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New 12-Inch Retina MacBook is Between 5% and 18% Faster Than 2015 Model

As customers begin receiving the new 12-inch Retina MacBook, more benchmark results for the Early 2016 model have been uploaded to Geekbench.

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Based on the results, the new Skylake-based 12-inch MacBook models are between 5% and 18% faster than the original Broadwell-based models depending on whether you purchase the low-end 1.1GHz, mid-tier 1.2GHz, or top-end built-to-order 1.3GHz model. Geekbench scores vary and were therefore averaged.

The low-end Skylake-based 1.1GHz Intel Core m3 configuration earned average 64-bit single-core and multi-core scores of 2,534 and 5,025 respectively, which is between 5% and 10% faster CPU performance than the equivalent Broadwell-based 1.1GHz 12-inch MacBook released in 2015.

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Geekbench 3 results for low-end 1.1GHz model

Geekbench results for the mid-tier Skylake-based 1.2GHz Intel Core m5 configuration surfaced last week, with the model earning single-core and multi-core scores of 2,894 and 5,845 respectively, which is between 15% and 18% faster than the equivalent Broadwell-based 1.2GHz model from 2015.

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Geekbench 3 results for built-to-order 1.3GHz model

Meanwhile, the top-end Skylake-based 1.3GHz Intel Core m7 built-to-order configuration earned average 64-bit single-core and multi-core scores of 3,023 and 6,430 respectively, which is between 9% and 17% faster than the equivalent Broadwell-based 1.3GHz model released in 2015.

The 12-inch MacBook is now widely available for $1,299 (1.1 GHz) or $1,599 (1.2GHz), while the 1.3GHz processor is an optional $150 to $250 upgrade. Early reviews find much improved SSD performance, but the lack of ports, a 480p FaceTime camera, and no DDR4 RAM are viewed as drawbacks by some customers.

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12 months ago
And needs to be between 5% and 18% cheaper
Rating: 21 Votes
12 months ago
Wow, what a time to be alive! /s
Rating: 17 Votes
12 months ago
Still with a garbage camera and about $400 overpriced. No thanks.
Rating: 14 Votes
12 months ago
And yet, The one thing MacRumors articles on performance HAVEN'T ADDRESSED is thermal throttling in real world usage that the 2015 broadwell suffered heavily from.

under sustained, high load, such as outputting jobs from photoshop / lightroom, or movie producing, the Core M in the 2015 throttles up to 70% of the performance.

So i'm curious how much better the new CPU handles this compared to the old, or if Apple fixed the cooling.
Rating: 10 Votes
12 months ago
It's interesting that we're basically seeing a repeat of what the MacBook Air has experienced:

Apple announces the MacBook Air and people go up in arms, saying it's too weak, there's very little ports, the design is meh, and the price is too dang high, and some competitor makes a computer JUST to take the "thinnest computer" crown from Apple. Then Apple releases some (very) small updates and people still complain.

Here, Apple releases the new MacBook and people go up in arms, saying it's too weak, there's very little ports, the design is meh, and the price is too dang high, and some competitor makes a computer JUST to take the "thinnest computer" crown from Apple. Then Apple releases a (very) small update and people still complain.

The MacBook Air got a major update and (mostly) everyone's happy with the speed, design, I/O (or at least gets used to it), and price, and pretty much becomes the standard now. It's stuff like this that prevents me from complaining; I very highly doubt the MacBook won't go through the same lane.
Rating: 9 Votes
12 months ago
All in all, I am impressed with how Apple is providing a fast computer with passive cooling. Yeah, 5 percent is not all that much but when you consider the computer has no fan, I'll take any speed enhancement :)
Rating: 7 Votes
12 months ago

Yeah, that last benchmark is useless on its own. That is 1,550 for the 256 - those numbers not worth that kind of money. Unless they fix the throttling because of heat, you wont see those numbers anyway. Same crap as my 1st gen Macbook Air, once it got hot it was a mess.


The benchmarks for the m7 model are just below the benchmarks for a 2015 Air core i7. Also, Skylake Core M throttles significantly less than the Broadwell Core M's did. As someone who did heavy work on the 2015 MacBook and never suffered any throttling or slowdown in performance, I have no doubt that these new 2016 MacBook's will be great computers. Maybe you should try one before outright assuming they're crap.
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Would a 5-18% increase even be noticeable in normal usage?


Yes, but not just because of the CPU speed increases. It'll be noticeable for numerous reasons such as significantly faster GPU and SSD speeds along with the fact that Skylake Core M chips throttle significantly less than Broadwell chips did. Hence, the new MacBook's will be able to sustain performance longer than last years MacBook would. In addition to that, the new chips can ramp up their clock speed significantly faster than last years could which means opening programs and executing tasks will be quicker.
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Like this MB but it is just expensive for what it offers.
I can't wait to see the upcoming rMBP 13". If Apple doesn't cripple it, it should be the best deal in terms of power and portability.


Eh, while the price is still high the performance is actually very good for the m5 and m7 MacBooks. The m5 benchmarks higher than the Core i5 in the 2015 Air and the m7 benchmarks slightly below the Core i7 in the 2015 Air. Combine that with a 25-40% faster GPU and overall performance should be very good.
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5% seems a bit...lame, no?


In those terms it sounds like less of an increase, but in terms of benchmarks these numbers put the Core m7 MacBook just below the Core i7 in the 2015 Air and the Core m5 MacBook above the Core i5 in the 2015 Air. Look at it this way and it's easier to see that the performance is pretty significantly increased and should overall be very good.
Rating: 5 Votes
12 months ago

Another Macbook article, seems like a slow news day. :rolleyes:


Let me guess... you're more interested in the Apple Watch bands in all new colors???
Rating: 5 Votes
12 months ago
Another Macbook article, seems like a slow news day. :rolleyes:
Rating: 5 Votes
12 months ago
Folks may be laughing at the power of this Macbook. But I bet it would blow away my iMac 2011. Especially so in real world usage.
Rating: 4 Votes

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