Apple M2 vs Apple M1

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CPU comparison with benchmarks


Apple M2 CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple M1
Apple M2 Apple M1
Apple M series Family Apple M series
Apple M2 CPU group Apple M1
2 Generation 1
M2 Architecture M1
Mobile Segment Mobile
Apple M1 Predecessor --
-- Successor Apple M2

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 M2 or Apple M1 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 A-Core Frequency 3.20 GHz
2.80 GHz B-Core Frequency 2.06 GHz
-- C-Core Frequency --

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

The Apple M2 or Apple M1 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 M1 (8 Core)
1.40 GHz GPU frequency 1.30 GHz
GPU (Turbo)
2 GPU Generation 1
5 nm Technology 5 nm
2 Max. displays 2
160 Execution units 128
1280 Shader 1024
24 GB Max. GPU Memory 8 GB
DirectX Version

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
No Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec AVC Decode
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 LPDDR4X-4266
24 GB Max. Memory 16 GB
2 Memory channels 2
102.4 GB/s Bandwidth 68.2 GB/s
No ECC No
20.00 MB L2 Cache 16.00 MB
L3 Cache
4.0 PCIe version 4.0
PCIe lanes

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.

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

Technical detailsTechnical details

Here you will find information on the size of the level 2 and level 3 cache of the Apple M2 or Apple M1 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 5 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation
N/A Socket N/A
Apple Virtualization Framework Virtualization Apple Virtualization Framework
Yes AES-NI Yes
macOS, iPadOS Operating systems macOS
Q2/2022 Release date Q4/2020
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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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1695 (100%)
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1503 (89%)
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 M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7759 (89%)
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 M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1742 (93%)
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 M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7650 (86%)
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 M1 Apple M1
Apple M1 (8 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
2610 (74%)
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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
117 (100%)
Show all Blender 3.1 Benchmark 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 (88%)
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
314 (100%)
Show all Blender 2.81 (bmw27) 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 M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
4935 (100%)
Show all V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark results



Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Apple M2 Apple M1
Apple MacBook Air 14 (2022)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (2022)
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)

News and articles for the Apple M2 and the Apple M1

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

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