Benchmarks: Whatever Is Available

As we’ve had very little time with the Mac mini, and the fact that this not only is a macOS system, but a new Arm64-based macOS system, our usual benchmark choices that we tend to use aren’t really available to us. We’ve made due with a assortment of available tests at the time of the launch to give us a rough idea of the performance:

CineBench R23 Single Thread

One particular benchmark that sees the first light of day on macOS as well as Apple Silicon is Cinebench. In this first-time view of the popular Cinema4D based benchmark, we see the Apple M1 toe-to-toe with the best-performing x86 CPUs on the market, vastly outperforming past Apple iterations of Intel silicon. The M1 here loses out to Zen3 and Tiger Lake CPUs, which still seem to have an advantage, although we’re not sure of the microarchitectural characteristics of the new benchmark.

What’s notable is the performance of the Rosetta2 run of the benchmark when in x86 mode, which is not only able to keep up with past Mac iterations but still also beat them.

CineBench R23 Multi-Threaded

In the multi-threaded R23 runs, the M1 absolutely dominates past Macs with similar low-power CPUs. Just as of note, we’re trying to gather more data on other systems as we have access to them, and expand the graph in further updates of the article past publishing.

Speedometer 2.0

In browser-benchmarks we’ve known Apple’s CPUs to very much dominate across the landscape, but there were doubts as to whether this was due to the CPUs themselves in the iPhone or rather just the browsers and browser engines. Now running on macOS and desktop Safari, being able to compare data to other Intel Mac systems, we can come to the conclusion that the performance advantage is due to Apple’s CPU designs.

Web-browsing performance seems to be an extremely high priority for Apple’s CPU, and this makes sense as it’s the killer workload for mobile SoCs and the workload that one uses the most in everyday life.

Geekbench 5 Single Thread

In Geekbench 5, the M1 does again extremely well as it actually takes the lead in our performance figures. Even when running in x86 compatibility mode, the M1 is able to match the top single-threaded performance of last generation’s high-end CPUs, and vastly exceed that of past iterations of the Mac mini and past Macbooks.

Geekbench 5 Multi-Thread

Multi-threaded performance is a matter of core-count and power efficiency of a design. The M1 here demolishes a 2017 15-inch Macbook Pro with an Intel i7-7820HQ with 4 cores and 8 threads, posting over double the score. We’ll be adding more data-points as we collect them.

Apple Silicon M1: Recap, Power Consumption M1 GPU Performance: Integrated King, Discrete Rival
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  • Tams80 - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

    Or not believing the ridiculous claims that phenonemal leaps in computing power can be made with no equal leaps in technology.
  • tempestglen - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

  • patel21 - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

    yes AMD wins, even though it uses 5x more power to do that. So live in your cocoon
  • BlackHat - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

    With 25 power consumption I think that a zen 3 Cézanne can match that with a very close power consumption.
  • Hifihedgehog - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

    Apple shills. There is a reason certain investors and others are poo pooing this and have even pulled out because the writing is on the wall. Apple is going to double down on the walled garden to get that juicy 30% and developers who cater to open development environments, ones outside of the paid ad spots that we saw in the presentation, will not stand for it. Plain and simple.
  • Dolda2000 - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

    What you say may very well be true, but is a completely different question from the technical examination of Apple's microarchitecture.
  • Spunjji - Thursday, November 19, 2020 - link

    The goalposts have to be moved *somewhere*, why not there? :D
  • xenol - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

    Why don't you make your own "professional quality" review?

    Oh right.
  • WinterCharm - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

    Fanboys are going to fanboy. The first stage of grief is denial. Anandtech's review integrity is above question here.
  • melgross - Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - link

    The problem here is your mental state, not the state of the review, which as always, is studded with facts and knowledgeable conclusions.

    Sorry that your world has burst, but it will happen again and again. Get used to it.

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