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MacBook Air benchmarks: not quite a MacBook

updated 01:25 am EST, Mon February 4, 2008

MacBook Air benchmark

The MacBook Air has caused quite a stir with its slender packaging and minimalist features, but many have wondered what they are giving up in terms of performance by trading in their MacBooks and MacBook Pros for the ultraportable. Primate Labs recently benchmarked the miniature laptop, and found that performance was around 80- to 85-percent of that of a 2GHz MacBook. While the Air pulled ahead slightly in memory and stream performance, it was lacking in other areas.

The Air dragged behind the generation-old MacBook in integer and floating point performance, which the tester admits it is somewhat to be expected, since the Air has a slower clock speed.

Primate Labs found that while there is a bit of performance difference between the MacBook and MacBook Air, most users wouldn't notice the change. The tester also vindicates the ultraportable for PowerPC users, saying "the MacBook Air will feel a lot faster (and lighter, too)."





by MacNN Staff

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  1. Spacemoose

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    This just in...

    This just in...

    Ford Focuses not as fast as Ford Mustangs.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    news?

    Newsflash...a 1.6 or 1.8 Ghz processor is slower than a 2.0 or 2.2 Ghz processor. How is this news?

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    shocked i tell you!

    water is wet! fire is hot! sky is blue!

    a more useful test would have been between the 1.8Ghz MacBook and the 1.8GHz MacBook Air (SSD & HD versions). as to see if when CPU is equal whether the architecture itself makes it any slower.

  1. ShALLaX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ack...

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that finds the article headline and subject amusing.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    1.8Ghz

    There's be quite significant differences in the benchmarks between an old 1.8Ghz MacBook and the Air, as the Air CPU has the new faster FSB, so will be faster in that respect, but has a far slower HD (slower than anything we've seen in a portable Mac in years).

    The default 2Gb RAM config, on the other hand, also offsets that, in terms of 'out of the box' performance.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    The word you're looking 4

    is "Duh".

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    dumb-o-rama

    And again - MacNN beats its own record in providing the LEAST relevant news, published in the LEAST professional journalistic manner... and with a REALLY dumb headline to boot. Woo-hoo.

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re:dumb-o-rama

    You forgot to mention that this story is also listed in the 'top stories' section!

  1. shaunymac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    ha

    will someone stop wasting there time with tests that have answers typed out right in front of all of our faces? someone do a test comparing the reg hard drive versus that $3,000 machine w/ the solid state drive to see if it is "just really worth it." I know i love my mbp but this thing is sweet and im curious to see what the solid state drive has to offer.

  1. Onceler

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Pointless Article

    I have to agree with everyone else. This is an incredibly worthless "news" story. The quality of the articles on MacNN does seem to be heading downhill lately.

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