The M1 is an ARM based SoC designed by Apple inspired by their ARM A14 chip.
It has four high-performance Firestorm and four energy-efficient Icestorm cores.
The Firestorm cores have 192 KB of L1 instruction cache and 128 KB of L1 data cache and share a 12 MB L2 cache.
The Icestorm cores have a 128 KB L1 instruction cache, 64 KB L1 data cache, and a shared 4 MB L2 cache.
The Icestorm “E cluster” has a frequency of 0.6–2.064 GHz and a maximum power consumption of 1.3 W.
The Firestorm “P cluster” has a frequency of 0.6–3.204 GHz and a maximum power consumption of 13.8 W.
The M1 comes with unified 8 GB or 16 GB RAM. The RAM and the SoC are combined into a single chip.
The M1 has an integrated Apple-designed 7-core/8-core GPU.
And that’s the specs sheet.
This chip is faster than any Intel and AMD chip of it’s class.
In fact, this chip is in it’s own class with it’s 5 nm architecture.
This chip is also faster than any NVIDIA and AMD dedicated graphics card in a special way.
The M1 can consume a maximum of 14W.
In fact the M1 Macbooks don’t even come with a fan! My crappy Lenovo S20-30 netbook also came without a fan but it had a crappy slow piece of Intel garbage.
The battery life for M1 powered laptops is the outstanding.
The M1 Macbook Air was reportedly launched at the price of $999.
At this price point, I’d say this was an acceptable deal, BUT the Macbooks aren’t great.
Don’t get me wrong – the M1 chip is the greatest, so far. If I had the money, I’d buy a laptop with an M1 chip.
But Apple Macbooks aren’t a great purchase for consumers. And for several reasons; one being, very poor maintenance, repair and upgradability options.
The M1 is a trendsetter. It’s a spaceship in a world of supercars.
I’m excited to see what the competition will now bring on the table.
It’ll take AMD perhaps another 5 years to get their equivalent of an M1 chip.
It’ll take Intel 10 years or more. Because Intel sucks and FUCK INTEL!
Everyone was talkin’ about how cool AMD chips are. I mean, look at this! It’s more powerful than anything AMD came up wih and doesn’t even need a fan! If AMD is cool, then Apple’s M1 is ice-cold. And Intel – oh bugger! Intel may shut down by the end of this decade. Their CPUs are way overpriced and Intel HD Graphics is completely useless when the M1 is taken into consideration. And the Iris crap isn’t any better. No praise for Intel and their new generations of the same overpriced bullshit every year!
I mean, look at the performance vs power consumption here, both on the CPU and integrated GPU.
The Zen 3 products are the last great thing from AMD for the next few years. Because now they’ll have to go back to the drawing board, and redesign an entire new SoC that can compete with Apple’s M1. And compatible graphics cards that can go along with those.
Because that’s where the money is.
The M1 chip just falls short of AMD and Nvidia’s most powerful dedicated GPUs that were released late last year. That’s a big deal. Apple singlehandedly designed a chip with an integrated GPU that beat all the dedicated GPUs before it’s launch.
Nvidia will have to go back to the drawing board as well. Every company that wants to survive will have to do something! And if they don’t, rest assured that Apple will gain a whole lotta new consumers. Well that can’t be good for AMD, Intel or Nvidia, right?
Fanless SoC that runs like a beast! The entire motherboard is so small, they make desktop computers look like dinosaurs.
Now I don’t like Apple’s tiny motherboards and terrible upgrading designs. I hope the other companies would make better choices.
Imagine a 16 core M3 chip, with a fan and the same chassis as today’s average laptops. The thing would be a beast with the best cooling possible.
And I hope there would be upgrading options with RAM slots in addition to the integrated RAM. That’d be nice.
I think this new decade will bring along some of the most powerful chips we could ever have imagined. And the longer those are delayed, the larger Apple’s customer base will grow.
Apple’s 8 core M1 chip is already here.
Now we just have to wait and see when they’ll release a 12 core M2 and 16 core M3..
By the time those come out, if AMD and Nvidia haven’t released something as good, then dedicated graphics cards will become obsolete.
I mean, if there was an option for the M1 chip in a Lenovo, Asus or Dell laptop when the M1 Macbooks came out, I’d have bought one.