Apple M1 Max vs AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

We compared two CPUs: the 3.2 GHz Apple M1 Max (laptop) with 10-cores against the 3.4 GHz AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (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 5950X and Max
Advantages of Apple M1 Max
  • Around 361.92 GB/s (759%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Newer - released 1-year and 7-months later
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 7 nanometers
  • Includes an integrated GPU Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
  • Has 6 more physical cores

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
1555
1621
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
12522
26245
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
M1 Max +11%
3864
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
22366
45932
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1798
1841
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
12702
18542
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Apple M1 Max and AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

General

Vendor Apple AMD
Released May 7, 2022 October 8, 2020
Type Laptop Desktop
instruction set ARMv8 x86-64
Codename Apple M1 Zen 3 (Vermeer)
Integrated GPU Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core) No

CPU

Performance Cores
P-Cores 8 16
P-Threads 8 32
Base Frequency (P) 3.2 GHz 3.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) - 4.9 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 2 -
E-Threads 2 -
Base Frequency (E) 2.1 GHz -
Total
Total Cores 10 16
Total Threads 10 32
Bus Frequency - 100 MHz
Multiplier - 34x
L1 Cache 192K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 24MB (shared) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache - 64MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes

Package

Transistors 57 billions 4.15 billions
Fabrication process 5 nm 7 nm
Socket Apple M-Socket AM4
TDP 30 W 105 W
Peak temperature - 95°C

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 5950X official page
PCI Express Version - 4.0
PCI Express Lanes - 20

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X or Apple M1 Max?
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Case the man! 12 October 2022 04:23
I love Apple as a long long-time mac user but AMD is pulling ahead. Apple has no ram slots, AMD wins! I'm not a gamer. The only faith I have in Apple is the New Mac Pro. Honestly, that doesn't say much!
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detard 08 March 2022 14:33
can we do a test on storage/memory repairability and also ram/storage upgrade?
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Max Power 27 February 2022 04:06
They each have their place in the world. Remember folks, this is a LAPTOP processor going toe-to-toe with a desktop beast. If you are playing games, stick with the Ryzen. If you're doing, well ... basically anything else - the Mac experience still destroys. It all depends on what you need it for. Get both and you don't have to attempt to answer silly Apples to Oranges (quite literally, in fact) questions.
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Erik Jones 04 July 2022 07:24
M1 Max is in the Mac Studio, which is priced as a desktop computer. If Mac experience 'destroys', then how come Windows totally rules the world, with a 90% market share?
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Wayne the Pain 31 December 2021 15:49
Apple could have the fastest CPU on earth and I'd still never use their stuff because they're like the China of technology - they're trying to control everything and everyone.
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Duran 22 December 2021 10:59
Apple? Apple is for hipsters that drink goat milk, wear socks with sandals that like to pay more for less. WE WANT GAMING!! WE WANT 64GB RAM, WE WANT THE LATEST GPU, WE WANT THE BEST CPU, WE WANT AMD!!
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hasan 13 March 2022 16:20
stfu lmao not everyone is a gamer go touch grass also m1 ultra destroyed any amd CPU
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Erik Jones 04 July 2022 07:25
hasan, M1 Ultra destroys Ryzen 5950x? Not on planet earth! And Geekbench cannot be trusted, they optimize for Apple.
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Roger S Rotor 05 November 2021 21:04
AMD 5950X all the way.
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