First Apple Silicon Benchmarks Destroy Surface Pro X

Joanna Estrada
June 30, 2020

Apple has a reputation for coming late to the party, learning all the lessons from the failure of others, and then getting it right the first time, and it seems this will once again happen with the transition to ARM processors, something Microsoft has been attempting since the first Windows RT laptops in 2012.

While the terms and conditions for Apple's new "Developer Transition Kit" forbid developers from running benchmarks on the modified Mac mini with an A12Z chip, it appears that results are beginning to surface anyhow. As such, these benchmark scores are based on non-native hardware, with sizable potential hits to performance. These kits, based on the Apple A12Z Bionic and Mac Mini with a developer beta version of macOS 11 Big Sur, would be running Geekbench 5 through Rosetta 2 to emulate code for Intel's x86 processors. For instance, Apple used Intel Pentium CPU's in DTK in 2009, however, they switched to much faster Intel Core i CPU's in the final product.

The A12Z is based on the ARM 64 design with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, similar to what you'll find in an iPhone or iPad- GPU cores are also present, as Apple began working with its own graphics technology a couple of years ago. As far as clock speed is concerned, the A12Z is clocked at 2.4GHz. The iPad Pro is also powered by A12Z chip and is clocked a shade higher at 2.5GHz.

During last week's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that his company would ship its first Silicon Mac by the end of 2020, though there's no official release date for the hardware just yet.

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