Intel’s 12th Gen Chip Makes a Difference to Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max

Recently, Apple introduced two new processors M1 Pro and M1 Max; The processors were generally appreciated by performing much more than expected. However, it seems that this superiority of Apple was short-lived. Intel’s newly introduced 12th generation chip proved to be far superior to Apple’s processors in quality comparisons.

Two weeks ago, Apple introduced two new chips with a small surprise; The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips received very positive comments with their performance. In a statement, the company claimed that its new processors exhibited high-level performance and graphics features. In addition, the results of the performance test, in which the M1 Max presented head-to-head results with the NVIDIA 3080 Mobile, attracted a lot of attention.

Recently, Intel launched its latest 12th generation “Help Lake” introduced the first batch of processors; High-end, a 16-core chip with 8 performance cores and 8 energy efficiency cores Core i9-12900K 6 new processors were introduced for desktop computers, including Well, is it possible to compare this new processor of Intel with Apple’s new processors? Even if the first Intel 12th-generation processors were desktop-grade, they could still be used in Apple’s 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. M1 Pro and M1 Max It seems possible to compare with the chips.

Intel is ahead in speed


Apple first announced in June 2020 that it would use its own Silicon chip for the Mac; but he never claimed that his chip would be the fastest on the market. However, this does not mean that the Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max were not successful. The performance of these chips exceeds that of the Intel-based 12-core Mac Pro, and fan noise is virtually non-existent thanks to their impressive energy efficiency.

The first GeekBench 5 benchmark results of the Intel Core i9-12900K show that the multi-core performance of the processor is approximately higher than the M1 Pro and M1 Max. 1.5 times faster shows that. Specifically, the Core i9 processor’s average multi-core score so far is around 18,500; M1 Pro and M1 Max scores are around 12,500. In this context, in order to understand the performance difference, AnandTech;

“CPU cores go up to 3228 MHz max, but their frequency changes depending on how many cores are active in a cluster, dropping to 3132 on 2 and 3036 MHz on 3 and 4 cores. I say “per cluster” because M1 Pro and the 8 performance cores in the M1 Max consist of two 4-core clusters, each with its own 12MB L2 cache and each able to tune their CPU independently of each other, i.e. four active cores at 3036MHz in one cluster, and 3.23 GHz’It’s actually possible to have one active core in the other cluster running at the same time.” makes a comparison.

In terms of energy efficiency, Apple outperforms Intel.


The Core i9 processor can be much faster than the M1 Pro and M1 Max; but this is also from Apple’s chips consumes much more power means. Intel states that the chip consumes up to 125W at base frequency and 241W at turbo frequency. In the results of the GeekBench 5 quality test, Intel’s 12th generation Core i7-12700K also appears to be faster than the M1 Pro and M1 Max; but like the Core i9 this also eats more power.


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Intel’s 12th generation Core processor for laptops in early 2022 expected to be released. There are also rumors that Apple plans to launch a new 27-inch iMac computer with the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the first half of next year.

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