MacBook Air 2020 - First impressions and reviews

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Six Colors -

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ascender

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Thanks for sharing, I didn't realise so many first impressions had come out already.

I know its not really relevant if you need macOS, but the performance comparison with the new iPads is quite eye-opening.

 
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Ybersetzer

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Major props to the OP for gathering all the links! Thanks!

Jason Snell (sixcolors, first link) makes a rather unbelievable mistake in his review though, I guess this will be updated and corrected shortly:

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Worth the wait?
If there’s a real revelation to be had in my test results, though, it’s the performance of the iPad Pro. This isn’t the new 2020 model that’s due out next week, either—it’s the third-generation iPad Pro that was released the same day as the first Retina MacBook Air model. The 2018 iPad Pro was nearly five times as fast in single-core performance and nearly seven times as fast in multi-core performance."

He then gives the respective geekbench-results, but treats the iPad Pro`s (high) Geekbench 4 scores as if they were Geekbench 5 .... The iPad Pro is still faster, but not 5 TIMES!
 

neverendingscot

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Anyone seen any Geekbench 5 scores yet? All I've seen is 4. Want to compare it to my current Mac but I only have the 5 scores for it, not the 4.
 

neverendingscot

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I haven't been able to find the Geekbench 4 scores either. Do you have a link?
It was in one of the articles in the OP, I forget which one. For some reason they used a few older benchmarks like geekbench 4 and cinebench r15 instead of r20.
 

imp3rator

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For even basic users, however, I’d recommend adding $100 back onto the system price in order to upgrade to an i5. That’s the chip ours came with. The system scored 5244 and 14672 on Geekbench 4’s single and multi-core tests, respectively, presenting a marked upgrade over the last model we tested, back in 2018.

MB Pro 2019 2TB has - 4651 / 16712

interesting one core result 🧐
I like GB4 scores more...
 

ascender

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For even basic users, however, I’d recommend adding $100 back onto the system price in order to upgrade to an i5. That’s the chip ours came with. The system scored 5244 and 14672 on Geekbench 4’s single and multi-core tests, respectively, presenting a marked upgrade over the last model we tested, back in 2018.

MB Pro 2019 2TB has - 4651 / 16712

interesting one core result 🧐
I like GB4 scores more...
So that seems to confirm initial view that the i5 Air looks like quite a good buy unless you really need the most powerful machine available because of your workflow?
 

imp3rator

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Yep - 1250 eur for 1.1 i5 vs 1750 eur for 1.4 i5 (all with 256gb)... and 17% slower in multicore and 28% higher in single-core.
But sustainable load should be better in Pro... But price...
 
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ctyrider

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Thanks for sharing, I didn't realise so many first impressions had come out already.

I know its not really relevant if you need macOS, but the performance comparison with the new iPads is quite eye-opening.

Those are wrong numbers - Six Colors had since corrected them. See the revised Six Colors article - the Geekbench scores between Air and iPad 2018 are very close, at least for Single-Core.


 

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