Apple M2 (8-GPU) Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Apple M2 (8-GPU) 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. The Apple M2 (8-GPU) scores 1,874 points in the Geekbench 5 single-core benchmark. In the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark, the result is 8,853 points.
Apple M2 (8-GPU)

At a glance

Name: Apple M2 (8-GPU)
Family: Apple M series (25)
CPU group: Apple M2 (8)
Architecture: M2
Technology: 5 nm
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 2
Predecessor: Apple M1
Successor: Apple M3 (8-GPU)

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple M2 (8-GPU) has 8 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Apple M2 (8-GPU) is 0.66 GHz (3.50 GHz). The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor and is an important performance indicator.

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: 0.66 GHz (3.50 GHz)
B-Core Frequency: 0.60 GHz (2.42 GHz)

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

AI hardware: Apple Neural Engine
AI specifications: 16 Neural cores @ 15.8 TOPS
NPU + CPU + iGPU: --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The Apple M2 (8-GPU) has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. Specifically, the Apple M2 (8-GPU) uses the Apple M2 (8 Core), which has 1024 texture shaders and 128 execution units. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

GPU name: Apple M2 (8 Core)
GPU frequency: 0.45 GHz
GPU (Turbo): 1.40 GHz
Compute units: 128
Shader: 1024
Hardware Raytracing: No
Release date: Q2/2022
Max. displays: 2
Generation: 2
Direct X: --
Technology: 5 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 24 GB
Frame Generation: No

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.

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 & PCIe

The processor can use up to 24 GB memory in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 102.4 GB/s. The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the system.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
LPDDR5-6400
102.4 GB/s
Max. Memory: 24 GB
Memory channels: 2 (Dual Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe: 4.0
PCIe Bandwidth: --

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the processor is 20 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually gives a rough idea of the actual power consumption of the CPU.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 20 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: 25 W
TDP down: 10 W
Tjunction max.: 100 °C

Technical details

The Apple M2 (8-GPU) is made in 5 nm. The smaller the manufacturing process of a CPU, the more modern and energy-efficient it is. Overall, the processor has 20.00 MB cache. A large cache can greatly speed up the processor's speed in some cases such as games.

Technology: 5 nm
Chip design: Chiplet
Socket: --
L2-Cache: 20.00 MB
L3-Cache: --
AES-NI: Yes
Operating systems: macOS, iPadOS
Virtualization: Apple Virtualization Framework
Instruction set (ISA): Armv8.5-A (64 bit)
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation
Release date: Q2/2022
Release price: --
Part Number: --
Documents: Technical data sheet

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Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Apple M2 (8-GPU) 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 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
121
Intel Core i9-13900 Intel Core i9-13900
24C 32T @ 5.60 GHz
121
Intel Core i9-13900F Intel Core i9-13900F
24C 32T @ 5.60 GHz
121
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
120
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
120
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7970X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7970X
32C 64T @ 5.30 GHz
119
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
8C 16T @ 5.40 GHz
119

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
568
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
559
AMD Ryzen 5 5600HS AMD Ryzen 5 5600HS
6C 12T @ 4.20 GHz
559
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
555
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
555
Intel Core i5-12500H Intel Core i5-12500H
12C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
546
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
8C 16T @ 4.00 GHz
545

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 7 PRO 6860Z AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z
8C 16T @ 4.73 GHz
1613
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
1593
AMD Ryzen 7 5800 AMD Ryzen 7 5800
8C 16T @ 4.60 GHz
1593
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1592
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1592
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U
8C 16T @ 4.70 GHz
1587
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
8C 16T @ 4.60 GHz
1579

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 7 1700X AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
8C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
8805
AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
8765
Intel Core i9-9880H Intel Core i9-9880H
8C 16T @ 3.40 GHz
8657
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8558
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8558
Intel Core i7-9700F Intel Core i7-9700F
8C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
8540
Intel Core i7-9700 Intel Core i7-9700
8C 8T @ 3.80 GHz
8540

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 @ 5.30 GHz
1878
Intel Core i9-11900KF Intel Core i9-11900KF
8C 16T @ 5.30 GHz
1878
Intel Core i5-14500 Intel Core i5-14500
14C 20T @ 5.00 GHz
1877
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
1874
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1874
Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU)
10C 10T @ 3.50 GHz
1874
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1874

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.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z
8C 16T @ 2.70 GHz
8883
AMD EPYC 7301 AMD EPYC 7301
16C 32T @ 2.70 GHz
8864
Intel Xeon Gold 5117 Intel Xeon Gold 5117
14C 28T @ 2.40 GHz
8856
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
8853
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8640U AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8640U
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
8853
AMD Ryzen 5 8640U AMD Ryzen 5 8640U
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
8853
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 7640U AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 7640U
6C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
8853

