Benchmarks for the New 2013 MacBook Airs [Chart]

Posted June 11, 2013 at 3:59pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9378 views

Primate Labs has posted Geekbench scores for the new 2013 MacBook Airs.

There's only a modest increase in performance between the 2013 MacBook Air and the 2012 MacBook Air. Depending on which models you compare, you can expect between a 3% and a 8% improvement in performance.

Considering that last year's update brought an increase of 20% to 25% in performance, this is a small step up. The reason for the minimal increase in performance is Apple's focus on battery life. The Haswell processor improves performance by 10% and uses 25% less power; however, Apple reduced that effect by switching to processors with lower frequencies. The low-end Air has been dropped from 1.7GHz to 1.3GHz and the high-end Air has seen its frequency dropped from 2.0GHz to 1.7GHz.

Focusing on power usage instead of just focusing on processor performance leads to a massive increase in battery life for the new MacBook Airs. Apple claims that the new 11-inch MacBook Air has an 80% increase in battery life, while the new 13-inch MacBook Air has a 70% increase in battery life.

Take a look at the benchmark results below...

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Me - June 14, 2013 at 10:25am
Any idea if the 1.7 has a detriment on battery life compared to the 1.3?
k3ira - June 11, 2013 at 8:14pm
why must debated? and smells like racism LOL
Yocko - June 11, 2013 at 4:17pm
So could we clock down the 2012 models to up the battery life as well?
Tinmania - June 11, 2013 at 4:53pm
Please do a little research before you ask .. Does all japanese are that lazy ? oh Im sorry perhaps ugly chinese decendent? Michael
yocko - June 11, 2013 at 5:08pm
are people in general very happy around you?
Jay - June 11, 2013 at 9:58pm
LOL.... love it. My guess is not. They are busy doing something else instead of being around him. But it's them...not him, of course not. On a different note, maybe someone will make a clock down app in Cydia. I doubt though. Might be easier to turn off BT, Wifi, and LTE. With only 3G and dimmed screen, I usually last a good 2 days with mine if it can give an idea as baseline.
Anouilh - June 12, 2013 at 4:11am
Very annoig comment
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