Apple M2 vs Apple A12Z Bionic

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M2 CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple A12Z Bionic
Apple M2 Apple A12Z Bionic

CPU comparison

Apple M2 or Apple A12Z Bionic ? In this comparison, we check which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Apple M2 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.50 GHz. Up to 24 GB of memory is supported in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The Apple M2 was released in Q2/2022.

The Apple A12Z Bionic has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.49 GHz. The CPU supports up to 6 GB of memory in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The Apple A12Z Bionic was released in Q1/2020.
Apple M series Family Apple A series
Apple M2 CPU group Apple A12/A12X/A12Z
2 Generation 12
M2 Architecture A12
Mobile Segment Mobile
Apple M1 Predecessor Apple A10X Fusion
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

In addition to the number of CPU cores and threads, you can see here whether the Apple M2 or Apple A12Z Bionic 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 8
8 Threads 8
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
3.50 GHz
4x Avalanche
A-Core 2.49 GHz
4x Vortex
2.80 GHz
4x Blizzard
B-Core 1.59 GHz
4x Tempest
-- C-Core --

Internal Graphics

The Apple M2 or Apple A12Z Bionic 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 M2 (10 Core) GPU Apple A12Z
1.40 GHz GPU frequency 1.34 GHz
GPU (Turbo)
2 GPU Generation 9
5 nm Technology 7 nm
2 Max. displays 2
160 Execution units 64
1280 Shader 512
24 GB Max. GPU Memory 6 GB
DirectX Version --

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.

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
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & 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 LPDDR4X-4266
24 GB Max. Memory 6 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
102.4 GB/s Bandwidth 68.2 GB/s
No ECC No
20.00 MB L2 Cache 8.00 MB
L3 Cache
4.0 PCIe version
PCIe lanes

Thermal 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.

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

Technical details

Here you will find information on the size of the level 2 and level 3 cache of the Apple M2 or Apple A12Z Bionic 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 7 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions
N/A Socket N/A
Apple Virtualization Framework Virtualization None
Yes AES-NI No
macOS, iPadOS Operating systems iOS
Q2/2022 Release date Q1/2020
-- Release price --
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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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1695 (100%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
991 (58%)
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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8714 (100%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
4539 (52%)
Show all Cinebench R23 (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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1874 (100%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
1124 (60%)
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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8853 (100%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
4718 (53%)
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (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 M2 Apple M2
Apple M2 (10 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
3550 (100%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
Apple A12Z @ 1.34 GHz
1370 (39%)
Show all iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS) results



AnTuTu 9 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 9 benchmark is very well suited to measuring the performance of a smartphone. AnTuTu 9 is quite heavy on 3D graphics and can now also use the "Metal" graphics interface. In AnTuTu, memory and UX (user experience) are also tested by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu version 9 can compare any ARM CPU running on Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly comparable when benchmarked on different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 9 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The rating is made up of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the working memory, and the performance of the internal graphics.

Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
779044 (100%)
Show all AnTuTu 9 Benchmark results



AnTuTu 8 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 8 Benchmark measures the performance of a SoC. AnTuTu benchmarks the CPU, GPU, Memory as well as the UX (User Experience) by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu can benchmark any ARM CPU that runs under Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly compareable if the benchmark has been performed under different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The evaluation consists of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the RAM and the performance of the internal graphics.

Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
717401 (100%)
Show all AnTuTu 8 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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
15472 (100%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark results



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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
277 (100%)
Apple A12Z Bionic Apple A12Z Bionic
8C 8T @ 2.49 GHz
0 (0%)
Show all Blender 2.81 (bmw27) results



Devices using this processor

Apple M2 Apple A12Z Bionic
Apple MacBook Air 14 (2022)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
Apple iPad Pro 2020

News and articles for the Apple M2 and the Apple A12Z Bionic

Most popular processors in the first half of 2022
Posted by Stefan on 2022-07-05
In the past we had repeatedly written about our most popular processors. Since this format was quiet popular, I would like to continue this today and introduce you the most popular processors in the first half of 2022.

With more than 2 million page views per month, CPU-Monkey is one of the biggest comparison sites for processors and is currently available in 16 languages.
Apple M2 Pro with more CPU cores and production in 3 nm ?
Posted by Stefan on 2022-06-28
After Apple surprisingly presented the normal Apple M2 processor as the first successor to the Apple M1 already in June 2022, the Apple M2 Pro and the Apple M2 Max may follow in autumn. The difference in performance compared to the basic version could be even greater this time and range from 25 to 40 percent.

In this article we describe how Apple could realize this and why the price should also go up.
Apple M2 vs Apple M1 - What are the differences?
Posted by Stefan on 2022-06-09
During WWDC 2022 on June 6th, 2022 Apple surprisingly presented its new Apple M2 processor. This will initially be installed in a completely revised Apple MacBook Air with 13.6 inches, a even thinner form factor and new colors. Apple also updated the already known (old) Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 with touch bar.

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.

Leaderboards

In our leaderboards, we have clearly compiled the best processors for specific categories for you. The leaderboards are always up to date and are regularly updated by us. The best processors are selected according to popularity and speed in benchmarks as well as the price-performance ratio.


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