We already have the first review of a Mac Mini with the processor Apple M1, which leaves information of great relevance, such as that in this computer, the 4x high-performance cores, known as Firestorm, reach a frequency of 3.20 GHz in this equipment giving a TDP around the 20-24W consumption at maximum performance (vs 3.00 GHz reference), not bad if we remember that we have another 4x efficient cores called Thunder @ 2064 MHz.
This increase in the frequency of the high-performance cores is very acceptable because we are facing a team that is connected to the electrical current and it does not depend on a battery, which would reduce autonomy faster. Despite this, the equipment operating at maximum performance had a consumption limit of 31W.
In terms of performance, mononucleus, using SPECint2006, We are talking about a performance almost equal to that of the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X in many cases, while in the SPEC2000 Speed (total estimate) it even comes in first place, beating the AMD CPU. In the SPECint2017 it is one step below, tied or exceeded the Ryzen 9 depending on the test.
In the test multicore, simplifying all tests, stays between the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS (35W; 31.62 / 33.15 points) and the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U (15W; 25.14 / 28.25 points) thanks to its score of 28,85/38.71 points.
Now it’s time to talk about its 8-core graphics with 128 EUs @ 1275 MHz with 2.6 FTLOPs of FP32 power and LPDDR4X memory @ 4266 MHz. In summary, in 3DMark Ice Storm outperforms the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, while in the Rise of the Tomb Raider @ 1920 x 1080p in Very High Quality, DirectX 12, and emulated by Rosetta2, it gives us 39,6 FPS versus 32.9 FPS of the AMD Radeon RX 560X junto a un AMD Ryzen 5 2500U and far from a Ryzen 5 4600H + GeForce GTX 1650 (58.6 FPS).
Summarizing, in general terms, Using Rosetta2 to emulate x86 software can result in a performance loss of up to 50.13 percent, so it is vital that Apple encourages companies to optimize their applications to take advantage of the potential behind their Apple M1.