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Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 review - A lot faster and with Wi-Fi 6E

The best subnotebook. Apple has updated its MacBook Air and thanks to its M3 SoC, the laptop's performance is now higher than ever before. Further improvements include its Wi-Fi 6E support and the ability to connect up to two external displays. Moreover, the blue Midnight color variant has been given a new coating to repel fingerprint marks.

The MacBook Air M2MacBook Air M2 was presented 1.5 years ago and at the time, Apple unveiled an entirely new design. In the meantime, the series has been extended by a larger 15-inch model. After Apple already introduced its new M3-SoC generation inside the MacBook Pro models at the end of last year, now the MacBook Air 13's M3 update follows suit. Unsurprisingly, not much has changed about its design—but it does now support Wi-Fi 6E, too.

The old MacBook Air 13 M2 still remains available to purchase (MRSP from US$999), replacing the old MacBook Air M1 as the manufacturer's cheapest MacBook. The new MacBook Air M3's prices start from US$1,099, making it US$200 cheaper than the M2 model at launch. In turn, it still only features a mere 8 GB RAM and a 256-GB SSD. Our test device is the variant with the faster 10-core GPU, 16 GB RAM and a 512-GB SSD for US$1,499. As the device remains unchanged in many areas, we would additionally recommend taking a look at our previous reviews of the MacBook Air M2 as well as our analysis of the M3 SoC:

Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Processor
Apple M3 8 x 2.7 - 4.1 GHz, 21 W PL2 / Short Burst, 10.5 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
16 GB 
, LPDDR5-6400, Dual-Channel, onboard
Display
13.60 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1664 pixel 225 PPI, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP0512Z, 512 GB 
, 465 GB free
Connections
2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Stereo, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11.3 x 304.1 x 215 ( = 0.44 x 11.97 x 8.46 in)
Battery
52.6 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple macOS 14 Sonoma
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Quad speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 35W PSU Dual-USB-C, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.237 kg ( = 43.63 oz / 2.73 pounds), Power Supply: 184 g ( = 6.49 oz / 0.41 pounds)
Price
1759 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
92.4 %
03/2024
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3, M3 10-Core GPU
1.2 kg11.3 mm13.60"2560x1664
92 %
08/2022
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
1.2 kg11.3 mm13.60"2560x1664
86.7 %
02/2024
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Ultra 7 155H, Arc 8-Core
1.2 kg14.9 mm14.00"2880x1800
89.5 %
01/2024
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
R7 PRO 7840U, Radeon 780M
1.2 kg13.99 mm13.30"2880x1800
91.9 %
07/2023
HP Dragonfly G4
i7-1365U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.1 kg16.3 mm13.50"1920x1280
87.4 %
07/2023
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
i7-1360P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg15.3 mm13.40"3456x2160
89.6 %
06/2023
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
i7-1360P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg15.6 mm14.20"3120x2080

Case - The Midnight MacBook now with a new coating

The colorway Midnight has received a new coating to prevent fingerprint marks.
The colorway Midnight has received a new coating to prevent fingerprint marks.

In general, nothing has changed about the MacBook Air 13's design and case quality. Compared to the old MacBook Air M1, the current design doesn't make use of a wedge-shaped base unit. In practical use, this isn't an issue despite its hard front edge, as the base unit is simply too flat to be annoying for your wrists. Its build remains excellent and the same can be said for its stability. Its maximum opening angle is 135 degrees.

With the release of the M2 generation, Apple extended its well-known color variants Silver and Space Gray to include two new options: Starlight and Midnight. The dark blue variant Midnight looked especially good on the product photos but it quickly turned out to be quite the fingerprint magnet and it was nearly impossible to keep its surfaces clean. Subsequently, the new M3 model (Midnight) comes with an anodized coating—the same as the black version of the MacBook Pro 14/16—to help mitigate this. As a result, fingerprint marks are a lot less of an issue. As was already the case with the black MBP 14, marks do become visible after longer periods of time, but the surfaces can be cleaned much easier using a cloth.

Measuring 11.3 mm in thickness, the MacBook Air 13 continues to be very slim, whereby its footprint is considerably larger than the Dell XPS 13 or the ThinkPad Z13, for example—almost as large as 14-inch devices such as the Zenbook 14 OLED. It weighs 1.237 kg and the 35-watt power supply (with 2x USB-C) weighs 184 grams including the MagSafe cable.

Size comparison

312.4 mm / 12.3 inch 220.1 mm / 8.67 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.2 kg2.67 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 221 mm / 8.7 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 11.3 mm / 0.4449 inch 1.2 kg2.73 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 11.3 mm / 0.4449 inch 1.2 kg2.68 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 16.3 mm / 0.642 inch 1.1 kg2.53 lbs295.3 mm / 11.6 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 15.3 mm / 0.602 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs294.4 mm / 11.6 inch 199.6 mm / 7.86 inch 13.99 mm / 0.551 inch 1.2 kg2.68 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs
MBA 13 M3 (Midnight) vs. MBA 15 M3 (Starlight)
MBA 13 M3 (Midnight) vs. MBA 15 M3 (Starlight)
MBA 13 M3 (Midnight) vs. MBA 15 M3 (Starlight)
MBA 13 M3 (Midnight) vs. MBA 15 M3 (Starlight)

We additionally added some comparison photos with the larger MacBook Air 15 M3 so you can get a better idea of its size.

