New 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 outperforms 16-inch Pro in new benchmark

2020 M1 13 Inch Macbook Pro Lifestyle
2020 M1 13 Inch Macbook Pro Lifestyle (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • The first R23 Cinebench benchmarks have been run for the M1-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro.
  • The new Mac outperformed some configurations of the current 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Reported by MacRumors, one of the first customer-run benchmarks on the new M1-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro is here. A customer who purchased a configuration with 8GB of unified memory and 512GB of storage has run the R23 Cinebench benchmark on the new Mac, a more intensive benchmark than Geekbench 5.

Cinebench is a more intensive multi-thread test than Geekbench 5, testing performance over a longer period of time, and it can provide a clearer overview of how a machine will work in the real world.

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According to the test, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 earned a single-core score of 1498 and multi-core score of 7508, blasting past even some configurations of the current 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The M1 MacBook Pro earned a multi-core Cinebench score of 7508, and a single-core score of 1498, which is similar in performance to some of Intel's 11th-generation chips. Comparatively, a 2020 16-inch MacBook Pro with 2.3GHz Core i9 chip earned a multi-core score of 8818, according to a MacRumors reader who benchmarked his machine with the new R23 update that came out last week. The 2.6GHz low-end 16-inch MacBook Pro earned a single-core score of 1113 and a multi-core score of 6912 on the same test, and the high-end prior-generation MacBook Air earned a single-core score of 1119 and a multi-core score of 4329.

The M1 processor is Apple's first Apple silicon-based chip for the Mac. The company plans to release an entire family of SOCs (system on a chip) for the Mac over the next two years. Even though the most powerful chips are yet to come, it is encouraging to see benchmarks like this on the more consumer-focused machines.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.