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Apple M1 vs Intel Core i7-10875H

Apple M1

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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.

Intel Core i7-10875H

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The Intel Core i7-10875H is a high-end processor for laptops with eight cores based on the Comet Lake architecture (CML-H, 4th generation of Skylake). The processor clocks at between 2.3 and 5.1 GHz (4.3 with all 8 cores, 4.9 without Thermal Velocity boost) and can execute up to sixteen threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The processor is still manufactured in the old 14nm (14nm++) process. Compared to the predecessors, the Comet Lake-H series CPUs offer only increased clock rates.

The Comet Lake architecture is similar to Coffee Lake and offers the same features and is produced in the same 14nm process. Other than the improved clock rates, the memory controller now also supports faster DDR4-2933 RAM. More information on Comet Lake and all the models and articles on it can be found here.

The Core i7-10875H supports the management features vPro, TXT and SIPP. 

Performance

The performance of the Core i7-10875H should be somewhere around the older Core i9-9880H. Thanks to the 8 cores and high Turbo speeds, even demanding applications should run very good on the CPU. However, long term performance is always depending on the laptop cooling system and system configuration.

Graphics

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer a similar performance as the UHD630 in the Core i7-9880H. As a  low-end solution it will only run current games smoothly at reduced details - if at all.

Power Consumption

Intel specifies the TDP with 45 watts and therefore the i7 is only suited for big laptops with good cooling solutions. Using cTDP-down, the CPU can also be configured to 35 Watt resulting in a reduced performance.

ModelApple M1Intel Core i7-10875H
SeriesApple Apple M-SeriesIntel Comet Lake
Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-H
Apple M1 Max compare0 - 3.22 GHz10 / 1048 MB
Apple M1 Pro compare2.06 - 3.22 GHz10 / 1024 MB
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core compare0 - 3.22 GHz8 / 816 MB
Apple M2 compare2.42 - 3.48 GHz8 / 8
» Apple M12.06 - 3.2 GHz8 / 816 MB
Intel Core i9-10980HK compare2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10885M compare2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10885H compare2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10880H compare2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i7-10875H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10870H compare2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10855M compare2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10850H compare2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10750H compare2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10500H compare2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400H compare2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10300H compare2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10200H compare2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Clock2064 - 3200 MHz2300 - 5100 MHz
L1 Cache2 MB512 KB
L2 Cache16 MB2 MB
L3 Cache16 MB16 MB
Cores / Threads8 / 88 / 16
Transistors16000 Million
Technology5 nm14 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction SetDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUApple M1 8-Core GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)
ArchitectureARMx86
Announced
CodenameComet Lake-H
TDP45 Watt
max. Temp.100 °C
SocketFCBGA1440
$450 U.S.
ManufacturerIntel Comet Lake i7-10875H

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-10875H
50.7 pt (60%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
100%
M1 +
min: 7409     avg: 7728     median: 7800.5 (13%)     max: 7830 Points
min: 5135     avg: 8108     median: 8889.5 (15%)     max: 9809 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
100%
M1 +
min: 1496     avg: 1512     median: 1514.5 (75%)     max: 1520 Points
min: 1100     avg: 1222     median: 1241.5 (62%)     max: 1270 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
100%
M1 +
min: 401     avg: 403     median: 402.5 (52%)     max: 406 Points
min: 430     avg: 485.9     median: 483.5 (62%)     max: 524 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
100%
M1 +
min: 1863     avg: 2040     median: 2093.5 (9%)     max: 2109 Points
min: 1986     avg: 3455     median: 3391.5 (14%)     max: 4176 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
M1 +
min: 1020     avg: 1063     median: 1072 (11%)     max: 1087 Points
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min: 1003     avg: 1554     median: 1594.5 (16%)     max: 1833 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
M1 +
min: 206     avg: 207.3     median: 208 (71%)     max: 208 Points
min: 190     avg: 203.6     median: 202 (69%)     max: 220 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
18.7 Points (34%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
2.4 Points (69%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
7803 Points (70%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
44805 Points (61%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
7473 Points (43%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
100%
M1 +
34614 MIPS (24%)
min: 29844     avg: 43117     median: 44947 (32%)     max: 49562 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
100%
M1 +
5441 MIPS (78%)
min: 5071     avg: 5360     median: 5319 (76%)     max: 5780 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
103 fps (47%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
242.4 fps (66%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 7.27     avg: 11.7     median: 12.1 (26%)     max: 14.1 fps
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