Apple M1 vs AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

We compared two CPUs: the 3.2 GHz Apple M1 (laptop) with 8-cores against the 3.8 GHz AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (desktop) with 12-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 3900X and M1
Advantages of Apple M1
  • Newer - released 1-year and 4-months later
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 7 nanometers
  • Around 20.57 GB/s (43%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • 33% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1759 vs 1327 points
  • Includes an integrated GPU Apple M1 GPU
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-3200 RAM
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Has 4 more physical cores

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +16%
1524
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
7783
18740
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +39%
3761
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
14418
32751
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Apple M1 +33%
1767
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
7785
12149
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Apple M1 and AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

General

Vendor Apple AMD
Released November 20, 2020 July 7, 2019
Type Laptop Desktop
instruction set ARMv8 x86-64
Codename Apple M1 -
Integrated GPU Apple M1 GPU No

CPU

Performance Cores
P-Cores 4 12
P-Threads 4 24
Base Frequency (P) 3.2 GHz 3.8 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) - 4.6 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 4 -
E-Threads 4 -
Base Frequency (E) 2.1 GHz -
Total
Total Cores 8 12
Total Threads 8 24
Bus Frequency - 100 MHz
Multiplier - 38x
L1 Cache 192K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 12MB (shared) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache - 64MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes

Package

Transistors 16 billions 3.8 billions
Fabrication process 5 nm 7 nm
Socket Apple M-Socket AM4
TDP 14 W 105 W
Peak 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 9 3900X official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes - 16

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X or Apple M1?
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Shen 08 March 2022 15:06
The m1 chip sucks it’s bad and I hate it
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