Apple M1 tested, more powerful than a desktop chip?

Apple M1 tested, more powerful than a desktop chip?
The new MacBook Air, 13 ″ MacBook Pro and Mac Mini announced at the latest Apple event all have one thing in common: they use the first SoC designed by Apple specifically for Macs, Apple M1, which marks the beginning of the process that will take the Californian company away from Intel CPUs on all its products. Now, users are curious to find out what the actual performance of this chip is and the first benchmarks seem to help in the enterprise.

Some specifications of the Apple M1, more detailed than those that Apple has communicated at the presentation stage, are finally available thanks to the CPU Monkey database. Among the various results in synthetic tests, some technical information was found about the SoC of the Cupertino company.

Apple M1, which as we know is produced in TSMC foundries with a 5nm production process, should work at a base frequency of 1.8GHz and reach a maximum of 3.1GHz. If the information turns out to be correct, it would be the first Apple chip to cross the 3GHz frequency threshold.

The operating frequency seems to tie all 8 cores, 4 high performance and 4 high efficiency into big.LITTLE configuration, which the GPU. What Apple has called "the best integrated GPU in the world" should be able to boast 128 Execution Units (EU) and have access to a maximum of 8GB of memory.

The supported RAM is indicated as LPDDR5 5500 or LPDDR4X 4266 type , it is not specified which of the two standards was used on board the new Macs. The Apple SoC will be able to count on a dual channel configuration of system memory.

The database also includes the results of some synthetic benchmarks performed on the CPU. The chip's single core performance looks truly impressive, with the Apple M1 scoring 1634 points, a result that puts it on par with a Ryzen 7 5800X.

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In multi core the performance is more modest but still noteworthy, with a result somewhere between a Ryzen 7 2700X and an Intel Core i7 9700K. We also want to remind you that the processors the Apple processor was compared to are energy-efficient desktop chips.

When it comes to graphics power, Apple M1 was able to beat Intel UHD integrated GPUs 630 with 6 times higher performance and catching up with the Radeon Vega M XL.

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