Apple M1 vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

We compared two CPUs: the 2.1 GHz Apple M1 (laptop) with 8-cores against the 3.7 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (desktop) with 6-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 5600X and M1
Advantages of Apple M1
  • Consumes up to 78% less energy than the Ryzen 5 5600X – 14 vs 65 Watt
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 7 nanometers
  • Around 20.57 GB/s (43%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • Includes an integrated GPU Apple M1 GPU
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • 44% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.6 GHz vs 3.2 GHz)

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
1501
1539
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
7756
11780
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +12%
3763
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
14738
21938
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +6%
1742
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
8197
8862
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Apple M1 and AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

General

Vendor Apple AMD
Released November 20, 2020 October 8, 2020
Type Laptop Desktop
instruction set ARMv8 x86-64
Codename Icestorm and Firestorm Vermeer
Socket Apple M-Socket AM4
Integrated GPU Apple M1 GPU No

Performance

Cores 8 6
Threads 8 12
Base Frequency 2.1 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 3.2 GHz 4.6 GHz
Bus frequency - 100 MHz
Multiplier - 37x
L1 Cache 192K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 12MB (shared) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache - 32MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes

Power

Transistors 16 billions -
Fabrication process 5 nm 7 nm
TDP 14 W 65 W
Max. temperature - 95°C

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Apple M1 GPU -
GPU Base Clock 450 MHz -
GPU Boost Clock 1278 MHz -
Shading Units 1024 -
TMUs 64 -
ROPs 32 -
Execution Units 128 -
TGP 15 W -
Max. Resolution 6016x3384 - 60 Hz -
iGPU FLOPS
2.6 TFLOPS

Memory support

Memory types LPDDR4X-4266 DDR4-3200
Memory Size 16 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 68.25 GB/s 47.68 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes

Misc

Official site - AMD Ryzen 5 5600X official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes - 20

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