Connectivity - Two external displays now supported

In terms of connectivity options, nothing has changed, as aside from a MagSafe connection for the power supply, it continues to feature two USB-C ports (4.0) on the left, which both still only support Thunderbolt 3. The right side only houses the 3.5-mm audio jack and we would have liked to see at least one further USB connection.

The MacBook Air 13 M3 used with two external screens.
The MacBook Air 13 M3 used with two external screens.

One feature is new, however, as previously, the MacBook Air M2 could only power one external monitor aside from its internal panel. The hardware requirements for the M3 SoC are identical, so it is still only possible to control two displays, but if you close the screen lid, you can now also use two external monitors (1x up to 6K/60 Hz, 1x up to 5K/60 Hz). Of course, this still isn't totally ideal but it is a clear step in the right direction and could make all the difference if you are looking to use two monitors. 

We tested the new function with two external screens (one via USB-C and the other via USB-C/HDMI adapter), which worked perfectly. The MacBook Pro 14 M3 is also set to receive this function at a later date via a software update.

Left: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbit/s, DisplayPort ALT mode, Power Delivery)
Left: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbit/s, DisplayPort ALT mode, Power Delivery)
Right: 3.5-mm audio
Right: 3.5-mm audio

Communication

Apple has updated the WLAN module and it now supports Wi-Fi 6E at 160 MHz as well as Bluetooth 5.3. In combination with our reference router from Asus, you can see the result immediately, as the new MacBook Air M3 is twice as fast as its predecessor and just as fast as the larger MacBook Pro models. 

Networking
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1705 (min: 1668) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1719 (min: 1649) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1638 (min: 1574) MBit/s ∼96%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1654 (min: 1582) MBit/s ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1526 (min: 1151) MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1393 (min: 1081) MBit/s ∼81%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1224 (min: 903) MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1365 (min: 977) MBit/s ∼81%
HP Dragonfly G4
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
973 (min: 879) MBit/s ∼57%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1200 (min: 1059) MBit/s ∼70%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1243 (min: 776) MBit/s ∼92%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1234 (min: 1042) MBit/s ∼73%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1118 (min: 1064) MBit/s ∼66%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1266 (min: 928) MBit/s ∼74%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1094 (min: 570) MBit/s ∼81%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1173 (min: 982) MBit/s ∼70%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
591 (min: 549) MBit/s ∼35%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
938 (min: 925) MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1353 (min: 1192) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1682 (min: 868) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
865 (min: 856) MBit/s ∼51%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
945 (min: 924) MBit/s ∼55%
0501001502002503003504004505005506006507007508008509009501000105011001150120012501300135014001450150015501600165017001750Tooltip
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort; iperf3 transmit AXE11000: Ø1705 (1668-1728)
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax; iperf3 transmit AXE11000: Ø865 (856-874)
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort; iperf3 receive AXE11000: Ø1719 (1649-1767)
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax; iperf3 receive AXE11000: Ø945 (924-968)

Webcam

Its 1080p webcam continues to take decent photos in good lighting conditions and we have no complaints about its microphones, either. You can optionally use your iPhone as a webcam.

ColorChecker
14.6 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
6 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU: 10.92 ∆E min: 2.94 - max: 20.67 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom cover can be removed as long as you have a fitting pentalobe screwdriver. However, you can probably save yourself the hassle, as there is no fan and all of the components are soldered on. The glued-in battery can be replaced if needed, but this should only be done by qualified service personnel.

Internal build
Internal build
Bottom case cover
Bottom case cover

Input devices - Superb trackpad

In terms of input devices, nothing has changed compared to the MacBook Air M2. The keyboard's quality doesn't quite live up to the standard of business laptops but all-in-all, it is precise and typing on it feels comfortable. Its Touch-ID fingerprint scanner works perfectly and when it comes to white keyboard backlighting, Apple has led the way for years, as its intensity is adjusted very precisely and automatically to the surrounding ambient light.

Input devices
Input devices
Keyboard backlighting
Keyboard backlighting

Its large trackpad is still the one to beat when it comes to mobile devices and its integration into macOS is flawless. Thanks to Force Touch, its clicks are even across the whole pad and they aren't too loud. Furthermore, gestures are input perfectly. As always, the MacBook Air doesn't feature a touchscreen.

Display - IPS with P3 coverage

Reflections may get in the way indoors, too.
Reflections may get in the way indoors, too.

Apple continues to rely on a 13.6-inch IPS screen within the Air. Its resolution is slightly crooked at 2,560 x 1,664 pixels. The 64 additional vertical pixels are used for the area next to the notch. As always, it doesn't look the best, but it also doesn't take any space away from the actual 16:10 panel.

Subjectively, the panel's picture quality remains impressive. Colors look intense and content is sharp; in addition, macOS still shows no scaling issues. We would, however, like to start seeing an update to 120 Hz, as this model continues to feature a 60-Hz panel. Its response times aren't particularly quick but they also aren't noticeably slow—in everyday use, you won't notice any ghosting. PWM isn't used and its screen brightness and color temperature are adapted automatically depending on the ambient light.

