The first benchmarks of Apple’s Developer Transition Kit are available on Geekbench. The Mac Mini equipped with an A12Z SoC offerscurrently its developers so they can use their software on upcoming Mac -Processors can customize. The actually forbidden benchmarks show that ARM-based MacBooks and iMacs don’t have to hide behind ARM-based Windows devices.
As Mac Rumors reports, the transition kit achieves a single core score between 736 and 844 points. In terms of multi-core operation, the four cores are said to reach 2582 to 2962 points.
The developer Steve Troughton-Smith notesthat the A12Z of the Mac Mini is already two years old. In addition, it achieved higher values when emulating x86 code than Microsoft’s ARM processor Pro X if it executes code natively. He blames Microsoft’s processor supplier Qualcomm for the difference.
The ARM-based Mac Mini was rated on average with 811 points single core and 2874 points multi core. For the Surface Pro X, there are 726 points single core and 2831 points multi core. The main difference is that the Apple system runs the benchmark software using Rosetta 2, while the test runs natively on the Surface Pro X.
The Surface Pro X is based on Qualcomm’s SoC SQ1, which in turn is a further development of the 8cx with a clock of up to 3 GHz for four Cortex-A76 cores. You have four power saving cores of type A55 at your side, about whose clock nothing is known. The A12Z Bionic from Apple only has a total of four computing cores, the clock of which Apple does not provide any information. They have optimizations developed by Apple, which apparently give the chip a higher performance despite fewer cores.
The benchmarks of the transition kits obviously do not allow any comparison with the performance of current ones-Macs. Apple currently owes this to its customers, at least beyond the promise that its own processors offer more performance and better energy efficiency than the Intel chips. Reliable data will only be provided by the first ARM-based Mac, which Apple plans to launch later this year. It will probably be based on the new processor generation A14, which will also power the new iPhone generation from autumn. According to Mac Rumors, the new Apple processors are manufactured using a 5-nanometer process.