Apple M1

Apple M1

The Apple M1 is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the late 2020 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac Mini. It offers 8 cores divided in four performance cores and four power-efficiency cores. The big cores offer 192 KB instruction cache, 128 KB data cache, and 12 MB shared L2 cache. According to Apple the performance of these cores should be better than anything on the market (in late 2020). The four efficiency cores are a lot smaller and offer only 128 KB instruction cache, 64 KB data cache, and 4 MB shared cache. The efficiency cores (E cluster) clock with 600 - 2064 MHz, the performance cores (P cluster) with 600 - 3204 MHz.

The M1 is available in two TDP variants, a passive cooled 10 Watt variant for the MacBook Air and an active cooled faster variant for the MacBook Pro 13 and Mac Mini. Those should offer a better-sustained performance according to Apple.

The integrated graphics card in the M1 offers 8 cores (7 cores in the entry MacBook Air) and a peak performance of 2.6 teraflops. Apple claims that it is faster than any other iGPU at the time of announcement.

Furthermore, the SoC integrates a fast 16 core neural engine with a peak performance of 11 TOPS (for AI hardware acceleration), a secure enclave (e.g., for encryption), a unified memory architecture, Thunderbolt / USB 4 controller, an ISP, and media de- and encoders.

The Apple M1 includes 16 billion transistors (up from the 10 billion of the A12Z Bionic and therefore double the amount of a Tiger Lake-U chip like the i7-1185G7) and is manufactured in 5nm at TSMC.

SeriesApple Apple M-Series
Clock Rate2064 - 3200 MHz
Level 1 Cache2 MB
Level 2 Cache16 MB
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 8
Transistor Count16000 Million
Manufacturing Technology5 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set
GPUApple M1 8-Core GPU
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date11/10/2020


Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1020     avg: 1045     median: 1045 (23%)     max: 1070 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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» Apple M1
   8x 2.06 GHz - 3.2 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i7-11370H
   4x 3.3 GHz - 4.8 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-1185G7
   4x 3 GHz - 4.8 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-8750H
   6x 2.2 GHz - 4.1 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-10810U
   6x 1.1 GHz - 4.9 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
   8x 2 GHz - 4.1 GHz
» Apple M1
   8x 2.06 GHz - 3.2 GHz
- Intel Core i7-10710U
   6x 1.1 GHz - 4.7 GHz
- Intel Core i7-1165G7
   4x 2.8 GHz - 4.7 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
   6x 2.3 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 5650U
   6x 2.3 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 5 4600U
   6x 2.1 GHz - 4 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2020-11-10)