M3 Mac benchmark results show whether performance lives up to Apple's claims

Apple unveiled its new family of M3 chips on Monday during its Scary Fast promotion; Mac event. In anticipation of the first orders that will arrive to customers next week, the first tests have already appeared, providing more detailed information about the performance of the M3 processor.

As In As a reminder, Apple says the M3 family of chips has cores with efficiency up to 30% faster than the M2 family and up to 50% faster than the M1 family. The performance cores of M3 chips are up to 15% faster than M2 chips and up to 30% faster than M1 family processors.

For the base model of the M3 chip, Apple says:

  • The 8-core CPU is up to 35% faster than the M1 and 20% faster than the M2.
  • The 10-core GPU is up to 65% faster than the M1 and up to 20% faster than the M2.

According to results that appeared on the Geekbench database today, the benchmark matches Apple's performance claims. While Geekbench results can be faked, 9to5Mac has confirmed the legitimacy of these M3 benchmark results.

The benchmark results obtained using Geekbench are taken from the base model M3 MacBook Pro. The results show a single-core score of around 3000 and a multi-core score of around 11,000.

These numbers are about 20% higher than the same benchmark results for the base model M2 chip, which is around 30%. higher than the M1 iMac.

  • M1 iMac: single-core – 2300 and multi-core – 8300.
  • M2 MacBook Air: single-core – 2600 and multi-core – 9700
  • M3 MacBook Pro: single-core – 3000 and multi-core – 11,700

As always, benchmark results are not necessarily good representations of real-world performance. They do, however, serve as a good way to hold Apple accountable for some of its performance claims.

And in case you were wondering, the last time Apple used an m3 chip in an Intel m3 laptop was in the 12-inch MacBook in 2016. This computer scored around 700 in the Geekbench single-core test and 1,500 in the Geekbench multi-core test.

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