Apple M1 vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600U

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Apple M1 AMD Ryzen 5 5600U

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Apple M1 and the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Apple M1 8 core processor released in Q4/2020 with the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U which has 6 CPU cores and was introduced in Q1/2021.
Apple M series (23) Family AMD Ryzen 5 (84)
Apple M1 (9) CPU group AMD Ryzen 5000U (13)
1 Generation 4
M1 Architecture Cezanne (Zen 3)
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
Apple M2 Successor AMD Ryzen 5 6600U

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple M1 is a 8 core processor with a clock frequency of 0.60 GHz (3.20 GHz). The processor can compute 8 threads at the same time. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600U clocks with 2.30 GHz (4.20 GHz), has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel.

Apple M1 Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
8 Cores 6
8 Threads 12
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
0.60 GHz (3.20 GHz)
4x Firestorm
A-Core 2.30 GHz (4.20 GHz)
0.60 GHz (2.06 GHz)
4x Icestorm
B-Core --

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

Apple M1 Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
Apple Neural Engine AI hardware --
16 Neural cores @ 11 TOPS AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Renoir)
0.39 GHz GPU frequency 0.40 GHz
1.30 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.80 GHz
1 GPU Generation 9
5 nm Technology 7 nm
2 Max. displays 3
128 Compute units 7
1024 Shader 448
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 2 GB
-- DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Renoir)
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
No Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

Up to 16 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Apple M1, while the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U supports a maximum of 32 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 51.2 GB/s enabled.

Apple M1 Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4-4266, DDR4-3200
16 GB Max. Memory 32 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
68.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 51.2 GB/s
No ECC Yes
16.00 MB L2 Cache 3.00 MB
-- L3 Cache 16.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 3.0
-- PCIe lanes 12
-- PCIe Bandwidth 11.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Apple M1 has a TDP of 18 W. The TDP of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U is 15 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Apple M1 Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
18 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 15 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
20 W TDP up 25 W
10 W TDP down 10 W
-- Tjunction max. 105 °C

Technical details

The Apple M1 has 16.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 5 nm. The cache of AMD Ryzen 5 5600U is at 19.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 7 nm.

Apple M1 Characteristic AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
5 nm Technology 7 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
Armv8.5-A (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3
-- Socket FP6
Apple Virtualization Framework Virtualization AMD-V, SVM
Yes AES-NI Yes
macOS Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q4/2020 Release date Q1/2021
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
Apple M1 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U (80%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
Apple M1 (97%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U (85%)

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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1503 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
1332 (89%)

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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7759 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
6166 (79%)

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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1742 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
1317 (76%)

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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7650 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
5437 (71%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
2369 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
1776 (75%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
8576 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
6637 (77%)

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) @ 1.30 GHz
2610 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Renoir) @ 1.80 GHz
1612 (62%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
117 (92%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
127 (100%)

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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
14463 (94%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
15456 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
112 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
509 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
0 (0%)

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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
314 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
0 (0%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 0.60 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 2.30 GHz
3142 (100%)

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
Apple M1 Apple M1
7,759 CB R23 MC @ 18 W
431 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
2.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Performance for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 0.60 GHz
11 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 2.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

Apple M1 AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
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 Air (2022)
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