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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...
07-21-2011, 09:25 AM #1
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.
07-21-2011, 10:01 AM #2
This is very good news,i was excited to see what these new laptops would score on some benchmark tests
07-21-2011, 10:24 AM #3
07-21-2011, 10:50 AM #4
Make it a 15" and you have a winner. I don't like squinting Apple!
07-21-2011, 02:47 PM #5
I have never heard of geekbench - tell me some worldbench plz
07-21-2011, 03:20 PM #6
ughhh screen is still too small, if only there was a 15 inch.
07-21-2011, 03:53 PM #7
07-21-2011, 06:00 PM #8
Are people actually surprised that it's faster with the new chipset? Every notebook with the new chipset is faster. It would even have been nice had they actually compared other notebooks WITH sandybridge so that we'd have a valid realistic review.
It's a great notebook but there's others out there that will either keep up or blow it out of the water for the same cash or less.
Check out the Alienware MX14 configuration at 1499... twice the ram, an I7 not an I5, more ports/features.... for the same money. If you like super thin and Apple, more power to ya. If you want an awesome small notebook for the same money that is about the fastest thing in it's size on the planet, check out the Alienware box. (I'm partial because I bought a new M17x R3 and it's uber
There are also lot's of other ultraportable notebooks sporting sandybridge and i7 processors for the same or less cash.
07-21-2011, 07:12 PM #9
The bulk of the performance increase seems to come from Core iX turbo modes. The "1.8ghz" i7 bursts to 2.9 GHz. The 1.6 goes up to 2.3 GHz. Afaik the Core 2 duo's did not burst at all so 1.6 was 1.6.
I'm really surprised that they don't advertise this more.