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Recently, Apple announced the all-new Apple M1 SoC for its new MacBook line-up. This is the first chipset developed by Apple for the Mac. And if you’re worried that it’s not as powerful as an Intel chip, you’re probably wrong.
Tech giant Apple has launched three new Mac products, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. All three devices are using the genuine M1 chipset research and production. So how powerful is the Apple M1 chip? Let’s take a look at the factors that help this chip have great performance as announced by Apple.
With Intel processors, Apple had to use separate chips for the CPU, memory, I / O, security, and connectivity.
But with the Apple M1, this is a SoC (system on a chip), which means it integrates all the components into a single package. Thanks to the SoC design, the M1 takes up less space than the Intel chip. Plus, the SoC design consumes less power and produces less heat compared to traditional x86 chips.
Moreover, the SoC also reduces clutter of components inside the device. Apple’s M1 chip is based on the ARM architecture instead of the x86 architecture of the Intel chip. The chip manufactured on the 5nm process becomes the first 5nm PC chip. Meanwhile, the Intel chip Apple is using for the Mac runs on a 10nm process.
In terms of specifications, the M1 has 8 cores processing CPU, 8 core GPU and 16 core Neural Engine processor.
CPU is up to 3.5 times faster
According to Apple, the M1 can deliver 3.5x faster CPU performance than Intel CPUs. However, Apple did not reveal which Intel chip models to compare.
Anyway, Apple claims that the M1’s 8-core CPU allows users to edit high-resolution photos up to 3x faster, render complex timelines in Final Cut Pro up to 6x faster, and compile code in Xcode. 3 times faster than before.
A faster CPU also brings other benefits like faster overall performance, smoother scrolling, and reduced content loading times.
The GPU is up to 6 times faster
The M1’s 8-core GPU delivers 2.6 teraflops of graphics processing power. This is 6 times faster than the chip on the previous Mac.
The GPU is capable of running nearly 25,000 concurrent threads, making it possible to stream multiple 4K video streams to render complex 3D scenes and run graphics-intensive games like “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” at high frame rates. up to 4 times.
That’s not all. Apple claims that the M1’s GPU delivers the fastest graphics performance in the world compared to an integrated graphics chip.
ML performance is 15 times faster
The M1’s 16-core Neural Engine can perform 11 trillion operations per second, 15 times faster than the Intel chip. With powerful ML performance, users can now perform tasks such as video analysis, speech recognition and image processing at much faster speeds.
The M1 chip supports PCIe Gen 4 technology, making communication with PCIe Gen 4-based components up to 2 times faster than the PCIe Gen 3 you get with an Intel processor.
In fact, the M1 has a new storage controller based on PCIe Gen 4 technology, and it can deliver up to 2x faster storage performance. The M1 also has a new ISP for higher quality video with better noise cancellation, greater dynamic range, and improved auto white balance. It also supports USB 4 with Thunderbolt connectivity.
In summary, the M1 chip offers faster CPU, GPU and ML performance while being more compact in size and consuming less power than Intel CPUs.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that developers have long optimized applications for x86 CPUs. So we’ll need to wait and see if the M1 chip is well optimized for applications running on Mac or not.
Refer to iPhonehack
Source : Genk