In the middle of this week, Apple officially announced the first three Mac models using its own-developed chips, the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. All three are equipped with Apple M1 chips based on the ARM architecture.
The switch to a separate chip gives Apple’s new Mac models many advantages in both performance and battery life. Specifically, according to Apple, the M1 owns “World’s fastest CPU core”, help “MacBook Air is 98% faster than PC laptops” good “The MacBook Pro is three times faster than the best-selling Windows laptop in the same segment.” Along with that, it helps increase the battery life of MacBook models can be up to 18-20 hours.
However, the performance of a computer depends not only on the CPU, but also the GPU. The GPU is responsible for the system’s graphics processing, and applications like games or content creation often depend heavily on it. On the M1, Apple has a built-in GPU that Apple says is “The most powerful integrated GPU available today”. However, what people really care about is how does the M1’s integrated GPU perform when compared to discrete GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA?
Recently, the Apple M1 GPU benchmark results have been leaked on the GFXBench tool. Thereby, Apple’s M1 integrated GPU scores on par with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
Obviously, the benchmark does not completely reflect the actual usage experience; however, in this case it shows that the M1’s integrated GPU is well worth the expectation.
Right now, the most powerful integrated GPU on the market today is Xe Graphics on Intel Tiger Lake chips. Even so, this GPU from Intel is only on par with the GeForce MX350, for significantly less performance than the GTX 1050 Ti. So Apple’s claim that the M1 has the world’s most powerful integrated GPU is plausible.
Previously, the M1’s CPU benchmarks were leaked. With Geekbench single-core and multi-core scores of 1687 and 7433, respectively, the M1 on the MacBook Air beats the Intel Core i9 chip on the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Again, it’s important to say that the benchmark is just a reference, and we’ll need to wait for actual reviews to get the most objective look at the Apple M1. Users will not have to wait too long, because right next week (November 17), the new Apple Mac models will reach users.