Early M3 MacBook Air Benchmarks Match M3 MacBook Pro

Apple announced the M3 MacBook Air refresh earlier this week and while the new 13- and 15-inch machines won’t officially go on sale until later this week, the laptops have already started to crop up on the Geekbench benchmarking website.

And as expected, the results are in line with the base model 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro.

Apple’s new MacBook Airs are essentially the same models as last year’s M2 but with the updated M3 chip inside. Now, benchmark results seen by MySmartPrice show that the MacBook Air sports a single-core score of 3,158 and a multi-core score of 12,020. Those largely match the scores of the 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro which is exactly what we would have expected.

The figures appear to be around a 20% increase over the M2 MacBook Air in single-core performance while an 18% boost on the multi-core result is also seen.

However, Apple’s press release announcing the laptops used the older M1 as the basis for comparison, offering much more pronounced figures in that instance.

Built using industry-leading 3-nanometer technology, the M3 chip brings even faster performance and more capabilities to MacBook Air. Featuring a powerful 8-core CPU, up to a 10-core GPU, and support for up to 24GB of unified memory, the new MacBook Air is up to 60 percent faster than the model with M1 and up to 13x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Air.

It could be argued that people buying the M3 MacBook Air are more likely to be switching from the M1 MacBook Air than the M2 version of course, making the comparison more worthwhile than you might otherwise think.

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