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Visible backlight bleeding at full brightness
Visible backlight bleeding at full brightness

We measured a maximum brightness of 525 cd/m² in the middle of the screen and an average of just over 500 cd/m². The display's black value of 0.42 cd/m² is unfortunately quite high, leading to dark content not looking totally black compared to OLED or Mini-LED panels. This also makes itself known in the screen's contrast ratio, which is "only" ~1,300:1. We noticed some backlight bleeding in the corners when depicting dark images at high brightness levels.

492
cd/m²
483
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
510
cd/m²
525
cd/m²
513
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
524
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 525 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 506.2 cd/m² Minimum: 1.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 525 cd/m²
Contrast: 1250:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.4 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
87.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.9% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
98.4% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.2
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
IPS, 2560x1664, 13.60
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
IPS, 2560x1664, 13.60
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
ATNA40CU06-0, OLED, 2880x1800, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
ATNA33AA02-0, OLED, 2880x1800, 13.30
HP Dragonfly G4
Chi Mei CMN13C0, IPS, 1920x1280, 13.50
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Samsung 134XK04, OLED, 3456x2160, 13.40
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
TMX1422, IPS, 3120x2080, 14.20
Display
0%
4%
4%
-17%
4%
-5%
Display P3 Coverage
98.4
98.4
0%
99.8
1%
99.7
1%
68.4
-30%
99.7
1%
89.8
-9%
sRGB Coverage
99.9
99.9
0%
100
0%
100
0%
98.3
-2%
100
0%
99.4
-1%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
87.9
87.6
0%
97.6
11%
97.3
11%
70.4
-20%
96.8
10%
84.2
-4%
Response Times
7%
98%
93%
-28%
93%
58%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34.5 ?(16.9, 17.6)
32.9 ?(17.8, 15.1)
5%
0.69 ?(0.37, 0.32)
98%
2.1 ?(1.1, 1)
94%
48.8 ?(22.9, 25.9)
-41%
2.18 ?(1.2, 0.98)
94%
20 ?(6, 14)
42%
Response Time Black / White *
27.2 ?(15.5, 11.7)
24.9 ?(10.4, 14.5)
8%
0.71 ?(0.38, 0.33)
97%
2.2 ?(1, 1.2)
92%
31.3 ?(16.3, 15)
-15%
2.08 ?(0.98, 1.1)
92%
7 ?(2, 5)
74%
PWM Frequency
480 ?(80)
60.1 ?(100)
238.6 ?(100)
156000 ?(50)
Screen
3%
198%
3%
-14%
-87%
-10%
Brightness middle
525
526
0%
391
-26%
372
-29%
408.8
-22%
361.7
-31%
595
13%
Brightness
506
486
-4%
392
-23%
375
-26%
399
-21%
367
-27%
550
9%
Brightness Distribution
92
87
-5%
98
7%
99
8%
90
-2%
96
4%
85
-8%
Black Level *
0.42
0.38
10%
0.02
95%
0.32
24%
0.25
40%
Contrast
1250
1384
11%
19550
1464%
1278
2%
2380
90%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.4
1.3
7%
1.1
21%
0.88
37%
2.02
-44%
4.83
-245%
2.01
-44%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.8
2.7
4%
2.4
14%
3.22
-15%
3.84
-37%
9.34
-234%
6.9
-146%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2
2
-0%
1.3
35%
1.2
40%
2.3
-15%
1.8
10%
2.74
-37%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.25 98%
2.17 101%
2.18 101%
2.2 100%
2.33 94%
2.4 92%
CCT
6876 95%
6858 95%
6336 103%
6326 103%
6203 105%
6438 101%
6319 103%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.7
0.61
3.97
1.22
Total Average (Program / Settings)
3% / 3%
100% / 138%
33% / 19%
-20% / -17%
3% / -30%
14% / 1%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN grayscale calibrated
CalMAN grayscale calibrated
CalMAN saturation calibrated
CalMAN saturation calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated

Straight out of the box, the panel is already calibrated fine and its grayscale and color DeltaE-2000 deviations (compared to the P3 reference) are below 3. However, our analysis using the professional CalMAN software (X-Rite i1 Pro 2) revealed a slight blue tint in combination with a slightly too-cool color temperature. Using our own calibration (the corresponding profile can be downloaded for free above), we managed to get both of these issues in check, lowering the deviations even further in total. In turn, its maximum brightness ended up being around 25 cd/m² less. The P3 color space is covered completely.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.5 ms rise
↘ 11.7 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 65 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.9 ms rise
↘ 17.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (33.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17803 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Outside (cloudy sky)
Outside (cloudy sky)
In the sun
In the sun

Although the Macbook Air's display is generally shiny, it isn't quite as reflective as most Windows laptops with OLED panels or touchscreens. As a result, you can still work in bright surroundings as long as you avoid direct sunlight. Its viewing-angle stability is great.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - M3 SoC in 3nm

The MacBook Air 13 is available with two different M3 SoCs. The CPU part with 8 cores is identical, while the base model continues to have 8 GPU cores and can optionally be had with a faster 10-core GPU as already seen in the MacBook Pro 14 M3. You can choose between 8, 16 and 24 GB RAM. By the way, your choice of power supply doesn't have any impact on the device's performance.

