Apple M1X SoC Specifications, Performance Leak via Benchmarking Site

Apple M1X chipset, an update to Apple’s first in-house silicon, M1, could scale up to 12 CPU and 16 GPU cores.

Apple M1X SoC Specifications, Performance Leak via Benchmarking Site

Apple M1X is expected to succeed Apple M1 — the company's first in-house chipset

  • Apple M1X could debut in refreshed MacBook models this year
  • The new SoC could have 12 CPU and 16 GPU cores
  • Apple has not revealed anything about the rumoured chipset yet

Apple M1X specifications and performance metrics have supposedly leaked via a benchmarking website. The listing suggests that the Apple M1X — the rumoured successor to the Apple M1 — will scale up to 12 CPU cores from the 8 CPU cores on its predecessor. Apple is said to be working on an update to its custom-designed, ARM-based M1 SoC launched last year, and previous leaks suggest that it could be called Apple M1X. But the listing carries a caveat that the information is based on a “pre-sample” and that the technical details, and naturally the benchmarking results, could wary for the final product. Apple, as always, has not said anything about working on a new chipset.

The specifications and performance of the Apple M1X have been listed by benchmarking site CPU Monkey. It suggests that the Apple M1 successor, expected to be called Apple M1X, will have 12 CPU and 16 GPU cores, up from its predecessor's 8 CPU and 8 GPU cores. The Apple M1X, however, is still listed to be clocked at a maximum of 3.2GHz and based on the 5-nanometre architecture — same as the M1. If the information turns out to be accurate, it looks like Apple will be focussing more on bumping up both the compute and graphics performance of its new chipset.

The listing suggests a Cinebench R23 single-core score of 1514 and a multi-core score of 14450 for the Apple M1X, ranking it below Intel Core i9-10850K, AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, and Intel Core i9-7900X (Review), on both counts. The report also ranks the Apple M1X second after Intel Core i7-11700K in Geekbench 5 (64-bit) single-core test. But the “pre sample” caveat with a sooner-than-expected listing makes the findings a little more suspect than usual.

Apple is tipped to be refreshing its MacBook models with a new chipset by summer this year. Previously, unofficial renders have tried to put together how the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models would look, based on leaks and rumours in the absence of Apple revealing anything about them.

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