Apple M1 Silicon

Apple M1 x86 Emulation is Still Faster than Every Other Mac


Apple’s M1 System on Chip (SoC) might be an ARM chipset. But with Rosetta 2, it can emulate the existing fleet of apps that are built for the x86 infrastructure. With the first ever benchmarks coming up for single core and multi cores, we are finally looking at actual statistics instead of vague comparisons like Apple did on its keynote.

The Rosetta 2 results on Geekbench shows us that the base variant of Apple MacBook Air with 8 GB RAM running on the M1 chipset has a single-core score of 1,313 and a multi-core score of 5,888. This one outperforms even the 27-inch iMac running on Core i9 @ 3.6 GHz. The most powerful of all with better thermals, the Mac Mini, has a single-core score of 1741.

Also keep in mind that this is not even the full performance of the M1 SoC since the Geekbench is running via Rosetta 2. Native apps created especially for ARM will take full advantage of the silicon chip and will perform even better.

As exciting it is to see a MacBook Air competing with iMacs, we are looking forward to those days when Apple will launch a Mac Pro with their own silicon processors with maybe an M1 ultra SoC. Until then, keep following us for more updates about Apple and other tech news.