with M1 chip outperforms Intel’s 11th gen. Tiger Lake processor in Geekbench benchmarks

The new Apple Silicon machines have only been available to customers for a few weeks now in the new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. So far, customer reviews have been incredibly positive and help set new standards for competitors.

M1 MacBook Air vs. Intel Tiger Lake processor

The new MacBook Air, with its 8-core M1 chip, has the following numbers on Geekbench:

  • Single-core: 1713
  • Multi-core: 7484

In comparison, Dell XPS 13 with the highest-end chip in the new “Tiger Lake” family and 32GB of RAM, scored the following numbers:

  • Single-core: 1544
  • Multi-core: 5491

If we take a look at the raw numbers, the M1 has a base frequency of 3.20 GHz vs. the Tiger Lake’s 3.00 GHz. The M1 is manufactured using 5nm technology while Tiger Lake is built on the 10nm process. Furthermore, the M1 has a major advantage by having 8 cores, which is twice the number of the cores in the 11th gen. i7 processor.

Though Apple’s M1 does beat Intel in these tests, there are several contributing factors that ultimately result in the final numbers of the benchmark scores. For example, Apple can optimize its operating system for peak performance around Apple Silicon. Lastly, differences in the hardware design of both machines may not accurately represent the power of their respective chips.

However, an important thing to note is that Apple Silicon still manages to consistently beat other machines running Intel’s latest processors. In many other tests conducted between machines with the Intel Core i7 chip and any Mac with M1 chip, Apple’s chip consistently comes out strong.

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