Apple M4 Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Apple M4 is a 9 core processor. It can process 9 threads concurrently and is based on the 4. gen of the Apple M series series. The processor was released in Q2/2024.
Apple M4

At a glance

Name: Apple M4
Family: Apple M series (25)
CPU group: Apple M4 (2)
Architecture: M4
Technology: 3 nm
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 4
Predecessor: Apple M3
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The 9 CPU cores of the Apple M4 clock with 0.70 GHz (4.41 GHz). The number of CPU cores and the clock frequency of the processor are largely responsible for the overall performance.

CPU Cores / Threads: 9 / 9
Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A-Core: 3x P-Core
B-Core: 6x E-Core
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: No
A-Core Frequency: 0.70 GHz (4.41 GHz)
B-Core Frequency: 0.74 GHz (2.85 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 @ 38 TOPS
NPU + CPU + iGPU: --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

With the Apple M4 (10 Core), the Apple M4 has an build in graphic solution. It has 160 SM processors, which have a total of 1280 texture shaders. The iGPU not only enables games, but also significantly accelerates video playback.

GPU name: Apple M4 (10 Core)
GPU frequency: 0.39 GHz
GPU (Turbo): 1.40 GHz
Compute units: 160
Shader: 1280
Hardware Raytracing: Yes
Release date: Q2/2024
Max. displays: 2
Generation: --
Direct X: --
Technology: 3 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 24 GB
Frame Generation: No

Hardware codec support

Processors that have an integrated graphics can play videos faster and more efficiently. This can have a positive effect on the battery life of notebooks, for example.

h265 / HEVC (8 bit): Decode / Encode
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): Decode / Encode
h264: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode
VP9: Decode / Encode
AV1: Decode
AVC: Decode
VC-1: Decode
JPEG: Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Apple M4 supports up to 8 GB memory in up to 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. This results in a maximum memory bandwidth of 120.0 GB/s.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
LPDDR5X-7500
120.0 GB/s
Max. Memory: 8 GB
Memory channels: 2 (Dual Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe: 4.0
PCIe Bandwidth: --

Thermal Management

With the TDP, the processor manufacturer specifies the cooling solution required for the processor. The Apple M4 has a TDP of 22 W.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 22 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: 15 W
Tjunction max.: 100 °C

Technical details

The Apple M4 has a 20.00 MB large cache. The processor is manufactured in 3 nm. Modern production increases the efficiency of the processor.

Technology: 3 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): Armv9-A (64 bit)
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation, AVX2, SME
Release date: Q2/2024
Release price: --
Part Number: --
Documents: Technical data sheet

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Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Apple M4 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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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 M4 Apple M4
9C 9T @ 4.41 GHz
2491
Apple M4 (10-CPU) Apple M4 (10-CPU)
10C 10T @ 4.41 GHz
2491
Intel Core i9-14900KS Intel Core i9-14900KS
24C 32T @ 6.20 GHz
2484
Intel Core i9-14900KF Intel Core i9-14900KF
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
2412
Intel Core i9-14900K Intel Core i9-14900K
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
2412
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 4.06 GHz
2314
Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU)
11C 11T @ 4.06 GHz
2305

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.
Apple M4 (10-CPU) Apple M4 (10-CPU)
10C 10T @ 4.41 GHz
3767
Apple M4 Apple M4
9C 9T @ 4.41 GHz
3630
AMD Ryzen 9 9950X AMD Ryzen 9 9950X
16C 32T @ 5.70 GHz
3359
AMD Ryzen 9 9900X AMD Ryzen 9 9900X
12C 24T @ 5.60 GHz
3347
Intel Core i9-14900KS Intel Core i9-14900KS
24C 32T @ 6.20 GHz
3341
AMD Ryzen 7 9700X AMD Ryzen 7 9700X
8C 16T @ 5.50 GHz
3312
Intel Core i9-14900KF Intel Core i9-14900KF
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
3289

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.
Intel Core i5-13600HX Intel Core i5-13600HX
14C 20T @ 4.40 GHz
13150
Intel Core i9-12900E Intel Core i9-12900E
16C 24T @ 4.00 GHz
13107
AMD Ryzen 9 5900XT AMD Ryzen 9 5900XT
16C 32T @ 4.40 GHz
13100
Apple M4 Apple M4
9C 9T @ 0.70 GHz
13060
Intel Xeon W-2295 Intel Xeon W-2295
18C 36T @ 3.80 GHz
12863
AMD EPYC 7532 AMD EPYC 7532
32C 64T @ 2.90 GHz
12846
AMD EPYC 7452 AMD EPYC 7452
32C 64T @ 2.65 GHz
12845

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).
Intel Core Ultra 5 228V Intel Core Ultra 5 228V
8C 8T @ 2.20 GHzNot verified
40
Intel Core Ultra 5 236V Intel Core Ultra 5 236V
8C 8T @ 2.20 GHzNot verified
40
Intel Core Ultra 5 238V Intel Core Ultra 5 238V
8C 8T @ 2.20 GHzNot verified
40
Apple M4 Apple M4
9C 9T @ 0.70 GHz
38
Apple M4 (10-CPU) Apple M4 (10-CPU)
10C 10T @ 0.70 GHz
38
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 0.70 GHz
35
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 0.70 GHz
35

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