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MacBook Air benchmarks show modest CPU, significant SSD improvements

updated 10:58 am EDT, Tue June 11, 2013

Apple trades CPU performance for power savings

Apple's new MacBook Airs have already been benchmarked, reports note. Geekbench 2 CPU performance recorded by Primate Labs shows that the new notebooks are only about 3 to 8 percent faster than their predecessors. Primate explains that Intel focused on reducing power consumption with its new Haswell processors, and that Apple went a step beyond, choosing processors with lower frequencies than before for the sake of vastly extending battery life.

AnandTech and MacBidouille meanwhile point out that the Air has switched to PCIe-based SSDs, resulting in higher read and write speeds than would've been possible with SATA 3. The drives in fact connect through a PCIe 2.0 x2 interface, supporting speeds up to 1GBps in either direction. The upcoming Mac Pro should use similar storage.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dseidel

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-30-09

    yawn.... Really ? New MacBook Air? Cool...huh? no speed bump? I firmly believe Apple COULD, but sees no market value in real leaps in speed. The likes of which we've not seen in, oh...8 years from Apple. Disappointing.

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