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New Retina MacBook fails to beat 2011 MacBook Air in benchmark tests


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Apple’s new Retina MacBook is just one week away, but an early benchmark of the device has given us some clues as to its performance.

The 1.1GHz entry-level Retina MacBook turned upon on Geekbench twice, as first spotted by MacRumors.

The Intel Core M-5Y31 processor inside managed to clock single-core scores of 1924 and 2044, while multi-core tests resulted in scores of 4038 and 4475.

The entry-level 2015 MacBook Air seems to trump the new MacBook however, with a single-core score of 2881 and a multi-core score of 5757. That’s with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor.

Interestingly, the new MacBook’s Geekbench scores seem to fall in the range of the high-end 2011 MacBook Air, which uses an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 1.8GHz.

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Benchmark tests like these should always be taken with a pinch of salt, as they do come with a margin of error.

Raw processing heft doesn’t automatically translate to improved user experience, and many factors play into how well a device works.

For instance, it’s worth noting that Geekbench doesn’t measure graphical performance. The new MacBook should theoretically prove better at handling graphics than its 2011 predecessor.

That’s thanks to the new Intel HD 5300 integrated graphics, and the faster flash memory on board Apple’s new device.

It’s also important to mention that the new MacBook comes with higher processor clock-rate options, namely 1.2GHz and 1.3GHz, both of which would achieve higher Geekbench scores.

The new MacBook is due to land in stores on April 10.


April 3, 2015, 4:53 pm

its nothing todo with price its to do with style, lightness and the fact it has no moving parts, if you even consider the VALUE its not for you, saying that whatever price you pay the macbook will hold its value better then a pc


April 5, 2015, 11:17 am

You can say what you want people will buy this plenty and enjoy using it, like i said its not for you so why make so much comments?

because you are a hater


April 5, 2015, 6:38 pm

its price doesnt matter you will pass most of that on to whoever buys it from you in the future


April 6, 2015, 2:47 pm

Very true. They would sell way more. I have the 2014 13 inch Macbook Air 128GB. Bought at Dixons in an airport for £800. A much better bargain. Although even that is overpriced for what it is. I am no great lover of the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, etc, but I will always stick with the Macbook. You have to accept that you pay a premium for Apple products. Then decide if you are willing to pay it. The Macbook Air has a peerless build and timeless design. Combined with an easy OS and really good ergonomics, its easy to see it's appeal. And yes you will always get more back selling it on compared to any other make of ultra book. I personally wouldn't buy this version (obviously don't need to), I would wait for the next update and hopefully the price and processor will be a lot more palatable.

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