The new M1 Mac is now arriving with customers, and one of the first people to receive the new M1 13-inch MacBook Pro with 8-core processor, 8-core graphics processor and 8GB of unified memory uses the long-awaited R23 Cinebench benchmark on an 8GB 13-inch MacBook Pro with 512 GB of storage to give us a better idea of performance.
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Cinebench is a more intensive, multi-threaded test than Geekbench 5, testing performance over a longer period of time and can provide a clearer view of how a machine will work in the real world.
The M1 MacBook Pro won a Cinebench multi-core score of 7508 and a single-core score of 1498, which is similar in performance to some of Intel’s 11th-generation chips.
Comparatively, a 16-inch MacBook Pro 2020 with a 2.3GHz Core i9 chip received a multi-core score of 8818, according to MacRumors a reader who compares his machine to the new R23 update that came out last week. The 2.6 GHz 16-inch low-end MacBook Pro won a single-core score of 1113 and a multi-core score of 6912 in the same test, and the premium first-generation MacBook Air won a single-core score of 1119 and a multi-core score of 4329.
Other Cinebench R23 results can be found on the Monkey CPU website for both multi-core and single-core performance.
It is worth noting that the new M1 Macs are lower performance machines that are not designed for heavy visualization tasks. The M1 MacBook Pro replaces the low-end machine, while the MacBook Air has always been a consumer machine rather than a Pro machine.
Apple does have plans for higher-end machines with Apple Silicon chips, but the company said it would take about two years to transfer the entire Mac range to Arm-based chips. Cinebench’s results for the MacBook Air are a good sign for future Macs that are expected to receive even more efficient M-Series chips.