According to a report by MacRumors , the databank of the well-known benchmark software Geekbench already includes a legitimately-looking entry of the new Apple M1 Max. According to the benchmark, the chip was able to score 1, points in the single-core test, while scoring an impressive 11, points in the multi-core benchmark. The Apple M1 Max therefore has better performance that almost any chip that is built into other Apple products.
With its great multi-core performance in Geekbench, the M1 Max appears to be on par with the 12 core Intel Xeon W Apple's competitor Intel, which is currently preparing for the imminent launch of its new Alder Lake processors , will probably look enviously at the new CPUs that power the new MacBook Pro inch and inch.
Geekbench via MacRumors , Image: Apple. Apple MacBook Launch. With a score of points, the Apple M1 Max has churned through the multi-core benchmark Source: Geekbench. Source s. Related Articles. The M1 Max managed to post a single-core score of 1, and a multi-core score of 11, To put those numbers in perspective, the inch MacBook Pro M1 that we tested late last year delivered single- and multi-core scores of 1, and 7,, respectively.
The single-score score is not exactly earth-shattering, and the multi-core scores seem suspect as well, given that the number of performance cores doubled from four to eight compared to the M1. We must say that we're a little disappointed that there isn't a larger jump in performance, especially given the price tag of the M1 Max-equipped MacBook Pros. However, there are a few caveats to mention regarding the stated performance numbers. That last point could be attributed to Geekbench not correctly identifying the clock speed of the new M1 Max.
The first all-new and inch MacBook Pros will ship on October 25th, which means that we're bound to see even more benchmark results appear during the next week. We'll also be eager to see real-world GPU performance of the M1 Pro and M1 Max , as this is where Apple has promised some significant gains in performance compared to previous generations and Intel-based competitors. Brandon Hill is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware.
When he is not consuming copious amounts of tech news, he can be found enjoying the NC mountains or the beach with his wife and two sons. Tom's Hardware Tom's Hardware. Brandon Hill. Topics Apple. See all comments 9. Hmmm, I don't know about trusting these numbers. The build numbers for macOS seem a little suspicious. Build 21A was released to developers today and it's supposed to be RC.
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But the Intel-powered MacBook Pro still comes with more options for storage, ports, and memory. Overall, the performance and battery gains make the M1 model best suited for most people despite the Intel model's benefits. Check out our guide to the best MacBooks to learn more about which Apple laptop is best for you. Smith is a freelance consumer technology journalist and general-purpose hardware geek with more than 13 years of industry experience.
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Environmental boss Lisa Jackson tells us about the ambitious plan to get there. Loading Something is loading. Email address. Made using a 5-nanometer production process and housing 16 billion transistors, the chip uses Apple's chip design experience with its A-series line for iPhones and iPads to create a desktop-class SoC. A total of eight cores are included in the M1, with four high-performance cores accompanied by four high-efficiency cores.
While the former may be used for intensive workloads as fast as possible, such as for demanding apps, the efficiency cores are instead employed for lower workload tasks, such as web browsing, while minimizing power usage. Interestingly, Apple has made it possible for all eight cores at once, rather than limiting the number.
While not offering the same performance as a true eight-core processor that has identical cores, the use of all cores will still give the chip a performance boost when needed. Claimed to be the "world's fastest integrated graphics," the eight-core version of the GPU can handle nearly 25, threads, has execution units, and can work at up to 2.
Borrowing the concept from the mobile device lines, the M1 also includes a core Neural Engine, capable of up to 11 trillion operations per second. Furthermore, it is also said to have 15 times faster machine learning performance than previous Macs.
Apple also employs a unified memory architecture, consisting of high-bandwidth, low-latency memory in a single pool. Instead of separating and duplicating data into different data pools, Apple instead intends the different technologies in the SoC to access the same data from the single large pool.
Apple has never put a strong emphasis on the gigahertz race. With the Apple Silicon M1 chip in the new Macs, this is more notable than ever before, with absolutely no discussion of chip speed at all. And, Tim Cook put a fine point on why. At the reveal, Cook noted that about half of the last year's Mac purchasers are new to the Mac — most of which also don't care about X. Y Gigahertz spec races. And, our review of the M1 MacBook Pro approaches it more from that standpoint, than it does the performance-over-all crowd.
But, it should be addressed, in a tailored piece for those looking for that information. Performance is a factor for a segment of the population, including devout AppleInsider readers — so, here we are. All benchmark results in this article are taken from staff members' machines and other machines on-hand in an operating environment temperature of between 20C and 22C 68F to 72F.
None were pulled from benchmark aggregators — but we did sanity-check our results with machines listed by the benchmarking software developers. The inch MacBook Pro's M1 has a wide array of competitors in this benchmark roundup of Macs used by AppleInsider writers, one that may be considered unusually wide. On the more modest end of the scale are a pair of Mac minis, equipped with a 3.
Moving to the same product category, there are three MacBook Pro models being tested, aside from the M1 version, including two inch MacBook Pros from One has a six-core 2. The third is a inch MacBook Pro from , using an 8-core 2. Rounding out the list on the high-end is a Mac Pro , fitted with an Intel Xeon W, an 8-core processor clocked at 3. While the model has a vast amount of RAM, weighing in at GB, this isn't really much of a bonus as most benchmarking software will easily run at more conventional memory capacities, leaving the majority of the Mac Pro's allocation unused.
The first bout of testing was performed using Geekbench 5, a cross-platform benchmarking tool that works across processor types. The same tool can be used to benchmark both desktop-class processors and mobile chips, making it an ideal tool for examining the ARM-based M1 against the x86 architecture of the other Intel chips.
