The graphics performance of the Apple M1 is like a Radeon RX 560X, better than the Intel Iris Xe G7

by David Posted on 17 nov 2020, 19:20:00

Apple has delivered the first units of its new Mac with its own processor, the M1, and it will not leave anyone indifferent. It is manufactured at 5 nm by TSMC and inside there are 16 billion transistors, and compared to the A14 chip this M1 contains four major Firestorm cores, four minor Icestorm cores, and an integrated eight-core graphics unit. In the computing part it is around 50% more powerful, but in the graphic section it is more than doubled.

The design of the chip you have below, and you can also see the sixteen cores of the neural engine for artificial intelligence calculations, which is a unit that should not begin to be lacking in desktop computers. The operating frequency of the cores is 3.2 GHz, and the iGPU, according to my deduction from Apple’s data, is composed of eight cores of their own architecture, with 128 execution units or 1024 shaders running at 1270 MHz. That means 64 texturing units and 32 raster units.


Based on graphics performance data from AnandTech, the power would be around the Radeon RX 560X, which beats Intel’s Iris Xe G7 and AMD’s Radeon Graphics 8 as an integrated graphics unit. Which, for a new entrant in the desktop processor space, is not bad at all. The question is how this architecture will scale —Of I advance that surely enough well- to be able to cover with it the power from the simple MacBook Air to the Mac Pro. In less than two years it will be known.

The best test in games so far is the one indicated in Rise of the Tomb Raider, outperforming a Radeon RX 560X laptop, which is actually like the Radeon RX 560 desktop, so the comparison is quite valid. Considering that the M1 is running the game through Rosetta 2, the results are even more impressive. It reaches 39.6 f / s on average at FHD and very high quality with the FXAA activated. Compared to other graphics cards used in Mac, it is 50% faster than the Radeon Pro 560 in the MacBook pro from 2017. Its consumption in GFXBench Aztec It sits at around 17W, making it a good value for an iGPU of this power.

The funny thing about this is that to outperform the Radeon Pro 5600M in the MacBook Pro 16 you only need two M1s stuck. Come on, double the larger cores, double the iGPU cores, and the size won’t be much more than double the M1.

Below you have the summary of characteristics of several graphics cards, integrated and dedicated.

Graphics card comparison
M1 (iGPU) Radeon RX 560X Iris Xe G7 Radeon Graphics 8
Company Apple AMD Intel AMD
GPU Polaris Xe-LP Vega
GPU variant Polaris 11 Xe-LP Vega 10
Chip size 123 mm2 mm2 mm2
Foundry 5 nm TSMC 14 nm GlobalFoundries 10 nm Intel 7 nm TSMC
Multiproc. of data streams 1024 1024 768 512
Frec. base 1270 MHz 1175 MHz 300 MHz 1750 MHz
Rub. turbo MHz 1275 MHz 1350 MHz MHz
You rendering 32 16 24 16
You texture 64 64 48 32
Texture rate 81.28 GTexel/s 81.60 GTexel/s 64.80 GTexel/s 56.00 GTexel/s
Pixel rate 40.64 GPixel/s 20.40 GPixel/s 32.40 GPixel/s 28.00 GPixel/s
Rub. memory 4.26 GHz 7 GHz 4.27 GHz 3.2 GHz
Ifaz. memory 128 bits 128 bits 128 bits 128 bits
Memory bandwidth 68.16 GB/s 112.00 GB/s 68.32 GB/s 51.20 GB/s
Consumption 80 W W
PCIe slots 2
Con. PCIe 1x 6 pines
Computing power 2.60 TFLOPS 2.61 TFLOPS 2.07 TFLOPS 1.79 TFLOPS



Actor Laurence Fox goes into politics to recover British values


Updated:12/11/2020 20:30h


Earlier this year, the British actor Laurence Fox He was accused of being a racist for saying that Meghan Markle did not leave the Royal Family – and the United Kingdom – for having suffered discrimination because of her skin color. A teacher then pointed out his privileges, that is, being a man and a white man, and from there the accusations of racism against him spread. They told me I was a vile human being, they threatened that my career would end», Explained this Thursday during a meeting with foreign correspondents in London. “He was very upset,” he added, since although he does not like the word, he considers himself “anti racist»-Although he affirms that it is not worth having to prove that it is not- and a few months later he decided that it was time for an organized debate on freedom of expression.

