2013 MacBook Air Benchmarks Show Slightly Slower CPUs, Faster SSD

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Brandon263, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. Brandon263 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2009
    Beaumont, CA
    Anand Shimpi got his hands on one of the new MacBook Airs and ran some preliminary benchmarks:

    - Battery capacity has not changed

    - The chip Apple is using in the new MacBook Airs is the Core i5-4250U

    - The 3D rendering performance of the new CPUs is similar to the performance of the 2012 model, but the 2012 model runs slightly faster on multi threaded tasks

    Base 2013 13 inch Cinebench Single Threaded Benchmark = 1.11
    Base 2012 13 inch Cinebench Single Threaded Benchmark = 1.11

    Base 2013 13 inch Cinebench Multi Threaded Benchmark = 2.46
    Base 2012 13 inch Cinebench Multi Threaded Benchmark = 2.65

    - The SSDs are substantially faster than the SSDs on the previous model

    2013 MacBook Air SSD (Samsung) Peak Sequential Read Performance = 793.831 MB/s
    2012 MacBook Air SSD (Samsung) Peak Sequential Read Performance = 407.5 MB/s

    2013 MacBook Air SSD (Samsung) Peak Sequential Write Performance = 767.488 MB/s
    2012 MacBook Air SSD (Samsung) Peak Sequential Write Performance = 372.6 MB/s


  2. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    The SSD speed increase is mainly due to this:

    Good news, but I am disappointed that the screen was not updated, so I won't be updating mine.
  3. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    45% increase in SSD performance... the freaking machine will have booted before I even hit the power button :D
  4. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    haha, yeah
  5. cirus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    Probably won't notice any difference.

    Really hard to tell the difference between sata 2 and sata 3 drives.

    Probably limited by CPU on bootup anyway.
  6. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    No. No. And indeed. No.
  7. JVlasy macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2012
    Battery life and SSD performance update

    It is clear that apple has chosen "weaker" processors that are on par with 2012 models so the performance stays pretty much the same but the battery life gets much better and because SSDs are getting better all the time they updated them as well. Similar to late 2010 model with Nvidia and 2011 with HD3000 the GPU performance didn't get any better for many was even worts but battery life got better.

    -My €0.02
  8. Chub macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2013
    I think the SSD in question uses a PCIe interface simply because 800mb/s is not achievable with sata 3, however I read somewhere that this has been confirmed. Anyhow it is true that real world performance won't be greatly affected and yet I doubt many of us will be use the full speed of that SSD most of the time anyway.

    Again the CPU does often affect boot time and although a lot of you believe the CPUs in here to be fast they are pretty slow coming from a 3930K
  9. The-Pro macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    Of course in comparison to that they are slow. But for 90% of the people the i-series cpus are too fast. Most people never use more then 2 cores as most people just browse the web, work on word documents and watch videos.
    A C2D is plenty for nearly everybody.
  10. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    Perceived speed of the new 2013 units will be faster by probably 10-15%. PCIe flash storage doesn't have SATA bottlenecks and the new graphics processing is better even though it's ULV. We're almost up to streamlined main board/SoC design which a lot of Windows based machines have been trying for years. I wouldn't say the Haswell SoCs are "weaker", they are just really different in terms of what they do. They are trying to balance better performance overall with better battery life which is necessary for SoC designs going into "ultra book" or ultra mobile notebooks.
  11. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    I highly doubt you will notice the SSD gain. Going from SATA2 to SATA3 SSD was already a wash.
  12. cirus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    Um really yes.

    Can't really see the difference between sata 2 and sata 3 in real world tasks.





    Basically no difference between sata 2 and sata 3 ssd. You are not going to see an observable difference with 800 MB/sec sequential vs 500 MB/sec. (Random will be the same because that's not sata limited).
  13. raftr macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2007
    The speed difference seems fairly negligible so far. It's the battery life where I hope to see an improvement. I don't think my 2012 i7 2.0 ever went past 5 hours on one charge.
  14. mattferg macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2013
    No, they chose a better GPU/CPU combo. The processors are the same range but are underclocked so the 5000 graphics doesn't destroy power consumption.

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