Apple M1 Max vs AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

We compared two CPUs: the 2.0 GHz Apple M1 Max (laptop) with 10-cores against the 3.5 GHz AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (desktop) with 16-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 3950X and Max
Advantages of Apple M1 Max
  • Around 361.92 GB/s (759%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Newer - released 2-years and 6-months later
  • Consumes up to 71% less energy than the Ryzen 9 3950X – 30 vs 105 Watt
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 7 nanometers
  • 39% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1785 vs 1282 points
  • Includes an integrated GPU Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
  • Has 6 more physical cores
  • 47% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.7 GHz vs 3.2 GHz)

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
M1 Max +19%
1529
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
12372
22660
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
M1 Max +43%
3846
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
22015
38948
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
M1 Max +39%
1777
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
12565
14481
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Apple M1 Max and AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

General

Vendor Apple AMD
Released May 7, 2022 November 25, 2019
Type Laptop Desktop
instruction set ARMv8 x86-64
Codename - Zen 2
Socket Apple M-Socket AM4
Integrated GPU Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core) No

Performance

Cores 10 16
Threads 10 32
Base Frequency 2.0 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 3.2 GHz 4.7 GHz
Bus frequency - 100 MHz
Multiplier - 35x
L1 Cache 192K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 24MB (shared) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache - 64MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes

Power

Transistors 57 billions 3.8 billions
Fabrication process 5 nm 7 nm
TDP 30 W 105 W

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core) -
GPU Base Clock 450 MHz -
GPU Boost Clock 1296 MHz -
Shading Units 4096 -
TMUs 256 -
ROPs 128 -
TGP 60 W -
Max. Resolution 6016x3384 - 60 Hz -
iGPU FLOPS
10.4 TFLOPS

Memory support

Memory types LPDDR5-6400 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 64 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 8 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 409.6 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes

Misc

Official site - AMD Ryzen 9 3950X official page
PCI Express Version - 4.0
PCI Express Lanes - 16

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