First 12″ MacBook 1.3GHz benchmarks: top model rivals 1.4GHz iMac, 2014 … – 9 to 5 Mac (blog)

Following Apple’s shipments of the first 1.3GHz versions of the 12″ MacBook this week, benchmarks have started to appear online for the new Intel Core M-5Y71 machine. Geekbench 3 shows the following results for each model, which vary based on the testing mode (32/64-bit) and number of processor cores used (single or multiple cores).

MacBook 1.1GHz

  • 32-Bit: Single-Core Average 2212, Multi-Core Average 4070
  • 64-Bit: Single-Core Average 2428, Multi-Core Average 4592

MacBook 1.2GHz

  • 32-Bit: Single-Core Average 2348, Multi-Core Average 4603
  • 64-Bit: Single-Core Average 2579, Multi-Core Average 5185

MacBook 1.3GHz

  • 32-Bit: Single-Core* 2271, Multi-Core* 4841
  • 64-Bit: Single-Core Average 2816, Multi-Core Average 5596

The 1.3GHz MacBook’s 64-bit scores represent 16%-22% improvements over the 1.1GHz model, and 8%-9% gains over the 1.2GHz model. Note that only one test result has been published so far for the 1.3GHz MacBook in 32-bit mode, which is why its single-core numbers look lower than expected compared with the other models’ averages. More details are below…

Combing through Geekbench 3 results, the 1.3GHz MacBook’s scores compare most directly to Apple’s 1.4GHz Macs, such as the entry-level 21.5″ iMac and early 2014 entry-level MacBook Air. The latter model achieved Single- and Multi-Core scores in the 2400/4700 range for 32-Bit tests, and 2700/5300 for 64-Bit tests.

Geekbench 3’s Single-Core scores reflect the machines’ relative speeds when performing non-demanding tasks such as basic web browsing and word processing. Multi-Core scores demonstrate the machine’s ability to perform more complex tasks demanding additional processing power, such as video rendering.

The 1.3GHz MacBook is available only as a custom build-to-order model, but authorized resellers are now offering it at discounted prices.


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6 Responses to “First 12″ MacBook 1.3GHz benchmarks: top model rivals 1.4GHz iMac, 2014 MacBook Air”

  1. I would be more interested to see how the system performs under sustained load. Without a fan, it’s going to have to throttle more to avoid overheating. Turbo boost really will only be for short boosts lest they cook the chip.

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  2. I have the 1.2Ghz model and it’s been great speed-wise. With day-to-day tasks, I can barely see any difference between the Macbook and my home (monster) workstation.

    I went for the mid-range model because of storage space, but also because I thought a speedier processors would improve battery life (faster boost -> faster task completion -> more processor idle time -> more cores on sleep). Battery life is good w/ the 12Ghz model, although I suspect it’s due to other factors.

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  3. AeronPeryton says:

    My brain knows I need to stick with the MacBook Pro line for work-related apps, but my heart really really wants one of these. I could theoretically get by with this 1.3GHz, but I really shouldn’t push my luck. Maybe the next revision of these would cut it for me.

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  4. I own a 2013 Macbook Air with a 1,3Ghz processor and let me tell you, I have edited video on Premiere Pro and use Photoshop often and I have never heard the fan or felt the computer get any hotter than normal! So I believe that the new Macbook will work just fine, plus not everyone should get a Macbook, if you really want a ton of performance get a Macbook Pro.

    I personally love my Macbook Air because of how portable it is, I used to own a Macbook Pro as well and loved it but I didn’t feel a big perfomance difference when I made the switch to the Air, maybe because I’m not a power user.

    At this point I’m not sure if I’ll buy another Macbook Air next time or a Macbook Pro. My opinion on the Macbook is: it is too expensive (almost the same as Macbook Pro) but a lot of people will certainly love its design and functionality (especially the trackpad and Retina display) over the Macbook Air and so I like it as product, but maybe not for me personally at this point.

    But at the same time, if someone really values having an amazing screen/retina displas, and wants a lot of probability, this is great and maybe much better than the Macbook Air in that respect.

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  5. Thank you, an article about an Apple product that is not the Apple Watch.

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