New 12-inch MacBook offers similar CPU performance as 2011 MacBook Air


The 12-inch MacBook from Apple is yet to go on sale, but it has already been put through its paces in Geekbench. The benchmark scores of Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop reveal that its performance is similar to the 2011 MacBook Air. 

The model that was put through Geekbench was the base model of the 12-inch MacBook, which features an Intel Core M-5Y31 processor clocked at 1.1GHz with a Turbo Boost of up to 2.4GHz.

Geekbench was made to run twice of the laptop to confirm that there were no major deviation in scores. In the single core benchmark, the 12-inch MacBook scored 1924 and 2044 respectively. In the multi-core benchmarks, it scored 4038 and 4475 in the first and second run, respectively.

Geekbench scores of 12-inch MacBook

For comparison, the 2015 MacBook Air, which is powered by 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, scored 2881 and 5757 in single-core and multi-core benchmarks of Geekbench.

Keep in mind that despite offering similar CPU performance as a 2011 MacBook Air, the 12-inch MacBook comes with a significantly faster PCIe-based flash storage and GPU to power its Retina screen.

The new 12-inch MacBook is slated to go on sale from April 10 with a base price of $1299.

What do you think about these benchmark results? Do you still plan to buy the new MacBook.

➤ Apple’s new MacBook shows up in an early unboxing video