If you’ve been wondering just how much performance Apple left on the table when it chose a dual-core, low-power CPU for its 2018 update to the MacBook Air, wonder no more. 

In an apparent goof, someone ran the new MacBook Air on Geekbench 4.3 and then submitted the results to Geekbench’s official browser database.

The results are both as bad as you’d expect, and actually not quite as bad. Although “leaked” numbers are always suspect, this one looks pretty legit. The CPU Apple chose was Intel’s new Amber Lake Core i5-8210Y with Intel HD 617 graphics. It’s basically what was formerly known as “Core M,” and it has a TDP of 7 watts with a base clock of 1.6GHz and boost clock of 3.6GHz.

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Dell’s XPS 13 9370 is simply beautiful and apparently much, much faster than Apple’s 2018 MacBook Air in multi-core performance.

For kicks, we ran Geekbench 4.3 on a Dell XPS 13 9370 to see how a typical PC laptop would compare to the 2018 MacBook Air. First up is the high-level view of multi-core performance, which won’t shock anyone: It’s a blowout.

What you’re seeing is an overall score by Geekbench, which runs about two dozen performance loops in different areas such as Ray Tracing, Gaussian Blur and PDF Rendering.

The Dell XPS 13 9370’s score with its Core i5-8250U is about 70 percent faster than the leaked 2018 MacBook Air’s score. Let’s say that again: 70 percent faster.

Before Mac fans cry foul, note that the Dell XPS 13 we tested has 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 13.3-inch 1920×1080 IPS screen and quad-core Core i5-8250U, and weighs about 2.7 pounds. Today, it costs $1,077.

We don’t know which 2018 MacBook Air was used for the leaked result, but the base version has 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, a 13.3-inch 2560×1600 screen, dual-core Core i5-8210Y, and weighs about 2.7 pounds. Today (on preorder), it costs $1,199.



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