Apple M2 - Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Apple M2 has 8 cores with 8 threads and is based on the 2. gen of the Apple M series series. The processor was released in Q2/2022.
Apple M2
CPU lineageCPU lineage
Name: Apple M2
Family: Apple M series
CPU group: Apple M2
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 2
Predecessor: Apple M1
Successor: --
CPU Cores and Base FrequencyCPU Cores and Base Frequency
CPU Cores / Threads: 8 / 8
Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A-Core: 4x Avalanche
B-Core: 4x Blizzard
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: No
A-Core Frequency: 3.50 GHz
B-Core Frequency: 2.80 GHz
Internal GraphicsInternal Graphics
GPU name: Apple M2 (10 Core)
GPU frequency: 1.40 GHz
GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Execution units: 160
Shader: 1280
Max. GPU Memory: 24 GB
Max. displays: 2
Generation: 2
Direct X: --
Technology: 5 nm
Release date: Q2/2022
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: LPDDR5-6400
Max. Memory: 24 GB
Memory channels: 2
Bandwidth: 102.4 GB/s
ECC: No
PCIe: 4.0
AES-NI: Yes
Thermal ManagementThermal Management
TDP (PL1): 22 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: 10 W
Tjunction max.: 100 °C
Technical detailsTechnical details
Instruction set (ISA): ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation
L2-Cache: 20.00 MB
L3-Cache: --
Architecture: M2
Technology: 5 nm
Virtualization: None
Socket: N/A
Release date: Q2/2022
Part Number: --

Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Apple M2 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.

Intel Core i7-12700H Intel Core i7-12700H
14C 20T @ 1.70 GHz
1806
Intel Core i5-12500 Intel Core i5-12500
6C 12T @ 3.00 GHz
1804
Intel Core i7-1260P Intel Core i7-1260P
12C 16T @ 2.10 GHz
1773
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1695
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1695
Intel Core i9-11900KF Intel Core i9-11900KF
8C 16T @ 3.50 GHz
1686
Intel Core i9-11900K Intel Core i9-11900K
8C 16T @ 3.50 GHz
1686
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.

Intel Core i7-10875H Intel Core i7-10875H
8C 16T @ 2.30 GHz
8901
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
8C 16T @ 3.40 GHz
8805
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 1700X AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 1700X
8C 16T @ 3.50 GHz
8805
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8714
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8714
Intel Core i9-9880H Intel Core i9-9880H
8C 16T @ 2.30 GHz
8657
Intel Core i7-9700F Intel Core i7-9700F
8C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
8540
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 i9-11900K Intel Core i9-11900K
8C 16T @ 3.50 GHz
1878
Intel Core i9-11900KB Intel Core i9-11900KB
8C 16T @ 3.30 GHz
1878
Intel Core i9-11900KF Intel Core i9-11900KF
8C 16T @ 3.50 GHz
1878
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1874
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1874
Intel Core i7-12700KF Intel Core i7-12700KF
12C 20T @ 3.60 GHz
1872
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i7-12700K
12C 20T @ 3.60 GHz
1872
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 i7-10700 Intel Core i7-10700
8C 16T @ 2.90 GHz
8945
Intel Core i7-7820X Intel Core i7-7820X
8C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
8916
Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4 Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4
18C 36T @ 2.30 GHz
8903
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8853
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8853
Intel Xeon D-1749NT Intel Xeon D-1749NT
10C 20T @ 3.00 GHz
8820
Intel Core i9-9900KF Intel Core i9-9900KF
8C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
8779
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.

AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Radeon RX 680M @ 2.40 GHz
3686
Intel Core i7-8709G Intel Core i7-8709G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics @ 1.19 GHz
3656
Intel Core i7-8809G Intel Core i7-8809G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics @ 1.19 GHz
3656
Apple M2 Apple M2
Apple M2 (10 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
3550
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z
AMD Radeon RX 680M @ 2.20 GHz
3379
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H
AMD Radeon RX 680M @ 2.20 GHz
3379
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U
AMD Radeon RX 680M @ 2.20 GHz
3379
Show all iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS) 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.

Intel Core i9-9880H Intel Core i9-9880H
8C 16T @ 2.30 GHz
242.2
Intel Core i9-9980HK Intel Core i9-9980HK
8C 16T @ 2.40 GHz
251.2
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
254.1
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
277
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
277
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
278.4
Intel Core i7-6850K Intel Core i7-6850K
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
279.7
Show all Blender 2.81 (bmw27) results



News and articles for the Apple M2

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.

The Apple M2 is an unannounced processor from the manufacturer Apple. According to various sources, it will be announced by Apple as the successor to the successful Apple M1 processor around the second quarter of 2022 and should be delivered in the third quarter of 2022.

Its pretty certain that Apple uses an identical chip layout for the Apple M2, which again consists of 4 fast performance cores and 4 efficient CPU cores. Apparently, the processor is again manufactured in 5 nm, but the refreshed TSMC N4P process is probably already being used. According to the Taiwan manufacturer, this should be about 11 percent more powerful or 20 percent more efficient.

It is believed that Apple is using an intermediate level that increases both performance and efficiency. The clock frequency of the processor will therefore be around 3.4 GHz, which is an increase of 200 MHz compared to the Apple M1 (+ 6%). The integrated graphics (iGPU) of the Apple M2 will receive a major upgrade. Various sources assume 9 to 10 GPU cores here, which means 160 shaders when fully equipped with 10 GPU cores in the small Apple MacBook Pro 14.

The installed or soldered RAM should be upgraded from LPDDR4X-4266 to LPDDR5-6400, similar to the Apple M1 Pro and Apple M1 Max. Above all, the memory bandwidth and thus the iGPU benefit from this. Since there was criticism of the maximum number of addressable external monitors on the Apple M1 (these were addressed by Apple in the M1 Pro and M1 Max), it is conceivable that the Apple M2 now has 2 external monitors (in addition to the integrated notebook display) in can address high resolution.

With the Apple M2, the manufacturer from Cupertino has another interesting mobile processor on offer that has high performance and doesnt make it easy for the competitors AMD and Intel.


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