Apple Silicon: M2 CPU outperforms AMD and Intel in the first benchmark

Apple Silicon: M2 CPU outperforms AMD and Intel in the first benchmark

The first results for Apple’s M2 mobile processor have appeared in the Geekbench comparison benchmark database. In the best single-threading test run with a single performance core, the CPU achieved 1919 points and 8928 points in the multi-threading benchmark. This would make the M2 faster than all other mobile processors in the 15-watt class, at least in Geekbench.

Intel’s Core i7-1255U from the Alder Lake family, for example, gets around 1740 and 7460 points respectively – the Core i7-1265U clocks 100 MHz higher, but is so rare that there are no Geekbenches with it yet. Both models combine two performance cores with eight efficiency cores. Apple’s M2, on the other hand, has four performance and efficiency cores each with a self-designed ARM architecture. The Geekbench values ​​discovered the Twitter member “Benchleaks”.

15 watt processors in Geekbench


Geekbench 5 single threaded [Punkte]

Geekbench 5 multithreading [Punkte]

Apple M2 (MacBook Air)



Apple M1 (MacBook Air)



Intel Core i7-1255U



AMD Ryzen 7 6800U



AMD continues to rely on uniform performance cores in the Ryzen 6000 series. The Ryzen 7 6800U has eight units, which together achieve a good 7600 points in the multithreading Geekbench. A single CPU core is beaten with a little more than 1500 points. The values ​​come from the Notebookcheck website – there are still no results for the Ryzen 6000U series in the public Geekbench database.

Compared to its predecessor, the M1, the M2 has increased by around 10 percent in Geekbench’s single-threading test and 15 percent in multi-threading. Apple promises an average of 18 percent higher performance in multi-core optimized applications. Depending on the software, the plus can sometimes be higher and sometimes lower.

In view of the general conditions, however, the performance increase is anything but to be despised: Apple continues to use a 5-nanometer manufacturing process from the chip order manufacturer TSMC, albeit an optimized version. The M2’s additional performance comes from architectural improvements, including an enlarged level 2 cache – with the same power consumption of 15 watts.

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