How Fast Is The NEW MacBook Air?

– Hey guys, this is Austin This is the 2018 MacBook Air

And for $1,200, there's been a lot of controversy about the performance of this laptop, and on top of that, just exactly what's inside this thing So, of course, the question is how powerful is it really? Interestingly, there's only a single processor option for the MacBook Air this year It is a dual-core Core i5 8210Y This is an 8th generation Y-Series processor, which does give it a dual-core chip with hyper-threading And the clock speeds actually aren't all that impressive

It has a 16 gigahertz base and a 36 gigahertz boost, a far cry from a lot of the quad-core systems that you can often find at this price point So there's some interesting things with this chip First of all, it has UHD 617 graphics, something I've never seen in any kind of Intel chip yet

And also interestingly, this is a 7-watt TDP So what that means is that most of these Y-Series processors are used in things like the 12-inch MacBook Now, that does not have any kind of fan And, originally, I was actually told at the Apple event that this MacBook here is fan-less However, a lot of reports have shown that this actually does have a fan

Also, I updated it and heard the fan So let's open it up and see what's actually inside (laughs) I thought we had to, like, clarify that I heard a loud fan It's usually a pretty good indicator there's a fan inside Just sayin'

Take this off and immediately we see that there is a fan So it shouldn't be a big surprise So what's kind of interesting about the MacBook Air this year is that this is one of the smallest fans I've ever seen for cooling in a laptop Now, this is actually not strictly necessary If they would have gone for a slightly lower-end Y-Series processor with a lower, like, 5-watt TDP, for example, the fan would not have been necessary

But on the flip side, that means that you're really reliant on a lot of other issues with cooling So say you were in a very hot environment The actually chassis of the computer really can't dissipate as much heat, where even a small fan like this should make a big difference, and it gives you the added benefit of getting a couple extra watts of TDP, which will give you a little bit more performance I will say, it is a very, very clean layout So not only do we have the Trackpad here, but we also have our three battery cells

And what's interesting about this battery is that, at least based on the rumors, and certainly taking a look at it seems to sort of back that up, is that unlike most MacBook Pros that are current where you kind of have to replace a large chunk of the laptop to be able to get rid of the batteries, with this, it looks like you could probably swap these out pretty easily You also see the fairly large speakers, and then we've got what is a pretty small motherboard, and I assume that's probably our T2 chip underneath here Hey, look at that The Apple T2 chip So this is actually very similar to some of the SoCs that you'll find inside an iPhone, but this handles a lot of the sort of lower-end processes on the MacBook, including encrypting the SSD, running your Touch ID

It's got the secure enclave; it's got the ISP which runs the webcam There's a lot of very smart things that are on the iPhone that all run from this tiny, little T2 chip All right, so with the computer put back together, let's actually see how it performs Starting out with, we do have Geekbench, which is the classic All right, there we go

4301 on single-core and 7725 on multi-core It is an upgrade over the last generation MacBook Air, but it is not a big upgrade over, well, much anything else I mean, sure, it's decent as a dual core, but we really have moved on to quad-core across the board for the most part Next up, we have the Geekbench compute test This one's kind of interesting, because this does have a unique GPU

I've never seen the 617 available Now, it is one of the Intel UHD Series GPUs, so it's probably not going to be anything crazy, but maybe somewhat faster Maybe they added two more numbers to the last one I tested This is 22135 That actually is a little faster

Now, to be fair, I'm running Metal right now, but that's actually pretty decent So that's a fair bit over the 615, and that's closer to what you would find with the full UHD 620 graphics I've gotta say, we're just getting in the video, and I've already found some interesting stuff with this MacBook Let's keep going and get into a little bit of Cinebench So what's interesting here is I actually think the Y-Series processors have been changed this generation

