Apple M1 running scores are out – slams Intel i9?

A few days ago, Apple held the “One More Thing” where the company released a couple of devices. Apple released the Apple Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro that uses the new M1 chip and comes with the new macOS Big Sur out-of-the-box. On one hand, M1 looks very good, and it can be regarded as a revolutionary change in the history of Mac development. However, on the other hand, the new Mac based on the M1 chip will experience uncertainty in terms of hardware and software.

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Apple does not seem to worry about this issue. After all, Apple’s Mac sales have been very good since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic. The company has reason to maintain confidence in the performance of the M1 chip. At least from the running points, its results are not bad.

Apple M1 running points, CPU slams Intel i9?

Shortly after the release, the latest three Mac devices’, the CPU performance of the 1 chip appeared on Geekbench 5. The data shows that the single-core running scores of the MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon 3.2 GHz (actually the M1 chip) are 1717 and 1714. The multi-core running scores are 7423 and 6802, with slight fluctuations.

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At the same time, the MacBook Air with an M1 chip has a single-core running score between 1656 and 1732, and a multi-core running score between 6519 and 7545.

Overall, due to the same M1 processor, the running scores of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro show a certain similarity. However, the MacBook Pro has a cooling fan which the MacBook Air does not have. This means that its performance will be better for longer use. 

But what is more worthy of attention is the comparison between the new Mac device (with M1) and the 16-inch MacBook Pro (with Intel i9-9880H processor).

The 16-inch MacBook Pro with Intel i9-9880H scores 1041 and 1215 in the single-core segment. Its multi-core running points hit 6464 and 6812. Whether it is single-core or multi-core, its performance is lower than the new M1 Mac devices. The single-core performance difference is particularly large. 

Apple M1 GPU is also good

Apple’s new chip also has a good GPU performance. According to the latest data on the Gfxbench database, the image processing performance of the M1 is at the same level as the basic 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Comparing the M1 chip (built-in integrated graphics) with the AMD Radeon Pro 5300M discrete graphics card on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, based on the same macOS and Metal API, M1 performs slightly better than AMD Radeon Pro 5300M in Onscreen mode. However, it lags behind in the Offscreen mode. 

If we look at the running score data, Mac devices with the M1 chip shows good strength. Of course, as the latest and strongest work of Apple’s self-developed chips, M1 has one of the biggest advantages: it can support new Mac devices to run apps on iOS and iPadOS – this will greatly enrich Mac’s application ecosystem, while enhancing its and Collaboration between iPad, iPhone, and other devices.

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