MacBook Air 2011 benchmarks

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Yesterday Apple released its new range of MacBook Airs alongside its new operating system Mac OS X Lion. This was predicted a while back along with the specifications of the new model. Back in February the company had released the new MacBook Pro, and the benchmarks for the device showed the it had got much faster in every way. Now just a day later we have an article for you looking at the MacBook Air 2011 benchmarks results.

An article by Nick Marshall over at Electricpig is reporting that the small change in clock speed from 1.4 to 1.6 GHZ in the new 11-inch version of the new MacBook Air may not seem a lot. But when it comes to the benchmarks results the change is massive. The Geekbench tests used as an example a 2010 13-inch MacBook Air from late 2010, which managed a score of 2681

The device was powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz processor, while the old 11-inch model which is powered by the 1.4 GHZ Core 2 Duo managed to achieve a score of 2024. Now some results have surfaced for the new model via Laptop magazine and they are pretty impressive. The 2011 13-inch MacBook Air managed to achieve a Geekbench score of 5860. This is a leap of more than one hundred percent compared to last year’s version of the ultra-thin laptop.

But the new 11-inch MacBook Air managed an even more impressive rise in performance. Its new Geekbench score rose 149 percent over the old model with a score of 5040. If you compare these results with the 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro which had a 2.67 GHz Corei7 powering it, this got a Geekbench score of 5423.

The new 11-inch MacBook air costs around half the price of the 2010 MacBook Pro but achieved a better Geekbench score. Obviously it’s when the new laptops are used in everyday situations the true performance can then be really tested. But it does seem the latest version of the MacBook Air has raised the bar for performance from an ultra-thin laptop.

It well be of concern to the various rival manufactures who try and take on the Apple laptop. It may also mean that a lot of 2010 MacBook Pro laptops start appearing on auction websites. Do these benchmarks impress you?

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