This is how the idea of Reclaim, the political party that he has just launched and with which he intends to vindicate and recover the British values ​​that, he considers, are being lost. «We want to reclaim the values ​​of our nation, which are at risk right now“, He assures, and details that” traditions and culture are very important to unite people. He appeals to common sense and “the truth” and although he admits that he does not like threats or accusations he suffers, “I was raised to be brave” and “I always get up, no matter how many times they hit me.”

More close to the right wing of the political spectrum, affirms that throughout his life he has voted for different formations, and even gave the vote at some point to the former leader of the Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, but that his party advocates values, and that these are not from the left or the right.

Although she defends equal rights between men and women, not only does she not define herself as “feminist” but she also says she mistrusts those who do. “I don’t think it is necessary to label oneself”, This well-known actor affirms that he voted to stay in the European Union in the 2016 referendum, but once the majority decision was known, he defended that this collective option of leaving the community bloc should be, above all, respected.

It qualifies as “pure misogyny” the attacks on the author of Harry Potter by many trans activists, “who do not recognize the biological differences between men and women” and who use terms such as “people who bleed or people who menstruate to call women.” Precisely to the harassment that those like JK Rowling suffer for their opinions is what he talks about when he defends the sacred value “of the right to freedom of expression”, something that he feels is increasingly penalized in today’s society, despite the fact that he considers that The United Kingdom is «without a doubt one of the most welcoming countries and the world’s multicultural ”.

Known primarily for his role as Detective James Hathaway on the BBC drama series’Lewis», He is also a singer, guitarist and composer, and assures that he is not worried about the consequences that it will have on his career as an artist the leap into politicsa, which he sees simply as a way to «leave my children a better world than the one we have», He asserts.

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New Adjustment in Fat Cattle Values, with an Eye on Climate

It closes a fourth consecutive week of low prices for fat cattle. Although the adjustment has moderated, the values ​​continue under pressure in a scenario of increasing supply and with some nervousness due to the delay of the rains.

The industries propose lower values ​​and, even, some plant is without spending a price. The offer increases gradually, although the concretion of businesses has slowed down.

The special fat steer is priced between US $ 3.20 and US $ 3.25 per kilo on fourth scale, with some exceptional business above these references. At the end of the week it was difficult to exceed these values. The entries to the plant remain long, between 10 and 20 days.

For the good fat cow, business deals between US $ 3 and US $ 3.05 per kilo, achieving something more in specific batches. The cow is more in demand than the calf. The heifer is priced between US $ 3.15 and US $ 3.25.

Operators consulted agree that a slight additional price adjustment could be registered in the coming days. The volume of work and the weather conditions will be key.

Anxiety rises due to the delay of the rains, which would be arriving next week. The regrowth of pastures has been slowed down by the low rainfall and temperatures that are only now on the rise. There is a yellow light for the end of spring and the run of summer with forecasts that reaffirm a La Niña episode and a probability of below-average rainfall.

With this climatic panorama and the adjustment that the fat cattle has registered, movements in the replacement market have been reduced.

In the international market, uncertainty is increasing about how the European demand for meat will evolve in the face of the resurgence of covid-19. The bloc countries are tightening measures to prevent the spread of the disease; in some regions restricting activity in restaurants and announcing the closure of bars. In China, for its part, there is a sustained demand, but with moderate values.

The meat packing industry remains cautious. Last week the slaughter of cattle crossed 40,000 heads for the first time since the beginning of June. It registered a weekly rise of 12% and totaled 40,313 head. The most notable rise was in the slaughter of cows (19%) that added 16,798 heads. In the case of steers, the rise was 6% with 17,703 heads.

Agreements are being closed for the arrival of kosher crews at the end of the month in some plants. At the beginning of November, meanwhile, a new slaughter of corral cattle begins, destined for Quota 481, which may take away purchasing pressure on pasture cattle.

On the other hand, firmness predominates in the sheep. Business is taking place smoothly and prices continue to rise moderately. Light lamb is priced at around US $ 3.48, heavy lamb at US $ 3.54, lambs at US $ 3.51, capons at US $ 3.13 and sheep at US $ 3.07.

The weekly slaughter of sheep totaled 30,157 animals, a weekly jump of 19%.

Slight rise in exported value

The export price of beef averaged US $ 3,820 per ton last week, slightly above the previous week, according to preliminary data released by the National Meat Institute.

So far in 2020, the value per ton exported stands at US $ 3,823, a rise of 1.4% compared to the US $ 3,771 registered in the same period of 2019.

In sheep meat, the price remained stable with an average of US $ 4,404. So far this year it stands at US $ 4,291, a 3.9% drop compared to the US $ 4,465 registered a year ago.