Apple M1 vs AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M1 CPU1 vs CPU2 AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Apple M1 AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Apple M series Family AMD Ryzen 9
Apple M1 CPU group AMD Ryzen 5000
1 Generation 4
M1 Architecture Vermeer (Zen 3)
Mobile Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

8 Cores 16
8 Threads 32
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? Yes
3.20 GHz A-Core Frequency 3.40 GHz (4.90 GHz)
2.06 GHz B-Core Frequency --
-- C-Core Frequency --

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU no iGPU
1.30 GHz GPU frequency
GPU (Turbo)
1 GPU Generation
5 nm Technology
2 Max. displays
128 Execution units
1024 Shader
8 GB Max. GPU Memory
DirectX Version

Hardware codec supportHardware codec support

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

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

LPDDR4X-4266 Memory DDR4-3200
16 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 Memory channels 2
68.2 GB/s Bandwidth 51.2 GB/s
No ECC Yes
16.00 MB L2 Cache 8.00 MB
L3 Cache 64.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 4.0
PCIe lanes 20

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

15 W TDP (PL1) 105 W
-- TDP (PL2) 142 W
20 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. 95 °C

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 SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3
N/A Socket AM4
None Virtualization AMD-V, SVM
Yes AES-NI Yes
Q4/2020 Release date Q4/2020
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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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1503 (91%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
1644 (100%)
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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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7759 (27%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
28577 (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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
647 (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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
10428 (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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
277 (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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
4569 (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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1742 (99%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
1759 (100%)
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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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7650 (46%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
16606 (100%)
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V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark

V-Ray is a 3D rendering software from the manufacturer Chaos for designers and artists. Unlike many other render engines, V-Ray is capable of so-called hybrid rendering, in which the CPU and GPU work together at the same time.

However, the CPU benchmark we used (CPU Render Mode) only uses the system's processor. The working memory used plays a major role in the V-Ray benchmark. For our benchmarks we use the fastest RAM standard approved by the manufacturer (without overclocking).

Due to the high compatibility of V-Ray (including Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, Unreal Engine and Blender), it is a frequently used software. With V-Ray, for example, photorealistic images can be rendered that laypeople cannot distinguish from normal photos.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
4935 (23%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
21425 (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.

To trade Monero you can register with the crypto broker Kraken.com. We've been customers there for a few years now and have been very satisfied so far.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
20.5 (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) @ 1.30 GHz
2610 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
--
0 (0%)
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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 (25%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
461 (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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
46021 (100%)
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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
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
314 (100%)
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all Blender 2.81 (bmw27) results



Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple M1 AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Apple iMac 24 (2021)">Apple iMac 24 (2021)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (L2020)">Apple MacBook Pro 13 (L2020)
Apple MacBook Air (2020)">Apple MacBook Air (2020)
Apple Mac mini (2020)">Apple Mac mini (2020)
Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021)">Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021)
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)">Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)
Apple iPad Air (2022)">Apple iPad Air (2022)
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The CPU comparison between the Apple M1 and the AMD Ryzen 9 5950x, of course, does not take place in a performance class. So the Apple M1 processor is designed with a TDP of 15 watts for notebooks, while the AMD Ryzen 9 5950x is a 16-core desktop processor with a TDP of 105 watts. Accordingly, the Apple M1 Mobilprocessor naturally also has no chance against the AMD Ryzen 9 5950x.

Although: In einkern-load scenarios, the Apple M1 is still very good against the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X. There is a tender. Much greater is the difference in multi-core load scenarios. Here the AMD Ryzen reaches 9 5950x about a 4x as high performance as Apple's M1 processor.

Apple's M1 relies on a hybrid (Big.Little) core design, which has 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency nuclei. By this arrangement, the mobile processor is very energy saving, which also underpin the battery life of the MacBook Air (about 18 hours) as well as the MacBook Pro 13 (about 20 hours).

The AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is the most fastest AMD desktop processor for the socket AM4. He has 16 CPU cores and support simultaneous multi threading, which allows him to work up to 32 threads simultaneously. That makes him an absolute computing monster, which, of course, also play for professional applications, e.g. predestined in video editing or photo editing.

In addition, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950x can even not be overclocked because the processor has an open multiplier. But then a good to very good CPU cooling is required.

AMD is currently producing its processors in 7 nm, which is still significantly better compared to Intel. Apple, however, was able to secure the new 5 Nm technology of the chip manufacturer TSMC exclusively for its Apple A14 Bionic or Apple M1 processors. This makes them more efficient and more powerful.

Leaderboards

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