Processor - Apple M3 in 3 nm

Apple M3 SoC (source: Apple)
Apple M3 SoC (source: Apple)

The Apple M3 SoC is Apple's first chip manufactured using the 3-nm process. Its core configuration is the same as the old M2 SoC but thanks to its improved manufacturing process, Apple has been able to raise its clock rates without it using that much more energy. Its four performance cores now reach a maximum of 4.056 GHz (or ~3.6 GHz with all cores loaded) and the four efficiency cores clock at a maximum of 2.748 GHz. During the multi-core tests, the processor consumed ~21 watts for a short while, after which it steadily decreased and balanced out at 10.5 watts during 12 minutes of continuous load (R23 Multi: 8,237 points, so ~19 % less). In general, its performance during short tests is comparable with the MacBook Pro 14 M3, whose performance remains stable, however, thanks to its active cooling.

Compared to the old M2 SoC, its performance is now around 20 % higher on average. This means the M3 SoC ran just below the level of a Ryzen 7 7840U or the Core Ultra 7 155H within the ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12 during the multi-core tests—however, both of those models also consume a lot more energy.

In the single-core tests, Apple was again able to improve performance by a whopping 20 % compared to the M2, giving it a head start in front of the competition from AMD and Intel. These are impressive results, especially if you consider its low single-core consumption of just over 5 watts. We already took a look at the new M3 SoC's efficiency in our analysis article. In battery use, the MacBook Air 13 M3's CPU performance remains constant. Further CPU benchmarks can be found here.

Cinebench 2024: CPU Multi Core | CPU Single Core
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Multi Core
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
1059 Points +84%
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
908 Points +58%
Apple M3
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
712 Points +24%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
698 Points +21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (366 - 902, n=11, last 2 years)
684 Points +19%
Average Apple M3
  (576 - 712, n=3)
629 Points +9%
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
609 Points +6%
Apple M3
MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
576 Points
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Single Core
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
144 Points +2%
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
143 Points +1%
Apple M3
MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
141 Points
Average Apple M3
  (140 - 142, n=3)
141 Points 0%
Apple M3
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
140 Points -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (90 - 142, n=11, last 2 years)
109.8 Points -22%
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
97 Points -31%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
15106 Points +50%
Apple M2 Pro
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
14787 Points +47%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
14583 (10835.5min - 14582.8max) Points +45%
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
13767 (13362.4min - 13766.9max) Points +37%
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
13315 Points +32%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
12794 Points +27%
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
11811 Points +17%
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
11797 Points +17%
Intel Core i7-1360P
MateBook X Pro 2023
11571 Points +15%
Intel Core i7-1360P
XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
11503 (9427.43min - 11502.9max) Points +14%
Apple M3
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
10454 Points +4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2485 - 16201, n=65, last 2 years)
10439 Points +4%
Average Apple M3
  (10074 - 10454, n=3)
10275 Points +2%
Apple M3
MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
10074 Points
Apple M2
MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
8517 Points -15%
Intel Core i7-1365U
Dragonfly G4
7532 (5307.67min - 7531.78max) Points -25%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
1977 Points +4%
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
1942 Points +2%
Apple M3
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
1904 Points 0%
Average Apple M3
  (1900 - 1904, n=3)
1901 Points 0%
Apple M3
MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
1900 Points
Intel Core i7-1365U
Dragonfly G4
1891 Points 0%
Intel Core i7-1360P
MateBook X Pro 2023
1848 Points -3%
Intel Core i7-1360P
XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
1848 Points -3%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
1772 Points -7%
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
1742 Points -8%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
1730 Points -9%
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
1703 Points -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (598 - 1934, n=65, last 2 years)
1652 Points -13%
Apple M2 Pro
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
1647 Points -13%
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
1643 Points -14%
Apple M2
MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
1580 Points -17%
Geekbench 6.2 / Multi-Core
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
15480 Points +29%
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
14412 Points +20%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
12971 Points +8%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
12171 Points +1%
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
12069 Points 0%
Apple M3
MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
12034 Points
Average Apple M3
  (11863 - 12066, n=4)
11982 Points 0%
Apple M3
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
11966 Points -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6796 - 13217, n=28, last 2 years)
11317 Points -6%
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
10893 Points -9%
Geekbench 6.2 / Single-Core
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
3138 Points +4%
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
3113 Points +3%
Apple M3
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
3099 Points +2%
Average Apple M3
  (3026 - 3130, n=4)
3083 Points +2%
Apple M3
MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
3026 Points
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2003 - 3130, n=28, last 2 years)
2501 Points -17%
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
2479 Points -18%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
2454 Points -19%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
2420 Points -20%
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
2399 Points -21%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
15298 Points +42%
Apple M2 Pro
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
14859 Points +38%
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
13312 Points +24%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
12469 Points +16%
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
12189 Points +13%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
11567 Points +8%
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
10920 Points +2%
Intel Core i7-1360P
XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
10817 Points +1%
Apple M3
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
10774 Points 0%
Apple M3
MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
10748 Points
Average Apple M3
  (10570 - 10774, n=3)
10697 Points 0%
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
9644 Points -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4274 - 12580, n=62, last 2 years)
9258 Points -14%
Apple M2
MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
8991 Points -16%
Intel Core i7-1360P
MateBook X Pro 2023
8909 Points -17%
Intel Core i7-1365U
Dragonfly G4
8778 Points -18%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple M3
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
2342 Points +4%
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
2331 Points +3%
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
2327 Points +3%
Average Apple M3
  (2256 - 2350, n=3)
2316 Points +3%
Apple M3
MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
2256 Points
Apple M2 Pro
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
1961 Points -13%
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
1926 Points -15%
Apple M2
MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
1925 Points -15%
Intel Core i7-1365U
Dragonfly G4
1902 Points -16%
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
1853 Points -18%
Intel Core i7-1360P
XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
1825 Points -19%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
1805 Points -20%
Intel Core i7-1360P
MateBook X Pro 2023
1792 Points -21%
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
1775 Points -21%
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
1768 Points -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1348 - 2350, n=62, last 2 years)
1735 Points -23%
Cinebench 2024: CPU Multi Core | CPU Single Core
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core

