MacBook Air Scores Sky High Geekbench Numbers
The change from Intel's Core 2 Duo processors to Intel's new SandyBridge Core i5 processors did more than a little good for the new MacBook Airs. The new processors equaled nearly two times the performance in the new MBAs according to Geekbench results from LaptopMag
This year's 13" 1.7Ghz i5 MBA scored 5860 on the Geekbench benchmark compared to last year's score of 2,681. Thats more than double the performance, and the 11" faired even better jumping from 2024 last year to 5040 this year. Bare in mind LaptopMag
didn't test the optional 1.8 ghz i7 upgrade for the most expensive 13" model.
To put these numbers in perspective the 2010 17" 2.67GHz i7 MacBook Pro scored a 5423 on the benchmark. While this obviously isn't a real world test pitting both laptops against each other doing high-end video editing, for the average computer user the performance bump is huge.
I guess solid state drives, smaller screens, and crazy efficient SandBridge processors have made for an incredibly fast and incredibly sleek little machine. This isn't helping me not buy a new MBA at all.