We are employing Geekbench's single-core and multi-core testing for this section, as a basic test of how each type of workload is handled by the processors. This makes it faster than a relatively-recent Intel Core i9, and even the Mac Pro's Xeon, a chip family generally considered to be a workhorse of processing. It's a somewhat similar story when you turn to the multi-core test, as the 7, achieved by the M1 is very impressive and beats the vast majority of the field.
For multi-core tasks, this demonstrates the M1 can outpace many Macs available today, and can keep pace with the high-performance processors used in the more premium end of the market. You may also notice in the graphs that there are two sets of Geekbench results for the M1, with one considerably higher than the other. This is because the benchmarks were run twice: natively and through Rosetta 2. Rosetta 2 is Apple's automatic software translation tool included in macOS Big Sur , which performs real-time translation of code from one that would be used on an Intel processor into a form that is compatible with the M1.
The tool was created to enable the majority of apps made for Intel processors to be compatible with the M1 until developers recode and recompile the software for the new chip line. Using Rosetta 2 does have an impact on performance, as resources have to be used to perform the just-in-time translation, which in turn hits speed.
Obviously, this does equate to a similar performance hit in everyday use, but not as much as you may think. Even with the lower scores, the Rosetta 2-affected M1 is still faster than all of the in-test Intel processors for single-core performance. While it's nowhere near the Mac Pro and the inch MacBook for multi-core, it still manages to be in the same performance ballpark as the rest of the group, with the further exception of the core i3 Mac mini. What does this mean to you? Rosetta 2 will keep apps you want to use working for a while longer and at a comparable speed to what you're already used to.
At least, until the app's developer creates a new version that doesn't require it. A second benchmark suite Cinebench relies on technologies used by Cinema 4D to measure how single and multi-core processing functions.
The R23 version of the benchmark tool added support for Apple's M1 SoC, allowing it to be compared against its Intel counterparts. For the single-core results, its the same story as observed in the comparative Geekbench testing, with the M1 storming away from the rest of the pack with 1, The multi-core results fare similarly, with the M1 appearing in the top half of the table with 7, points, narrowly beating the Core i7 Mac mini.
The varying result can easily be put down to how each benchmark functions and compiles scores, but the big takeaway here is that the M1 still performs well. Affinity Photo is, as the name suggests, professional-level photo editing software. As an image-manipulation tool, it can put hefty demands on the processor, as well as relying on the GPU and Metal to accelerate the processing of some tasks.
As it also includes a benchmarking tool and has been updated to work on both Intel processors and the M1, it can also be used for our comparison. This first group of results relates to how each of the systems managed on processing power alone. Vector-based calculations and raster processing are tested, two types of processing task that are required for image manipulation. Given what was shown during the Geekbench tests, it's unsurprising to see that the M1 has done well for single-core processing, once again beating all others in the test with a wide margin, scoring points while its nearest rival managed For multi-core raster processing, the Mac Pro and inch MacBook Pro both do better than the M1, but the new chip still manages to show itself to be extremely capable.
The "Combined" test is where the benchmark uses a mix of both vector and raster-based content at the same time. The result here is pretty similar to that of multi-core raster processing, which again shows the M1 can hold its own in this area. Normally, this sort of test would be a landslide victory for Macs with a discrete GPU installed rather than just relying on integrated graphics.
However, Apple's bold claims of graphical performance have been proven to not only be true, but also very impressive when put against the usually powerful discrete competition. As both the discrete and integrated GPUs can be used together in Affinity Photo, the benchmark also accounts for that with some of the models.
On the combined content scores, the M1's GPU manages to score the highest for a single GPU, beating all discrete-based versions by a hefty margin once more. Most users would expect integrated graphics improvements to do well just against older integrated graphics systems, but here the M1's GPU is actively beating powerful discrete GPUs. In some cases, it's even beating the discrete GPU being assisted by integrated graphics, a feat which underscores what Apple has managed to pull off here.
The question that crossed many existing Mac owners' minds when the first batch of M1 Macs surfaced would have been "how does it compare against what I have already? In these benchmarks, it is plain to see that the M1 is certainly one of the best options on the market.
In practically all of the tests, it either outpaced the incumbent Intel-based processors or kept pace with the top end of the group. Even in the tests involving Rosetta 2, the M1 managed to score admirably. To those concerned that there would be too much of a performance hit for compatibility purposes, the results indicate that there is one, but not enough to make it feel too slow.
The results may also be a bit of a shock to those who hold faith in traditional powerhouse systems like the Mac Pro, which the M1 manages to beat in some of the tests, at least with this particular configuration of processor and GPU. While the main thing to take from this is that the M1 is certainly an upgrade option, consider that this is Apple's first M-class SoC release. Down the line, it will most likely come out with the "M2," "M1X," or whatever it will call the next chip, one which it will most likely cover the middle and upper end of Apple's product catalog.
If the M1 does this well against seemingly powerful Intel processors, the next release could be a barnstormer. Discounts are already in effect on the new M1 Apple hardware, with exclusive promo code offers driving down inch MacBook Pro prices , MacBook Air prices and Mac mini prices.
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Benchmark results for the MacBook Pro (inch Late ) with an Apple M1 processor can be found below. The data on this chart is gathered from. System MacBook Pro (inch, ) Apple M1 Max MHz (10 cores). Uploaded April 23rd, Platform macOS. Single-Core Score Welcome to the Geekbench Mac Benchmark Chart. The data on this chart is Apple M1 Pro @ GHz (10 cores) MacBook Pro (inch Late ). Apple M1.