Intel Core i5 13600K vs Apple M2 Pro

We compared two CPUs: the 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5 13600K (desktop) with 14-cores against the 3.5 GHz Apple M2 Pro (laptop) with 12-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
Multi-Core Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of power consumption
Integrated Graphics
iGPU capabilities for gaming and 3D-intensive tasks
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating
The "iGPU" and "Power Efficiency" have a minor impact on the NanoReview Score when comparing desktop CPUs.

Key Differences

What are the key differences between Pro and 13600K
Advantages of Intel Core i5 13600K
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR5-5600 RAM
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Newer PCI Express version – 5.0
  • Has 2 more physical cores
Advantages of Apple M2 Pro
  • Around 115.2 GB/s (129%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 10 nanometers
  • Supports quad-channel memory

Test in Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs across various tasks

Cinebench R23

Reputable cross-platform benchmark for high-performance processors
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

GeekBench v6

The new version of this benchmark emulates common operations often used in real-world apps
Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
File compression 1420 MB/sec 1480 MB/sec
Clang compilation 129.1 Klines/sec 98.8 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 391.4 pages/sec 292.7 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 479.4 Mpixels/sec 316.7 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 268.9 pages/sec 263.2 pages/sec
Background blur 69.2 images/sec 47.1 images/sec
Photo processing 148.9 images/sec 112.8 images/sec
Ray tracing 29.4 Mpixels/sec 14.4 Mpixels/sec
Sources: GeekBench [1], [2]


Synthetic test that focuses on raw computational performance for low-level functions
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Integer math 124.2 GOps/sec 58.5 GOps/sec
Floating point math 91.9 GOps/sec 74.4 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 162M Primes/sec 362M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 52.7M Strings/sec 42.1M Strings/sec
Data encryption 27.6 GBytes/sec 15.9 GBytes/sec
Data compression 485.5 MBytes/sec 340.3 MBytes/sec
Physics 2206 Frames/sec 3657 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 29.3B Matrices/sec 12.2B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

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Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 13600K and Apple M2 Pro


Vendor Intel Apple
Released September 27, 2022 January 17, 2023
Type Desktop Laptop
instruction set x86-64 ARMv8
Codename Raptor Lake Apple M2
Model number i5-13600K -
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 770 Apple M2 Pro GPU (19-core)


Performance Cores
P-Cores 6 8
P-Threads 12 8
Base Frequency (P) 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 5.1 GHz -
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 8 4
E-Threads 8 4
Base Frequency (E) 2.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 3.9 GHz -
Total Cores 14 12
Total Threads 20 12
Bus Frequency 100 MHz -
Multiplier 35x -
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 192K (per core)
L2 Cache 2MB (per core) 32MB (shared)
L3 Cache 24MB (shared) -
Unlocked Multiplier Yes No


Transistors - 40 billions
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm
TDP (PL1) 125 W 30 W
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) 181 W -
Socket LGA-1700 Apple M-Socket
Peak temperature 100°C -


Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 770 Apple M2 Pro GPU (19-core)
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 450 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1500 MHz 1398 MHz
Shading Units 256 2432
TMUs 16 152
ROPs 8 76
Execution Units 32 -
TGP 15 W 35 W
Max. Resolution - 7680x4320 - 60 Hz

Memory Support

Memory types - DDR5-5600
- DDR4-3200
- LPDDR5-6400
Memory Size 128 GB 32 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 4
Max. Memory Bandwidth 89.6 GB/s 204.8 GB/s
ECC Support Yes No


Official site Intel Core i5 13600K official page -
PCI Express Version 5.0 4.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 -

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