On November 10, Apple kept its word and presented the first three computers with its M1 System on chip, designed specifically for computers.
Apple’s stake is very high, and it has not spared (one-sided) comparisons of how superior its performance is compared to the vague “best-selling in the industry” or “98% of PCs sold last year.”
However, it is not a laboratory product. Computers are sold, and users can benchmark and use processing and speed measurement programs to draw their own conclusions.
For now, the conclusion is clear: Apple does not sell smoke and the M1 chip offers a really remarkable performance improvement, both with respect to the Intel chips that Apple uses in its own machines and when compared to other graphics cards.
The M1 chip outperforms GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon RX 560 graphics cards in performance.
According to Apple, the M1’s eight-core GPU can simultaneously handle about 25,000 threads and deliver up to 2.6 TFLOPS of performance. This is the same amount achieved by the Radeon RX 560, and a bit below the 2.9 TFLOPS of the GeForce GTX 1650.
The GFXBench 5.0 results were tested using the Metal API, and show that the M1 often delivers better results than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and the AMD Radeon RX 560 by a wide margin. There are no test results for the GeForce GTX 1650 using Metal yet to make a fair comparison.
In benchmarks using Aztec Ruins Normal Tier, the Radeon RX 560 achieves 146.2 FPS, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti achieves 159 FPS, and the M1 achieves 203.6 FPS. Similar results are being seen elsewhere, with the M1 consistently outperforming the two desktop GPUs.
MacBook Pro with M1 scores 7508 in Cinebench multi-core benchmarks
One of the first customers to receive their 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1, which has an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB unified memory and 512GB hard drive, has made the Cinebench R23 tests to get a better view of performance.
Cinebench is a more intensive multi-threaded test than Geekbench 5, testing performance over a longer period of time, and can offer a sharper view of how the machine will perform in the real world.
The MacBook Pro M1, using multicores, scored 7508 on Cinebench, while using a single core it scored 1498, which puts it in similar performance to 11th generation Intel chips.
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Comparatively, a 16-inch MacBook Pro, released in 2019, with a 2.3GHz Core i9 chip scores a multi-core score of 8818, according to a reader of MacRumors which tested with the R23 update that came out last week. The 16-inch 2.6GHz MacBook Pro scored 1113 using a single core and a multi-core score of 6912 in the same test, while the top model MacBook Air of the previous generation scored 1119 on a single core. and in multicore a score of 4329.