Apple’s M1 chip shines in Fortnite gaming test

Apple’s new M1 chip has been giving competing Intel chips a run for their money in CPU performance and it does not stop there. Tests reveal that the new Apple Silicon can also give many graphics cards a tough time as well. The latest graphics test by Tally Ho Tech reveals that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 560 is easily outperformed by the M1 chipset. This could take gaming on a Mac to a whole different level.

Apple’s M1 chip outperforms x86 chips even when it is emulating non-native x86 apps using emulation. It is the fastest chip that Apple has built up to date. It consists of an 8-core design, along with the capacity to achieve 25,000 concurrent threads and possibly more features which we do not know yet, contribute to the fast 2.6 TFLOPs performance.

Apple's M1 chip

Apple M1 Chip Blew Other GPU Out of the Park

Tests run by Tally Ho Tech show that the M1 MacBook Pro 13 is a monstrosity in terms of gaming. Fortnite was used to test the resolution, which was started from 1440 x 900 and gave a constant 120 frames per second (fps). Then the resolution was taken to the maximum which is 2560 x 1600 with high native settings, providing 40 fps and amazing graphics.

In the YouTube video, initially Tally shows how fast the M1 Mac is compared to its predecessor. When Fortnite is launched, the display says #FreeFortnite. Next, he uses low settings at first and then moves on to the higher resolution. The graphics are much better while running native, compared to Intel-based Mac.

Previously, gaming on Intel-based Macs was never a particularly impressive experience. Even Mac models with tailored graphics chips performed better for creative video editing and workloads instead of delivering high performance and resolution gameplay. That has changed for Mac users now thanks to Apple’s amazing new M1 chip integrated graphics are now giving dedicated video cards a tough time in performance benchmarks.

Another graphic’s test was run by Tom’s Hardware in which, the M1 outperforms a number of midrange GPUs from Nvidia and AMD, including the GTX 1050 Ti and RX 560, in many ways. The M1 chip provides significantly more frames per second (fps) in most GFXBench 5.0 tests. In a 1440p test, it maxed out at 130.9 fps, with GTX 1050 Ti securing second place with 127.4 fps.

M1 chip comes fairly close in competing with the new and powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. It has the ability to deliver up to 2.6 teraflops of throughput, not very far from the GTX 1650’s maximum teraflops of 2.9. Sure the M1 can perform better than the older models, however not too long ago these were respectable GPUs. Apple has created an all-in-one chipset that can easily outperform them without breaking a sweat.

If anyone has been thinking about getting a Mac, then the new Apple Silicon Mac model is the best choice. And all of this new technology and improvements, have made us excited in anticipation of what coming next as the 2 years transition phase from Intel Core to Apple Silicon progresses.

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Usman has been playing games for as long as he can remember. He is an editor at iThinkDifferent and writes about games, Apple news, hardware, productivity guides, and more. When not writing for iTD, Usman loves to play competitive Team Fortress 2, spends time honing his football skills, and watches superhero movies.


  1. Seriously… Are you comparing a brand new M1 based MAC with a 5 years old mid-range laptop GPU and you consider it as a success?

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