Apple M1 vs. Intel Core i9-9900K

CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M1 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i9-9900K
Apple M1 Intel Core i9-9900K
Apple M series Family Intel Core i9
Apple M1 CPU group Intel Core i 9000
1 Generation 9
M1 Architecture Coffee Lake S Refresh
Mobile Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor Intel Core i9-10900K

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

8 Cores 8
8 Threads 16
3.20 GHz Frequency 3.60 GHz
Turbo (1 Core) 5.00 GHz
Turbo (All Cores) 4.70 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
1.30 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
No 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 DDR4-2666
16 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 Memory channels 2
No ECC No
16.00 MB L2 Cache
L3 Cache 16.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 3.0
PCIe lanes 16

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

15 W TDP (PL1) 95 W
-- TDP (PL2) 119 W @ 28 s
20 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
-- 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 1151-2
None Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Q4/2020 Release date Q4/2018
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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
1503 (100%)
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Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
1284 (85%)
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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
7759 (62%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
12450 (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%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
518 (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%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
4995 (100%)
Amazon
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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%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
219 (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%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
2245 (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
1742 (100%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
1342 (77%)
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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
7650 (87%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
8779 (100%)
Amazon
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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%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
5.75 (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
2600 (100%)
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Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
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 i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
163.8 (100%)
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Geekbench 3, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 3 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
0 (0%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
6250 (100%)
Amazon
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Geekbench 3, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 3 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
0 (0%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
35769 (100%)
Amazon
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. 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%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
2.61 (100%)
Amazon
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. 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%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
21.2 (100%)
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Cinebench R11.5, 64bit (iGPU, OpenGL)

Cinebench 11.5 is based on the Cinema 4D Suite, a software that is popular to generate forms and other stuff in 3D. The iGPU test uses the CPU internal graphic unit to execute OpenGL commands.

Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Amazon
Intel Core i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
45.4 (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 i9-9900K Intel Core i9-9900K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
20192 (100%)
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Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple M1 Intel Core i9-9900K
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)
Memory PC Intel i9-9900K
Multimedia Office PC Intel Core i9 9900K
Corsair ONE i160 Kompakter Gaming-PC Intel Core i9-9900K
With the Apple M1 and the Intel Core i9-9900K, two completely different processors are compared here. The Apple M1 is an eight-core processor based on a hybrid architecture (big.LITTLE), which means that it has 4 powerful and 4 less powerful, but more efficient processor cores. The Intel Core i9-9900K, on ​​the other hand, is based on a standard architecture with 8 processor cores.

In contrast to the Intel Core i9-9900K, the Apple M1 does not support hyperthreading and cannot be overclocked. In addition, the Apple M1 can only be bought permanently installed in Apple devices, whereas the Intel Core i9-9900K can be used on any motherboard with the LGA1151-2 socket.

In the Geekbench benchmark, the Apple M1 is almost 20% ahead of the Intel Core i9-9900K in single-core load, but then has to admit defeat in multi-core load, here the Intel processor is almost 15% ahead of the competition from Apple.

There is a huge difference in the internal graphics unit of the two processors. The Apple M1 is much better equipped here. The iGPU of the Apple M1, like the processor itself, is manufactured using the 5 nanometer process and has 128 execution units. This means that the processor is able to supply up to 3 monitors with one image. The Intel UHD Graphics 630 is built into the Intel Core i9-9900K as an iGPU. This is still manufactured using the 14 nanometer process and has 24 execution units. If you look at the FP32 computing power with simple accuracy, you can see the clear lead of the Apple iGPU. With 2600 GFLOPS, the graphics unit of the Apple M1 is significantly higher than that of the Intel Core i9-9900K, which only has 461 GFLOPS.

When it comes to working memory, modules of the type LPDDR4X-4266 are used in the Apple M1 and modules of the type DDR4-2666 in the Intel Core i9-9900K.

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