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Apple M2 vs Apple A12 Bionic

Apple M2

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The Apple M2 is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the late 2022 MacBook Air and, MacBook Pro 13. 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 16 MB shared L2 cache (up from 12 MB). 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  up to 2,4 GHz, the performance cores (P cluster) with up to 3,5 GHz and therefore higher than the M1 cores. The architecture should be similar to the A15 (iPhone 13) with Avalanche and Blizzard cores.

The chip features a unified memory architecture for the CPU and GPU cores and supports up to 24 GB LPDDR5-6400 for a bandwidth of up to 100GB/s.

According to Apple, the M2 offers a 18% higher CPU performance at the same power consumption level compared to the Apple M1. In our tests, the MacBook Pro 13 with active cooling was able to reach the 18% in Geekbench Multi. In other benchmarks we measured 12 to 15% gains compared to the M1. Therefore, the performance is now near the M1 Pro with 8 cores. The passively cooled MacBook Air may however suffer from throttling in longer load scenarios.

The integrated graphics card in the M2 offers 8 or 10 cores and a peak performance of 3.6 TFLOPs.

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

The Apple M2 includes 20 billion transistors (up from the 16 billion of the M1) and is manufactured in the second generation 5nm process at TSMC (most likely N5P). The power consumption is rated at 20W what we also measured under CPU load.

Apple A12 Bionic

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The Apple A12 Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPhone Xs and Xr. It was announced late 2018 and offers 6 cores divided in 2 performance cores and four power efficiency cores. Compared to the previous A11 Bionic, the A12 should offer a 15% improved CPU performance for the performance cores and a 50% lower power consumption for the efficiency cores (both according to Apple).

The chip also includes a new GPU that is advertised as 50% faster, the M12 Motion co-processor and a Neural Engine with 8 cores for up to 5 trillion operations per second.

With 6.9 billion transistors, the A12 Bionic is a big chip especially compared to the Snapdragon 835 (3 Billion) or a Skylake desktop quad-core Soc (1.75 Billion). Compared to the A11, the A12 integrates 60% more transistors.

ModelApple M2Apple A12 Bionic
SeriesApple Apple M2Apple Apple A-Series
Series: Apple A-Series
Apple M2 Max compare2.42 - 3.7 GHz12 / 12 cores48 MB L3
Apple M2 Pro compare2.42 - 3.5 GHz12 / 12 cores24 MB L3
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core compare2.42 - 3.7 GHz10 / 10 cores24 MB L3
Apple M2 « 2.42 - 3.48 GHz8 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Apple A15 Bionic compare2.02 - 3.23 GHz6 / 6 cores32 MB L3
Apple A12 Bionic « - 2.49 GHz6 / 6 cores
Clock2424 - 3480 MHz <=2490 MHz
L1 Cache2 MB256 KB
L2 Cache20 MB8 MB
L3 Cache8 MB
Cores / Threads8 / 86 / 6
TDP20 Watt
Transistors20000 Million6900 Million
Technology5 nm7 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction SetARMv8 Instruction Set
iGPUApple M2 10-Core GPU ( - 1398 MHz)Apple A12 Bionic GPU
ArchitectureARMARM
Announced
Manufacturerwww.apple.com