So not to get too far into nerd town, but traditionally, Y-Series on the Intel side means it's their very, very low TDP chips, which are traditionally used in fan-less designs Now, obviously, this is slightly higher and it is, of course, using a very small fan, but instead of getting the traditional dual-core chip with the low-end GPU, we're getting the same low-end CPU, so obviously we need to keep that TDP low, but we are getting that bigger GPU So, for context, the 12-inch MacBook is $100 more expensive, and, with that, you get the Core m3, and that's not even really going to be on par with what we're getting out of this You really would need to bump up to something closer to the Core i7 to get equivalent clock speeds, and I don't think you're gonna get anywhere near that same GPU performance All right, so 121 on single-core and 250 on multi-core

That's not that impressive, to be totally honest It's fine, but it's basically what I would expect out of a Y-Series chip, like the 12-inch MacBook, for example The GPU, though, that's what I want to see right now 32, yeah, there we go again So with the 12-inch MacBook, you're looking at a score roughly around 25, 24, something like that, so 32 is a pretty decent bump

Now, all of this being said, this is not an incredibly powerful laptop, right? I mean, this is still a MacBook Air It's still got a dual-core processor Especially on that GPU side, I'm pretty impressed Next up, let's test the SSD performance on the MacBook Air Now, we do have the base model, which has a very, very tiny 128 gigs of storage, kinda not even cool at this point, but, well, okay, that's pretty decently fast

So 1,917 megabytes per second on the read and 476 on the write That's pretty solid So, for context, that's faster than any other 128 gig drive I've tested and it's not too far off of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the 256 gig drive This is a very fast SSD Next up, we have something a little bit more intense: a full 4K video edit inside Final Cut Pro X

So, for reference, this is a project from the This Is channel, so it's almost exactly five minutes long and it's a mix of ProRes, a lot of graphics and stock footage, and it's about, I don't know, 70% rendered or so So I kinda scrolled through here Its performance actually holding up reasonably well Oh, and just so you guys know, I am editing off of a Samsung T3 SSD mostly because there's not enough storage on the MacBook to fit, well, anything, but especially not a bunch of 4K video (laughs) (video playing) I mean, that's not bad

It's definitely able to play it back What I'm curious about is what the actual export times will be So with a fully rendered timeline of ProRes 422, let's see how long this five-minute 4K video takes to export So, settings are correct This is H264

All right, ready, set, go (heavy rock music) All right, so just over six-and-a-half minutes to render a five-minute timeline Now, no, you're not going to want to spend a lot of time editing on the MacBook Air, specifically with 4K footage, but it is possible However, we have a slightly different method for speeding things up In true Building the Ultimate fashion, the MacBook Air supports full Thunderbolt 3, which means that we can add an external GPU, because why not? So this is the Gigabyte Gaming Box with a full AMD RX 580 GPU inside

Now, recently, Final Cut has received full support for external GPUs And especially with such a thin and light laptop like this, I'm curious to see just how well it performs Now, no, we don't have any kind of crazy scientific tests here What I do have is, well, the curiosity of how far we can actually push it So, specifically, with Final Cut, it does look like the GPU is being used

It's hard to benchmark exactly how much of a difference it makes But just for some reference here, this is all playing back at higher quality, and I am running it at full 4K in unrendered timeline, and the computer's able to keep up reasonably well So we were going to try Fortnite running on the internal GPU of the MacBook, but I don't want to be here all night, so let's get the external GPU going (groans) Why do we ever try to play Fortnite on Mac? This is always such a disaster of just waiting and crashing and just being garbage So the new MacBook Air is a little bit more powerful than I expected, but it is definitely

Did it just switch? Did it just start loading? What? Are you serious? It actually took 20 minutes to Oh (Ken laughing) Oh, okay All right, hopefully you guys enjoyed this video The 13-inch MacBook Air is a little bit more powerful than I expected, and you can do some stuff with it, but don't get your hopes up, like playing a game of Fortnite or anything If you're bored, though, you can feel free to check out This Is where's there's lots of videos that aren't boring

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go be really frustrated at why this has taken 20 minutes to load and then logs me out

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