New benchmark just announced an iMac The Apple M1 chip has been found online in the GeekBench 5 database, and if accurate, the new iMac will greatly improve the performance of its predecessor.
comparison results show both single-core and multi-core performance for the upcoming All-In-One from Cupertino tech goliath. Its single-core performance scores ranged from 1,707 to 1,736 from three different results uploaded to the database on May 12th. In multi-core performance, it scored 7429 and 7471 with an average of 1724 single-core and 7453 multi-core performance.
It doesn’t quite beat 27-inch iMac from the previous year, at least as multi-core benchmarks. In terms of single-core performance, the new iMac is about 39% faster than a 27-inch iMac with an Intel Core i7-10700K (someone helpful comparison system also on May 12) with a single core score of 1240.
However, multi-core performance is a different story as the 27-inch iMac scored 8,281 points on the new iMac, averaging 7,453, about 11% better. Which in itself is quite significant considering that the Intel Core i7-10700K is a seriously powerful processor.
Of course, we haven’t tested the new iMac ourselves, so everything has to be taken with salt until we can take it by ourselves.
The performance of the new iMac is good news for the Apple MX
While we’re all still fully immersed in the new Apple M1 circuit, Apple is certainly busy behind the scenes working on its next-generation dandelion, unofficially known as Apple MX circuit.
It has long been suspected that the Apple M1 chip would not be powerful enough for some of the more serious Apple hardware, such as the 27-inch iMac and 16-inch MacBook Pro, so these systems are likely to have the next generation of Apple silicon.
The fact that the Apple M1 seems to score as well as it does means it is almost as powerful as the Intel processor running on these systems. Clearly, the processor works better on these smaller systems, so we can’t say the M1 would work as well if Apple just hit it on a 27-inch iMac, so we’re still confident that the next MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac will launch the MX chip.
Still, the MX chip is almost certainly a significant improvement over the M1 if the rumors we’ve heard so far are accurate, so we can expect a similar improvement on the new 27-inch iMacs when they come out like we’re likely to see new 21.5-inch iMacs, which are due to be announced later this month.