2015 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Benchmark Results

Geekbench Results Show MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Performance

2015 MacBook All Colors
Courtesy of Apple

It didn’t take long for Geekbench benchmarks to be posted for the new 2015 models of the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Announced at Monday’s Spring Forward media event, the new portable Macs were updated with Broadwell processors and new Intel graphics.

The Geekbench results were posted to the benchmark developers web site sometime after the media event concluded. We like seeing Geekbench results, as it's one of our primary benchmarking tools when we evaluate various Mac models during our reviews.

However, it's important to remember that Geekbench only looks at processor performance, and doesn't include graphics performance benchmarks, or the effects of the type or speed of a Mac's primary storage system.

In this case, the new Macs are all equipped with a faster solid-state storage system than the previous generations of the models. However, this additional performance likely won't be seen in Geekbench’s processor performance results.

The other bit of information to keep in mind is that the Geekbench results are from tests on a single Mac of each new model, which doesn't allow for averaging of results over a wide field of MUTs (Macs Under Test). Nevertheless, here's our first look at how the new Mac models are performing.

13-inch MacBook Pro 2015

  • 2.7 GHz Dual Core i5 (5257U)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • OS X 10.10.2
13-inch MacBook Pro Geekbench Results
Processor CoresSingle CoreDual Core
Overall Results30436448
Integer Performance31037290
Floating Point Performance31937431
Memory Performance26272800

Complete Geekbench results for 13-inch MacBook Pro 2015

MacBook Air 2015

  • 1.6 GHz Dual Core i5 (5250U)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • OS X 10.10.2
MacBook Air 2015 Geekbench Results
Processor CoresSingle CoreDual Core
Overall Results29205781
Integer Performance29346492
Floating Point Performance30296657
Memory Performance26272609

Complete Geekbench results for MacBook Air 2015

I haven't seen graphics benchmarks posted for any of the 2015 MacBook Air or MacBook Pro updates, but I'll keep an eye out for them. So far, the results are about what we would expect from Broadwell processor updates in portable Macs. As expected, Broadwell isn't providing a raw performance benefit. Instead, Broadwell's major contribution in mobile platforms is its ability to provide the same or slightly better performance numbers as the previous generation processor, but at reduced power demands, thus extending battery life and lowering heat generation.

Published: 3/10/2015