Apple M1: specs and benchmarks

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Apple M1
Apple M1
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Year of release 2020
Performance 8.14


Apple started Apple M1 sales 10 November 2020. This is notebook processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 8 cores and 8 threads, and is based on 5 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 3200 MHz and a locked multiplier.

It provides poor benchmark performance at


of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7H12.

General info

Apple M1 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and pricing.

Place in performance rating848
Market segmentLaptop
SeriesApple Apple M-Series
Release date10 November 2020 (2 years ago)
Current price$3.99 of 18995 (Xeon Platinum 8280L)

Technical specs

Basic microprocessor parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters can generally indicate CPU performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.

Physical cores8 (Octa-Core)
Base clock speed2.064 GHzof 4.7 (FX-9590)
Boost clock speed3.2 GHzof 5.8 (Core i9-13900K)
L1 cache2 MBof 1.5 (EPYC Embedded 3401)
L2 cache16 MBof 12 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
L3 cache16 MBof 32 (Ryzen Threadripper 1998)
Chip lithography5 nm
Number of transistors16000 Millionof 9900000 (Ryzen 9 7950X)
64 bit support+
Windows 11 compatibility-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Apple M1.

Integrated graphics cardApple M1 8-Core GPU

Benchmark performance

Single-core and multi-core benchmark results of Apple M1. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Apple M1 8.14
  • Passmark
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core


Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

Benchmark coverage: 69%

Apple M1 8207

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

Apple M1 1072

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

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Game benchmarks

Relative perfomance

Overall Apple M1 performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook CPUs.

Similar processors

Here is our recommendation of several processors that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

Intel Core i7-8557U Core i7 8557U
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Ryzen 7 3750H
Intel Core i5-9400H Core i5 9400H
Intel Core i7-10810U Core i7 10810U
Intel Core i5-8259U Core i5 8259U
Intel Core i5-8269U Core i5 8269U

Recommended graphics cards

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