Apple’s M2 Chip

During the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, Apple had revealed its second generation of custom-designed ARM-silicon chip, the M2, that would power the new 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The Cupertino giant claims that the CPU of M2 delivers 18 percent greater multithreaded performance than its first-generation of system-on-a-chip (SoC), the M1 while drawing the same amount of power. It also claims that the M2 provides 25% better performance at comparative power levels than the M1.

Now, leaked M2 benchmarks discovered on Geekbench confirm that Apple’s new M2 chip is indeed up to 20% faster than M1. The results, which were published on June 15th, reveal that the test was conducted on a Mac with a model number of 14,7 (upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 model) running macOS 12.4 with 16GB of memory.

In Geekbench 5’s CPU benchmark, the new Apple M2 processor clocked at 3.49GHz while achieving a single-core score of 1919 and a multi-core score of 8928, which is an improvement of almost around 12% and 20% over M1 respectively. In comparison, a late 2020 MacBook Pro running an M1 chip at 3.2GHz achieved a single-core score of 1749 and a multi-core score of 7719.

Meanwhile, the GPU performance tested via Geekbench Metal indicates that the M2 scored 30,627 points, which is a remarkable improvement over the 21,500 points earned by the M1. This means that M2’s new 10-core GPU is 42.5% faster, thereby surpassing Apple’s own claims of 35% better performance as compared to the 8-core M1 chip.

While there is no information on the launch date of the new 2022 MacBook Air, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be available for pre-order starting Friday, June 17.