M1 MacBook Air vs Intel MacBook Air: ULTIMATE Comparison

Publicado el 18 nov 2020
We compare the Intel MacBook Air to Apple's new M1 MacBook Air to see if it’s worth upgrading by testing everything from Benchmarks & Thermals to x86 Gaming, Logic Pro & Battery Life!
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In this video, we compare the $999 Intel MacBook Air from 2020 to the NEW $999 M1-powered MacBook Air.
They both have 8GB of Memory and 256GB of SSD storage, but the differences you’ll see in this video are SHOCKING!
We charged both of these MacBooks up to 100% battery, then we maxed out the display brightness and continued to run a TON of performance benchmarks.
We started off by taking an initial thermal reading using our thermal camera attachment for the iPhone, before comparing Geekbench 5’s CPU & Graphics Metal tests.
We then ran the Cinebench R23 stress test and kept a close eye on the CPU temperature, the wattage being used and the fan speed on the Intel MacBook Air.
We also show how well the M1 MacBook Air performs while NOT having a fan at all.
We then tested x86 Rosetta Chrome browsing performance using ESmain and Speedometer 2.0, before showing the Safari browsing performance which is optimized for Apple Silicon.
We also compared the difference between thermals for Zoom Web Conferencing on both MacBook Airs, before running the Logic Pro Music Production benchmark.
Wondering how iPhone and iPad games run on the new Apple Silicon MacBooks? We tested that out as well, including controller support!
Finally, we finished off with League of Legends x86 Rosetta 2 emulated gameplay on the M1 MacBook Air compared to the Intel model, and the difference is nuts!
The battery life differences will blow your mind at the end!
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Timestamps ⬇️
Intel vs M1 MacBook Air - 00:00
Initial Thermals at Idle - 1:22
Physical Differences - 1:57
Geekbench 5 CPU Test - 3:56
Geekbench 5 Graphics Test - 5:22
Webcam and Mic Comparison - 5:47
Cinebench R23 CPU Stress Test - 6:29
Thermal Throttle Testing - 8:15
Zoom Web Conferencing Test - 9:36
Web Browsing Performance - 12:56
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test - 14:00
GFX Gaming Benchmark - 15:17
iPhone and iPad App Gaming Test - 16:06
League of Legends Gaming Test - 19:44
Logic Pro Music Production - 22:07
Battery Life Comparison - 25:28
Should you buy the M1 MacBook? - 26:31

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    • Not LTE but 5G...

    • Not bad..not bad...now you, Ryzen 4800U!!!

    • Should I buy a ThinkPad X1 7th gen with i7 8-th gen, 16GB, 512GB PCIe and FHD touch or the Apple MacBook Air with M1, 8GB and 256GB?

    • @ِ bmw m3

    • I have MacBook Pro 2019 128gb. My application and doc size is 40gb . And there is other folder which is also 40gb. So it shows my MacBook is 80 GB filled. And when the update came, I downloaded big Sur installer which was around 12gb. Now my storage was filled up to 92gb. because of that I am not able to install big Sur. It says you need 24gb extra space. For the last few weeks I'm in depression. Is there any way to delete other folder files in Mac. And what other folder is????

  • I actually was unfortunate enough to get the intel mac back in september for my birthday, but I actually dont mind it because honestly I just use it for school and I feel like an M1 would be too overpowered

  • Ah thank you for being a celsius user, I don't like when tech reviewers assume everyone uses the inferior Fahrenheit.

  • Is it worth it to get the m1 Macbook air or stick with a 2020 MacBook Air intel core i5 ?

  • Meanwhile my $1000 gaming pc gets up to 45°C to 55°C with fan while running Roblox and we get these M1 laptops with no fan with almost twice as less warm🤣

  • 638 intel fanbois disliked this video

  • Man I copped my MacBook b4 that m1 chip came out I am salty Smh.

  • Dude how can i purchase your wallpapers? Its so beautiful

  • watching this just to remind myself how worth it my purchase is

  • You take the poorest Intel processor and compare it against some any new technology. Even worst, you are testing this on an OS that was already apple-oriented. Plus, what the heck comparison is between the two cameras? Could it be that the Intel version is just has more margin into its price?

  • is it possible to replace the intel core with the M1 is it worth it?

  • My boyfriend and I bought intel Air and Pro 2020 last year and now we are on M1 Pro and Air as well. Expensive upgrades but its worth it and we still keep our Intel though.

  • Dude I’m going to use this for architecture, just as I’ve been using my MacBook Air 11” 2013 (maxed out) for the pat 8 years.

