The Geekbench 5 results make it clear that the M2 chip delivers roughly the same scores in both models. The MacBook Air achieved a single-core score of 1,899 and a multi-core score of 8,965. In comparison: the MacBook Pro also has scores around 1,900 and 9,000. These are the scores on paper for the model with 16GB central memory. In practice, the MacBook Pro could perform slightly better with heavy tasks, because it has a fan for extra cooling.
There is a difference with the previous MacBook Air 2020, which achieved a single core score of 1,700 and a multi-core score of 7,400. This translates into 20% better performance for multi-core tasks, compared to the M1 model. These figures also show once again that the MacBook Air with M2 chip beats the base model Mac Pro , while it costs thousands of euros more. This isn’t a fair comparison, but it does show that the Apple Silicon chips can deliver impressive performance, even on affordable Macs.
With the M1 models, the scores for the Air and Pro were also pretty much the same. If you want better performance, you could opt for the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro/Max .
The Geekbench Scores was discovered by Mr. Macintosh on Twitter. As soon as the first copies are in the hands of testers, we can expect more benchmarks, so that a clearer picture emerges.
The biggest question mark at the moment is whether the entry-level MacBook Air M2 with 256GB SSD is equipped with a single NAND chip. This could negatively affect performance, as was already apparent last month with the MacBook Pro. Previously, Apple used two separate 128GB SSDs, which could do parallel reads and writes. Due to virtual memory swapping, a slow SSD can reduce the performance of your entire system. If you want a comparison between M2 MacBook Air and M1 MacBook Air , we have made it for you too! We also have a comparison of the M2 MacBooks .