- Tram Ho
Intel has been constantly attacking Apple recently, after the two parted ways in the chip business as Apple switched from Intel processors to its own Arm-based M1 silicon for new Macs. Here, Intel decided to solve this problem by proving that their chips are better than Apple’s, when compared in terms of… gaming.
“Gives a 100% better gaming experience than a Mac laptop” – Intel
Intel recently announced that Windows PCs running their chips offer a better gaming experience than all MacBooks, including of course new Macs with the M1 chip. To prove its point, the company claims that more than half of today’s most popular games are not on macOS.
Most gamers will tell you that Intel is not wrong, but this… has nothing to do with Intel. Virtually all computer games are designed to run on x86 versions of Windows, with only a few developers creating versions for macOS x86 and/or Linux as additional platforms, and that’s only are singular, let alone the Arm versions of macOS, Windows, and Linux.
This has nothing to do with what Intel calls chip superiority, and Windows is inherently the preferred platform for game studios. People who buy Macs don’t usually buy them for gaming purposes.
However, Intel still uses the game as an excuse to attack, they give a chart comparing the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the “Intel-branded” system (Core i5 11400H / Geforce RTX 3060), you can see inside below:
The chart compares multiple games like GRID, War Thunder, Hitman 3 and Far Cry New Dawn, with Intel winning every game. However, the big caveat here is that the 16-inch MacBook Pro is actually powered by Intel (Intel Core i9 9980HK / Radeon Pro 5600M) and not powered by Apple’s M1 silicon. So Intel is basically saying that their latest processor is better than the previous one.
We’d love to see a MacBook with an Apple M1 chip, though, versus a similar Intel product. In fact, the Dolphin emulator developers released the original version of the emulator for Apple Silicon and compared the performance with the Intel-powered 2018 MacBook Pro (Intel Core i7 8559U). Result? The emulator running on the Macbook Air M1 easily beats the x86 version running on the older MacBook Pro. However, it should be noted that the Dolphin version on the 2018 MacBook Pro runs through the Rosetta interpreter, so it is somewhat more limited than the version developed entirely for the M1.
Of course, Windows will still be the platform of choice for the vast majority of PC gamers, but it’s clear that Apple’s hardware and software can do a good job of gaming when developers take the time to deliver versions of the game. Quality port developed for Apple.
In addition to showing how Windows PCs are better at gaming, Intel also illustrates how more and more creators — traditionally MacBook customers — are also using their laptops to play games, showing that a Windows machine will be a better option for many customers.
Apple is aiming to complete the transition to in-house silicon by 2022, so familiarize yourself with these “spin kicks” from Intel as there’s probably more to come in the future.
Source : Genk