[Preliminary] Apple M2 vs Apple M1 Pro – the new architecture pulls ahead in some workloads

With the new Apple M2 being close to hitting the shelves, both online and in physical stores, people are starting to wonder, is this new M2 SoC worth it?

To give you a starting point in answering the question, we have a preliminary comparison between the M2 and the two versions of the M1 Pro, with both the 8-core and the 10-core model. So far these are leaked Geekbench 5 scores, which aren’t official in any way, but probably do have some truth in them, in terms of how the chip performs under different types of loads.

Keep in mind that these are preliminary results and these tests aren’t our own and you should take them with a grain of salt. 

You can learn more about both SoCs here: Apple M2 / Apple M1 Pro (8-core) / Apple M1 Pro (10-core)

Here is our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where you can see how most laptop CPUs stack up against each other.

Specs table

M2 M1 Pro
Process Node 5nm 5nm
Transistors 20 billion 33.7 billion
CPU Cores 8 8 or 10
GPU Cores 8 or 10 14 or 16
Memory Bandwidth 100 GBps 204.8 GBps
Maximum Memory 24GB 64GB

CPU benchmarks

The new M2 core looks to be more powerful by itself, with the M2 scoring 9% higher in single-core, but the higher memory bandwidth and the straight-up RAM size lead of the M1 Pro make it more powerful in Multi-core, with both the 8-core and the 10-core version outperforming the M2 by 9% and 31%, respectively.

Geekbench 5 Single-core Multi-core
Apple M2 1919 (+9%) 8928
Apple M1 Pro (8-core) 1768 9731
Apple M1 Pro (10-core) 1768 11680

Conclusion

The new architecture of the M2 looks to be better, with a decent lead in the Single-core benchmark. However, the M2 isn’t really made for continuous strenuous load, and it shows in the Multi-core test, which gives the M1 Pro the time to spread its wings properly and actually show off what it can do. The more interesting thing will be the M2 Pro and Max versions, which for sure will challenge the top of Intel and AMD.

All laptops with the Apple M2 (8-core GPU):


All laptops with the Apple M2 (10-core GPU):


All laptops with the Apple M1 Pro (8-Core):


All laptops with the Apple M1 Pro (10-Core):

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

BEST LAPTOPS FOR GAMES

Top 100 Best Laptops for Apex Legends Top 100 Best Laptops for GTA V Top 100 Best Laptops for Red Dead Redemption 2 Top 100 Best Laptops for ARK: Survival Evolved Top 100 Best Laptops for AC: Odyssey Top 100 Best Laptops for AC Valhalla [AnvilNext 2.0] Top 100 Best Laptops for Battlefield 5 Top 100 Best Laptops for Borderlands 3 Top 100 Best Laptops for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Top 100 Best Laptops for CS:GO Top 100 Best Laptops for Cyberpunk 2077 Top 100 Best Laptops for Darksiders Genesis Top 100 Best Laptops for DOOM Top 100 Best Laptops for DOOM Eternal Top 100 Best Laptops for DOTA 2 Top 100 Best Laptops for PES 2021 Top 100 Best Laptops for Far Cry 5 Top 100 Best Laptops for Far Cry New Dawn Top 100 Best Laptops for FIFA 19 Top 100 Best Laptops for FIFA 20 Top 100 Best Laptops for FIFA 21 Top 100 Best Laptops for For Honor Top 100 Best Laptops for Fortnite Top 100 Best Laptops for Gears 5 Top 100 Best Laptops for Halo: Reach Top 100 Best Laptops for Hearthstone Top 100 Best Laptops for League of Legends Top 100 Best Laptops for Metro Exodus Top 100 Best Laptops for Minecraft Top 100 Best Laptops for Need For Speed Heat Top 100 Best Laptops for Overwatch Top 100 Best Laptops for PES 2020 Top 100 Best Laptops for PUBG Top 100 Best Laptops for Resident Evil 2 [RE Engine] Top 100 Best Laptops for Rise of the Tomb Raider Top 100 Best Laptops for Rocket League Top 100 Best Laptops for Shadow of the Tomb Raider Top 100 Best Laptops for Team Fortress 2 Top 100 Best Laptops for The Witcher 3 Top 100 Best Laptops for TC: Wildlands Top 100 Best Laptops for TC: Six Siege Top 100 Best Laptops for Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Top 100 Best Laptops for Warframe Top 100 Best Laptops for World of Tanks