If the computing power of Apple M1 has not impressed anyone else, it may surprise the graphics capabilities of this new 5nm single-chip Mac system. The new M1 test results in the GFXBench 5.0 for M1 show the superiority of the crystal over discrete graphics cards like the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon RX 560.
Apple M1 marks an important milestone in the company’s history. This is the beginning of an era when Apple no longer needs to rely on a third-party processor and graphics manufacturer to build its computers. M1 may be one of the most interesting processors released in the last couple of years. The 5nm ARM-based Unified Single Crystal System combines four powerful Firestorm CPU cores, four energy efficient Icestorm CPU cores and an eight-core graphics booster.
The design of the M1 graphics booster remains a mystery to a large extent. So far we know it has eight cores and offers 128 executive blocks (EU). Apple does not reveal clock speeds, but has not hesitated to boast of performance figures. The M1 can handle about 25,000 threads simultaneously and provides theoretical performance up to 2.6 teraflops. Apple probably refers to the performance of M1 in floating point operations with single precision (FP32). By comparison, the theoretical performance of M1 is roughly equivalent to Radeon RX 560 (2.6 teraflops) and slightly inferior to the GeForce GTX 1650 (2.9 teraflops).
These figures show only one part of the story. An anonymous user tested the Apple M1 in the benchmark GFXBench 5.0 using the Apple Metal API. There are also test results of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti through Metal, which allows to evaluate the capabilities of Apple graphics in comparison with Pascal.
|GPU||Aztec Ruins Normal Tier||Aztec Ruins High Tier||Car Chase||1440p Manhattan 3.1.1||Manhattan 3.1||Manhattan||T-Rex||ALU 2||Driver Overhead 2||Texturing|
|GeForce GTX 1050 Ti||159||61,4||143,8||127,42||218,3||288,3||508,1||512,6||218,2||59,293|
|Radeon RX 560||146,2||82,52||115,15||101,3||174,9||221||482,9||627,4||95,5||22,89|
In tests Apple M1 by a wide margin passed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. AMD Radeon RX 560 also had no chance. Of course, both discrete gaming graphics cards are quite old by today’s standards, but still it is impressive that the integrated graphics M1 surpassed both desktop boosters 75W, having about an order of magnitude less power consumption.
Of course, the GFXBench 5.0 performance is not the best tool for testing graphics boosters, given that it is designed to evaluate smartphone power. In addition, we recommend that you treat the test results with caution until you have a complete M1 overview. But what we see is quite impressive.
The M1 chip makes its debut in three new Apple products: the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, as well as the Mac mini. No one buys an Apple computer for gaming, but if the chip meets expectations, it will also provide relatively good gaming performance for notebooks.