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The difference of Nvidia and AMD, M1 and Geforce

The Apple M1 is well ahead of AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce in benchmarks. According to a new benchmark published by Toms Hardware, Apple M1 processors generally outperform desktop GPUs including Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 560. At the top end, the 32-core M1 Maxs GPU is on par with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 of the GPU Apple uses in the iMac Pro. The 16-core M1 Pro GPU is said to have 5.2 teraflops of performance. It’s on the same playing field as the Radeon RX 5500 in terms of performance.

Theoretical performance puts the M1 Max on par with the Nvidia GTX 3070-3080, which is pretty impressive given the power consumption is roughly half that of Nvidia/AMD. Theoretical performance places the M1 Max between the laptop versions of the GTX 3070 and 3080. Theoretical performance also suggests that the new M1 Max is more powerful than AMD’s offering.

New benchmarks show the M1 handily outperforming the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 560 in graphics benchmarks. Graphics tests as defined by Toms Hardware show that the M1 outperforms several mid-range GPUs from AMD and Nvidia, including the GTX 1050 Ti and RX 560, in many benchmarks. We’re still a bit skeptical, but new test results show that the M1 can outperform previous-generation dedicated GPUs (GPUs) like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 560. Overall, the M1 Max’s 32-core GPU is a breakthrough for Apple’s battle for the crown.

As you can see from the comparison to the MacBook Pro 16s M1 Max, the new GeForce flagship and the softer RTX 3060 laptop GPU simply outperform the M1 Max, and even in Geekbench results, the M1 Max can’t even beat the 70W RTX. 3060, which is just disappointing. Fortunately, both the M1 Max and M1 Pro were able to outperform NVIDIA RTX GPUs in GFXBench 5.0, but we believe this is due to some benchmarks favoring one chip over others. It’s important to note that the M1 Max is an ARM-based chip, while all the best Intel and AMD gaming processors are based on the x86 instruction set, so the performance comparison partially points to the potential advantages of ARM over processors designed with x86.

Last week, Apple proudly compared its new M1 Max chip to two high-end Windows laptops, saying the M1 Max consumes 100W less power and delivers the same performance as Nvidia’s GeForce RTX mobile chips — about 3080 or higher. .We’re still working on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro, but we’ve also found that the M1 Max is almost on par with an RTX 3060 laptop when it comes to gaming. If it doesn’t outperform the latest and greatest GPUs from Nvidia or AMD, that’s fine, since Apple didn’t design the M1 Max for gaming.

But if you’re a creative professional looking to make a significant investment, your particular workload may or may not get a real boost from using the M1 Max versus the M1 Pro; it depends on how much your core applications are CPU and GPU dependent, as well as the version of each chip you are comparing. The M1 Pro or M1 Max combines processor and GPU cores versus older pro-grade Macs and modern Windows PCs that combine a processor from Intel or AMD with a dedicated GPU from AMD or Nvidia. There are several versions of the M1 Pro with eight or 10 CPU cores and 14 or 16 GPU cores. The M1 Max also has 10 CPU cores, but you can choose between 24 or 32 GPU cores.

To narrow down the GPU differences between the M1 Pro and M1 Max, I ran some cross-platform GPU benchmarks. In several graphs, Apple shows the efficiency of the M1 Max and M1 Pro with half as powerful GPUs (16 cores, 2048 shaders). Compared to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 Ti for mobile, the M1 Pro’s GPU should be just as fast, but consuming 70 percent less power. When running the 1440p Tomb Raider benchmark, the M1 Max with the 32-core GPU hit 83fps, while the RTX 3060 laptop with a 70W power limit hit 79fps, and the 100W RTX 3080 outperformed the two with a score of 112 frames per second. By.

The core clock speed of the GeForce GTX 1660 is 255 MHz higher than the 8-core Apple M1 GPU. The 8-core Apple M1 GPU is used in laptops, while the GeForce GTX 1660 is found in desktops. Apple M1 8-core GPU> Remove from comparison The Apple M1 GPU is an 8-core integrated graphics card (1 core disabled in entry-level MacBook Air) designed by Apple and integrated into the Apple M1 SoC.

Apple claims the GPU in the M1 Max is four times faster than the GPU in the M1 because it’s exactly four times larger. In theory, the M1 Maxs GPU should perform on par with the GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile delivering 10.91 TFLOPs. According to internal tools, the M1 GPU consumes about 10W under load (11.5W total including RAM).

The company also presented a comparison with the 100-watt version of the GeForce RTX 3080, where the M1 Max showed 40% less power consumption. However, Intel’s benchmark results suggest that even at around 28W of power consumption, it easily outperforms the M1 Max in a test that Apple also signed up to. Anandtech found both the M1 Pro and M1 Max perform well under performance-oriented workloads, with the GFXBench benchmark even bringing them closer to beating the RTX 3080 laptop powered by Intel’s flagship Core i9-11980HK laptop processor. The M1 Max may outperform or come close to Nvidia GPUs in terms of sheer performance, but Apple’s real win lies in power consumption.

Notably, Apple records up to 2.6 teraflops, which makes it equal to AMD’s Radeon bandwidth. It has a lower GPU clock speed than the desktop variant, which results in less power consumption, but also a 10-30% decrease in gaming performance. It is a 10-core processor with eight high-performance and two efficient cores, a 32-core GPU and up to 64GB of memory. In the case of the M1 Max, the ten ARM CPU cores are more of a GPU accessory, which consists of 32 cores with 4096 shader arithmetic units, 10.4 Teraflops FP32 processing power and a powerful multimedia engine for video streaming. …

The Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max GPUs are equipped with media engine cores, which are specialized hardware solutions for processing ProRes, H.264, and H.265 files. AMD currently ships Radeon Pro GPUs in Apple’s existing Mac Pro models, and if Apple’s core count and performance can scale well on the GPU side, it’s easy to see how Apple’s GPUs can outperform AMD’s Radeon PRO W6000X cards.

Nawar Wassouf

Tekneik Eng

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