System performance

AmorphousMemoryMark
AmorphousMemoryMark

The old MacBook Air M2 was already a super fast device in everyday use and this is the same with the new M3 SoC. Especially when running native applications, its performance is great and in the synthetic benchmarks, the new MacBook Air 13 M3 almost always came ahead of its Windows competitors.

Applications for Intel-based Macs can be emulated via Rosetta 2, which works very well. There may be a slight difference in speed (especially during complex applications) but in general, it works absolutely fine. The topic surrounding AI is a total trend at the moment, and Apple too has already installed an NPU in the form of its Neural Engine since the release of the M1 chips. This is used, for example, to predict words when writing messages. If you like to use Microsoft's Office Suite including Co-Pilot, then you won't have to worry, as this function is made available via the Cloud, meaning there shouldn't be any difference to Windows devices.

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
WebXPRT 3: Overall
WebXPRT 4: Overall
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total
Jetstream 2: Total Score
CrossMark / Overall
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1876 Points +2%
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (1847 - 1857, n=3)
1850 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1847 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1847 Points
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1773 Points -4%
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1628 Points -12%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1605 Points -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (718 - 1876, n=59, last 2 years)
1565 Points -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
Radeon 780M, R7 PRO 7840U, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N
1533 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1496 Points -19%
CrossMark / Productivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1829 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1729 Points +1%
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (1716 - 1729, n=3)
1724 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1716 Points
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1661 Points -3%
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1620 Points -6%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1523 Points -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (685 - 1829, n=59, last 2 years)
1517 Points -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
Radeon 780M, R7 PRO 7840U, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N
1461 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1377 Points -20%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2199 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (2183 - 2210, n=3)
2197 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
2183 Points -1%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
2003 Points -9%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1917 Points -13%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1863 Points -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
Radeon 780M, R7 PRO 7840U, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N
1824 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1819 Points -17%
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1731 Points -21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (776 - 2210, n=59, last 2 years)
1706 Points -22%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1899 Points +39%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1493 Points +9%
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
1373 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1367 Points 0%
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (1364 - 1367, n=3)
1366 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1364 Points
Average of class Subnotebook
  (652 - 1899, n=59, last 2 years)
1338 Points -2%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1201 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1065 Points -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
Radeon 780M, R7 PRO 7840U, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N
1049 Points -23%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
445 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (423 - 448, n=3)
439 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
423 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
375 Points -16%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
313 Points -30%
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
305 Points -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
Radeon 780M, R7 PRO 7840U, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N
298 Points -33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (128.3 - 448, n=61, last 2 years)
290 Points -35%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
255 Points -43%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (313 - 315, n=2)
314 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
313 Points
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
267 Points -15%
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
266 Points -15%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
243.5 Points -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (67.2 - 325, n=52, last 2 years)
241 Points -23%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
234 Points -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
Radeon 780M, R7 PRO 7840U, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N
234 Points -25%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
225 Points -28%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
612 ms * -64%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (363 - 1913, n=65, last 2 years)
570 ms * -53%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
Radeon 780M, R7 PRO 7840U, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N
569 ms * -52%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
521 ms * -40%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
497 ms * -33%
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
494 ms * -32%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
460.9 ms * -23%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
373.2 ms *
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (363 - 373, n=3)
366 ms * +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
362.8 ms * +3%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
316.8 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (305 - 318, n=3)
313 Points -1%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
305.1 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
304.5 Points -4%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
280.053 Points -12%
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
274.449 Points -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (166.4 - 478, n=39, last 2 years)
267 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
226.8 Points -28%

* ... smaller is better

Storage devices

AmorphousDiskMark
AmorphousDiskMark

As was already the case with the MacBook Pro 14 M3, Apple has continued to only equip the MacBook Air 13 M3 with PCIe-3.0 SSDs. The 512-GB version (AP0512Z) is installed into our test device and its transfer rates were as expected, namely ~3.5 GB/s. As a result, you won't be faced with any limitations during everyday use. We again expect a much lower performance when it comes to the 256-GB model (~50 %) and we will check this as soon as possible. After first booting up the device, users have 465 GB free to use. The Air M3 can be fitted with a 2-TB SSD at most. Further SSD benchmarks can be found here.

Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
 
100 pt
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP0512Z
88.6 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
84.6 pt
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
83.8 pt
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
82.5 pt
Average of class Subnotebook
 
78.8 pt
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
45.1 pt
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (2896 - 4756, n=7)
3422 MB/s +18%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2905.7 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2876.6 MB/s -1%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2847.5 MB/s -2%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2796.5 MB/s -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1476 - 2948, n=6, last 2 years)
2632 MB/s -9%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
1475.8 MB/s -49%
5GB Write
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (3123 - 4199, n=7)
3517 MB/s +8%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3242.6 MB/s
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
3017.3 MB/s -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2992.9 MB/s -8%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2873.2 MB/s -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 3243, n=6, last 2 years)
2840 MB/s -12%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
1652.8 MB/s -49%

Graphics card

WildLife Extreme stress test
WildLife Extreme stress test

The M3 GPU with 10 cores is installed into our test sample, which we already know from the MacBook Pro 14 M3. Its maximum power consumption is around 15 watts and in total, its performance is on the same level as the MacBook Pro—although the Air has to slow down under permanent load here, too. During the 3DMark WildLife-Extreme stress test, its result fell by about 25 % after 20 runs. Its GPU performance also offers an advantage of 20 % compared to the old M2 GPU with 10 cores. In battery use, its graphics performance remains constant and further benchmarks can be found here

Gaming on the MacBook is slowly picking up speed and games such as Total War: Pharaoh or Baldur's Gate 3 run natively on the MacBook. However, Baldur's Gate 3 is too demanding with high details, so you'll have to activate FSR in order to achieve about 35fps in 1080p/High. When it comes to FSR, you should at least choose the setting quality because if you don't, the laptop's graphics performance suffers dramatically. Emulated games such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider or The Witcher 3 also run on the MacBook but depending on the game, there may be some limitations and their performance is a little limited, too.

3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
14545 Points +77%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12968 Points +57%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
12094 Points +47%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11224 Points +36%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
8302 Points +1%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (8239 - 8302, n=3)
8276 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
8239 Points
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6824 Points -17%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
6558 Points -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2438 - 9340, n=25, last 2 years)
5576 Points -32%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
4332 Points -47%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
97.8 fps +89%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.1 fps +78%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
79 fps +53%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
78.7 fps +52%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
52.3 fps +1%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (51.8 - 52.6, n=3)
52.2 fps +1%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
51.8 fps
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
48.6 fps -6%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (12 - 52.6, n=9, last 2 years)
39.5 fps -24%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
219.7 fps +92%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.4 fps +84%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
181.1 fps +58%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
178.7 fps +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
121 fps +6%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (114.4 - 121, n=3)
118.5 fps +4%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
114.4 fps
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
110 fps -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (31 - 120, n=9, last 2 years)
94.2 fps -18%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
436 fps +68%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
434.4 fps +68%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
389 fps +50%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
376.3 fps +45%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
268.6 fps +4%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (259 - 269, n=3)
263 fps +2%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
259 fps
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
226 fps -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (79 - 260, n=8, last 2 years)
194.6 fps -25%
Geekbench 5.5
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
55240 Points +60%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52054 Points +50%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
46834 Points +35%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
46145 Points +33%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (34398 - 34823, n=3)
34608 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
34603 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
34398 Points -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (26079 - 34823, n=6, last 2 years)
31015 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30269 Points -13%
OpenCL Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
52441 Points +66%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
46941 Points +48%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
45348 Points +43%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
42483 Points +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
34349 Points +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
34161 Points +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
32540 Points +3%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (31647 - 32540, n=3)
32209 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
31647 Points
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
30817 Points -3%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
30010 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27489 Points -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10477 - 61067, n=63, last 2 years)
24402 Points -23%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
21110 Points -33%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
20881 Points -34%
HP Dragonfly G4
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1365U
18313 Points -42%
Geekbench 6.2
GPU Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
78324 Points +64%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
68043 Points +43%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
47686 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (47494 - 47699, n=3)
47626 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
47494 Points 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (45460 - 47699, n=3, last 2 years)
46948 Points -2%
GPU OpenCL
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
50373 Points +65%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
42798 Points +40%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
35267 Points +16%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
32096 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
30506 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (30414 - 30506, n=3)
30463 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
30414 Points 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
29695 Points -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
27190 Points -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (10340 - 52427, n=28, last 2 years)
26278 Points -14%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom METAL
Average of class Subnotebook
  (129 - 237, n=3, last 2 years)
166.7 Seconds * -24%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
134 Seconds *
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
132 Seconds * +1%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (121 - 134, n=3)
128 Seconds * +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
121 Seconds * +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds * +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
73 Seconds * +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
69 Seconds * +49%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
HP Dragonfly G4
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1365U
796 Seconds * -54%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
761 Seconds * -47%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
645 Seconds * -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (336 - 1548, n=56, last 2 years)
617 Seconds * -19%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (491 - 761, n=3)
590 Seconds * -14%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
537 Seconds * -4%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
535 Seconds * -3%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
531 Seconds * -3%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
517 Seconds *
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
448 Seconds * +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
437 Seconds * +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
435 Seconds * +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U
385 Seconds * +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
355 Seconds * +31%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds * +36%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
314 Seconds * +39%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom oneAPI/Intel
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1176 - 1237, n=2, last 2 years)
1207 Seconds *
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU, Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
1151 Seconds *

