Apple’s M1 processor often exceeds the graphics performance of desktop GPUs, including the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and the AMD Radeon RX 560, according to Introducing a new standard Spotted before Tom’s devices.
According to Apple, the M1 octa-core GPU can handle approximately 25,000 threads simultaneously and deliver up to 2.6 TFLOPS throughput. That’s the same TFLOPS that the Radeon RX 560 achieved, and just under the 2.9 TFLOPS of the GeForce GTX 1650’s.
GFXBench 5.0 benchmarks tested under Apple’s metal API, showed that the M1 often performs better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 560 by a fair margin. There is still no metal benchmark for the GeForce GTX 1650 to compare.
In the Aztec Ruins Normal Tier test, the Radeon RX 560 achieves 146.2 fps, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti reaches 159 fps, and the M1 scores 203.6 fps. Similar results are showing across the board, with the M1 nearly consistently exceeding the performance of the two desktop GPUs.
It should be noted that GFXBench 5.0 benchmarks are mainly used for testing mobile devices, and the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon RX 560 are older graphics processors. However, the M1 has built-in graphics and the fact that it can top 75W desktop graphics cards is impressive. More detailed GPU comparisons will likely roll out soon as M1-equipped Macs arrive to customers this week.