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i9-12900E Intel Core i9-12900E
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
2611
Intel Core i9-13900E Intel Core i9-13900E
24C 32T @ 5.20 GHz
2606
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7985WX AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7985WX
64C 128T @ 5.10 GHz
2599
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
2596
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
2596
Intel Core i5-14500T Intel Core i5-14500T
14C 20T @ 4.80 GHz
2561
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K
16C 24T @ 5.20 GHz
2560

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
8C 16T @ 3.80 GHz
10110
Intel Xeon W-2255 Intel Xeon W-2255
10C 20T @ 4.40 GHz
10109
Intel Core i7-1370P Intel Core i7-1370P
14C 20T @ 1.90 GHz
10095
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
10062
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
10062
Intel Core i7-11700B Intel Core i7-11700B
8C 16T @ 4.00 GHz
10050
Intel Core i9-11900F Intel Core i9-11900F
8C 16T @ 3.80 GHz
10040

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 5 8600G AMD Ryzen 5 8600G
AMD Radeon 760M @ 2.80 GHz
2868
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8600G AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8600G
AMD Radeon 760M @ 2.80 GHz
2868
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8600GE AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8600GE
AMD Radeon 760M @ 2.80 GHz
2868
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
Apple M2 (8 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
2840
Apple M3 (8-GPU) Apple M3 (8-GPU)
Apple M3 (8 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
2840
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8640U AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8640U
AMD Radeon 760M @ 2.60 GHz
2663
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8640HS AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 8640HS
AMD Radeon 760M @ 2.60 GHz
2663

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.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 1700X AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 1700X
8C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
15627
Intel Xeon Gold 5215 Intel Xeon Gold 5215
10C 20T @ 2.50 GHz
15622
Intel Xeon D-1726 Intel Xeon D-1726
6C 12T @ 3.30 GHz
15528
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
15472
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
15472
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
15456
Intel Xeon Gold 5217 Intel Xeon Gold 5217
8C 16T @ 3.50 GHz
15439

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 @ 3.40 GHz
242.2
Intel Core i9-9980HK Intel Core i9-9980HK
8C 16T @ 3.40 GHz
251.2
Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5960X
8C 16T @ 3.20 GHz
254.1
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
277
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 3.50 GHz
277
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
278.4
Intel Core i7-6850K Intel Core i7-6850K
6C 12T @ 3.60 GHz
279.7

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
AMD Ryzen 5 7640U AMD Ryzen 5 7640U
10,675 CB R23 MC @ 24 W
445
Apple M1 Apple M1
7,759 CB R23 MC @ 18 W
431
Apple M1 (7-GPU) Apple M1 (7-GPU)
7,759 CB R23 MC @ 18 W
431
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8,558 CB R23 MC @ 20 W
428
Apple M2 Apple M2
8,558 CB R23 MC @ 20 W
428
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
24,028 CB R23 MC @ 57 W
422
Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU)
12,125 CB R23 MC @ 30 W
404

AI performance (NPU)

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is given here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher.

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
15.8
Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
15.8
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 0.66 GHz
15.8
Apple M2 (8-GPU) Apple M2 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 0.66 GHz
15.8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
15
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
15
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
8C 8T @ 3.10 GHz
15

Benchmarks


News and articles for the Apple M2 (8-GPU)

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Description of the processor

The Apple M2 processor was released in the second quarter of 2022 and came on the market in 2 variants. Once with 8 GPU cores and then another variant with 10 GPU cores. As our name suggests, this is the variant with 8 GPU cores. This variant was actually only used in one device, namely the 13-inch MacBook Air from 2022. The Apple M2 (8-GPU) is the direct successor to the Apple M1 from 2020.

The Apple M2 (8-GPU) is built in a hybrid big.LITTLE core architecture; in addition to 4 performance cores of the Avalanche type, there are also 4 efficiency cores of the Blizzard type. The Avalanche processor cores clock at 660 megahertz and can increase their clock speed to up to 3.50 gigahertz. The four Blizzard processor cores clock at 600 megahertz and the maximum turbo clock is 2.42 gigahertz. None of the processor cores support hyperthreading technology and there is no option to overclock the processor.

The processor is not able to be equipped with a dedicated graphics card, but it is equipped with an internal graphics unit. This graphics unit consists of 128 execution units with 1024 shaders and can operate a maximum of 2 screens with it. The base clock of the iGPU is 450 megahertz and in turbo mode the clock can be increased to up to 1.40 gigahertz. This means that the graphics unit achieves an FP32 computing power of a very strong 2840 GigaFLOPS, with single precision.

The Apple M2 (8-GPU) is equipped with 2 memory channels and can be equipped with up to 24 gigabytes of LPDDR5-6400 RAM. Here, however, you have to decide when you buy the device how much RAM you want to have, because it is not possible to upgrade it later.

Both the processor and the internal graphics unit are manufactured with a structure width of 5 nanometers.



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