MacBook Air M1 hits Geekbench – Ryzen 5600X-like performance

And more powerful than mobile Core i9 and Ryzen 9 in single-threaded tasks.

Several benchmark results for new Macs with ARM M1 processors have appeared in the Geekbench benchmark database. The results are impressive to say the least.

The MacBook Air has the most tests (the results are also the highest) – most likely, this laptop has already been subjected to rigorous testing. We compared its test results with other popular devices. Note that competitors had 16 or more gigabytes of RAM versus 8GB for the MacBook Air.


  • MacBook Air (M1) 53% faster than the top version of the MacBook Air (2020) on Intel Core i7 in single-thread and almost three times faster in multi-thread;
  • MacBook Air (M1) is 68% faster than the top-end MacBook Pro (16) on Intel Core i9 in single-thread and 13% faster in multi-thread;
  • MacBook Air (M1) 41% faster than ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 in single-thread and 6.6% behind in multi-thread;
  • The MacBook Air (M1) lags behind the desktop with the new Ryzen 5 5600X (in stock) by less than 1% in single-thread and 12% behind in multi-thread:
  • The MacBook Air (M1) is 18% ahead of the Intel Core i9-10900K desktop and 36% behind in the multi-threaded test.

However, it is impossible to judge the performance of the entire system by one test – Geekbench 5 does not test the capabilities of a video card, and besides, the results in real programs will be significantly influenced by optimization, with which at first the processor on an architecture atypical for computers may have problems …

In addition, a direct comparison of devices with different architectures and operating systems is not entirely correct – the benchmark tries to produce the most unified results, however, with more standardization of test conditions (cooling, power consumption, OS version), the numbers may differ.

However, compared to the closest competitor – Microsoft Surface Pro X with an ARM processor Qualcomm SQ2 (it costs from $ 1.5 thousand) – Macs on ARM have much more chances of adequate quality of application emulation for X86, since they have a huge performance margin … M1 is 2.1 times faster (110%) faster than competitor from Qualcomm in single-threaded tasks and almost 2.4 times (136%) more powerful in multi-threaded tasks.

The MacBook Air, Pro and Mac mini will ship in the US next week, when the first independent reviews will begin to appear. In Pakistan, Apple computers with ARM processors will appear “later.”

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