Staggering M1X performance predictions place the upcoming 10-core Apple Silicon ahead of a 2019 16-core Mac Pro
It should be noted from the offset that Apple hasn’t even confirmed the M1X chip yet, although there have been some signs pointing to its existence. Regardless of the name of the SoC that should be powering the expected upcoming MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16, many commenters are predicting that the so-called M1X will be an absolute beast of a processor. The Apple M1 has certainly managed to challenge the established hierarchy in the past, so it’s easy to see why greater performance should be offered by a more powerful successor. Vadim Yuryev, co-host of the popular Max Tech YouTube channel, has had a go at predicting the synthetic benchmark performance of the M1X, and it certainly bodes well for the next-generation Apple Silicon.
The Geekbench multi-core score offered up by Yuryev stands at 15,070 points, which would put this particular hypothetical M1X-based device above the 16-core Mac Pro (Late 2019). That latter very-expensive desktop (expect to pay at least US$7,999 for a 16-core model) is certainly no slouch, with Geekbench recording an average score of 14,596 points for the Intel Xeon W-3245 in this particular computer. The single-core prediction of 1,740 points also looks very healthy for the Apple M1X, putting it at the very top of the current Geekbench table for Mac devices. This should be expected, as it is M1-powered devices such as the Mac mini and MacBook Pro 13 that head that particular chart at the moment.
The graphics performances for two variants of the M1X SoC are also quite astonishing. Yuryev reckons the M1X with 16-core GPU could manage 46,240 points in Geekbench Metal while the 32-core GPU edition powers up to double of the former, at 92,480 points. These scores would put the M1X way beyond the current scores listed for the Apple M1 in Geekbench’s Metal chart, with the 8-core GPU part recording an average benchmark of 21,168 points. Interestingly, the same source opines that the M1X will be “based on the M1/A15 cores”, even though the M1 was itself based on the A14 chip. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer to wait to find out if the M1X relies on Firestorm/Icestorm (M1), Avalanche/Blizzard (A15), or a whole new core designation.
M1X chip Final Geekbench 5 score predictions:— Vadim Yuryev (@VadimYuryev) September 20, 2021
Single-core: 1,740 points
Multi-core: 15,070 points
16-core GPU Metal: 46,240 points
32-core GPU Metal: 92,480 points
*This is unless Apple further speeds up the clock speeds in the M1X compared to the cores in the A15 chip.