Apple M1 vs Intel Core i5-9400H

Price now 1224$
Games supported 93%
Intel Core i5-9400H
Intel Core i5-9400H
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Apple M1
Apple M1
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 3.99$
Games supported 93%

General info

Comparing Core i5-9400H and Apple M1 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating874881
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
SeriesIntel Core i5Apple Apple M-Series
Architecture codenameCoffee Lake-H (2018−2019)no data
Release date30 April 2019
(3 years old)
10 November 2020
(2 years old)
Current price$1224 $3.99

Technical specs

Core i5-9400H and Apple M1 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores4 (Quad-Core)8 (Octa-Core)
Base clock speed2.5 GHz2.064 GHz
Boost clock speed4.3 GHz3.2 GHz
L1 cache256 KB2 MB
L2 cache1 MB16 MB
L3 cache8 MB16 MB
Chip lithography14 nm5 nm
Die size126 mm2no data
Maximum core temperature100 °Cno data
Number of transistorsno data16000 Million
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility+-
Unlocked multiplier-no data


Information on Core i5-9400H and Apple M1 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration1no data
SocketFCBGA1440no data
Thermal design power (TDP)45 Wattno data

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-9400H and Apple M1. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2no data
AES-NI+no data
AVX+no data
vPro+no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)+no data
Speed Shift+no data
My WiFi+no data
Turbo Boost Technology2.0no data
Hyper-Threading Technology+no data
TSX+no data
TSX+no data
Idle States+no data
Thermal Monitoring+no data
Flex Memory Access+no data
SIPP+no data

Security technologies

Core i5-9400H and Apple M1 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT+no data
EDB+no data
Secure Key+no data
MPX+no data
Identity Protection+no data
SGXYes with Intel® MEno data
OS Guard+no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-9400H and Apple M1 are enumerated here.

AMD-V+no data
VT-d+no data
VT-x+no data
EPT+no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i5-9400H and Apple M1. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR4no data
Maximum memory size128 GBno data
Max memory channels2no data
Maximum memory bandwidth41.8 GB/sno data
ECC memory support-no data

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics cardIntel UHD Graphics 630-
Max video memory64 GB-
Quick Sync Video+-
Clear Video+-
Clear Video HD+-
Graphics max frequency1.1 GHz-
InTru 3D+-

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-9400H and Apple M1 integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supported3-

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i5-9400H and Apple M1 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.

4K resolution support+-
Max resolution over HDMI 1.44096 x 2304@30Hz-
Max resolution over eDP4096 x 2304@60Hz-
Max resolution over DisplayPort4096 x 2304@60Hz-
Max resolution over VGAN/A-

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i5-9400H and Apple M1 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.



Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-9400H and Apple M1.

PCIe version3.0no data
PCI Express lanes16no data

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score 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.

i5-9400H 6.68
Apple M1 6.61
  • Passmark
  • Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-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: 67%

i5-9400H 8288
Apple M1 8207

Core i5-9400H outperforms Apple M1 by 1% in Passmark.

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%

i5-9400H 823
Apple M1 1072

Apple M1 outperforms Core i5-9400H by 30% in Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core.

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 6.68 6.61
Recency 30 April 2019 10 November 2020
Boost clock speed 4300 3200
Base clock speed 2500 2064
Chip lithography 14 nm 5 nm

Technical City couldn't decide between

Intel Core i5-9400H
Core i5-9400H


Apple M1
Apple M1

The differences in performance seem too small.

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Competitors of Core i5-9400H by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-9400H by AMD is Ryzen 7 3750H, which is slower by 1% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Ryzen 7 3750H

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-9400H:

Ryzen 3 7320U 109.28
Core i5-9400H 100

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