Trying to understand the geekbench scores and comparing them

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by questionwonder, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. questionwonder macrumors member

    May 6, 2013
    I currently have a Macbook Air mid 2013 1.7 GHz with 8Gb DDR3 512 Gb SSD

    From this Geekbench link
    I see the scores are 3314/6367.

    So now I want a machine that is noticeably faster for what I use it for (Win 10 VM running Visual Studio).

    Should I get the new 1.4 GHz Macbook, which I've wanted for a while because it's silent and now comes with 16 Gb Ram, but I can't find the geekbench scores. And I'm also looking at the Macbook Pro 13' nTB with 2.3 GHz and 16 Gb Ram but can't seem to find the Geekbench scores for that either? Can anyone help me?

    And what would be the noticeable difference with the scores?
  2. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I don't see the 1.4 GHz MacBook listed yet, but according to the list view of all Macs, the 1.2 GHz 2017 MacBook scores 3574/6809 on Geekbench 4. So the 1.4 i7 should be a bit faster than that, maybe 15% or so faster (~4100/~7800). Also remember the newer machines will have significantly faster SSD and memory.

    The 2.3 GHz 2017 MacBook Pro 13" scores 4266/9129.

    Between the two of them, the MBP should be a bit faster so really it comes down to a little more performance or a little more portability. But remember the MBP comes with a bigger, better screen (P3 color, 500 nits brightness), better speakers, and 2 USB-C ports instead of one. If it were me, I'd go for the MBP. Unless that extra 1 lb. really bothers you, you probably should too.
  3. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Even when the initial scores get posted, it still may be too early for the scores to mean a whole lot because the sample sizes may be too small. It may be best at this point to compare pure CPU benchmarks on a site like Passmark with a larger sample size at the moment, or several side-by-side comparisons running the same task (or, if time/money permits, purchasing a MB and a MBP and running them side-by-side to compare yourself?)

    If you are running VMs, my guess is that the MacBook is not going to be sufficient for your needs unless the new MBs have taken a quantum leap from the previous generation. Just a bunch of Chrome tabs, Mail, several Office Apps, and my planning software was enough to see a visual slowdown, even without a guest OS running. With the 2016, there was a huge difference for me between the mid-level MB and the base nTB MBP, FWIW.

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