Apple's new Mac Mini with M1 chip leaves Intel far behind in benchmarks

When Apple introduced its internal M1 chip and the new Mac trio that powered it earlier this month, the company touted a performance boost that seemed almost too good to be true. After all, it was a first-generation PC chip, and optimizing it for maximum performance must have been a difficult task. But the reviews are ongoing, as are the benchmarking results - both of which are overwhelmingly positive. However, speaking of the new Mac Mini, the M1-powered machine leaves Intel's best behind.

As you can see in the image below, the single-core Geekbench tally for the new Mac Mini stands at an impressive 1689, which is even higher than the high-end 9th Generation Intel Core i10 processor installed there. inside the 27-inch iMac. For comparison, the Intel chip was a distant second with a multi-core Geekbench 5.0 score of 1251. This essentially means that Apple has rewritten the rules for price / performance by offering a machine that starts at just $ 699, but works. much better than Intel hardware which costs three times or even more.

Mac Mini with M1 chip
Mac Mini Geekbench V5.0 tally with M1 chip

Another impressive feat is that not only the Mac Mini, but the new M1 chip-powered MacBook Air also performed much better with a total of 1678 single-core compared to the cap of 1251 hit by the Core i9-powered iMac. It's worth bearing in mind that the new MacBook Air has a fanless design, but still offers a fire-breathing octa-core chip that leaves Intel's best silicon far behind. Previous results have also shown that the new MacBook Air is more powerful than Apple's latest 16-inch MacBook Pro model, while the integrated GPU also beats discrete graphics from NVIDIA and AMD.

It goes without saying that a higher single-core benchmark score indicates that the chip can handle demanding workloads with ease. Even an 7th generation Tiger Lake Core i11 laptop like the Dell XPS 13, when tested by people at Tom's material, could not reach a single-core peak total of 1521. While the numbers favor Apple's new Mac M1 lineup - which includes the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini - performance will improve even further as time goes on. that developers will optimize their applications to run natively instead of Apple's Rosetta 2 translation layer.

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