Apple M1: specs and benchmarks

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Apple M1
Apple M1
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2020
Performance 9.35
Processor Technical data and tests
Apple M1
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Apple started Apple M1 sales 10 November 2020. This is desktop 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.

Compatibility-wise, this is processor with a maximum temperature of °C.

It provides poor benchmark performance at


percent of a leader's which is AMD EPYC 7763.

General info

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

Place in performance rating617
Value for money11.00
Market segmentDesktop processor
SeriesApple Apple M-Series
Release date10 November 2020 (less than a year ago)
Price now$3.99 of 16595 (Xeon E7-4850)
Value for money

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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 5.3 (Core i9-10900KF)
L1 cache2 MBof 0.875 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache16 MBof 12 (Core 2 Quad Q9550)
Chip lithography5 nm
Number of transistors16000 Million
64 bit support+

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 9.35
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core
  • Passmark

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

Apple M1 1072

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.

Apple M1 208

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.

Apple M1 8207

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Apple M1 is for a gaming PC, compared with system requirements of some popular titles. Remember that sometimes official hardware requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

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

Similar processors

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Intel Core i3-10300T Core i3 10300T
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Intel Core i5-9600T Core i5 9600T

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