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Macintosh IIcx

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Hi,

It is easy to find benchmark cores and information on the i3 vs i5 CPU on the new MacBook Air 2020, but have anybody seen any GPU Metal benchmark scores?

If you haven’t seen any, but have a new MBA 2020 with either a i3 or i5 CPU, could you please run a GeekBench Metal benchmark?

I‘m fully aware what the i5 gives over the i3 when it comes to CPU power, I just want to know what I miss out on regarding GPU if I get the entry i3 for my daughter. The screen is fairly high resolution so not sure how well the i3 GPU handles that Down the road.
 

mr_jomo

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Hi,

you find compute results like this: geekbench.com -> top right hand hamburger menu -> "browser" -> scroll down a bit and press "search compute results" -> search string 'macbookair9,1" -> voila
 
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Macintosh IIcx

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Hi,

you find compute results like this: geekbench.com -> top right hand hamburger menu -> "browser" -> scroll down a bit and press "search compute results" -> search string 'macbookair9,1" -> voila

Thanks man, that did the trick! :cool:

48 vs 64 compute units and probably around 35 percent faster performance.

Another interesting quick take is that those i5 with 16 GB Ram vs 8 GB Ram was notably faster too.
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I decided to go for the upgrade to i5. Fair price for better GPU performance for that high res display.
 
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iKwick7

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Thoughts on the i3 vs i5 regarding hearing and battery life? Any noticeable difference between the 2?

The main purpose of my MAC is Photos management and storage. Occasionally some minor Pixelmator work. For the $100 difference, the i5 seems like a no brained upgrade- but would you really notice A difference? And would there be less heat and maybe slightly longer battery with the i3?
 
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SaranshRolex

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Im getting consistent 1100 -2300/2400 on my i3 and im torturing it alot. Its zippy as hell
 
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hipnetic

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I'm having trouble making sense of that geekbench site. I see numbers all over the place for the same config.

Can someone here provide a summary opinion of whether it's worthwhile to upgrade the CPU, RAM, or storage space? I need to buy a new one for my wife, who spends most of her time on Facebook, but she also started doing some video editing of iPhone-recorded video, so I'm leaning towards upgrade her to 512GB storage space. I've always been worried that not having enough RAM will limit its usefulness over the long run, but even the 13" MacBook Pro still comes configured with just 8GB RAM, so I'm inclined to leave that as-is.

So as of now, I'm thinking of going with the "standard" upgraded config (i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage). But if someone can convince me that I should upgrade to the i7 and/or 16GB RAM, I'll listen.

Conversely, if someone wants to convince me that I should just get the i3 (and probably still upgrade to 512GB storage), I'll listen to that argument, too.
 
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roncron

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I'm having trouble making sense of that geekbench site. I see numbers all over the place for the same config.

Can someone here provide a summary opinion of whether it's worthwhile to upgrade the CPU, RAM, or storage space? I need to buy a new one for my wife, who spends most of her time on Facebook, but she also started doing some video editing of iPhone-recorded video, so I'm leaning towards upgrade her to 512GB storage space. I've always been worried that not having enough RAM will limit its usefulness over the long run, but even the 13" MacBook Pro still comes configured with just 8GB RAM, so I'm inclined to leave that as-is.

So as of now, I'm thinking of going with the "standard" upgraded config (i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage). But if someone can convince me that I should upgrade to the i7 and/or 16GB RAM, I'll listen.

Conversely, if someone wants to convince me that I should just get the i3 (and probably still upgrade to 512GB storage), I'll listen to that argument, too.
I bought a quad core i5/16gb model and planned to trade in my 2018 MBA with 16gb ram. After 6 days with the new MBA, I am thinking of returning it.

The 2020 i5 is no faster than my 2018 for every day tasks.

When pushing both machines, the 2020 model easily gets hot to 100 degrees Celsius and after a few minutes, throttles down to save itself. The 2018 model doesn’t get quite as hot when pushed, and doesn’t throttle down. The end result is that the task is completed just as quickly on the 2018 model.

I much prefer the 2020 Air’s keyboard. But to me it’s not worth paying the cost of the new machine less the trade in value of my 2018 model for only a better keyboard and not noticeably better performance.

The 2020 model is definitely the right pick for anyone with a pre-retina MBA. But if you have a 2018 or 2019 model, the 2020 Air is not quite the slam dunk it appears to be on paper, except maybe for the keyboard.
 
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henckel

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I am still thinking of buying the basic i3 or upgrade to i5, primarily usage is e mail, presentation like pages or power point. Will create Web pages using wix only. Rarely do video editing but occasionally some light photo editing.

I am currently using Apple pro 13 2015 retina version. But it is too heavy to carry around. So the new MBA suits My usage but not sure should upgrade to i5 or not where the fan noise and temperature nervous me. Any comments?
 
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roncron

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I am still thinking of buying the basic i3 or upgrade to i5, primarily usage is e mail, presentation like pages or power point. Will create Web pages using wix only. Rarely do video editing but occasionally some light photo editing.

