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MacBook Air 2020 with Core i3 is faster than the predecessor with Core i5

Apple has updated the MacBook Air, model that now starts with twice the storage than before, offers the new keyboard with scissor mechanism and integrates faster RAM memory.

The basic model no longer integrates a Core i5 processor but an 1.1GHz dual core Intel Core i3 (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) with 4MB of L3 cache; during configuration it is possible to choose an Intel Core i5 quadcore at 1.1GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz) and 6MB of L3 cache, or with Intel Core i7 quadcore at 1.2GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz) and 8MB of L3 cache.

Although the base model is now offered with a Core i3, the first tests with Geekbench show that the performances are not lower than the previous model but, indeed, increase.

The French MacG points out that in tests with Geekbench the MacBook Air 2018 scored 758 points in single-core and 1,534 points in multi-core ones. The new MacBook Air Core i3, on the other hand, shows an average of 917 and 1,928 points respectively.

The MacBook Air 2020 with Core i3 is faster than the previous model with Core i5

The new MacBook Air, as already mentioned, can be configured with the Core i5 quadcore at 1.1GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz) with 6MB of L3 cache or with the Intel Core i7 quadcore at 1.2GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz) and 8MB of L3 cache, two variants of the processors that offer even higher performance, being all quad-core instead of dual-core variants.

The MacBook Air 2020 with Core i3 is faster than the previous model with Core i5

In multi-core benchmarks the MacBook Air 2020 Core i5 easily outperforms the Core i3 and the older generation with a score above 3,000 points. The additional cores have been integrated thanks to the 10 nm production process which allows the thermal envelope to be kept around 10 W. Regarding processors, those used specifically by Apple are:

MacBook Air 2019

  • Core i5-8210Y 8th generation, dual core, 1.6 GHz / 3.6 GHz

MacBook Air 2020:

  • i3-1000NG4 10th generation dual core, 1.1 GHz / 3.2 GHz
  • 10th generation i5-1030NG7, quadcore, 1.1 GHz / 3.5 GHz
  • i7-1060G7 10th generation, quadcore, 1.2 GHz / 3.8 GHz

It will be interesting to know the performance of Intel Iris Plus Graphics; the MacBook Air, remember, now able to simultaneously drive the native resolution and: an external 6K monitor with a resolution of 6,016 3,384 pixels at 60Hz and millions of colors, an external 5K monitor with a resolution of 5,120 2,880 pixels at 60Hz and millions of colors and up to two external 4K monitors with 4,096 2,304 pixel resolution at 60Hz and millions of colors.

In this article we explain why with the arrival of the new MacBook Air 2020 it now makes less sense to buy the MacBook Pro 13 β€³, at least until Apple releases a hardware update for these machines too.

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