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Haswell MacBook Air speeds up with faster graphics, flash storage

James Galbraith | June 14, 2013
Apple on Monday updated the MacBook Air with Intel's fouth generation Core processors, code named Haswell. Macworld Lab has the new MacBook Air and the results are interesting, to say the least--the 2012 and 2013 13-inch models received the same overall system performance score in Speedmark 8, but individual tests tell a different story.

Matching up the new 13-inch MacBook Air with the current 13-inch 2.6GHz core i5 dual core Ivy Bridge Retina MacBook Pro, the Pro earned a 14 percent faster Speedmark score. In the individual application tests, the Retina MacBook Pro was faster across the board--with the exception of graphics and storage speeds.

The new 13-inch MacBook Air's Intel HD Graphics 5000 was 31 percent faster in the Cinebench OpenGL test and 14 percent faster in Portal 2 than the Intel Graphics 4000 in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new Air was also 24 percent faster in our file copy test.

 

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