The new Apple M2 chip appeared in a leaked Geekbench 5 test this week. Shown inside the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple Silicon’s latest iteration has certainly done a good job. Based on the reference broadcast, the Apple M2 was found to be up to 20% faster than the M1exceeding Apple’s own expectations for the chip.
Although the 13-inch MacBook Pro is not yet up for pre-order, we are already thinking of the first benchmark results for the laptop, and therefore, of the first benchmarks of the M2 chip. Apple itself predicted a performance increase of around 18% when moving from M1 to M2. It’s still early days, and we only have the results for one benchmark, but so far so good – the M2 has managed to do better than Apple claimed when it was announced.
Both the M2 and M1 have eight cores, which is four performance cores and four efficiency cores. However, the clock speed of the M2 is higher, reaching 3.49 GHz, compared to 3.2 GHz for the M1. The M2 also wins by the number of GPU cores, dropping it from eight to 10.
CPU benchmarks leaked for Apple’s M2 chip!
CPU frequency at 3.49 GHz compared to M1 at 3.2 GHz
Single-core performance gain vs. M1: 11.56%
Multi-core performance gain vs M1: 19.45%
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In the Geekbench 5 test, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip scored 1,919 points in the single-core test and 8,928 in the multi-core test. Both results mark an increase over the M1, which scored 1,707 and 7,419 points respectively. This represents a performance improvement of 11.5% in single-core mode and 19.5% in multi-core mode. These scores put the M2 just a little above what Apple advertised.
The M2’s two additional GPU cores also do their job. In the Metal benchmark, the M2 scored 30,627 points, compared to 21,001 for the M1. This represents a considerable increase of 45% between the two chips.
We’ll have to wait for the MacBook Pro to launch
First announced at WWDC 2022, the M2 chip is going to find its way into a new MacBook Air and the so-called 13-inch MacBook Pro for starters. While the M2 chip will mark the beginning of the next generation Apple Silicon, it will not yet represent a leap forward from the previous generation, as some might hope. We may have to wait for the M3 to see a real generational leap with a massive increase in performance.
We don’t know the true performance of the M2 chip until we get more landmarks, but for now, these results are encouraged. Future Apple devices, including the rumored Mac Pro, will likely feature some version of the M2 chip, and no doubt we’ll see many more of them in the coming months.