  • Great video guys

  • Wait so it's gfx is higher than 5500m and vega 64x??!! Imagine if games were optimized for this beast

  • A lot of people complain it doesn't beat the 15k Mac, mfs it is 1k!!??

  • I think im becoming an apple fan 😨

  • the 2020 macbook i3 is a scam of all scams it was terrible and never should have been released because apple knew about the M1 it overheats and is slow

  • Many thanks your lovely video , I have 2 issues if you could help me for, I have to choose from 2 models First one is M1 Macbook Air & Second one Core I5 Macbook Air , the only problem I face that I use MS Access as database, as I know that M1 still not supported by Microsoft if i need to install windows or use MS Access, but if I have information that they will manage this issue I can wait, will need your support

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  • My dad got me an Intel MacBook Pro before the M1 and I’m very satisfied I’ll probably upgrade to the M1 once my MacBook starts to unsatisfy me which hopefully won’t be until a few years

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  • Which is better MacBook Pro M1 8gb or MacBook Pro 13 i5 Gen10 16gb?

  • Intel Core i3 is a piece of garbage for both Windows and Mac, I don't know why it still exist

  • I have both the M1 air and the 2020 Intel I-5 model. while the M1 is amazing and will dominate many laptops that are much more expensive thats not to say the intel model is bad. if you can find one at a decent price The Intel model will do most anything the average user or student wants with ease

  • Enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

  • Mhm... Compare an intel i3 with a chip that appeard in 2020

  • I think I picked a good year to get into the Apple ecosystem. After buying an iPhone it just went downhill from there 😂

  • Wow, a nine degree difference is huge.

  • I've never seen someone this stupid , how dare you game on Apple

  • I bought the intel. A few hours after purchasing it I found this video. The next morning I returned it for the M1 and paid an additional $150. Thanks!

  • You are very attractive. I wish you were my husband.

  • I am about to buy a Macbook air and this video really shows me how the M1 chip has been a huge leap compared to the Intel version. However, I just got the very recent info regarding the M1 chip, which is, as the info says, it over uses the TBW of the SSD that may end up only in two years for the SSD (which is irreplaceable for the M1 chip). Any idea about this issue?

  • I’ve been using the MacBook Air from 2013 for the past 8 years and it’s time for it to retire. Aside from a faulty keyboard, everything about it was nice. I’ll be getting the m1! So excited!

  • nice review but why didnt you use the I5 chip. i think that would have been a more equal comparison?

  • The webkit logo on both macs seem invisible to me (when demonstrating P3 gamut compatibility). Could it be because the color exceeds the camera's gamut range?

  • 618 people feel they overpaid for their latest Intel Mac

  • I must say I am very disappointed because I bought this damn MacBook Air RIGHT BEFORE the newer one was released. it was a little bit cheaper and way better and I just found out about it now. I am heated.

  • Welp my iPhone SE 2020 for 160 runs per minute in the browser bench test

  • I know not everyone’s going to put that heavy of work load on the MacBook Air… blender go brrrrr

  • I legit have been doing so many essays on it and the battery only goes down like ten percent

  • not me watching this on my m1😅

  • Im glad I waited for the new macbook air and got the m1 chip and not the intel🤣🤣🤣

  • Those laptops need touch screen

  • #Thanks for this kind of information it is very useful. Keep it up. windowsroom.com/geekbench/

  • Is COD mobile avail yet? Def interested in leaving the iPad Pro for an M1!

  • hello, i need an advice (also im sorry for my english), i bought a macbook air 2020 but the fan noise is SO annoying, is it worth it to replace it with a macbook air m1?

  • It’s been 2 1/2 months now in this video is still stuck at 1080p. I can’t watch it at all in 4K no matter what I do. Is there a way to fix this? If not, just delete the video and upload it again

    • @Gfdereew Ghyjhhkkk there’s definitely something wrong with the video. It should be deleted and reuploaded. I dropped a dislike because it says 4K but the options only max out at 1080p

    • Deal with it

  • Looks like apple will dominate every bit of technology there is from now on. Lol Tho, I got to wait at least a year and see if this new M1 processor truly holds up to its explosive first impression.

  • best comparison, straight to the point and content

  • Bought the "new" MacBook air back in September lol.

  • this is not real use .. benchmark and so on .. why don't you launch garageband, pages, Logic Pro, acrobat pro or transfer of USB drive archives to SSD .. to get a real comparison of everyday using ???

  • I've bought MB air M1 today, have to wait a few days for it to arrive though, So happy I didn't buy 2020 version. I really feel sorry for folks who did. Kinda not fair game from Apple

  • Thanks

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  • I’m feeling good right about now that I waited till Christmas to buy a MacBook 🤭 this M1 chip is sick!!! 🤩

    • @Kayla I got the Mac book air with the M1 chip

    • hey u choose M1 or macbook air only?

