One of the great improvements offered by the Apple M2 compared to the M1 is graphicallyand it is that although the CPU only offers overclocking that improves performance 18%the GPU receives an increase in the number of cores, and thanks to the 2 additional cores it receives, it offers a performance of 3.6 TFLOPs (+35%), which opens the door to being able to run some Triple A PC games.
We have the example with Shadow of the Tomb Raiderand it is that Hardware Unboxed compared the performance of the Apple M2 with the integrated graphics of the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, which is approximately AMD Radeon 680M made up of 768 stream processors at 2.20 GHzand against all odds, managed to not only surpass it, but also to do so while consuming less energy.
For starters, the tested AMD Ryzen 7 6800U went with its TDP 25Wwhile the Apple M2 had a maximum consumption of 18Wto which is added that he ran the game via the “emulator” Rosette 2 reducing its performance. This allowed the M2 to run the game at 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution with an average performance of 28fps in high quality with BTAO, 31fps up and 33fps on average against 26, 29 and 30 frames per second offered by the Ryzen 7 6800U, there is therefore a difference in performance between a 7.6 and 10% In the best case.
For reference, at Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution, the Apple M1 managed to move the same game, in low qualitya 32fpsso there is a noticeable difference in performance, since it is practically the same performance as now with a higher resolution in high quality.
While this performance isn’t ideal for an enjoyable gaming experience, it’s not bad for a processor and graphics. that weren’t designed for gamingbut that opens the doors for future Pro and Ultra variants to start being promoted as compatible options for gamers and is that the gaming sector has been exploited very well by the company with its mobile devices and there is no It’s no surprise that the company wants to enter such a market niche in its PC business.
If we talk about the CPU there are not many surprises (because there is not much improvement), and it is that in Cinebench R23in multi-core performance it performed like an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U or an intel Core i7-1260P (Alder Lake). In Monocore, it sits just between the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS and the Core i9-11980HK (consuming much less power, of course), but when you put it in real tests like Hand brakeits performance is lower than that of an Intel Core i7-11370H (Tiger Lake) or a Ryzen 5 5500U.
In applications it was designed for and which have been optimized with Apple’s ARM architecture in mind, like Blender, it performs almost like AMD Ryzen 7 6800Uwhile in Adobe Premiere Pro 2022 it manages to outperform an Intel Core i9-12900HK with integrated graphics (TDP 45W vs 18W).