Apple M1 vs Intel Core i5-1038NG7

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M1 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
Apple M1 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
Apple M series Family Intel Core i5
Apple M1 CPU group Intel Core i 1000G/10000U
1 Generation 10
M1 Architecture Ice Lake U
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
Apple M2 Successor --

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

In addition to the number of CPU cores and threads, you can see here whether the Apple M1 or Intel Core i5-1038NG7 can be overclocked. You will also find the clock frequencies of the processor (single-core and multi-core) here. The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor.

8 Cores 4
8 Threads 8
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture normal
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
3.20 GHz A-Core Frequency 2.00 GHz (3.80 GHz)
2.06 GHz B-Core Frequency --
-- C-Core Frequency --

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

The Apple M1 or Intel Core i5-1038NG7 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die. A processor with integrated graphics is also called APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).

Apple M1 (8 Core) GPU Intel Iris Plus Graphics (Ice Lake G7)
1.30 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
GPU (Turbo) 1.05 GHz
1 GPU Generation 11
5 nm Technology 14 nm
2 Max. displays 3
128 Execution units 64
1024 Shader 512
8 GB Max. GPU Memory
DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec supportHardware 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.

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 & PCIeMemory & PCIe

The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the processor. The memory bandwidth depends on several factors and is given in gigabytes per second.

LPDDR4X-4266 Memory DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-3733
16 GB Max. Memory 64 GB
2 Memory channels 2
68.2 GB/s Bandwidth 51.2 GB/s
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache
L3 Cache 6.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 3.0
PCIe lanes 16

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

The Thermal Design Power (TDP for short) specifies the necessary cooling solution to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually only gives a rough idea of the real consumption of a CPU.

15 W TDP (PL1) 28 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
20 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical detailsTechnical details

Here you will find information on the size of the level 2 and level 3 cache of the Apple M1 or Intel Core i5-1038NG7 as well as a list of the processors ISA extensions. We have documented the architecture and the manufacturing technology for you as well as the release date.

5 nm Technology 10 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
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 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
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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 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
1118 (74%)
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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 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
4995 (64%)
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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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
441 (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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
1922 (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 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
1114 (64%)
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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 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
4236 (55%)
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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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics (Ice Lake G7) @ 1.05 GHz
1075 (41%)
Show all iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS) results



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%)
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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%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
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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 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1038NG7 Intel Core i5-1038NG7
4C 8T @ 2.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark results



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%)
Show all Cinebench R15 (Single-Core) results



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%)
Show all Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core) results



Devices using this processorDevices 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


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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