I am currently using Apple pro 13 2015 retina version. But it is too heavy to carry around. So the new MBA suits My usage but not sure should upgrade to i5 or not where the fan noise and temperature nervous me. Any comments?

I have a 2020 MBA with quad-core i5 10th gen processor. I think the i3 is better. The i5 technically is faster, but I have found that the i5 does not accomplish processor-intensive tasks like ripping CDs any faster than my slow 2018 MBA with dual-core 8th gen processor. The reason is that, when pushed, the 2020 i5 gets very hot, then throttles down to protect itself from heat damage. Disabling turbo boost helps prevent throttling, but also reduces performance - but you only notice the reduced performance when taxing the system. (This is from my experience, not from what I learned by watching other people's youtube videos or reading other people's reviews.)

In short, these issues prevent me from getting the performance boost that one should expect from a quad-core i5. The i3 model doesn't get as hot and as a result has much lower risk of thermal throttling, according to macrumors forum members who have purchased it and shared their experiences here.

So I'm likely to return my i5 and either order an i3 or wait a month or so until Apple releases the 2020 13" MB Pro with scissor keyboard and, hopefully, updated 10th gen quad core processor.
 
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esphil

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I have a 2020 MBA with quad-core i5 10th gen processor. I think the i3 is better. The i5 technically is faster, but I have found that the i5 does not accomplish processor-intensive tasks like ripping CDs any faster than my slow 2018 MBA with dual-core 8th gen processor. The reason is that, when pushed, the 2020 i5 gets very hot, then throttles down to protect itself from heat damage. Disabling turbo boost helps prevent throttling, but also reduces performance - but you only notice the reduced performance when taxing the system. (This is from my experience, not from what I learned by watching other people's youtube videos or reading other people's reviews.)

In short, these issues prevent me from getting the performance boost that one should expect from a quad-core i5. The i3 model doesn't get as hot and as a result has much lower risk of thermal throttling, according to macrumors forum members who have purchased it and shared their experiences here.

So I'm likely to return my i5 and either order an i3 or wait a month or so until Apple releases the 2020 13" MB Pro with scissor keyboard and, hopefully, updated 10th gen quad core processor.
Do you have 8gb or 16gb in your 2020? I'm kinda going back and forth and just considering getting a base model and then maybe adding a mac mini for my office.
 
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edubfromktown

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I have a 2020 MBA with quad-core i5 10th gen processor. I think the i3 is better. The i5 technically is faster, but I have found that the i5 does not accomplish processor-intensive tasks like ripping CDs any faster than my slow 2018 MBA with dual-core 8th gen processor. The reason is that, when pushed, the 2020 i5 gets very hot, then throttles down to protect itself from heat damage. Disabling turbo boost helps prevent throttling, but also reduces performance - but you only notice the reduced performance when taxing the system. (This is from my experience, not from what I learned by watching other people's youtube videos or reading other people's reviews.)

In short, these issues prevent me from getting the performance boost that one should expect from a quad-core i5. The i3 model doesn't get as hot and as a result has much lower risk of thermal throttling, according to macrumors forum members who have purchased it and shared their experiences here.

So I'm likely to return my i5 and either order an i3 or wait a month or so until Apple releases the 2020 13" MB Pro with scissor keyboard and, hopefully, updated 10th gen quad core processor.

I don't plan on ripping CDs from my MacBook Air so that is not a big concern. I went with the 16 GB/512 GB core i7 version to give me extra performance for more than occasional Lightroom use more than anything else. If the fans too frequently, I'll return it an get a MacBook Pro a bit later on when there are more options.

The relative gain in performance boosts are somewhat dependent on the apps running. I've avoided using Chrome like the plague (not only for privacy concerns) due to its mind boggling resource gluttony. Opera and SRWare Iron are both much better suited for the vast majority of web sites that I access.

I had been using a 12" 1.4 GHz MacBook for ultra road warrior portability. Now that travel has come to a grinding halt, I decided to sell it while the value was still relatively high and order a 2020 Air. This is a good article from Macworld UK about the various 2020 offerings.
 
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unoporfavor

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I don't plan on ripping CDs from my MacBook Air so that is not a big concern. I went with the 16 GB/512 GB core i7 version to give me extra performance for more than occasional Lightroom use more than anything else. If the fans too frequently, I'll return it an get a MacBook Pro a bit later on when there are more options.

The relative gain in performance boosts are somewhat dependent on the apps running. I've avoided using Chrome like the plague (not only for privacy concerns) due to its mind boggling resource gluttony. Opera and SRWare Iron are both much better suited for the vast majority of web sites that I access.

I had been using a 12" 1.4 GHz MacBook for ultra road warrior portability. Now that travel has come to a grinding halt, I decided to sell it while the value was still relatively high and order a 2020 Air. This is a good article from Macworld UK about the various 2020 offerings.
Funny - doing exactly the same thing! Just sold MacBook 12". Purchased an Air
 
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