Performance wise how does the 12" MacBook compare with a 13" MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by saintforlife, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    Is the new 12" MacBook comparable to a 13" MBA in terms of performance? I am particularly interested in the HD video playback abilities of the MacBook - HD Youtube and Netflix. Will the new MacBook be able to handle long hours of video playback without thermal throttling and/or skipped frames? I am worried about this especially given the lack of a cooling fan on this model.
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I think there are a lot of opinions on this, but I don't think anyone's received a MacBook yet, so there are no actual benchmarks to use for comparison.
  3. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Hard to imagine that Apple would release a computer that couldn't just playback video. A bigger question is how will it perform at more intense tasks like ripping DVDs. My 2013 MBA rips a DVD in 15 minutes and the same DVD takes 75 minutes to rip on my 2008 MBP (core2 duo). But the fans start racing on the MBA when I do this kind of thing.

    Will be interesting to see how the rMB handles this.
  4. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    It can compare to the Ivy bridge macbook air for sure so it will be ok.
    With haswell i think is the iGPU HD5000 is 30% better and the cpu probably 10% better

    So this Macbook in performance is between 13" Macbook Air 2012 and the haswell one
  5. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Performance will be a function of the CPU, the thermal management structure of the chassis and boards, and environment. So, I guess you will have to wait for some real world feedback from early adopters to get a good answer to your question. Synthetic benchmarks may not tell you the whole story - and it is up to you to decide whether you want to spend $1200+ without an answer.
  6. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Hd5300=Hd4000<hd5000<hd6000 this thing is for sure
    Regardin cpu i think it can be near the haswell mba
  7. lchlch macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2015
    Video playback will be alright. It will be more efficient than the last gen macbook airs due to the integrated audio dsp.

    In fact, apple has rated the macbook at 10 hours of video playback.
  8. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 27, 2013
    I read the hd5300 is more like the HD 4200. Not the hd4000
  9. GoSUV macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Hong Kong
    If an iPad air (2) can playback 1080p video with a tablet-class processor with no cooling fans, I'd imagine the rMB could do it without breaking sweat. The iPad's screen resolution is also very close to that of the rMB, so no one machine is at a disadvantage in terms of driving the display. Of course, the rMB's CPU is a full-blown processor that runs OS X rather than iOS, so I'd guess that it is in general a bit more powerful than the iPad's. I wouldn't worry that the rMB would struggle to play HD video. However for 4K content, I'm not so sure.
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  11. AFEPPL, Mar 13, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2015

    AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Thats for a single core, Multi core is 2.2Ghz by design.
    M CPUs run at different speeds for the two workloads.

    Will it be 100% accurate? We don't right now is the only truthful thing to say at this stage. But i still believe its a very good indicator.
  12. jmazzamj macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    Looking at Geekbench multicore scores, the 2012 Air is faster than both Haswell Airs. I know Geekbench isn't the only indicator but I would be happy if the Core M was as fast as a Haswell Air. I'm sure the 1.3 GHz is faster than the 2013 base Air.
  13. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    The Yoga 3 Pro has the same processor that can be configured in the new Macbook. And according to Anandtech's few benchmarks (See the System Performance charts), it should fare slightly slower than the 2014 MBA.

    Good enough for me.
  14. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    Will it be faster than my 2010 13" MacBook Air with a 1,86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo?
  15. asoksevil macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Taipei, Taiwan
    It will definitely perform better, in fact it is pretty equivalent to the 2011 MBA.
  16. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    Odd, I saw a comparison elsewhere saying that it was comparable to a 2011 MBA. Is the 2011 MBA similar to the 2014 MPA?
  17. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I still think it's crazy that people are worried about whether or not the rMB can handle HD video!
  18. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK

    I think the comparisons with the 2011 MBA were with the top of the range model from 2011 which is rather unfair.
  19. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    Get one and test drive it hard for 15 days. Bring it back if it doesn't meet your particular needs. For a lot of people, it will.
  20. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    +1. Agrees absolutely.
  21. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Yes the cpu is the only one on par with MBA 2011, the rest is even better
    The Ram is faster and double the amount
    The SSD is faster and standard 256
    The trackpad is more functional and no more mechanical
    The Gpu also better
  22. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    That's data on paper, let us see how it performs in practice. Five more days to go.
  23. Serban, Apr 5, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2015

    Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Trust me, the Ram and GPU will make a visual differences between this and the 2010 MBA
    You can't compare HD3000 with HD5300 and the 2gb Ram with 8 gb ram even within an app like VMWare which is ram hungry

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