Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021, 13:03 Mac: Hardware

New Benchmark: Apple's M1 Beats All Intel & AMD CPUs – With One Exception

Shortly after the release of the new M1 Macs, countless benchmarks were released – validating claims about the processor's power and efficiency. One example of which being an M1-equipped notebook beating out a high-end PC with AMD's 16 core Ryzen 9 processor. Not only do these new Apple processors offer unprecedented performance, but they're also extremely economical when it comes to energy efficiency. Despite the data, Intel still considers its x86 based line of processors as superior to the M1 in all respects.

Second Place In Single Thread Performance
Intel has boundless resources of energy when it comes to making unsubstantiated claims about the dominance of its processors in comparison to the M1. The company has even gone so far as to recruit Justin Long, who appeared in Apple's famous "Get a Mac" ad campaign 15 years ago. Despite the company's best efforts, Intel still can't hide the fact that Apple's in-house processor has introduced the tech world to an extremely powerful ARM chip, which beats out most of its x86-based competition, including the most of the upcoming "Rocket Lake" processors from Intel. A new benchmark has now even proven that Apple Silicon beats out all but one of the new upcoming processors from Intel and AMD combined.


Source: Passmark


Only A Brand New Intel CPU Can Beat The M1
In Passmark's CPU score, the M1 was only beaten by Intel's Core i9-11900K. Apple's chip received 3550 points whereas Intel's received 3741 according to Passmark's scoring. However, Intel's chip comes at a cost, $500 to be specific. A new Mac mini with Apple Silicon included is only $200 more. Places 2 and 3 in the benchmark were occupied by Intel's Core i7-11700K with 3542 points, and AMD's Ryzen 7 5800 X with 3506 points. All places below third place were held held by Intel AMD's Ryzen processors – which beat out all other Intel Core i7 and i9 CPUs except for the first and third place Core i9-11900K and Core i7-11700K.

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Alder Lake Is Inte's Beacon Of Hope
The M1 is even giving Intel's new 11th generation core processor, "Rocket Lake" – scheduled to release today, a hard time in benchmarks. Notebookcheck doesn't expect Intel to fully catch up to the M1's current single thread performance until the release of the "Alder Lake" generation. Intel's 10nm production process Alder Lake generation is expected in the second half of this year. However, it's certain that Apple isn't going to simply wait around twiddling their thumbs while Intel works on its next generation of processor. The next generation of devices with even more powerful M1 hardware is on its way soon. Let the competition begin.

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