M1 benchmarks prove Apple Silicon outclasses nearly all Intel Macs

Apple in November introduced the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini powered by the revolutionary M1 which easily outclasses Intel processors.

M1 is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for the Mac and the most powerful chip it has ever created.
M1 is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for the Mac and the most powerful chip it has ever created.

By far the most powerful chip Apple has ever made, M1 transforms the Mac experience. With its industry-leading performance per watt, together with macOS Big Sur, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning (ML) capabilities, and battery life up to 2x longer than before. And with M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps ever for Mac. With amazing performance, remarkable new features, and stellar reviews, the new lineup of M1-powered Macs are an incredible value.

Malcolm Owen for AppleInsider:

By Apple’s own admission, the M1 is meant to be a power-efficient chip, and one that occupies the value-end of the entire Mac spectrum.

The M1 versions of each model have effectively replaced all of the options for the MacBook Air and Mac mini in the Apple Store. For the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the M1 has taken over from the variant equipped with the 8th-generation Intel processors, and is being sold alongside the more current 10th-generation Intel chip-equipped versions.

AppleInsider has run a series of benchmarks, putting an M1-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro against Macs used by its editorial staff. This is with the intention to see how much of an upgrade the M1 could be in other models.

In terms of single-core performance, the M1 MacBook Pro outshines all of the Macs on test, with a score that is a clear 54% better than its nearest rival, the 16-inch MacBook Pro. This makes it faster than a relatively-recent Intel Core i9, and even the Mac Pro’s Xeon, a chip family generally considered to be a workhorse of processing.

It’s a somewhat similar story when you turn to the multi-core test, as the 7,395 achieved by the M1 is very impressive and beats the vast majority of the field. While it narrowly beats the 7,067 scored by the Core i9 in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the Mac Pro’s Xeon-W retakes the lead with 8,632.

For multi-core tasks, this demonstrates the M1 can outpace many Macs available today, and can keep pace with the high-performance processors used in the more premium end of the market.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s M1 outclasses and thoroughly embarrasses the Intel snail-maker. Now, Apple just needs to get Macs upgraded to Apple Silicon as quickly as possible!

Intel snail


  1. However, benchmarks also prove Apple’s “Cupertino Cowards” fail to outclass nearly all other Big Tech Executives!

    They are all and the same one worthless lot.

  2. Buy more Apple stock because between the iPhone 12 cycle and the amount of people and products updating to the M1, it’s going to be a big push in revenue. Well, at least I thinks so.

    1. I’m sure Apple will have a record quarter and likely the most revenue it has ever made in a year’s period (possibly $300B), but I wouldn’t count on it translating to a significantly higher share price. I believe Wall Street no longer has any interest in iPhones when auto companies are announcing EVs and tripling in share price. I believe Apple is no longer a Wall Street darling because it simply doesn’t offer the excitement other companies are offering. iPhones don’t show the same cleavage that EVs have. Apple will have to spread rumors of some fictitious AppleCar just to give a boost to the share price. What a farce Wall Street is. Investors are so gullible falling for tweets and such. Apple Car Company? Good luck with Apple trying to get a P/E of 1500 like Tesla. How about some AppleCar generating a P/E of 45 without a CEO like Elon Musk?

  3. Apparently if you Max the RAM and upgrade to 1TB SSD it takes awhile to ship.

    Hopefully in a few weeks my Mini will arrive and I can finally enjoy a new computer after 8 years!

  4. I exported a Final Cut Pro project to compressor. It is a 62 minute video export settings at 720 for video sharing services.

    My 2014 Mac Pro cylinder:
    3.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5
    AMD FirePro D300, 2 GB
    32 GB RAM
    1 hour and 13 minutes and 42 seconds to do it.

    My 2019 MacBook Pro:
    2.3 GHz 8-Core i9
    AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, 8 GB
    16 GB RAM
    Did it in 13 minutes and 56 seconds

    My wife’s new M1 MacBook Pro did the job in 12 minutes and 12 seconds.

    WOW 🙂

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