Leaked CPU benchmarks show Apple’s M2 chip is up to 20% faster than M1

Apple's M2 chip

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, Apple unveiled its second-generation custom-designed ARM silicon chip, the M2, which would power the new 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The Cupertino giant claims the M2’s CPU delivers 18 percent better multithreaded performance than its first-generation system-on-a-chip (SoC), the M1, while consuming the same amount of power. It also claims that the M2 has 25% better performance at comparable power levels than the M1.

Now, leaked M2 benchmarks discovered on Geekbench confirm that Apple’s new M2 chip is indeed up to 20% faster than M1. The results, which were published on June 15ereveal that the test was conducted on a Mac with a model number 14.7 (upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 model) running macOS 12.4 with 16 GB of memory.

In Geekbench 5’s CPU benchmark, the new Apple M2 processor clocked in at 3.49 GHz, while achieving a single-core score of 1919 and a multi-core score of 8928, which is an improvement of almost about 12%, respectively. and 20% over M1. In comparison, a late 2020 MacBook Pro with an M1 chip running at 3.2GHz achieved a single-core score of 1749 and a multi-core score of 7719.

Meanwhile, GPU performance tested through Geekbench Metal indicates the M2 scored 30,627 points, which is a notable improvement over the 21,500 points earned by the M1. This means that M2’s new 10-core GPU is 42.5% faster, surpassing Apple’s own claims of 35% better performance compared to the 8-core M1 chip.

While there is no release date for the new 2022 MacBook Air, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be available for pre-order starting Friday, June 17.

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