Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU) vs Intel Core i9-12900K

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU) CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i9-12900K
Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU) Intel Core i9-12900K
Apple M series Family Intel Core i9
Apple M1 CPU group Intel Core i 12000
1 Generation 12
M1 Architecture Alder Lake S
Mobile Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor Intel Core i9-11900K
-- Successor Intel Core i9-13900K

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 Ultra (64-GPU) or Intel Core i9-12900K 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.

20 Cores 16
20 Threads 24
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? Yes
3.20 GHz A-Core Frequency 3.20 GHz (5.20 GHz)
2.06 GHz B-Core Frequency 2.40 GHz (3.90 GHz)
-- C-Core Frequency --

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

The Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU) or Intel Core i9-12900K 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 Ultra (64 Core) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
1.30 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
GPU (Turbo) 1.55 GHz
1 GPU Generation 11
5 nm Technology 10 nm
3 Max. displays 3
1024 Execution units 32
8192 Shader 256
64 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 Decode
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.

LPDDR5-6400 Memory DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800
128 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
8 Memory channels 2
819.2 GB/s Bandwidth 76.8 GB/s
No ECC Yes
52.00 MB L2 Cache 14.00 MB
L3 Cache 30.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 5.0
PCIe lanes 20

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.

60 W TDP (PL1) 125 W
-- TDP (PL2) 241 W
120 W TDP up --
-- 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 Ultra (64-GPU) or Intel Core i9-12900K 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
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+
N/A Socket LGA 1700
None Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
macOS, iPadOS Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q1/2022 Release date Q4/2021
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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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
1534 (77%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
1997 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R23 (Single-Core) results



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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
24189 (88%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
27472 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core) results



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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
779 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R20 (Single-Core) results



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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
10511 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core) results



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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
1793 (90%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
1990 (100%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core) results



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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
24055 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
17595 (73%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core) results



CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.

Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
817 (100%)
Show all CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core) results



CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.

Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
8279 (100%)
Show all CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core) results



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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
Apple M1 Ultra (64 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
21200 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.55 GHz
794 (4%)
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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
379 (100%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
364 (96%)
Show all Blender 3.1 Benchmark results



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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
40902 (100%)
Show all Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark results



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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
17845 (100%)
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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
294 (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 Ultra (64-GPU) Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU)
20C 20T @ 3.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 3.20 GHz
4111 (100%)
Show all Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core) results



Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU) Intel Core i9-12900K
Apple Mac Studio (2022) Unknown

News and articles for the Apple M1 Ultra (64-GPU) and the Intel Core i9-12900K

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Many leakers had counted on Apple not presenting its new second-generation M processor until the fall. But things turned out differently. And there is very likely a reason for that: the improvements in the Apple M2 are limited compared to the predecessor.

Here the ARM-based Apple M1 Ultra (64 GPU) and the Intel Core i9-12900K are compared. Both CPUs are manufactured in a big.LITTLE architecture, which means that the existing cores are divided into performance and efficiency cores. The Apple M1 Ultra (64 GPU) has 16 performance cores codenamed "Firestorm" and 4 efficiency cores codenamed "Icestorm". The performance cores clock at 3.20 gigahertz and the more efficient ones at 2.06 gigahertz. The cores of the Intel Core i9-12900K consist of 8 performance and 8 efficiency cores. A big advantage over the Apple processor is that the performance cores of the Intel processor support Hyperthreading, which means that the processor has a total of 24 computing threads at its disposal.

It is not possible to say exactly which of the processors is the faster, it probably depends on the environment and the area of ​​application. This is also reflected in our benchmarks, where there is no uniform picture.

As the name suggests, the Apple M1 Ultra (64 GPU) uses an internal graphics unit with 64 cores. This graphics unit clocks at 1.30 gigahertz and has 1024 execution units with a total of 8192 shaders. With this, the graphics unit achieves a very high FP32 computing power (single precision) of 21200 GigaFLOPS or 21.2 TerraFLOPS. The Intel UHD Graphics 770 built into the Intel Core i9-12900K only achieves 794 GigaFLOPS.

When it comes to RAM, the Apple M1 Ultra (64 GPU) again clearly sets itself apart from the Intel Core i9-12900K. The main memory of the Apple M1 Ultra (64 GPU) is integrated in the processor, it can be equipped with up to 128 gigabytes and achieves a bandwidth of 819.2 GB/s. The Intel Core i9-12900K achieves a bandwidth of just 76.8 GB/s.

In addition, the Apple processor is specified with a TDP of 60 watts, which indicates a much lower energy requirement, since the TDP of the Intel processor is 125 watts.

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