Apple’s M2 chip benchmarks show up to 20% improvement over M1

Apple’s new M2 chip benchmarks have leaked and show up to 20% performance improvement in Geekbench. This is a demonstration of the CPU performance numbers on Apple’s newest 13-inch MacBook Pro which ships with the M2 chip.

M2 chip - TSMC

 

The M2 chip features 8 CPU cores and up to 10 GPU cores, compared to the M1 chip’s 8 CPU cores and up to 8 GPU cores. Apart from the number of cores, the M2 chip also features 100GB/s memory bandwidth and 20 billion transistors, an increase over the 50GB/s memory bandwidth and 16 billion transistors in the M1 chip.

Just like the M1 chip, the M2 chip is based on the 5nm manufacturing process, so there is no generational leap here. We might have to wait for the M3 chip for a newer manufacturing process.

Apple claimed that the M2 chip offers 18% improved CPU performance and 35% GPU performance over the M1 chip, however, initial leaked benchmarks show that the performance improvement is more than what Apple said. Here are the Geekbench leaked benchmarks:

M2 chip benchmarks

Geekbench shows that this chip runs at 3.49GHz.

  • Single-core: 1919
  • Multi-core: 8928
  • Metal: 30627

For comparison, here are the M1 chip benchmarks:

M1 chip benchmarks

Geekbench shows that this chip runs at 3.2GHz.

  • Single-core: 1707
  • Multi-core: 7395
  • Metal: 21001

The Metal comparison shows the GPU performance has increased by 45%, compared to Apple’s claims of 35%.

Check out our detailed comparison of M1 chip vs M2 chip.

When it comes to the competition, Intel and AMD post the following scores on Geekbench, with their latest laptop chips:

Intel Alder Lake-P Core i7-1280P benchmarks

This chip features 14 cores with 20 threads and is clocked at 4.7GHz.

  • Single-core: 1729
  • Multi-core: 7392

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS benchmarks

This chip features 8 cores with 16 threads and is clocked at 3.30GHz.

  • Single-core: 1450
  • Multi-core: 7978

As the above benchmarks show, the new M2 chip can hold its own against the best that Intel and AMD have to offer. It is important to note that these are base models of the M2 family of Apple Silicon, and the comparison will be fair only when M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra are available.

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