Primate Labs, makers of the bechmark Geekbench application, has released the initial tests of the new 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air compared to previous-generation models, the current MacBook Pro and – yes, the iPad, too. Please note that this test only looks at processor and memory performance, so the NVIDIA GeForce 320M and Flash storage are not included in this test.
The graphics lack surprises and offer exactly the result we expected by placing the 13-inch model above its predecessors but clearly below the Pro with notably faster processors, and condemning the 11-inch with its discrete 1.4 GHz (although sufficient for many tasks) at the end of the list just above the iPad and its Apple A4 single-core processor with 1 GHz and a scarce 256 MB of RAM that have probably weighed quite heavily in its result.
This confirms the two points of view from which we can look at the new 11-inch MacBook Air: much smaller but also less powerful than a MacBook Pro, or much more powerful but also larger than the iPad. As for its big brother, the 13-inch Air offers about 80% of the Pro’s gross performance for half its weight. Not bad.