  • i bought the m1 on accident not knowing the difference and benefits. I am glad I bought this one.

  • Only 30% better battery life? Disappointing.

  • AMD wrecked Intel... Apple wrecked Intel... Nvidia wrecked Intel... How tf does Intel still exist?!

  • Intel MBA owner gonna cry.

  • Thank you for detailed explanation

  • I actually bought the 'new' macbook air (intel) in march 2020. really dissapointed. Am going to try to return it for an M1 version...!

  • Funny to think that the efficiency cores alone outperform the entire dual core macbook air. Let me explain. If you run cinebench r23 on the 4 performance cores, you get a score of about 5600. With all 8 cores, you get about 7700. So do the math and the efficiency cores score about 2200. I believe in the video that he got like 1900, and remember that that dual core is consuming 10 watts, while the efficiency cores only consume 1 watt. That's why the m1 is so efficient. The efficiency cores are powerful enough to be used for most basic tasks, only activating the performance cores when you need a burst in performance

  • Good video, well done👍👍

  • watching this on a m1 MacBook Air!!!

  • Ok, Apple made M1 Laptops and they perform great but I don't think other brands like AMD or Intel will give up and throw the sponge. Let's wait some months and we'll see some new AMD or Intel cpus that will outperform M1, probably cheaper. Nvidia could play the game as well.....

  • do be honest a core i3 is not bad if you have enough ram and a good GPU then it should be good!

    • @Gfdereew Ghyjhhkkk okay

    • Eesa gamer That desktop version is a whole other thing, we’re talking about the laptop version

    • @Gfdereew Ghyjhhkkk i mean some core i3 models are good like the 10100 performs really good with a GTX 1650

    • Lol that i3 is slower than the 2 year old A12 in the Iphone XS

  • R.i.p Intel, Apple has made another game changer ✨

  • Damn I wish these were 999$ where I live. You cannot get any for less than 1517$, and those are on SALE!

  • F***. :/

  • 28 Minutes!! In that time I would get a udemy certificate or watch half a movie.

  • Amazing video. Watched it twice and still impressed.

  • Hey Max, first of all great video. Got one question. On the intel you showed power consumption at 5 while using zoom and on the M1 it showed the value in mW, so my question is, is it Watt or MegaWatt? Thanks

  • Hello can be upgrade ram of MacBook Air 2020 intel i5 to 16gb ?

  • When it's charging, i feel the static electric clearly when I just touch the metal parts of my macbook. Should I request a change? Some forums say that the problem was solved with the extension cable.

  • I'm looking forward to M1 in the ipad pro

  • I usually use Oracle and SQL navigator for my jobs. Would Macbook Air M1 2020 support these program? This is my big question when deciding buy it or not? Any recommendations for another version of Macbook Air supporting Oracle and SQL navigator? I appreciate your replys, thanks a lot!

  • ummmmm guys can I change i7 to M1 by myself? lol

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  • How do you run powermetrics to check power consumption? I couldn't find a guide for this

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  • Sometimes i think they have done something to the Intel chip so that their M1 chip is like Super Saiyan in front of it

  • Just sold my 2018 mac air intel and ordered the m1 air. I knew intel was getting really hot and sluggish. I was lucky to sell mine and only pay 250 difference for the new one

  • what was the point then of producing the intel Mackbook Air if that was the plan all the way? Cheap move by Apple to be honest. Now all the intel Mac user will feel pressured to upgrade from a new laptop they just bought.

  • The new M1 Macs out performs all HP, Dells, A lot of razor laptops, and the old MacBooks from earlier this year

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  • Maybe i sounds silly. But i want to ask. Can macbook air 2020 m1 use video background on zoom meetings?

  • I LIKE IT THIS SECTIONS 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Me: *just got a 2011 MBP* Also me: yeah it has 70c on idle but it’s a MacBook!

  • This really was the ultimate comparison. Thank you you’ve made my decision a lot more informed 🙌🏽

  • Can you do test with none mobile games? I mean i would hope this thing can play games my 10 year old phone can play lol not really the best test

  • I feel so sad I have the 2019 MB air :P But it's enough of power for me still

  • is WhatsApp is supported in new m1 software , nit talking about web WhatsApp but the software. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL

  • Imagine testing league as a benchmark, yikes man

  • I think there's no Intel brand it's only apple

  • So much helpful comparison on the product ! More videos !

  • Any one think its a good deal for $700 for a 2020 macbook air i3? Dont really need the laptop to begin with bc I have an iPad Pro with magic keyboard and a decked out macbook pro 2011 with 16 GB ram etc etc.