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12-inch Retina MacBook benchmark results sees the 1.3GHz variant on par with the 1.4GHz iMac, 2014 MacBook Air

12-inch Retina MacBook benchmark results sees the 1.3GHz variant on par with the 1.4GHz iMac, 2014 MacBook Air

by AshwinApril 27, 2015

Earlier this month, we reported about a benchmark result on Geekbench, which revealed that Apple’s 12-inch Retina MacBook scored badly.

In fact, its scores were on par with a 3 year old device, the 2011 MacBook Air.

The results revealed that the Retina MacBook managed only 1924 and 2044 in single-core scores, and 4038 and 4775 on multi-core scores.

But that was a pre-launch situation, which changed last week, as Apple began shipping the MacBook.

12-inch Retina MacBook Specifications:

  • Screen: 12″ Retina Display with a resolution of 2304×1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 226 PPI, and a 16:10 screen ratio.
  • Operating System: OS X Yosemite
  • Processor:Intel Core M 5Y31 dual-core 1.1/1.2 and 1.3 GHz
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5300 GPU.
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB SSD (4 variants)

9t05Mac reports that new benchmarks have been spotted online at Geekbench this week.

There are 2 different modes of tests in Geekbench 3. The test modes include 32/64-bit tests and the number of processor cores used.  The Single-Core tests show the machines performance for basic tasks like browsing the internet  and word processing. The Multi-Core tests show the real potential of the machine, and measures the device’s ability with power hungry taks like the rendering of videos.

Results for all three processor variants of the MacBook  were listed on Geekbench 3. Let’s take a look at how it fared then, shall we?

MacBook 1.1GHz:

32-Bit: Single-Core Average 2212, Multi-Core Average 4070
64-Bit: Single-Core Average 2428, Multi-Core Average 4592

MacBook 1.2GHz:

32-Bit: Single-Core Average 2348, Multi-Core Average 4603
64-Bit: Single-Core Average 2579, Multi-Core Average 5185

MacBook 1.3GHz:

32-Bit: Single-Core* 2271, Multi-Core* 4841
64-Bit: Single-Core Average 2816, Multi-Core Average 5596

Geekbench shows that the basic model 2014 MacBook Air had scores of 2400/4700 in the 32-bit tests and 2700/5300 in the 64-bit tests for Single and Multi core. So the above mentioned scores put the 1.3 GHz Retina MacBook’s scores on par with the Apple 1.4GHz 21.5″ iMac and the 2014 MacBook Air.

The 64-bit scores of the 1.3GHz MacBook are higher compared to those of the 1.1 and 1.2GHz models. However, the 32-bit scores of the 1.3GHz device appears to be low, because only one test result was available, and hence there was no average score displayed, unlike the other two variants.

The 1.3 GHz Retina MacBook costs $1549 with a 256GB SSD, and $1749 with a 512GB SSD. It is only available through custom built orders from Apple’s website, and through some authorized resellers. The 1.1 GHz Retina MacBook costs $1299 with a 256 GB SSD, while the 1.2GHz variant costs $1599, and comes with a 512MB SSD.

If you are interested in reading about the teardown of the 12-inch MacBook, read our previous report which also has some pictures.

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