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ARM-based M1 in MacBook Air destroys AnTuTu benchmark and all the Apple silicon can go home now

The new MacBook Air with Apple M1 SoC costs from US$999. (Image source: Apple)
The new MacBook Air with Apple M1 SoC costs from US$999. (Image source: Apple)
The ARM-based Apple M1 chip has made a star turn appearance on the AnTuTu benchmark as the key component in a MacBook Air. The M1 managed to rack up way over one million points, leaving the Apple silicon, including the A12Z Bionic in the iPad Pro 4 and the performance-friendly A14 in the iPad Air (2020), trailing far behind.
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You would expect a powerful system such as the fourth-generation MacBook Air to perform better than a tablet or smartphone, but just how much difference can one expect? Well, according to the popular AnTuTu benchmark a user can expect almost 50% faster performance, at least on that particular test site, compared to the next best iOS-related performer, which in this case is the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (fourth generation). With the help of the ARM-based M1 SoC, the MacBook Air chalked up 1,119,243 points (+48.19%) while the iPad Pro 4 managed 755,294.

Before moving on, some things have to be taken into account: The score for the iPad Pro 4 is based on an average result of likely thousands of tests whereas the M1/MacBook Air combo can be considered a maximum result at the moment. Also, AnTuTu reports that the M1 system was recorded as an iPad Pro running iOS 14.2, whereas the MacBook Air obviously runs on macOS. Looking at the AnTuTu benchmark and the comparison with the current iOS benchmark leader, it’s easy to see why Apple seems pretty pleased with its decision to switch to the ARM architecture for this powerful new SoC.

It’s not just the overall system performance of the Apple M1 and the new MacBook Air (8 GB + 512 GB) that takes it admirably beyond its predecessors; the individual UX (+38.66%), MEM (+64.98%), GPU (+43.78%), and CPU (+50.65%) scores are all well ahead of the iPad Pro 4 (6 GB + 128 GB) too. Of course, you would expect the memory discrepancies to offer an advantage to the MacBook Air, but the CPU and GPU differences are notable. With an over 50% performance gain, the CPU part of the M1 SoC makes the impressive A12Z Bionic look practically lethargic here. In AnTuTu, the ARM-based M1 in the late 2020 MacBook Air can just send the Apple silicon rivals home.

MacBook Air/M1 result. (Image source: AnTuTu)
MacBook Air/M1 result. (Image source: AnTuTu)
MacBook Air/iPad Pro 4 comparison. (Image source: AnTuTu)
MacBook Air/iPad Pro 4 comparison. (Image source: AnTuTu)

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Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News - 2499 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-11-25 (Update: 2020-11-25)