The new MacBook Air 2020 is an upgrade, at first sight, marginal, but in reality rather full-bodied compared to the model it replaces: in particular the new processors and the keyboard with scissor mechanism stand out, finally distancing themselves from the butterfly switches that many headaches have created at society in past years. But here we talk about benchmarks, and therefore we focus on how the new processors go compared to the old models.
The decision to also include 10th generation Intel Core i5 processors represents a noticeable performance improvement, as the 2018 and 2019 MB Air offered only the 8th generation Core i5s with half the cores in the CPU (2 versus 4).
The first benchmarks on GeekBench confirm this: MacRumors colleagues have averaged over 10 tests performed on the platform in the past few hours (in all likelihood these are the demonstration units sent to the press and various YouTubers) and scores of 1,047 came out in single-core and 2,658 in multi. The 2018 MacBook Air, by contrast, barely reached 790 and 1.628.
To begin with, we can say that the new MB Air (always with Core i5, of course) has up to 76% more power than the previous generation. From the graph below, moreover, it is interesting to note that in fact, this generation represents the greatest increase, even in single-core, since the time of Air 2013 (which, to be honest, is here represented by the most powerful version with Core i7).
Interesting then to spend a few words on the model with entry-level CPU, that is, a Core i3, always of the tenth generation, but dual-core. For obvious reasons, it is, therefore, reasonable to expect much more modest improvements: for now, the benchmarks are not many, so the preliminary data may not be too precise; the fact is that we are talking about 849 and 1,685 points. Namely: + 10% maximum compared to the previous generation Air.