an impressive benchmark and performance that puts Intel to shame

The brand new Apple M2 chip, which will soon power the future MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, has just been flashed on the Geekbench benchmark. The performances are better than advertised and we finally know its operating frequency!

At the WWDC in early June 2022, Apple presented its SoC M2, the successor to the M1. We then took the opportunity to venture a comparison with the predecessors thanks to the performance announced by Apple. However, we were missing some information, namely the working frequency of the processor and the performance on single and multi-core. It’s an old story since the Apple M2 just featured on Geekbench 5, the famous performance testing tool.

The test conducted on June 15 enters a score single processor (with an enabled single processor core) by 1919 points versus 8928 points in multi-core (with all eight cores enabled). If we compare to the Apple M1, it’s 11.6% and 19.5% more power, respectively. Apple had stated 18% (certainly in multi-core), so we are slightly above it.

A frequency of 3.49 GHz, 9% more

Geekbench also gives an interesting little detail about the Apple M2. The processor would be clocked at a maximum frequency of 3.49GHz, compared to the Apple M1’s 3.2GHz. Exactly this information was missing when Apple announced where the performance gain on the processor side came from. The cache size and memory bandwidth are higher on the Apple M2, but it’s mostly the frequency increase (9%) that accounts for most of the gains on a core. With multi-core, cache memory and bandwidth can increase performance even further.

Finally, software optimizations and the use of new cores (if confirmed) would have a very small impact on the increase in performance. It wouldn’t be that strange since the Apple M2 uses the same fine engraving as the Apple M1 (albeit with a new process, still at TSMC). So this prevents the Apple brand from offering a huge increase in performance without over-consumption.

A chip as powerful as an Intel CPU

The Geekbench score of the new Apple M2 is really impressive single processor, it is ranked in the top 3 of Geekbench results, behind the Intel Core i9-12900K and Core i9-12900KF. in the multi-core, there is still a long way to go (the Core i9-12900K is approaching 20,000 points), but that’s without considering the almost 10x consumption for the Intel chip and a frequency of around 5GHz! But that’s without counting on Qualcomm with its Hamoa, which intends to hunt down Apple land in 2023.

As a reminder, the Apple M2 will equip the new MacBook Air, which we were able to get our hands on in Cupertino, and the MacBook Pro, before surely ending up in the other devices of the brand.

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