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NewsPoster Jun 11, 2013 11:59 AM
MacBook Air benchmarks show modest CPU, significant SSD improvements
Apple's <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287469==http://www.macnn.com/articles/13/06/10/same.casing.used.prices.lowered.over.2012.models/" rel='nofollow'>new MacBook Airs</a> have already been benchmarked, reports note. Geekbench 2 CPU performance recorded by Primate Labs shows that the new notebooks are only about 3 to 8 percent faster than their predecessors. Primate <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287470==http://www.primatelabs.com/blog/2013/06/macbook-air-benchmarks/" rel='nofollow'>explains</a> that Intel focused on reducing power consumption with its new Haswell processors, and that Apple went a step beyond, choosing processors with lower frequencies than before for the sake of vastly extending battery life.<br />
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<em>AnandTech</em> and <em>MacBidouille</em> meanwhile <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287461==http://www.anandtech.com/show/7058/2013-macbook-air-pcie-ssd-and-haswell-ult-inside" rel='nofollow'>point</a> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287462==http://www.macbidouille.com/news/2013/06/11/macbook-air-2013-sata-express-ssd-samsung-fulgurants" rel='nofollow'>out</a> that the Air has switched to PCIe-based SSDs, resulting in higher read and write speeds than would've been possible with SATA 3. The drives in fact connect through a PCIe 2.0 x2 interface, supporting speeds up to 1GBps in either direction. The <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287463==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/06/10/black.cannister.shape.12.core.configuration.thunde rbolt.2.more/" rel='nofollow'>upcoming Mac Pro</a> should use similar storage.
 
dseidel Jun 20, 2013 12:39 PM
yawn.... Really ? New MacBook Air? Cool...huh? no speed bump? I firmly believe Apple COULD, but sees no market value in real leaps in speed. The likes of which we've not seen in, oh...8 years from Apple. Disappointing.
 
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