Apple announced M1 SoCs nearly two years ago. And then, we saw the new M2 chipset launch at the WWDC 2022. In a recent test, the M2 chip’s benchmark result against the AMD Ryzen iGPU demonstrates Apple’s desire to compete in the gaming industry.
Apple M2 Gaming Performance is Totally Surprise
A new benchmark result is coming from YouTuber HardwareUnboxed. They looked at the gaming performance of Apple’s new M2 chip. M2 MacBook tested against a Ryzen 7 6800U in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This mobile processor has the Radeon 680M, a powerful iGPU that takes advantage of the RDNA 2 architecture. But as a result, the M2 outperformed AMD’s integrated graphics. The YouTuber found that the new Apple SoC outperformed the Ryzen 7 6800U’s iGPU by about 10%. This gaming test involves playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider, released in 2018, at a low resolution of 1200p with SMAA turned on.
When the 4K YouTube video playback test, it outlasted the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U and the Intel Core i7-1260P in battery life. Even if the gaming test itself isn’t extremely demanding, it’s amazing to see what the M2 can achieve with a considerably smaller power. The M2 SoC offers 48% more energy than AMD’s offerings and a massive 2.2x boost over Intel.
There are 20 billion transistors in the Apple M2 SoC – this means a 25% improvement over the M1. While it has the same eight cores as the M1 from the previous generation, the cores have been upgraded. As you know, Apple’s chips aren’t designed for gaming; with that in mind, the results are impressive. In addition, the game isn’t optimized for macOS.
So what do you think about the gaming performance of the Apple M2 chipset? Do you think Apple can catch up with AMD and Intel? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section.