After various reviews and benchmarks between the Apple M1 processor and the 11th Gen Intel Core processor turned out to favor the Apple M1, Intel is now opening its voice by offering their own version of the benchmark results.
According to benchmarks conducted by Intel, the latest processor, Intel Core Gen-11 (Tiger Lake) is faster than the Apple M1. For information, the Apple M1 is an Apple-made processor that replaces Intel in the latest MacBook line.
These various Intel claims were outlined in a test involving the MacBook Air M1 and two laptops equipped with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 (8GB RAM) and i7-1185G7 (16GB RAM).
The tests tested include tests of productivity, performance, gaming, battery life, and so on.
In testing the overall productivity using the WebXPRT 3 standard test via the Chrome browser, Intel claims the Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor is 30 percent faster than the Apple M1.
TomsHardware Performance comparison chart of the Intel Tiger Lake and Apple M1 processors.
Intel also tests the performance of Microsoft Office 365 applications using real-world usage guidelines (RUG). As a result, Intel’s processor is claimed to be 2.3x faster than the Apple M1.
For content processing performance, the Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor is claimed to be 1.7x faster than the Apple M1 when using a number of export features in the Adobe Premiere Pro application.
Gaming is more capable
In testing the gaming sector, Intel claims the Tiger Lake processor is capable of running a number of games that the Apple M1 cannot run.
Some of them are Gears Tactic, Grid 2019, Metro Exodus, Hitman 2, Far Cry Never Dawn, and many more. This is fairly reasonable because the Apple M1 is a new chip, so developers have to adjust their games.
The performance of the Tiger Lake chip to play a number of benchmark games itself is claimed to be more capable than the Apple M1.
When playing Total War: Three Kingdoms and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, the Intel Tiger Lake processor combined with the Intel Iris Xe graphics processor was able to run both games with an average frame rate of 60.6 and 71.2 fps.
Apple M1 itself is said to be only strong in playing the two games at an average of 46.6 and 32.2 fps.
However, there are several games in testing that prove that the Apple M1 is faster, such as in Shadow of the Tomb Rider, Hitman, and Borderlands 3.
All three games are able to run on the Apple M1 with average frame rates of 35, 78, and 35.7 fps. On the Intel Tiger Lake processor, all three games are only able to run with frame rates of 32, 59.3, and 34.6 fps.
Battery life lost
Turning to the aspect of battery life, the performance of Intel’s Tiger Lake processor is not much different from the Apple M1, which is only a few minutes apart in the endurance test.
The Intel Core i7-1165G7 laptop that was tested (not the Intel Core i7-1185G7) was able to last for 10 hours 6 minutes when used to watch Netflix while browsing on Chrome with a screen brightness level of 250 nits.
The MacBook Air M1 lasted six minutes longer, i.e. 10 hours 12 minutes in the same test. However, the browser used on the MacBook Air M1 is Apple’s default browser, Safari.
In addition to performance, Intel also tested the Tiger Lake and Apple M1 processors in about 25 performance tests based on real-world application usage.
Of the dozens of tests, the Apple M1 is claimed by Intel to fail to run 8 fairly simple tests, three of which include running the “Switch to Calendar” feature in Outlook, “Start video conference” in Zoom, to “Select Picture Menu” in PowerPoint.
It should be noted, many claims made by Intel itself are inaccurate and seem “suspicious”.
First, Intel compared the Tiger Lake processor to the Apple M1 chip found in the fanless “Air” MacBook, not the “Pro” model. If a Pro model is involved, there is a chance that the test results will change.
Intel itself uses two laptop models that are powered by different processors and RAM capacities, namely the Intel Core i7-1165G7 (8GB RAM) and i7-1185G7 (16GB RAM).
This can be seen when Intel uses an Intel Core i7-1185G7 for testing productivity, performance, and gaming. Then, on battery testing, they switched it to an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor.
In fact, summarized by KompasTekno from TomsHardware, Monday (8/2/2021), the durability of the MacBook Pro M1 itself is superior to the Acer Swift 5 laptop (which uses a Tiger Lake processor) by a difference of almost 3 hours.
Moreover, the aspects that Intel tested were actually determined by a set of benchmark rules made by the company internally, for example, such as tests based on daily use or the RUG.