2011 macbook air geekbench resultsThe subtle change in clock speed from 1.4 to 1.6 GHz in the 2011 11-inch MacBook Air might sound small on paper, but in terms of benchmarks, it’s nothing short of monumental. Using Geekbench as a baseline, the late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air scored 2681 with its Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz processor while the 11-inch 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo managed a respectable 2024. Ready to have your mind blown with the 2011 MacBook Air Geekbench results? We thought so.

We’ve been anxiously sifting through the Geekbench results browser all morning, hoping and praying that a kind soul would benchmark the new 11 or 13-inch MacBook Air. Our prayers were answered by Laptop magazine, whose report confirmed our suspicions. The new 13-inch MacBook Air earned a Geekbench score of 5860, a bump in performance of over 100 percent compared to last year’s model. The 11-inch MacBook Air was even more impressive, skyrocketing from 2024 to 5040 for 149 percent increase.

2011 macbook air results

To put these benchmarks into perspective, the 2010 17-inch 2.67 GHz Core i7 MacBook Pro scored 5423. For £849 the 11-inch MacBook Air offers a benchmark on par with last year’s £2099 17-inch MacBook Pro. How these benchmarks translate into real world performance remains to be seen, but we’ll be sure to find out in our upcoming review. Stay glued to the site as we put the 2011 MacBook Air through its paces.

We have a feeling there will be a sudden surge in eBay listings for 2010 MacBook Pros.

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  • http://nigeltufnel.myopenid.com/ Nigel Tufnel

    They’re going to sell a gazillion of these. People are starting to catch on. A few years ago the Air was viewed as an expensive, nichey toy. Now it probably does what 95% of people need a laptop to do, in a tiny, light, fast, and sexy form factor. At $1,000+ it’s not cheap, but it’s within reach for a lot of people, unlike the MacBook Pros of a few years ago that went for over 2 grand. With all the iPhones and iPads out there, there will be a lot of buyers who didn’t previously own a Mac.

    I’m definitely getting the 11″ and my girlfriend might be getting one too (*insert your own joke here*).

    • nick marshall

      Right on, 11-inch is sexy.  You going for the 4GB/128GB model?

      • http://nigeltufnel.myopenid.com/ Nigel Tufnel

        Yeah, even thinking about the $300 256 GB option. Expensive, but I want to use it for Lightroom and space would be tight with 128 GB (lots of RAW photos). Really happy they brought back the keyboard backlighting, that’s something I’ll use a lot.

        • Prharris

          Save the money get an external drive and run it through thunderbolt.  Better performance all around.

  • sreams

    Not sure why people are so easily amazed. Sandy Bridge performance has been known for a while now. a 200MHz clock speed difference is not why it is so much faster than the old Core 2 Duo tech.

    • Anonymous

      Oh of course. The reason I’m staggered is that Apple has had years to work on its MacBook Airs, and in that time no other rivals have managed to make something quite so thin and powerful. Not Toshiba, not even Lenovo. And OS X isn’t even Apple’s primary business anymore!

      • http://twitter.com/Avian Avian

        You’ve never heard of the Samsung Series 9? It came out a long time before this did.

        • Anonymous

          The Series 9 was a direct response to the Air and was released well after Apple’s machine.  It costs more and has inferior battery life.  I happened to come out before the latest refresh of the Air, so there was a brief period window the Series 9 had more modern components– a window which is now closed.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Andriot/1274535746 Ian Andriot

            It had its price reduced drastically quite a while ago.

  • http://twitter.com/monoplane_Inc ?? ???


    • Prharris

      you can say that again!!!

  • Michael Hunger

    not … enough … RAM :(

    I was hoping for at least 8 GB, just CPU performance won’t make it.

  • Robert

    Lack of RAM is the deal killer here.

    IIRC Geekbench isn’t really accurate here since it’s also comparing storage mechanism.  MBA uses a SSD by default, and a faster one than the 2010 MBP actually shipped with if you oped for the SSD.

    That’s not really a great indicator since that’s an easy upgrade.  It’s like saying a laptop with 2GB RAM is slower than one with 4GB since it uses the drive for swap less.  Technically accurate but a stupid comparison.

    • Whatever

      Ram is INEXPENSIVE. Geez

    • Anonymous

      However, using soldered on board SSD’s means virtual memory is incredibly fast. So, 4GB is lots in this Mac. Speaking from experience my late 2010 MBA was faster in most respects than my 17″ quad 8GB ram MBP. Video render and things no, but everyday use the airs simply spank everything else out there in both combined value and performance for size and price.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SamHandwich Mark Newfangled

        Go look at the iFixit tear down.  The SSD is NOT soldered

  • http://ccpmultimedia.com Connor Crosby

    Great to bring along during a photo/video shoot :)

  • Delacroix

    Stil this old usb2 , lack of ram, hd limited to to 256 go . I go for the new Sony z21 with a smaller weight .

    • Todd Jolley

      ..and costing up to 3X as much..not to mention the fact that it is not even available for purchase….

    • Prharris

      Are you serious – sometimes I’m baffled – thunderbolt.  Just think for 1 second – 1 second

  • Robyn

    How about translating that into real world specs?  Opening times for Word and Excel, e.g.?  Or, searching time through a hard drive for some obscure file?

  • Andy Croson

    With it’s video capabilities don’t go comparing it with a MBP so readily

  • Ckmccoy

    I question the validity of this considering apple does not sell a 1.6GHz i5. granted on the apple website the 13 inch has a 1.7GHz i5, i wonder why it is coming up differently here.

  • http://digicate.ca/ Jason Baker

    With those stats, do you think the new MacBook Air could perform well for hobbyist photographers looking to get dabble in editing? Would it run programs like Adobe Lightroom well?

    • Prharris

      I can do that on my g4 12″ – next question.

  • http://profiles.google.com/drygnfyre Joseph Mostarda

    Wow, seems like the 11” Air got a real nice upgrade. I’ve already ordered mine to replace my aging MacBook.

  • http://vasilydernis.wordpress.com/ Vasily Dernis

    I have a 2010 mbp, looks like im gonna need to UPGRADE to the air

  • fish

    2010 MBP scores: Source?

  • Fuck

    holy fuck

  • Mario Gajardo Tassara

    My 2010 Macbook Pro, with the 2.66 core i7, scores 6300 in GeekBench 64 bits, then its not outperformed by the 2011 macbook air, but its close. The BIG difference its the discrete GPU with 512MB of ram installed in the 2010 macbook pro, these graphics card simply smokes the integrated one installed on the MBA. If you want a very very portable machine with a nice CPU then choose the MBA, if you want a powerhouse and a gaming machine the MBP its your only choose.

  • http://www.sciaticnervepainblog.com/ Sciatic Nerve

    I’m only talking about the Macbook Air and how it handles professional
    grade programs. I work with Photoshop files that are 500mb in size. And I
    have to FTP back and forth with them. That’s quite remarkable for the
    2008 machine. When you grow up you’ll know what heavy duty really is and
    how to contribute to a discussion more intelligently than offering
    snipes. Meanwhile put some clothes on.

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