M3 MacBook Air tests match the base MacBook Pro, as expected

The first announced M3 MacBook Air tests appeared on Geekbench. Unsurprisingly, both machines are equipped with the same M3 chip, performance is almost identical to the base model 14-inch MacBook Pro M3.

Experiments were conducted on a machine labeled Mac15.13, which corresponds to the 15-inch MacBook Air…

M3 MacBook Air tests

Although Apple only announced this machine yesterday and it won't be available until Friday, it's likely that review units were sent to select journalists and one or more of them were reviewed. its pace on Geekbench.

MySmartPrice found an entry that showed the following results:

  • Single-core: 3157
  • Multi-core: 12020

Compared to the base MacBook Pro M3

As we saw in the example M2 MacBook Air back in 2022, results identical to MacBook Pro with the same chip, within the usual margin of error for differences between tests.

However, it should be noted that the MacBook Pro features active cooling, which means it will be able to maintain peak performance for longer periods of time than a passively cooled MacBook Air.

Compared to the MacBook Air M2

Compared to the M2, the M3 chip delivers about a 20% increase in single-core performance. and 18% in multi-core mode.

Apple hasn't made direct comparisons between the two generations, instead choosing to compare them to earlier models, both the M1 MacBook Air and Intel's latest model. version.

The M3 chip, built using industry-leading 3nm technology, gives MacBook Air even faster performance and more features. With a powerful 8-core processor, up to 10-core GPU, and support for up to 24GB of unified memory, the new MacBook Air is up to 60 percent faster than the M1 model and up to 13 times faster than the fastest Intel processor. based on the MacBook Air.

While this is a bit of a cheeky comparison, one could argue that this comparison is fairly fair in real life, as few M2 owners will consider upgrading. The most likely upgrade path is from a 13-inch MacBook Air powered by M1 or Intel chips.

Also check out our breakdown of all the other differences between the M2 and M3 MacBook Air models.

Image: composition by 9to5Mac from Geekbench and background by Maxim Tajer from Unsplash

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