Apple has released a new M-series chip, which has a performance improvement of up to 70% compared to the M1, surpassing Intel’s processors, and even crushing Android processors, making it the most powerful PC processor on earth.
Apple released two chips this time, the M1 Pro and M1 max, both produced by TSMC with a 5nm process. The M1 Pro has 33.7 billion transistors, twice as many as the M1, while the M1 max has more than 33.7 billion transistors. 50 billion, so the performance has been greatly improved, up to 70% higher than the M1 processor.
The M1 processor released by Apple last year is comparable to Intel’s i9 processor in terms of performance. The goal of the M1 processor is to replace Intel’s processor, and its performance is sufficient to meet the performance requirements of the MacBook, plus Apple’s own MacOS system. Optimized, the experience is enough to surpass Intel’s processors.
While the performance of the M1 Pro processor is further improved, the power consumption is further reduced, which is very important for Apple’s Mac notebook series, which can effectively improve the battery life, reduce the battery capacity, and make the notebook thinner and lighter. its own unique competitiveness.
The M1 Pro and M1 max are not only a major blow to Intel, but also a huge blow to Android processors.
Apple’s processors and Android chip companies belong to the same ARM camp, but their processor designs are fundamentally different. Apple’s processor research and development is only authorized by ARM to independently develop the core architecture. Therefore, Apple’s A-series processors have been ahead of Android processors for two years, and M-series processors have created a new level of performance for the ARM architecture.
ARM has monopolized the mobile market. Its biggest advantage is low power consumption. However, the biggest disadvantage of ARM before is performance. The processor performance of the ARM camp has always lagged behind Intel. It was not until the M series launched by Apple that it caught up with Intel and M1. The performance of the processor is close to Intel’s i9 processor, but it is rare that it is better than Intel’s processor in terms of power consumption.
Among Android chip companies, Samsung once independently developed the mongoose core, and Qualcomm independently developed the kryo core, but now they have given up independent research and development and adopted ARM’s public version core. So far, all Android chip companies have adopted ARM’s public version core. The public version core developed by ARM needs to consider cost issues and the needs of various industries for chips, so it cannot fully improve performance, which leads to ARM’s public version core in terms of performance compared to Apple’s self-developed core is getting more and more backward.
Today’s benchmark for Android processors is the Snapdragon 888. The performance of the Snapdragon 888 is comparable to that of Apple’s A13 processor two years ago. The Snapdragon 888 has used ARM’s first super core X1, and now Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 max The performance is several times stronger than the A15 processor, and the Snapdragon 888 is naturally unmatched.
The ARM camp has always wanted to invade the PC processor market monopolized by Intel and AMD. Now, with the launch of the powerful M1 Pro and M1 MAX, this wish has finally come true. However, this is the glory of Apple, not the glory of Android chips. , Android chips are so behind, it may take years to keep up with Apple’s footsteps.
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