Friday, May 14, 2021, 15:56 Hardware

iMac M1: First Benchmark Results – How Fast Is The New Mac?

Before the first benchmarks for the new iPad Pro and iMac were released, there was some speculation that Apple might simply equip the new iPad Pro with a throttled variant of the M1 chip in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro and equip the new iMac with an even more capable variant with a higher clock-rate powered by the iMac's superior cooling system. Although it would've been a logical expectation that Cupertino might develop various tiers of the M1 chip for the various tiers of its products, this didn't end up being the case. There aren't any special variations of the M1 chip and all current M1 devices are equipped with the same chip, including the new iMac – whose first benchmarks are just in (just as great as expected!). Even though the new iMac carries the same 3.2 GHz chip as all other smaller M1 devices, it's still far ahead of its older Intel siblings when it comes to performance – especially when it comes to comparison of the standard models.

The Same Performance For All M1 Devices?
With a performance score of 1700 for 1 core and 7300-7440 with all 4 cores, the iMac M1 is in exactly the same league as all other M1 Macs. Thus, the iMac surpasses all of its Intel predecessors with the Core i3 by a whopping 124%. Even with a core-by-core comparison, it still ends up coming out to an improvement of 78%. The iMac M1 even surpasses the former top model iMac carrying Intel's Core i7 by 16%. This is however further indication of why Apple doesn't yet have a successor to the 27" iMac – we might have to wait until the next generation of chips, as Apple wouldn't plan to release a 27" iMac that didn't have as impressive a performance boost as witnessed by the new 24" iMac with M1.

As we already noted during our rundown of the new iPad Pro's benchmarks, regardless of all current M1 devices being equipped with the same chip – there are still a few obvious differences when it comes to performance. Although all devices do get the same multicore score in benchmarks, this score can only truly be achieved and then held by devices with active cooling. Without active cooling, as in the case of the MacBook Air, performance falls to around 75% after 20-30 minutes of constant strain.

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M1 vs. Intel Macs
All M1 Devices: Ca. 7300 Points (+-100)
MacBook Pro Core i9: 6800 Points
iMac Core i3: 3330 Points
iMac Core i7: 6400 Points

Early purchasers only just recently received their shipping confirmation for the new iMac, according to which the launch date should be next Friday on the 21st of May. There's still no official confirmation yet and Apple's product page for the new iMac still says coming in the "second half of May". The Amazon page says the product will launch on the 1st of June:

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