Apple recently launched the new MacBook Pro integrated with an M1 chip with faster performance and features which is built on the same A14 CPU as the most recent iPhone has. M1 is the first non-x86 CPU architecture in over a decade to challenge companies such as AMD and Intel. From then on there have been many back and forth about the Apple M1 chip, its relative comparison with AMD.
However, Apple’s newly launch M1 itself will not collapse Intel’s and AMD’s market share, but that both companies will have serious long-term threats.
Let us compare some differences between M1 and Intel.
How the M1 Threatens Intel & AMD?
The reason why the M1 is so threatening for Intel and AMD is not that Apple suddenly consumes the PC market. The net market share gain of the Mac will likely be in the near term in one digit. It is striking how closely pattern overlap when comparing the M1 with existing Intel and AMD CPUs.
Since there is no real benchmark for M1, Intel, and AMD, but however testing carried out in October 2020 by Apple using 13″ MacBook Pro systems with an Apple M1 chip and 16GB RAM, measuring peak single-thread performance from selected industry standards, commercial applications, and open source applications. Comparison of the highest performing notebook CPUs available commercially at the time of the test. Performance tests are done with specific computer systems and reflect MacBook Pro’s approximate performance.
The New M1 MacBook features faster startup apps, buttery smooth animation, an instant sleep wake-up, 3.5 times faster CPUs, five times faster graphics, and up to twice the storage speed thanks to improved M1 controllers. Now, 15 hours of wireless web browsing and 18 hours of video reproduction are coming into the battery. Six hours longer than the last MacBook.
How M1 Chip Could be Better?
In comparison with the latest PC laptop chip, M1 delivers significantly higher performance at each power level. M1 delivers up to 2 times the performance of the CPU of the PC chip at only 10 watts (the MacBook Air thermal envelope). And M1 can match the PC chip’s top performance with only a quarter of the power and a massive 3x improvement in performance per watt.
M1 is the newest neural engine. Its 16-core design allows for huge operations of 11 trillion per second. Indeed the entire M1 chip is designed to excel in machine training with a powerful 8-center GPU, machine learning accelerators and the Neural Engine. Final Cut Pro can frame a clip in a fraction of the time intelligently. At an incredible rate, Pixelmator Pro can magically increase sharpness and detail. And each app with ML-enabled features benefits from performance on Mac that has never been seen before.
AMD and Intel are reasonably well placed to combat the M1, although for various reasons. AMD is weaker in mobile than Intel is, but it has a killer account of a steady improvement from early 2017 to the present day. Mobile parts from AMD’s Zen 3 will improve their own M1 performance when they come up next year. As long as it continues to run on Zen 4 and Zen 4 continues to roll up the improvements, AMD has little trouble.
Intel is currently in pretty good shape. Although it has had its own production problems, the current Apple M1 is on the mobile market and Intel has recently upgraded mobile with Tiger Lake. If Intel can continue to improve it has taken on from Ice Lake and now the transition from Tiger Lake then there would be a serious battle between all and not guaranteed that Intel/AMD will lose this fight.
So let’s see who will win the battle for faster performance among Apple’s M1, Intel, and AMD.