* ... smaller is better

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
57 fps +58%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
51.7 (48min) fps +44%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
51 fps +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U, AMD Radeon 780M
45.8 (43min) fps +27%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U, AMD Radeon 780M
43 fps +19%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
40 fps +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
38 fps +6%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (36 - 38, n=3)
36.7 fps +2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (11.2 - 92, n=54, last 2 years)
36.1 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
36 fps
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.7 fps -1%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
33.9 (31min) fps -6%
HP Dragonfly G4
Intel Core i7-1365U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
31 (28min) fps -14%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
51 fps +113%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
45 fps +88%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
43 fps +79%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
39 fps +63%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U, AMD Radeon 780M
28.6 (24min) fps +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
28 fps +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
25.5 (23min) fps +6%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (24 - 28, n=3)
25.3 fps +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U, AMD Radeon 780M
25.2 (23min, 24P1) fps +5%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
24 fps
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 44.2, n=55, last 2 years)
19.4 fps -19%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
19.2 (11min, 13P1) fps -20%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16.4 fps -32%
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15.4 (14min) fps -36%
HP Dragonfly G4
Intel Core i7-1365U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
14.7 (13min) fps -39%
Total War Pharaoh
1920x1080 High Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
77 fps +79%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
67 fps +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
45 fps +5%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (43 - 45, n=3)
44 fps +2%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
43 fps
Average of class Subnotebook
  (16.2 - 45.6, n=5, last 2 years)
36.9 fps -14%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
58 fps +107%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps +89%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
36 fps +29%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (28 - 36, n=3)
33 fps +18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (28 - 35.5, n=4, last 2 years)
31.7 fps +13%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
28 fps
Baldur's Gate 3
1920x1080 High Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
53 fps +152%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
42 fps +100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
26.8 fps +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U, AMD Radeon 780M
26.1 fps +24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20.6 - 26.1, n=7, last 2 years)
22.7 fps +8%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (21 - 22, n=2)
21.5 fps +2%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
21 fps
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
43 fps +126%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
39 fps +105%
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U, AMD Radeon 780M
25.7 fps +35%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G12
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
24.4 fps +28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (19 - 25.7, n=7, last 2 years)
21.3 fps +12%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
19 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (19 - 19, n=2)
19 fps 0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
72 fps +112%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
65 fps +91%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
65 fps +91%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
60 fps +76%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
41 fps +21%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (34 - 41, n=3)
37.7 fps +11%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
34 fps
Average of class Subnotebook
  (24 - 50, n=10, last 2 years)
31.4 fps -8%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.9 fps -24%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
25 fps -26%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
63 fps +110%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 fps +90%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
57 fps +90%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps +77%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
36 fps +20%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
  (30 - 36, n=3)
32.7 fps +9%
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
30 fps
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 42, n=9, last 2 years)
27.4 fps -9%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
22.4 fps -25%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
21 fps -30%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 36 24
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 103 38 34 30
Baldur's Gate 3 (2023) 31 26 21 19
Total War Pharaoh (2023) 123 67 43 28

Emissions - The MacBook Air is always silent

Noise emissions

A huge advantage that the MacBook Air 13 offers compared to its similarly speedy Windows counterparts continues to be its passive cooling. No matter what you do on the device (even when powering two external monitors), it is always silent and doesn't emit any sort of electronic noises. 

Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Arc 8-Core, Ultra 7 155H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
Radeon 780M, R7 PRO 7840U, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N
HP Dragonfly G4
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1365U, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
Noise
off / environment *
23.4
25.1
23.3
23.7
25.4
24.2
Idle Minimum *
23.4
25.8
23.5
24
25.4
24.2
Idle Average *
23.4
25.8
23.5
24
25.4
24.2
Idle Maximum *
24.5
28.3
26.8
24.4
29.6
24.2
Load Average *
39.3
28.3
27.2
37
42
25.1
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.9
44.8
32.7
42.1
25.1
Load Maximum *
39.3
44.8
35
42
40.9
48.5

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Despite its passive cooling, Apple still has the case's temperatures in check and in idle mode/during simple tasks, the device barely heats up. After our one-hour stress test, we noted a hot spot of 44 °C on the top middle area of the top and bottom of the base unit. Of course, this is noticeable but it doesn't limit the laptop's use.

