Mac mini with A12Z chip benchmarked

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 1, 2020

Twenty two Apple Developer Transition Kit benchmark runs have surfaced in the Geekbench online browser, at the time of writing.

When we benchmarked the entry-level 2020 MacBook Air (with a 1.1GHz Dual-Core i3 10th generation processor) it saw a score of 2,380 for multi-core performance and 1,093 for single-core. That score is consistently higher than Microsoft's Surface Pro X, and nearly on a par with the Apple iMac 27-inch Retina mid-2017 with Intel Core i5-7600K quad-core processor. He was agog with the Surface Pro X comparisons for a number of reasons.

Even more impressively - as pointed out by developer Steve Troughton-Smith - the DTK's Geekbench scores are significant'y higher than those racked up by the ARM-based Surface Pro X, which uses the SQ1 chip co-developed by Microsoft and Qualcomm.

If you assume that the chip itself should have the same performance as it does on the iPad Pro, you can see here how much Rosetta 2 is still slowing down and how much Apple Silicon relies on developers to quickly port their applications to the new platform. If you think that is too old for a meaningful comparison, a typical contemporary MacBook Air (Early 2020, with Intel Core i5-1030NG7), isn't terribly faster than the DTK: scoring 1,128 and 3,841 in single and multi-core tests, respectively.

Whichever way you look at this it seems that the upcoming "Apple Silicon" Macs should work ably, depending upon goal. However, these should be used with caution because Geekbench for Mac is not a native app for Apple Silicon and therefore will rely on the Rosetta 2 translation layer.

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