Apple M1 vs Intel Core i5-1038NG7

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Apple M1 Intel Core i5-1038NG7

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Apple M1 and the Intel Core i5-1038NG7 and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Apple M1 8 core processor released in Q4/2020 with the Intel Core i5-1038NG7 which has 4 CPU cores and was introduced in Q2/2020.
Apple M series (25) Family Intel Core i5 (334)
Apple M1 (9) CPU group Intel Core i 1000G/10000U (19)
1 Generation 10
M1 Architecture Ice Lake U
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
Apple M2 Successor --

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 Intel Core i5-1038NG7 clocks with 2.00 GHz (3.80 GHz), has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel.

Apple M1 Characteristic Intel Core i5-1038NG7
8 Cores 4
8 Threads 8
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
0.60 GHz (3.20 GHz)
4x Firestorm
A-Core 2.00 GHz (3.80 GHz)
0.60 GHz (2.06 GHz)
4x Icestorm
B-Core --

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Apple M1 Characteristic Intel Core i5-1038NG7
Apple Neural Engine AI hardware --
16 Neural cores @ 11 TOPS AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

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 Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
0.39 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
1.30 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.05 GHz
1 GPU Generation 11
5 nm Technology 14 nm
2 Max. displays 3
128 Compute units 64
1024 Shader 512
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 32 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 Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7
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 Intel Core i5-1038NG7 supports a maximum of 64 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 59.6 GB/s enabled.

Apple M1 Characteristic Intel Core i5-1038NG7
LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4-3733, DDR4-3200
16 GB Max. Memory 64 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
68.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 59.6 GB/s
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache --
-- L3 Cache 6.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 3.0
-- PCIe lanes 16
-- PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Apple M1 has a TDP of 18 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i5-1038NG7 is 28 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Apple M1 Characteristic Intel Core i5-1038NG7
18 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 28 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
20 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The Apple M1 has 16.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 5 nm. The cache of Intel Core i5-1038NG7 is at 6.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 10 nm.

Apple M1 Characteristic Intel Core i5-1038NG7
5 nm Technology 10 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
Armv8.5-A (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
-- Socket BGA 1344
Apple Virtualization Framework Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
macOS Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q4/2020 Release date Q2/2020
-- Release price 320 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
Apple M1 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 (65%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Apple M1 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 (59%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
1118 (74%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
4995 (64%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
1150 (66%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
4236 (55%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
1329 (56%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
4439 (52%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 @ 1.05 GHz
1075 (41%)

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 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
9355 (65%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
0 (0%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
441 (100%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
1922 (100%)

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 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
177 (100%)

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
781 (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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
2.00 GHz
0 (0%)

AI performance (NPU)

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is given here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher.

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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 2.00 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

Apple M1 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
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)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2020)

News and articles for the Apple M1 and the Intel Core i5-1038NG7


Comparison of the two processors

In the press, Apple's new M1 processor is covered with praise. A direct comparison of the Apple M1 with the Intel Core i5-1038NG7 shows that the praise is well justified. Because Intel's 28 watt CPU is sometimes clearly beaten in comparison with the Apple M1 processor, which operates at a maximum of 15 watts. The most objective is currently the Cinebench R23, in which the Apple M1 is approx. 25% faster in the single core and 35% faster in the multi-core benchmark.

The raw performance per clock in the Apple M1 is enormously better than in the Intel Core i5-1038NG7, because the latter clocks its cores with up to 3.8 GHz, while the M1 is clocked with a maximum of 3.2 GHz. The chips couldn't be more different in detail: Apple already relies on the big.LITTLE principle, in which small and efficient CPU cores are paired with fast performance cores, all 4 cores in the Intel processor are identical.

The Apple M1 can be used passively cooled (Apple Macbook Air 2020) or actively cooled (Apple Macbook Pro 2020 or Apple mac mini 2020). Active cooling has advantages in long load phases, during which the passively cooled Apple M1 throttles down to 10 watts of power loss after a certain period of time. Apple has given the M1 16 special cores that can be used to calculate machine learning. In addition, the new AV1 video codec is decoded in hardware, which can benefit the energy consumption and thus also the battery life in a notebook.

The iGPU (internal graphics unit) of the Apple M1 beats the Intel Iris Plus Graphics (Ice Lake G7) by a factor of 2.5 in FP32 calculations (single precision). This is impressive, but is also due to the fact that the iGPU of the Intel Core i5-1038NG7 is still manufactured in a 14 nm process (the processor itself is already manufactured in 10 nm), while the Apple M1 is manufactured entirely in 5 nm at TSMC . Apple also connects the LPDDR4X-4266 memory tightly and efficiently to the SoC, which significantly increases the bandwidth compared to the classic use in DRAM modules.

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