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Apple’s 12-inch Retina MacBook scores badly in benchmark test, ranks similar to 2011 MacBook Air

Apple’s 12-inch Retina MacBook scores badly in benchmark test, ranks similar to 2011 MacBook Air

by AshwinApril 3, 2015

Apple launched the 12-inch Retina MacBook in March,  and though the device isn’t available yet, benchmarking website Geekbench, has measured its performance, not just once but on two occasions.


But the results aren’t looking good.

The Retina MacBook managed only 1924 and 2044 in single-core scores, and 4038 and 4775 on multi-core scores. These scores are almost on par with Apple’s 3 year old laptop, the 2011 MacBook Air.

The 12-inch Retina MacBook is powered by a 1.1GHz Intel Core M-5Y31 processor. As you can see in the image below, the device which was benchmarked is the same Retina MacBook variant.


Apple’s idea of making the thinnest MacBook is the problem here. Though the company managed to manufacture a slim device, it has done so at the cost of skipping powerful hardware.

But benchmarks cannot be taken for granted. Even if the performance is low now, Apple could still push some updates to improve it.

Let’s take a look at the Technical Specifications of the Retina MacBook:

The device flaunts a 12″screen with a resolution of 2304×1440 and a pixel density at 226 pixels per inch . The display  is also the thinnest screen on a Mac. The CPU s are low-power Intel Core M processors, while the GPU is an Intel HD Graphics 5300. The device measures just 13.1mm in thickness, (280.5 x 196.5 x 13.1 mm) and weights 2 pounds, that is less than 1 Kilo (1KG).


The MacBook has no fan, and will operate in silence. It has a 480p FaceTime camera, and Stereo speakers and Dual Microphones. The device houses a battery which will last for 9-10 hours. The keyboard uses butterfly mechanism for precise typing, and each key has its own individual LED backlight. The Touchpad features Force Touch, with the Taptic Engine built in for feedback. It has force sensors, which registers the amount of pressure, to detect it as a click.


The device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and has one USB-C port which acts as an all in one port (requires adapters) for power, USB Data, VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort. It supports USB 3.1, which is said to be twice as fast as USB 3.0. It is compatible with 3.0, but you will need a compatible adapter. The MacBook has 8GB of LPDDR3 (Low-power) RAM with speeds of 1600MHz.

The Apple new 12-inch Retina MacBook comes in two variants. One with 256GB of internal storage and a dual-core 1.1GHz Intel Core M Processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz) and one with 512 GB internal storage and dual-core 1.2GHz processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz). Both processors can be overclocked to 1.3GHz  (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz)

The 256GB variant has been priced at $1,299, while the 512GB variant will cost $1,599. The device will start shipping on April 10th.