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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


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

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