Benchmarks

Cinebench 2024 - Cinebench 2024 CPU Single Core
100%
1 M2 +
121 Points (84%)
Cinebench 2024 - Cinebench 2024 CPU Multi Core
100%
1 M2 +
513 Points (10%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
100%
1 M2 +
min: 8517     avg: 8654     median: 8667 (8%)     max: 8772 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
100%
1 M2 +
min: 1580     avg: 1595     median: 1585 (67%)     max: 1638 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
100%
1 M2 +
min: 216     avg: 370.8     median: 381 (42%)     max: 446 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
100%
1 M2 +
min: 2231     avg: 2325     median: 2324 (6%)     max: 2416 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
100%
1 M2 +
min: 1209.9     avg: 1222     median: 1215 (8%)     max: 1243 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
100%
1 M2 +
min: 222     avg: 223.8     median: 223 (67%)     max: 229 Points
Blender - Blender 3.3 Classroom CPU *
100%
1 M2 +
min: 540     avg: 620     median: 619.5 (8%)     max: 702 Seconds
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
100%
1 M2 +
min: 549     avg: 614     median: 597 (4%)     max: 713 Seconds
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 27400     avg: 27548     median: 27547 (23%)     max: 27717 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
min: 2723     avg: 3064     median: 3056 (36%)     max: 3347 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Physics
min: 2880     avg: 3129     median: 2961 (34%)     max: 3493 Points
Geekbench 6.2 - Geekbench 6.2 Single-Core
100%
1 M2 +
min: 2587     avg: 2609     median: 2599 (70%)     max: 2650 Points
Geekbench 6.2 - Geekbench 6.2 Multi-Core
100%
1 M2 +
min: 10034     avg: 10083     median: 10089 (40%)     max: 10120 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
M2 +
min: 1887     avg: 1914     median: 1915.5 (81%)     max: 1953 Points
min: 1116     avg: 1118     median: 1117.5 (47%)     max: 1119 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
M2 +
min: 8491     avg: 8812     median: 8956 (16%)     max: 8994 Points
min: 2772     avg: 2815     median: 2814.5 (5%)     max: 2857 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1118 Points (5%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
2910 Points (9%)
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 4750     avg: 4779     median: 4774 (48%)     max: 4824 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 11244     avg: 11418     median: 11480 (13%)     max: 11598 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
100%
M2 +
min: 440     avg: 450.1     median: 449.2 (1%)     max: 466.8 ms
min: 603     avg: 627     median: 626.5 (1%)     max: 653 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
100%
M2 +
min: 72484     avg: 75019     median: 74878 (66%)     max: 78736 Points
min: 41367     avg: 42312     median: 42333.5 (37%)     max: 43280 Points
WebXPRT 4 - WebXPRT 4 Score
100%
1 M2 +
min: 223     avg: 237.8     median: 235 (68%)     max: 256 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
100%
M2 +
min: 342     avg: 366.5     median: 376 (78%)     max: 387 Points
min: 155     avg: 159.5     median: 159.5 (33%)     max: 166 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 MEM
min: 7312     avg: 9998     median: 10135.5 (31%)     max: 12409 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 UX
min: 59570     avg: 65177     median: 66701 (82%)     max: 67735 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 GPU
min: 129473     avg: 147840     median: 151931 (47%)     max: 158023 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 CPU
min: 106600     avg: 124761     median: 127986 (78%)     max: 136472 Points
AnTuTu v7 - AnTuTu v7 Total Score
min: 302955     avg: 347775     median: 358800 (63%)     max: 370545 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 UX
min: 71574     avg: 71607     median: 71606.5 (60%)     max: 71639 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 MEM
min: 45962     avg: 56767     median: 56767 (46%)     max: 67572 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 GPU
min: 166588     avg: 170290     median: 170290 (31%)     max: 173992 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 CPU
min: 98561     avg: 122385     median: 122385 (44%)     max: 146209 Points
AnTuTu v8 - AnTuTu v8 Total Score
min: 411764     avg: 421049     median: 421048 (41%)     max: 430333 Points
Antutu v9 - AnTuTu v9 Total Score
100%
M2 +
min: 1257990     avg: 1337360     median: 1337360 (81%)     max: 1416730 Points
549549 Points (33%)
Antutu v9 - AnTuTu v9 CPU
100%
M2 +
min: 294643     avg: 298254     median: 298254 (82%)     max: 301865 Points
129427 Points (35%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile V1 CPU Tests
min: 482773     avg: 486852     median: 486197 (64%)     max: 491585 Points
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
100%
1 M2 +
min: 1437     avg: 1515     median: 1507 (58%)     max: 1585 Points
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 M2 +
29 Watt (5%)
Power Consumption - Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd *
100%
1 M2 +
min: 6.86     avg: 8.3     median: 8.4 (4%)     max: 9.71 Watt
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
100%
1 M2 +
min: 2.03     avg: 2.6     median: 2.4 (2%)     max: 3.98 Watt
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
100%
1 M2 +
min: 1.631     avg: 3.5     median: 3.6 (4%)     max: 5.32 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
100%
1 M2 +
42.4 Points per Watt (32%)

Average Benchmarks Apple M2 → 100% n=7

Average Benchmarks Apple A12 Bionic → 53% n=7

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