New Geekbench scores show a native multi-core benchmark on Apple Silicon Mac Developer Transition Kit (DTK) faster than a 2020 MacBook Pro with an 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 with 4 cores. While Apple Silicon in a Mac is about more than just performance, that’s bananas fast !!!! Remember, it’s based on a 2018 Apple processor compared to an Intel in a 2020 MacBook Pro.
The Apple Silicon Mac DTK was running an iPadOS version of the Geekbench 5 Pro app, and had a multi-core score of 4,555. While Geekbench’s Mac benchmarks show the MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2020) with an Intel Core i7-1068NG7 @ 2.3 GHz (4 cores) got only 4,510. Remember, Apple Silicon A12Z in the DTK is based on the almost 2 year old A12X Bionic that shipped in the iPad Pro in late 2018. The Intel i7 is in a 2020 MacBook Pro !!! This could mean the 2020 Apple Silicon that will ship later this year will total smoke Intel.
The DTK single-core score was 1,098. That compares well to a MacBook Air (Early 2020) with an Intel Core i5-1030NG7 @ 1.1 GHz (4 cores) at 1,077. And a MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2019) with an Intel Core i9-9880H @ 2.3 GHz (8 cores) at 1,085.
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The results show a single-core score of 1098 and a multi-core score of 4555.
This bodes well for the future.iMore – New Apple Developer Transition Kit benchmarks show Apple silicon already outperforms a MacBook Air
At this point, the DTK is already roasting the MacBook Air in terms of multi-core performance. Remember, this is still early hardware that was never intended to be lightning-quick – it was just built to give developers a machine to work on.
Imagine what could be achieved when Apple is trying to put the pedal to the metal.