Apple M1 vs AMD Ryzen 5 5500U

We compared two laptop CPUs: the 3.2 GHz Apple M1 with 8-cores against the 2.1 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5500U with 6-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
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 5500U and M1
Advantages of Apple M1
  • 59% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1759 vs 1108 points
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 7 nanometers
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
  • Supports up to 32 GB DDR4-3200 RAM


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +29%
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Apple M1 +10%
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +53%
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Apple M1 +9%
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +58%
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Apple M1 +56%
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Full technical specification of Apple M1 and AMD Ryzen 5 5500U


Vendor Apple AMD
Released November 20, 2020 January 12, 2021
Type Laptop Laptop
instruction set ARMv8 x86-64
Codename Apple M1 Zen 2 (Lucienne)
Integrated GPU Apple M1 GPU Radeon RX Vega 7


Performance Cores
P-Cores 4 6
P-Threads 4 12
Base Frequency (P) 3.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) - 4 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 4 -
E-Threads 4 -
Base Frequency (E) 2.1 GHz -
Total Cores 8 6
Total Threads 8 12
Bus Frequency - 100 MHz
Multiplier - 21x
L1 Cache 192K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 12MB (shared) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache - 8MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No No


Transistors 16 billions -
Fabrication process 5 nm 7 nm
Socket Apple M-Socket FP6
TDP 14 W 10-25 W (configurable)
Peak temperature - 105°C


Integrated Graphics Apple M1 GPU Radeon RX Vega 7
GPU Base Clock 450 MHz 300 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1278 MHz 1800 MHz
Shading Units 1024 448
TMUs 64 28
ROPs 32 7
Execution Units 128 -
TGP 15 W 10-45 W
Max. Resolution 6016x3384 - 60 Hz -
1.108 TFLOPS

Memory Support

Memory types LPDDR4X-4266 DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-4266
Memory Size 16 GB 32 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 68.25 GB/s -
ECC Support No No


Official site - AMD Ryzen 5 5500U official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes - 12

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So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 5500U or Apple M1?
43554 vs 304 20 June 2022 17:42
Is the vote result even legitimate?
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Non-K 27 March 2022 14:04
The M1 is slower than Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 5500U in CPU rendering by a huge margin. Also, an M1 Ultra appeared on Corona Renderer benchmarks a few days ago, and the i5-12600k is faster. M1 Ultra is just as fast as i7-11700K. However, the i7-12700K could be the sweet spot for 3D rendering and creation.
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John 04 February 2022 11:47
Actually, it depends because you can find Ryzen 5 5500U in 650 to 700$ laptops but the m1 chip can only be found in the latest MacBooks which are more than 1000$. So if we compare a 650$ laptop's performance vs a thousand dollar one Ryzen does not lack behind as much as you think plus playing games on a mac is a nightmare while with pcs it's easy and due to its x86 chip you can run many apps natively. So the conclusion is if you find a Ryzen 5 5500 U laptop under 700$ and has a nice keyboard you should go for it but if you have a more professional workload and the apps you use can be run with arm and mac I'll suggest you go with the m1. I hope you found it useful may the good Lord bless you.!
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Dark 27 April 2022 12:54
Though superior finishing and that magical battery backup are worth it.
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alevaz 13 October 2022 18:55
Dark, "Though superior finishing ..." I am not looking at it, I need to play my games, listen to music while I work - "And that magical battery backup is worth it." ... which is of no use if I can't work with it. That is just IMHO. I also think that Apple will not go back to using someone else's chip for a long time. Vertical integration is what works for them. Eventually, the Mx series will have support for everything ( .. except games.). But at the moment an m1 as a new chip is practically useless --
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