Intel Core i9 13980HX vs Apple M1 Ultra

We compared two CPUs: the 2.2 GHz Intel Core i9 13980HX (laptop) with 24-cores against the 3.2 GHz Apple M1 Ultra (desktop) with 20-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 Ultra and 13980HX
Advantages of Intel Core i9 13980HX
  • Newer - released 10-months later
  • Has 4 more physical cores
  • 15% faster in a single-core Geekbench v6 test - 2753 vs 2389 points
Advantages of Apple M1 Ultra
  • Around 710.4 GB/s (793%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 10 nanometers

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)
M1 Ultra +7%
File compression 1330 MB/sec 1970 MB/sec
Clang compilation 167 Klines/sec 182.7 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 424.7 pages/sec 513.4 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 485.1 Mpixels/sec 537.3 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 265.9 pages/sec 247.7 pages/sec
Background blur 55.2 images/sec 41.8 images/sec
Photo processing 138.8 images/sec 157.2 images/sec
Ray tracing 37.2 Mpixels/sec 29.2 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 174 GOps/sec 92.7 GOps/sec
Floating point math 124.1 GOps/sec 130.4 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 192M Primes/sec 540M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 70.4M Strings/sec 67.4M Strings/sec
Data encryption 37 GBytes/sec 25.1 GBytes/sec
Data compression 613.5 MBytes/sec 559.8 MBytes/sec
Physics 2529 Frames/sec 5526 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 35.5B Matrices/sec 22.6B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

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Full technical specification of Intel Core i9 13980HX and Apple M1 Ultra


Vendor Intel Apple
Released January 3, 2023 March 8, 2022
Type Laptop Desktop
instruction set x86-64 ARMv8
Codename Raptor Lake Apple M1
Model number i9-13980HX APL1106/APL1W06
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics (32EU) Apple M1 Ultra GPU (64-core)


Performance Cores
P-Cores 8 16
P-Threads 16 16
Base Frequency (P) 2.2 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 5.6 GHz -
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 16 4
E-Threads 16 4
Base Frequency (E) 1.6 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 4 GHz -
Total Cores 24 20
Total Threads 32 20
Bus Frequency 100 MHz -
Multiplier 22x -
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 192K (per core)
L2 Cache 2MB (per core) 48MB (shared)
L3 Cache 36MB (shared) -
Unlocked Multiplier No No


Transistors - 114 billions
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm
TDP (PL1) 45-55 W (configurable) 60 W
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) 157 W -
Socket BGA-1964 Apple M-Socket
Peak temperature 100°C -


Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics (32EU) Apple M1 Ultra GPU (64-core)
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 450 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1650 MHz 1296 MHz
Shading Units 256 8192
TMUs 16 512
ROPs 8 256
Execution Units 32 -
TGP 45 W 120 W
Max. Resolution - 6016x3384 - 60 Hz

Memory Support

Memory types - DDR5-5600
- DDR4-3200
- LPDDR5-6400
Memory Size 128 GB 128 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 16
Max. Memory Bandwidth 89.6 GB/s 800 GB/s
ECC Support Yes No


Official site Intel Core i9 13980HX official page -
PCI Express Version 5.0 -
PCI Express Lanes 20 -

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