Apple M1 - Benchmark, Test and Specs

Apple M1

CPU generation and familyCPU generation and family

Name: Apple M1 Segment: Mobile
Family: Apple M series Generation: 1
CPU group: Apple M1
Predecessor: -- Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency

Frequency: 3.20 GHz CPU Cores: 8
Turbo (1 Core): No turbo CPU Threads: 8
Turbo (8 Cores): No turbo
Hyperthreading: No Overclocking: No
Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A core: 4x Firestorm B core: 4x Icestorm
C core: --

Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics

GPU name: Apple M1 (8 Core)
GPU frequency: 3.20 GHz GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Execution units: 128 Shader: 0
Max. GPU Memory: 8 GB Max. displays: 2
Generation: 1 DirectX Version:
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
VP9: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode
AV1: Decode
AVC: Decode
VC-1: Decode
JPEG: Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIeMemory & PCIe

Memory type: LPDDR4X-4266 Max. Memory: 16 GB
ECC: No Memory channels: 2
PCIe version: 4.0 PCIe lanes:

EncryptionEncryption

AES-NI: Yes

Thermal ManagementThermal Management

TDP (PL1): 15 W TDP up: 20 W
TDP (PL2): -- TDP down: 10 W
Tjunction max. --

Technical detailsTechnical details

Instruction set (ISA): ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) Virtualization: None
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation
L2-Cache: 16.00 MB L3-Cache: --
Architecture: M1 Technology: 5 nm
Socket: N/A Release date: Q4/2020
Part Number: --

Devices using this processorDevices using this processor

Used in: 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)

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 9 5980HS AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
8x 3.00 GHz (4.80 GHz) HT
1521
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Intel Core i7-11370H Intel Core i7-11370H
4x 3.30 GHz (4.80 GHz) HT
1517
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Intel Core i7-11850H Intel Core i7-11850H
8x 2.50 GHz (4.80 GHz) HT
1517
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Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
1514
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Intel Xeon E-2336 Intel Xeon E-2336
6x 2.90 GHz (4.80 GHz) HT
1508
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Intel Core i5-11600 Intel Core i5-11600
6x 2.80 GHz (4.80 GHz) HT
1508
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AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650GE AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650GE
6x 3.40 GHz (4.40 GHz) HT
1504
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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.

Intel Core i7-8700 Intel Core i7-8700
6x 3.20 GHz (4.60 GHz) HT
7969
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Intel Core i7-8700B Intel Core i7-8700B
6x 3.20 GHz (4.60 GHz) HT
7969
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AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6x 2.10 GHz (4.00 GHz) HT
7783
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Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
7760
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Intel Core i5-10400F Intel Core i5-10400F
6x 2.90 GHz (4.30 GHz) HT
7610
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Intel Core i5-10400 Intel Core i5-10400
6x 2.90 GHz (4.30 GHz) HT
7610
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AMD Ryzen 5 2600X AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
6x 3.60 GHz (4.20 GHz) HT
7514
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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 i7-11700K Intel Core i7-11700K
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
1794
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Intel Core i7-11700KF Intel Core i7-11700KF
8x 3.60 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
1794
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Apple A15 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic
6x 3.20 GHz
1742
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Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
1721
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Intel Core i5-11600KF Intel Core i5-11600KF
6x 3.90 GHz (4.90 GHz) HT
1721
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Intel Core i7-11700F Intel Core i7-11700F
8x 2.50 GHz (4.90 GHz) HT
1721
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Intel Core i5-11600K Intel Core i5-11600K
6x 3.90 GHz (4.90 GHz) HT
1721
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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 i5-11600 Intel Core i5-11600
6x 2.80 GHz (4.80 GHz) HT
7422
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Intel Core i7-9700K Intel Core i7-9700K
8x 3.60 GHz (4.90 GHz)
7421
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Intel Core i7-9700KF Intel Core i7-9700KF
8x 3.60 GHz (4.90 GHz)
7421
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Apple M1 Apple M1
8x 3.20 GHz
7420
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Intel Core i5-11400 Intel Core i5-11400
6x 2.60 GHz (4.40 GHz) HT
7398
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Intel Core i9-9980HK Intel Core i9-9980HK
8x 2.40 GHz (5.00 GHz) HT
7301
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AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS
8x 2.80 GHz (4.40 GHz) HT
7298
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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.

Intel Core i7-8709G Intel Core i7-8709G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics @ 1.19 GHz
3656
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Intel Core i7-8809G Intel Core i7-8809G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics @ 1.19 GHz
3656
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Apple M2 Apple M2
Apple M2 (8 Core) @ 3.50 GHz
2844
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Apple M1 Apple M1
Apple M1 (8 Core) @ 3.20 GHz
2600
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Intel Core i7-8706G Intel Core i7-8706G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics @ 1.01 GHz
2588
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Intel Core i5-8305G Intel Core i5-8305G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics @ 1.01 GHz
2588
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Intel Core i7-8705G Intel Core i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics @ 1.01 GHz
2588
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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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