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does this Apple M2 is really a good upgrade from the last gen Apple M1?

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In today’s article, I am going to review Apple M2. I’m going to review its Cinebench R23 (Single-Core) and (Multi-core), Geekbench 5 (Single-Core) and (Multi-Core), Performance, Power Consumption, Integrated GPU, Ram support, and gaming experience.

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Apple M2:

Apple M2 is one of the fastest processors from Apple. This new processor has some of the most advanced features and also has 16 Cores of GPU which outperform Nvidia and AMD’s latest Graphics cards.

Cinebench R23:

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core) 1534
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core) 12315

We don’t have any test results on the Cinebench R23 of this Apple M2. When we have, we will publish another article on the Cinebench R23. So stay tuned.

Geekbench 5:

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core) 1967
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core) 9058

Geekbench 5 Test system’s potential for gaming, image processing, and video editing with the Compute Benchmark. This also tests your GPU’s power with support for the CUDA, OpenCL, and Metal APIs. This processor scored the best in the Geekbench 5. This processor also beats some of the latest and most powerful processors with new record-breaking scores of single-cores and multi-core performance. The single-core scores are 1967, and the multi-core scores are 9058. As you guys know. The higher the Geekbench 5 score the higher performance of the processor. Geekbench 5 score that is twice as high will mean the processor is twice as powerful. Ranking of single-core processors by Geekbench 5 score performance worldwide 2022.



Specifications:

Vendor Apple
Released June 6, 2022
Type Laptop
instruction set ARMv8
Socket Apple M-Socket
Integrated GPU Apple M2 GPU

Apple M2 is a Laptop processor produced by Apple. This processor supports the Apple M1 socket. This processor has 8 cores and 8 threads. The base clock frequency of the Apple M2 is 2000 MHz, but with the new Turbo Boost technology, it can go up to 3400MHz. The size of the L3 cache is a whopping 24MB. This chip has also integrated graphics Apple M1 graphics 16 cores. The instruction set architecture is based on ARMv8. This processor is so fast that it can beat some of the most powerful and latest processors. This processor also has some of the most amazing speeds. What makes it more powerful than the other processors are its TDP, transistors count, and process fabrication.

Performance:

Cores 8
Threads 8
Base Frequency 2.0 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 3.4 GHz
L1 Cache 192K (per core)
L2 Cache 16MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No

This processor has 8 cores and 8 threads with a base clock of 2GHz and, a boost clock of 3.4GHz. The bus frequency is 100MHz. which will help PCI lanes in terms of performance. This will help in overclocking this processor with the right amount of power consumption. This processor has the fastest L1 and L2 cache memories. The L1 cache memory is 192K per core which means 16 cores have their own L1 cache memories. The L2 cache memory is 16 MB but it’s shared with the Ram. In terms of gaming, this processor performs very great with good compatibility with the Apple software and with Apple customization. In terms of video editing and graphics rendering this processor also shows the best performance. Because of its base clock of 16Cores of Apple custom GPU.



Power Consumption:

Transistors 20 billion
Fabrication process 5 nm
TDP 15 W

 When it comes to power consumption and transistor count this Apple M2 is the king above all the processors. This processor is based on 5Nm process fabrication. The TDP shows only 15W of power consumption. This processor cannot be overclocked. The most amazing fact about this processor is that the max temperature support of this processor is 100C which is awesome. You can play games as long as you want and this will not affect the speeds or any thermal throttling issues, because this processor is based on the 5nm technology which is freaking awesome. One other amazing fact about this processor is that it can consume the power of 15W only which is amazing because most of the new processors out there can take up to 90W of power. This processor has 20 Billion transistors which will help in getting more speeds because as you guys know, the more transistors the more instructions will execute per second. Every time I look at this processor’s performance it’s more like an illusion because it is so fast that the currently fastest processor on this planet doesn’t have that much of transistors.

Integrated GPU:

Integrated Graphics Apple M2 GPU
GPU Base Clock 500 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1456 MHz
Shading Units 1024
TMUs 64
ROPs 32
Execution Units 128
TGP 15 W
Max. Resolution 6016×3384 – 60 Hz

Unlike the AMD Ryzen processors and the Intel F series, this processor has integrated Graphics. Apple M2 has 1024 shading units with a base clock of 500MHz and a boost clock of 1496MHz, which is equivalent to the AMD Radeon Rx 560 or the Nvidia Gtx 1060, or the RTX 3050Ti. There are also 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs which will help in a performance increase. The TGP shows only 15W of power consumption. What TMUs are, they are texture mapping unit components in modern graphics processing units. It helps in rotating, resizing, etc. ROPs or (Raster operation pipelines) are the rendering output unit. This processor also has a powerful enough GPU that you can play High-quality games on it like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1, GTA 5, RDR 2, Assassin’s creed latest games, etc. the boost clock will help to stabilize the FPS in games. This GPU will also help in Adobe after effects as well as all the video editing and video designing software.



Ram support:

Memory types LPDDR5-6400
Memory Size 24 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 102.4 GB/s
ECC Support No

Apple M2 can support the LPDDR5 Ram with a memory frequency of freaking 6400MHz. The max memory support of this Apple M2 is 64GB. The max memory channel support is also 4. The max memory bandwidth is also 102.4 GB/s which is the highest that I’ve ever seen in the Laptop chipset. This is why it considers one of the best processors from Apple.




Gaming Experience:

This processor is a good option for gamers. Considering its capabilities, it performs well in almost any situation like editing, gaming, rendering, streaming, etc. So, if you are looking for a processor under $400 then I highly recommend buying this processor because it doesn’t have any alternatives. You got 8 cores, 8 threads, and a boost clock of 3.4GHz. This will play every game at high FPS with a good combination of Graphics card and Ram. You will see no issues in the performance unless there is a bottleneck. So, to avoid that, I will make complete another article on the best compatible Ram, storage, and GPU for this processor. Just let me know in the comment.

So, this was my review of the Apple M2. If you guys learned something new then make sure to check out my other articles in the review, as well as my YouTube channel.

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https://www.youtube.com/c/ElectronicClinic

Engr Fahad

My name is Shahzada Fahad and I am an Electrical Engineer. I have been doing Job in UAE as a site engineer in an Electrical Construction Company. Currently, I am running my own YouTube channel "Electronic Clinic", and managing this Website. My Hobbies are * Watching Movies * Music * Martial Arts * Photography * Travelling * Make Sketches and so on...

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