Apple's new M1-powered 24-inch iMac is a major upgrade for desktop Mac owners who need more power. The new iMac with an M1 processor outperformed its Intel-based predecessor with a performance gap of almost 60%. This comes from a leaked benchmark identified by MacRumors. That means a considerable leap in performance between the models.

The new desktop was put through its paces and scored 1,729 points and 7,459 points in the Geekbench 5 benchmark utility for the single-core and multi-core test. The benchmarks arrive before Apple ships the iMac, and the results likely come from early reviews. These Geekbench 5 results show that the iMac is on par with the M1-based Mac Mini and notebooks like the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Geekbench announced that the iMac's CPU is configured with an eight-core processor and a seven-core GPU, which likely shows the base M1 configuration clocked at 3.2GHz.

Apple also offers high-end iMac models with better tuned M1 performance, such as the B. a model with an eight-core CPU and an integrated eight-core GPU. The M1 iMac was recently unveiled at Apple's Spring Loaded event. The processor is based on the ARM architecture, which is widely used in modern smartphones and tablets.

This puts the 24-inch base model ahead of the 21.5-inch Intel model it replaces. The Intel Core i7-8700 model achieved only 1,109 points and 6,014 points in the same benchmark for single-core and multi-core performance. Apple's Intel-based iMac was equipped with an 8th generation processor, so the comparison with Intel is not exactly “Apple to Apple”. A fair comparison would compare the M1 to a 10th or 11th generation processor, but Apple hasn't used Intel's newer CPUs on its desktop. Given the remarkable improvement in performance provided by the M1 processor, owners of older iMacs shouldn't have to worry when looking in the market for an upgrade.

For comparison: the 27-inch top model scored 1.2479 points and 9.002 points in the single-core and multi-core tests. This means that multicore performance is 25% faster than the iMac's 24-inch M1 motor. However, the M1 is still 38% faster in single-core performance. When the M1 chip on the 27-inch iMac, like the six-core model, was stacked against the lower Intel configurations of the 27-inch iMac, Apple's silicon beat its rival in both single-core and multicore Test.

In addition to the bolder color options, sleeker design, and the move to the M1 chipset, Apple's latest iMac has an improved microphone array, better FaceTime HD camera, and a new speaker system to make your video calls look and sound better.

Apple's M1 processor is now shared across the Mac Mini, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro tablets. It is already rumored that the company is working intensively on the development of an M2 chipset for the successor to the M1. The processor could debut in a completely redesigned MacBook Air, inspired by the iMac's new aesthetic in the near future.

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