Apple M1 (7-GPU) vs Intel Core i7-12700E

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Apple M1 (7-GPU) CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-12700E
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Intel Core i7-12700E

CPU comparison

Apple M1 (7-GPU) or Intel Core i7-12700E - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Apple M1 (7-GPU) has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.20 GHz. Up to 16 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The Apple M1 (7-GPU) was released in Q4/2020.

The Intel Core i7-12700E has 12 cores with 20 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.80 GHz. The CPU supports up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i7-12700E was released in Q1/2022.
Apple M series (25) Family Intel Core i7 (298)
Apple M1 (9) CPU group Intel Core i 12000 (34)
1 Generation 12
M1 Architecture Alder Lake S
Mobile Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor Intel Core i7-13700E

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple M1 (7-GPU) is a 8 core processor with a clock frequency of 0.60 GHz (3.20 GHz). The Intel Core i7-12700E has 12 CPU cores with a clock frequency of 2.10 GHz (4.80 GHz).

Apple M1 (7-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700E
8 Cores 12
8 Threads 20
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
0.60 GHz (3.20 GHz)
4x Firestorm
A-Core 2.10 GHz (4.80 GHz)
8x Golden Cove
0.60 GHz (2.06 GHz)
4x Icestorm
B-Core 1.60 GHz (3.60 GHz)
4x Gracemont

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 (7-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700E
Apple Neural Engine AI hardware --
16 Neural cores @ 11 TOPS AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The integrated graphics unit of a processor is not only responsible for the pure image output on the system, but can also significantly increase the efficiency of the system with the support of modern video codecs.

Apple M1 (7 Core) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
0.39 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
1.30 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.50 GHz
1 GPU Generation 11
5 nm Technology 10 nm
2 Max. displays 3
112 Compute units 32
896 Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
8 GB Max. GPU Memory 64 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 (7 Core) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
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 Decode
Decode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Apple M1 (7-GPU) supports a maximum of 16 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i7-12700E can connect up to 128 GB of memory in 2 memory channels.

Apple M1 (7-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700E
LPDDR4X-4266 Memory DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200
16 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
68.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s
No ECC Yes
16.00 MB L2 Cache 12.00 MB
-- L3 Cache 25.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 5.0
-- PCIe lanes 20
-- PCIe Bandwidth 78.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The TDP (Thermal Design Power) of a processor specifies the required cooling solution. The Apple M1 (7-GPU) has a TDP of 18 W, that of the Intel Core i7-12700E is 65 W.

Apple M1 (7-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700E
18 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 65 W
-- TDP (PL2) 180 W
25 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The Apple M1 (7-GPU) has a 16.00 MB cache, while the Intel Core i7-12700E cache has a total of 37.00 MB.

Apple M1 (7-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i7-12700E
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, AVX2+
-- Socket LGA 1700
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 Q1/2022
-- Release price 344 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Apple M1 (7-GPU) (98%)
Intel Core i7-12700E (98%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
Apple M1 (7-GPU) (67%)
Intel Core i7-12700E (100%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1742 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.80 GHz
1665 (96%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7650 (75%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
10170 (100%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
2369 (96%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.80 GHz
2459 (100%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
8576 (76%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
11321 (100%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
Apple M1 (7 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
2290 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
Intel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.50 GHz
768 (34%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
14463 (51%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
28279 (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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
112 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.80 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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
509 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.80 GHz
0 (0%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1503 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.80 GHz
0 (0%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7759 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
117 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.00 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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
314 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)

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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
7,759 CB R23 MC @ 18 W
431 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
2.10 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 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 0.60 GHz
11 (100%)
Intel Core i7-12700E Intel Core i7-12700E
12C 20T @ 2.10 GHz
0 (0%)

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