Max. Load
 42.3 °C
108 F
44.3 °C
112 F
38.9 °C
102 F
 
 36.5 °C
98 F
39.6 °C
103 F
34.9 °C
95 F
 
 32.9 °C
91 F
29.3 °C
85 F
31.6 °C
89 F
 
Maximum: 44.3 °C = 112 F
Average: 36.7 °C = 98 F
41.2 °C
106 F
43.4 °C
110 F
42.4 °C
108 F
37.9 °C
100 F
40.7 °C
105 F
39.9 °C
104 F
32.8 °C
91 F
34.4 °C
94 F
33.6 °C
92 F
Maximum: 43.4 °C = 110 F
Average: 38.5 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.2 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 19.7 °C = 67 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.7 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.3 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35.9 °C / 97 F, ranging from 21.4 to 59 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.4 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 39.4 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21.8 °C / 71 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.9 °C / 91.2 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-4.6 °C / -8.3 F).
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, Intel Arc 8-Core iGPU
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7840U, AMD Radeon 780M
HP Dragonfly G4
Intel Core i7-1365U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Heat
-8%
-5%
-6%
-9%
-6%
-29%
Maximum Upper Side *
44.3
44.7
-1%
40.9
8%
46.2
-4%
38.6
13%
43.8
1%
46.5
-5%
Maximum Bottom *
43.4
44.6
-3%
46.8
-8%
48.4
-12%
40.4
7%
44.4
-2%
44.7
-3%
Idle Upper Side *
22.3
25.1
-13%
24.1
-8%
23.2
-4%
28.2
-26%
24
-8%
34.9
-57%
Idle Bottom *
22.1
25.3
-14%
24.6
-11%
23
-4%
29
-31%
25.2
-14%
32.9
-49%

* ... smaller is better

Stress test

During the stress test, the M3 SoC was allowed to consume up to 33 watts for a short while but these values then quickly decreased. Here, the MacBook Pro 14 M3 has a clear advantage thanks to its active cooler, although it couldn't keep its maximum value for long, either.

During combined CPU/GPU load, the processor's consumption balanced out at around 8.5-9 watts—the same as its predecessor. However, in the case of the new MacBook Air M3, the GPU is prioritized.

05101520Tooltip
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø2.45 (1.806-16.677)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø14.6 (13.934-20.722)
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø4.04 (3.269-17.596)
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø8.15 (6.38-15.743)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø14.5 (13.915-15.649)
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø4.28 (3.27-13.289)

Speakers

The sound system with its four speakers still offers very good sound in view of the device's thin base unit and in many situations, you won't even need external speakers. However, the sound systems within the larger MacBook Pro models are even better and the Windows competition (e.g. the Asus Zenbook 14 or HP Dragonfly G4) has also caught up—or some cases even overtaken the MacBook Air.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.236.9253232.43129.832.54031.9325025.327.76324.828.78020.834.710020.446.512520.154.416015.749.820017.455.72502059.731515.263.640013.568.350011.168.163010.768.180010.867.1100010.567.7125010.368.4160010.368.7200010.568.7250011.170.4315011.572.3400011.772.6500012.273.2630012.773.5800012.472.71000012.474.41250012.474.91600011.862.8SPL2483.2N0.558.8median 12.2median 68.3Delta2.25.632.434.526.430.129.93231.835.429.435.429.138.820.545.421.449.919.155.315.155.51663.317.968.71569.312.568.210.869.510.366.310.766.310.270.71071.19.968.310.469.410.670.21169.511.370.311.567.211.664.711.870.211.870.911.768.811.465.923.481.20.555.5median 11.5median 68.72.42.533.939.333.931.527.231.526.524.626.527.527.227.526.326.326.32424.62434.326.234.347.622.247.656.219.556.263.717.963.768.716.268.771.816.171.87316.67372.515.972.570.315.170.368.31668.373.515.173.571.713.171.775.71575.772.41772.474.615.474.673.615.373.672.914.772.969.714.469.772.113.672.170.912.670.964.911.964.961.511.961.564.211.864.261.511.161.584.426.884.4650.865median 70.9median 15.1median 70.941.64hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPUAsus ZenBook 14 UX3405MAHP Dragonfly G4
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 0.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (1.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (1.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 19%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 4% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (7.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 19%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

HP Dragonfly G4 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 19%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Power management - Good battery life

Power consumption

When idling at full brightness, the MacBook Air 13 M3 has become slightly more frugal than its predecessor. Under load, the 35-watt power supply remains the limiting factor. Using a more powerful 65-watt power supply, we measured a short peak consumption of 66 watts which decreased over the course of a few minutes and fell below 35 watts. During the further course, its consumption balanced out at ~23 watts. When using the 35-watt power supply in this scenario, the battery ends up being tapped into in order to cover the additional power requirement. This is unfortunately a problem currently shared by almost all Intel subnotebooks.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.17 / 0.31 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.95 / 8.7 / 8.9 Watt
Load midlight 34.3 / 35.4 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple MacBook Air 13 M3 10C GPU
M3, M3 10-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0512Z, IPS, 2560x1664, 13.60
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2, M2 10-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP1024Z, IPS, 2560x1664, 13.60
Asus ZenBook 14 UX3405MA
Ultra 7 155H, Arc 8-Core, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM, OLED, 2880x1800, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkPad Z13 Gen 2
R7 PRO 7840U, Radeon 780M, SK hynix BC901 HFS001TEJ4X164N, OLED, 2880x1800, 13.30
HP Dragonfly G4
i7-1365U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Micron 3400 MTFDKBA512TFH 512GB, IPS, 1920x1280, 13.50
Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 Core i7-1360P
i7-1360P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ, OLED, 3456x2160, 13.40