Apple M1X processor review - Benchmark and Specs

The processor Apple M1X is developed on the 5 nm technology node and architecture M1X. Its base clock speed is 3.35 GHz, and maximum clock speed in turbo boost - No turbo. Apple M1X contains 12 processing cores. To make a right choice for computer upgrading, please get familiar with the detailed technical specifications and benchmark results. Check socket compatibility before choosing.

General info

The base and maximum clock speed of the CPU Apple M1X, number of processing cores and threads.

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The general performance of a CPU can easily be determined based on the number of its cores and the thread count, as well as the base frequency and Turbo frequency. The more GHz and cores a CPU has, the better. Please note that high technical specs require using a powerful cooling system and a quality chipset (check VRM on the motherboard).

Frequency: 3.35 GHz   CPU Cores: 12
Turbo (1 Core): No turbo   CPU Threads: 12
Hyperthreading: No   Overclocking: No
Turbo (12 Cores): No turbo   Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A core: 10x Firestorm   B core: 2x Icestorm
C core: --  

CPU generation and family

Name: Apple M1X   Segment: Mobile
CPU group: Apple M1X
Family: Apple M series   Generation: 1
Predecessor: --   Successor: --

Internal Graphics

Some manufacturers complement their CPUs with graphic chips, such a solution being especially popular in laptops. The higher the clock frequency of a GPU is and the bigger its memory, the better.

GPU name: Apple M1X (16 Core)
GPU frequency: 3.20 GHz   GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Generation: 1   Execution units: 256
Max. displays: 3   Technology: 5 nm
Release date: Q3/2021   Max. GPU Memory: 16 GB

Hardware codec support

Here we deal with specs that are used by some CPU manufacturers. These numbers are mainly technical and can be neglected for the purpose of the comparison analysis.

h264: Decode / Encode
JPEG: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode
VP9: Decode / Encode
VC-1: Decode
AVC: Decode
h265 / HEVC (8 bit): Decode / Encode
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): Decode / Encode
AV1: Decode

Memory & PCIe

These are memory standards supported by CPUs. The higher such standards, the better a CPU’s performance is.

Memory type: LPDDR4X-4266   Max. Memory: 64 GB
Memory channels: 2   ECC: No
PCIe version: 4.0  

Encryption

Data encryption support

AES-NI: Yes  

Thermal Management

Tjunction max.: --   TDP up: 45 W
TDP down: --   TDP (PL1): 35 W
TDP (PL2): --  

Technical details

These are key parameters that will help you determine which CPU is better. Pay special attention to the release date, technological aspects of the manufacturing process (measured in nanometers), and the third-level cache (L3).

L3-Cache: --   Technology: 5 nm
Architecture: M1X   Virtualization: None
Socket: N/A   Release date: Q3/2021
Instruction set (ISA): ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)   L2-Cache: 32.00 MB
Part Number: --
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation

Devices using this processor

You probably know already what devices use CPUs. These can be a desktop or a laptop.

Used in: Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) Apple Mac Mini Pro (2021)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

This test serves for determining the performance of integrated graphics in Intel and AMD processors. The result is the estimated computing power in the Single-Precision FP32 mode. The computing power in games can vary despite the differences in the capacity of videocards.

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 benchmark is the newest software suit. It allows to account for the effect of memory performance on processor performance. Completely new algorithms provide the quite accurate benchmark testing results of the single-core CPU.

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 software suite shows benchmark testing results of the memory performance and speed of the multi-core processor. The higher the GeekBench score, the better processor. Here the hyperthreading ability is counted.

5.0 Out of 2 Hitesti score

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