Apple M1 vs. Intel Core i9-10900K

CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M1 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i9-10900K
Apple M1 Intel Core i9-10900K
Apple M series Family Intel Core i9
Apple M1 CPU group Intel Core i 10000
1 Generation 10
M1 Architecture Comet Lake S
Mobile Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor Intel Core i9-9900K
-- Successor Intel Core i9-11900K

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

8 Cores 10
8 Threads 20
3.20 GHz Frequency 3.70 GHz
Turbo (1 Core) 5.30 GHz
Turbo (All Cores) 4.90 GHz
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? Yes

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
3.20 GHz GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
GPU (Turbo) 1.20 GHz
1 GPU Generation 9.5
5 nm Technology 14 nm
2 Max. displays 3
128 Execution units 24
Shader 192
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
DirectX Version 12

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 / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

LPDDR4X-4266 Memory DDR4-2933
16 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 Memory channels 2
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache
L3 Cache 20.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 3.0
PCIe lanes 16

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

15 W TDP (PL1) 125 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
20 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down 95 W
-- Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical detailsTechnical details

5 nm Technology 14 nm
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
N/A Socket LGA 1200
None Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Q4/2020 Release date Q2/2020
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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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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
1382 (91%)
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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 (49%)
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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
15945 (100%)
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Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 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
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
645 (100%)
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Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 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
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
6419 (100%)
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Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 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
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
232 (100%)
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Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 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
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
2668 (100%)
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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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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
1417 (82%)
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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 (65%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
11344 (100%)
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Monero Hashrate kH/s

The crypto currency Monero has been using the RandomX algorithm since November 2019. This PoW (proof of work) algorithm can only efficiently be calculated using a processor (CPU) or a graphics card (GPU). The CryptoNight algorithm was used for Monero until November 2019, but it could be calculated using ASICs. RandomX benefits from a high number of CPU cores, cache and a fast connection of the memory via as many memory channels as possible. Tested with XMRig v6.x under the operation system HiveOS.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
7 (100%)
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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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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel UHD Graphics 630 @ 1.20 GHz
461 (18%)
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Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
126 (100%)
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Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
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Intel Core i9-10900K Intel Core i9-10900K
10x 3.70 GHz (5.30 GHz) HT
24090 (100%)
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Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple M1 Intel Core i9-10900K
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)
Unknown
A direct comparison between the Apple M1 and the Intel Core i9-10900k suggests that the Intel processor is superior in all respects. So you are all the more surprised when you look at the benchmarks.

The Apple M1 is the first ARM processor that was developed by Apple and is specially designed for use in notebooks and desktop computers.
Compared to classic desktop PC CPUs, the M1 is manufactured in just 5nm. Its 8 cores clock with a frequency of up to 3.20 GHz. The integrated graphics solution supports up to 8 GB of shared GPU memory and can control a maximum of 2 screens.

LPDDR4X-4266 RAM up to a maximum of 16 GB are also supported. A PCIe 4.0 connection is also used. Compared to the Intel processor, the ARM from Apple only consumes 15W. Apple's ARM is currently only used in Macbooks or Mac Mini. Due to the performance, however, it can be assumed that more and more devices will appear with the in-house processor.
After all, this is also perfectly matched to the Apple devices and can fully develop its performance.

Its opponent, the Core i9-10900k, is clearly aimed at a different target group. This is a classic desktop CPU that clocks up to 5.30 GHz. Usually, however, the clock is 3.70 - 4.90 GHz (on all cores).
The Intel is manufactured with the Comet Lake architecture in 14nm, supports 128 GB RAM up to DDR4-2933.
So on paper, the Intel is clearly superior to the Apple.

In the benchmarks, the first test available then comes as a surprise.
The lead of the Intel Core i9-10900k is much smaller than one would assume.
Even better, the M1 can even beat the Intel in individual benchmarks, if only just barely.

However, the Apple M1 cannot keep up in the well-known multi-core benchmarks and has to admit defeat to the classic desktop CPU.
For the fact that the Apple M1 is an ARM processor, these results are really not expected.

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