Apple M1 vs. Apple A12Z Bionic

CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M1 CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple A12Z Bionic
Apple M1 Apple A12Z Bionic
Apple M series Family Apple A series
Apple M1 CPU group Apple A12/A12X/A12Z
1 Generation 12
M1 Architecture A12
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor Apple A10X Fusion
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

8 Cores 8
8 Threads 8
3.20 GHz Frequency 1.59 GHz
Turbo (1 Core) 2.49 GHz
Turbo (All Cores) 2.49 GHz
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU Apple A12Z
3.20 GHz GPU frequency 1.59 GHz
GPU (Turbo) 2.49 GHz
1 GPU Generation 9
5 nm Technology 7 nm
2 Max. displays 2
128 Execution units 8
Shader
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 6 GB
DirectX Version --

Hardware codec supportHardware codec support

Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec AVC Decode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4X-4266
16 GB Max. Memory 16 GB
2 Memory channels 2
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache 8.00 MB
L3 Cache
4.0 PCIe version
PCIe lanes

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

15 W TDP (PL1) 15 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
20 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical detailsTechnical details

5 nm Technology 7 nm
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions
N/A Socket N/A
None Virtualization None
Yes AES-NI No
Q4/2020 Release date Q1/2020
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Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
1514 (100%)
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Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8x 1.59 GHz (2.49 GHz)
991 (65%)
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Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
7760 (100%)
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Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8x 1.59 GHz (2.49 GHz)
4539 (58%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
1721 (100%)
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Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8x 1.59 GHz (2.49 GHz)
1118 (65%)
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Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
7420 (100%)
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Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8x 1.59 GHz (2.49 GHz)
4657 (63%)
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iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.

Apple M1 Apple M1
Apple M1 (8 Core) @ 3.20 GHz
2600 (100%)
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Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
Apple A12Z @ 2.49 GHz
1106 (43%)
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AnTuTu 8 benchmark

The AnTuTu 8 Benchmark measures the performance of a SoC. AnTuTu benchmarks the CPU, GPU, Memory as well as the UX (User Experience) by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu can benchmark any ARM CPU that runs under Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly compareable if the benchmark has been performed under different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The evaluation consists of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the RAM and the performance of the internal graphics.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
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Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8x 1.59 GHz (2.49 GHz)
717401 (100%)
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Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple M1 Apple A12Z Bionic
Apple iMac 24 (2021)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (L2020)
Apple MacBook Air (2020)
Apple Mac mini (2020)
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)
Apple iPad Pro 2020
The Apple M1 is Apple's first processor for notebooks. Like the Apple A12Z, it is based on ARM technology and has a total of 8 CPU cores. These are arranged in a hybrid design (big.LITTLE) and are made up of 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. With full system load, the cores can also calculate tasks together.

Since the Apple A12Z also has 8 cores (4 + 4) and is only used in the Apple iPad Pro (2019), the M1 processor can be seen as the direct successor to the Apple A12Z. However, Apple allows the M1 to consume more energy over the long term, which is accompanied by a significantly increased clock rate of 3.2 GHz.

The Apple M1 is manufactured in a new 5 nm process, which enables high clock frequencies with very low consumption at the same time. In addition, Apple can passively cool the M1 in the Apple iPad Pro 2021 or in the Apple MacBook (2020), for example.

With the Apple M1 (8 core GPU), which is also manufactured in 5 nm, Apple was able to increase the graphics performance of the SoC to a remarkable 2.6 TFLOPS. The graphics of the Apple A12Z offer less than half of the graphics performance with 1.1 TFLOPS. In addition, Apple's M1 processor can now decode the free video codec AV1 in hardware, which not only makes the playback of new types of videos appear smoother, but also significantly reduces the system load and the load on the processor when playing AV1 videos. This also benefits the (good) battery life of the new devices with an M1 processor.

Apple was able to double the processor's cache in the M1 compared to the Apple A12Z. 16 MB cache is now available. In the main memory, however, nothing has changed: Apple continues to rely on LPDDR4X-4266 memory and thus avoids switching to the new but also more expensive LPDDR5-5200 memory, which is already used in new Samsung devices, for example.

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