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Even though the device is not yet available, an early unboxing gave us a hands-on look at Apple’s upcoming 12-inch Retina MacBook this morning, and now Geekbench results (cached) from the device have emerged giving us a look at what kind of performance we can expect from it. As we predicted, the Geekbench process tested the performance of the entry-level 12-inch Retina MacBook, which packs an Intel Core M-5Y31 processor clocked at 1.1GHz with Turbo Boost to 2.4GHz.

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The 12-inch Retina MacBook was put through its paces twice with Geekbench. The laptop received single-core scores of 1924 and 2044 and multi-core scores of 4038 and 4475. If you compare those scores to previous Apple laptops, they’re in line with the 2011 MacBook Air that featured a 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor. Comparatively, the baseline 2015 MacBook Air received single-core and multi-core scores of 2881 and 5757 respectively. It features a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor.

Of course, it’s important to note that the new MacBook should offer major graphic performance improvements over previous MacBooks. The 12-inch Retina model features Intel HD 5300 graphics and significantly faster PCIe-based flash storage.

Apple unveiled the redesigned 12-inch Retina MacBook at an event last month, although 9to5Mac gave you an early look at the device’s features and design back in January. The 12-inch Retina MacBook will be available from Apple online and in-stores on April 10th. The device starts at $1299 for the baseline model with a 1.1GHz processor and 256GB of storage. For $1599 you can get the slightly faster 1.2GHz model with 512GB of storage. Both models feature 8GB of RAM.

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