updated 10:58 am EDT, Tue June 11, 2013
Apple trades CPU performance for power savings
Apple's new MacBook Airs have already been benchmarked, reports note. Geekbench 2 CPU performance recorded by Primate Labs shows that the new notebooks are only about 3 to 8 percent faster than their predecessors. Primate explains that Intel focused on reducing power consumption with its new Haswell processors, and that Apple went a step beyond, choosing processors with lower frequencies than before for the sake of vastly extending battery life.
AnandTech and MacBidouille meanwhile point out that the Air has switched to PCIe-based SSDs, resulting in higher read and write speeds than would've been possible with SATA 3. The drives in fact connect through a PCIe 2.0 x2 interface, supporting speeds up to 1GBps in either direction. The upcoming Mac Pro should use similar storage.