by Lyubomir Dobrev | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
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Rumors persist that Apple wants to follow up its M1-equipped line of Macs with more powerful models as early as this year. Naturally, this requires a more capable processor. We know Apple has them in the works and it’s only a matter of time before they replace Intel products across the entire Mac range.


Upcoming Apple M1X processor benchmarked

One of these processors is a refinement of the M1, the M1X. The original M1 debuted with 4 high-performance cores and 4 performance-efficient cores for a total of 8 CPU cores. It also features 8 GPU cores with a total of 128 execution units. The M1X will boost the M1’s architecture in all the right places with 12 CPU cores (8 high-performance, 4 performance-efficient) and double the GPU core count to 16 GPU cores with 256 execution units.

Purported benchmark results of the processor are already out. The performance boost is most apparent in the Cinebench R23 multi-core benchmark. The Apple M1X achieves a result of 14,450 points which is nearly double that of the Apple M1 (7760 points). Understandably, the gains carry onto the graphics unit as well. The iGPU – FP32 performance test spits out 5200 points for the Apple M1X and 2600 points for the Apple M1. That’s in line with the two-fold increase in cores and execution units.


Compared to Intel silicon, the Apple M1X (14,450 points) ranks just 548 points short of the Intel Core i9-7900X (14,998 points) in the Cinebench R23 multi-core test. It also smokes the Core i9-9880H chip (8311 points) humming (quite hotly, may I add) in the current 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The Apple M1X is supposed to be going into the 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro, where it will surely benefit from the increase in battery capacity allowed by the larger chassis. The rumored 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro is also a possible candidate, if it can contain such a beast chip at all.

You’d be right to think the M1X sounds impressive. But Apple supposedly has 16-core and 32-core variants in development for its higher-end machines. What we’re seeing here is a mere stopgap until Apple silicon enters truly “ludicrous” mode. For most music producers, however, I think the incoming performance increases are a much less significant reason to wait out on switching to an Apple silicon Mac in the near future. The more pressing question is whether the computer can run all your production software smoothly and reliably. I’d rather wait for the developers to catch up with the new hardware before going Apple silicon.


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8 responses to “Apple M1X chip with 12 CPU cores and 16 GPU cores gets wild benchmark results”

    peter says:

    Why do you campare with 3 year old Intel CPUs?

      hoho says:

      because what’s the difference between 3yo and new intel hardware? Also, that’s what’s in the current MBP– 9880H.

    arnox says:

    I have several Apples with the Intel core. From the recent 16” notebooks to mid-2015 15” retina pros, a 2013 iMac, and a custom built, water-cooled studio-only Hackintosh (to name a few). I’ve replaced my wife’s Intel Air with the new m1 one, and my 15” MBPro with a 13” MB Pro m1.

    A month later, I’m running my entire studio on the 13” MB Pro, and much better that I could on the custom built one. It’s phenomenal. Even though things like the UAD Apollo x8 drivers aren’t certified, the unit works fine, and so do their plugins. FebFilter stuff, and just about every other plugin I have (including Native Instruments 12) work great. The water-cooled Hackintosh will now be converted into a MS Flight simulator machine. I happen to use Logic Pro and Reaper, and even though I have 2019 versions of Studio One, Ableton, and Cubase, I won’t be spending $200+ each, just to find out how their latest version runs on the ARM chip. Sadly, this may just solidify Logic and Reaper (mastering) as my DAWs of choice.

    The only reason to wait for the new M1X would be if you’re planning to run a few Acustica Audio plugins at the same time, since those will bring even a supercomputer to its knees.

    A word of caution. The Apple trade-in program is actually a scam (lookup better business bureau complaints for Phobio). I don’t understand how Apple can provide a legitimate front for these scammers, but they are, and they clearly know what’s going on.

      J. says:

      I think this is a bold claim. I bought the M1 powered MacBook Pro 13” in December and traded in a 2015 12” MacBook for $280 right at the Apple store – and it wasn’t even in particularly great physical condition.. a month earlier I did the same with an iPhone 7 Plus and had no issues (this time via mail in). Your mileage may vary, but certainly satisfying outcome on my end!

    Todd says:

    I’ll be getting an M1x variant laptop (Likely the rumored 14″) to replace my current 27″ iMac AND separate 13″ MBP. I’m really looking forward to only having one machine that’s both portable and able to handle large sessions. Can’t wait!

    McD says:

    Specifically which software doesn’t run for you? In most cases even translated software performs better than running Intel native on previous Macs.

    Tom says:

    when you have an integrated gpu that rivals discrete gpus, then we’ll talk. Also, 3nm architecture. I know TSCM has it in the works, but I’m willing to hold out until then.

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