Mac mini Apple Silicon: the first scores in Geekbench emerge on the network

The Apple developers have began receiving the Developer Transition Kit, which Apple is distributing to developers to help them to prepare their apps for the next range of Apple Mac Silicon, and machines, which will replace Intel CPUS with ARM CPU designed by Apple.

Despite the confidentiality provisions of the development agreement, the reference parameters for the Developer Transition Kit have already surfaced on Geekbench. Note that these tests are run in virtualization, using the Rosetta technology of Apple, because the software Geekbench tests has not yet been optimized for the Apple Silicon.

This automatically means that there is a considerable performance impact. It’s also worth noting that these scores Geekbench show that, despite the A12Z is equipped with eight-core, the benchmark only shows the results of using four cores. (In this case, it uses the core of “performance” and does not take account of the four cores of “efficiency“.) The developers estimate that the penalty in performance would be around 25-40%.

The machines seem to reach a score of 800 in the test, single-core , and about 2600 on multi-core.

For comparison, the MacBook Air entry-level 2020 reaches a score Geekbench of 1005 on single core and ~ 2000 on multi-core.

It is worth noting, moreover, that the Developer Transition Kit is only intended for developers for porting their apps and the hardware that Apple will ship to customers will, without a doubt, a level of performance much higher. It is powered by a chip A12Z largely not changed, that Apple has designed on the basis of the energy budget of iPad Pro 2018/2020, the product that was originally used.

The laptop and the desktop ARM the Apple Mac will have a budget of efficiency is much more with which to play (both thermal and battery) that will optimize the chip to reach higher levels of performance.