Apple M1 - Benchmark, Test and specs

The Apple M1 has 8 cores with 8 threads and is based on the 1. gen of the Apple M series series. The processor was released in Q4/2020.
Apple M1
CPU lineageCPU lineage
Name: Apple M1
Family: Apple M series
CPU group: Apple M1
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 1
Predecessor: --
Successor: --
CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency
CPU Cores / Threads: 8 / 8
Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A-Core: 4x Firestorm
B-Core: 4x Icestorm
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: No
A-Core Frequency: 3.20 GHz
B-Core Frequency: 2.06 GHz
Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics
GPU name: Apple M1 (8 Core)
GPU frequency: 1.30 GHz
GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Execution units: 128
Shader: 1024
Max. GPU Memory: 8 GB
Max. displays: 2
Generation: 1
Direct X: --
Technology: 5 nm
Release date: Q4/2020
Hardware codec supportHardware codec support
h265 / HEVC (8 bit): Decode / Encode
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): Decode / Encode
h264: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode
VP9: Decode / Encode
AV1: No
AVC: Decode
VC-1: Decode
JPEG: Decode / Encode
Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe
Memory type: LPDDR4X-4266
Max. Memory: 16 GB
Memory channels: 2
Bandwidth: 68.2 GB/s
ECC: No
PCIe: 4.0
AES-NI: Yes
Thermal ManagementThermal Management
TDP (PL1): 15 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: 20 W
TDP down: 10 W
Tjunction max.: --
Technical detailsTechnical details
Instruction set (ISA): ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation
L2-Cache: 16.00 MB
L3-Cache: --
Architecture: M1
Technology: 5 nm
Virtualization: None
Socket: N/A
Release date: Q4/2020
Part Number: APL 1102

Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Apple M1 have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.

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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.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
1504
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650G AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650G
6C 12T @ 3.90 GHz
1504
Intel Core i7-1165G7 Intel Core i7-1165G7
4C 8T @ 2.80 GHz
1504
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1503
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1503
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H
8C 16T @ 3.20 GHz
1498
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
8C 16T @ 3.20 GHz
1498
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.

AMD Ryzen 5 6600U AMD Ryzen 5 6600U
6C 12T @ 2.90 GHz
8018
Intel Core i7-8700 Intel Core i7-8700
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
7969
Intel Core i7-8700B Intel Core i7-8700B
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
7969
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7759
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7759
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
7555
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
7514
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.

Intel Core i7-12650H Intel Core i7-12650H
10C 16T @ 1.70 GHz
1755
Intel Core i9-12900H Intel Core i9-12900H
14C 20T @ 1.80 GHz
1754
Intel Core i9-12900HK Intel Core i9-12900HK
14C 20T @ 1.80 GHz
1754
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1742
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
1742
Intel Core i3-12300 Intel Core i3-12300
4C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1739
Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
1732
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.

Intel Core i7-1260P Intel Core i7-1260P
12C 16T @ 2.10 GHz
7725
Intel Xeon E5-1660 v3 Intel Xeon E5-1660 v3
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
7713
Intel Core i9-11900T Intel Core i9-11900T
8C 16T @ 1.50 GHz
7680
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7650
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
7650
AMD Ryzen Embedded V2546 AMD Ryzen Embedded V2546
6C 12T @ 3.00 GHz
7647
AMD Ryzen 5 5500 AMD Ryzen 5 5500
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
7629
Show all Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core) 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.

AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 1600 AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 1600
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
5594
Intel Core i5-10500H Intel Core i5-10500H
6C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
5353
Intel Core i5-9500 Intel Core i5-9500
6C 6T @ 3.00 GHz
4949
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
4935
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
4935
Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-7700K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
4873
Intel Core i7-6800K Intel Core i7-6800K
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
4855
Show all V-Ray CPU-Render Benchmark 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.

AMD Ryzen 7 6800H AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
AMD Radeon RX 680M @ 2.20 GHz
3379
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
AMD Radeon RX 680M @ 2.20 GHz
3379
AMD Ryzen 7 6980U AMD Ryzen 7 6980U
AMD Radeon RX 680M @ 2.20 GHzNot verified
3379
Apple M1 Apple M1
Apple M1 (8 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
2610
Intel Core i7-8706G Intel Core i7-8706G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics @ 1.01 GHz
2588
Intel Core i5-8305G Intel Core i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics @ 1.01 GHz
2588
Intel Core i7-8705G Intel Core i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics @ 1.01 GHz
2588
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.

Intel Core i7-10850H Intel Core i7-10850H
6C 12T @ 2.70 GHz
119
Intel Core i7-8700 Intel Core i7-8700
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
118
Intel Core i7-8700B Intel Core i7-8700B
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
118
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
117
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
117
Intel Core i5-10500 Intel Core i5-10500
6C 12T @ 3.10 GHz
116
Intel Core i7-10750H Intel Core i7-10750H
6C 12T @ 2.60 GHz
114
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.

AMD A10-6800K AMD A10-6800K
4C 4T @ 4.10 GHz
309.5
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AMD Ryzen 5 1600
6C 12T @ 3.20 GHz
313
Intel Core i7-5930K Intel Core i7-5930K
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
313.2
Apple M1 Apple M1
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
314
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
314
Intel Core i5-9600KF Intel Core i5-9600KF
6C 6T @ 3.70 GHz
315.5
Intel Xeon E5-1650 v3 Intel Xeon E5-1650 v3
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
318.4
Show all Blender 2.81 (bmw27) results



The Apple M1 is Apples first ARM chip for Macs. It is based on and is similar to Apples mobile A processors, but has four times more level 2 cache than the Apple A14 Bionic (16 MB to 4 MB in the Apple A14 Bionic). It combines 4 fast and large Firestorm cores with 4 efficient and smaller Icestorm cores. The core structure is built in the big.LITTLE design, which makes the chips very strong but also energy-saving at the same time.

Like the Apple A14 Bionic, the Apple M1 is also manufactured in 5 nm at TSMC, making it the first series chip for mobile and desktop devices to be manufactured in 5 nm. The finer the manufacturing structure, the more energy-efficient the processors can be. The processor is operated at 3.2 GHz and can be used passively (without active ventilation) or actively with a fan. The TDP is 10 to 15 watts.

The Apple M1 comes with a very fast iGPU with 7 or 8 GPU cores. The 8-core variant of the iGPU achieves an FP32 raw performance of 2.6 TFLOPGS (2600 GFLOPS). In addition, the SoC is equipped with 16 AI / ML cores for machine calculations such as video or image processing. There is also an ISP for optimizing images and recordings via the notebooks webcam. The chip supports hardware-accelerated AES and can thus encrypt the data on the SSD built into the system quickly and efficiently.

Up to 16 GB LPDDR4X / LPDDR5 main memory is supported, which in the Apple M1 is integrated in a dense DRAM package directly in the SoC, which greatly increases the bandwidth and the associated data throughput. The iGPU, which also uses the main memory as graphics memory, benefits to a large extent from this. That is enough for the processor to currently secure first place in the Geekbench 5 - single core benchmark. But even in multi-core benchmarks, the 15 watt processor achieves scores that were previously only reserved for 45+ watt processors.


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