The new MacBook Air with the M1 chip, introduced just a couple of days ago, has already managed to light up in the Geekbench 5 benchmark. And its result was better than the MacBook Pro 16 running an Intel processor.
The MacBook Air with the M1 chip scored 1,687 points in the Single-Core test and 7,433 points in the Multi-Core test. And that’s better than the Intel Core i9 processor in the MacBook Pro 16 (1029/6012).
The benchmark also revealed some details of the M1 chipset, in particular its base clock speed, which is 3.2 GHz. The aforementioned Core i9 is clocked at 2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz.
Interestingly, the performance of the MacBook Air with the M1 chip is comparable even to the base 2019 Mac Pros, at least in Geekbench 5. The Mac Pro scores 1,024 in Single-Core and 7,989 in Multi-Core.
Apple says that in all new devices (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini), the M1 chipset has the same configuration (except, obviously, the GPU, which can be 7-core or 8-core in the MacBook Air). But at the same time, the MacBook Pro and Mac mini have an active cooling system, which means their performance results can be even better.