Apple Silicon M1 emulating on x86 scores faster than any Mac in the single core benchmark

Last week we saw how a MacBook Air with the M1 chip was able to beat all Macs in the single core test. Now, someone has passed the same test to the processor, but emulating the x86 environment. Thus the chip Apple Silicon M1 is able to beat all Macs in X86 mode on the same single core benchmark.

Geekbench’s best score with the M1 and Rosetta 2

With a score of 1,313 and 5,888 in the single-core and multi-core tests, the Apple M1 processor once again places itself above any previous Mac. Running on a 2.4GHz 8-core MacBook Air M1, this model falls exactly between the new generation of Mac with Apple Silicon and the old one from Intel.

As collected from MacRumors, VirtualApple appears in the name of the processor, which is the name by which Mac with M1s that simulate the X86 environment through Rosetta 2 are called. It is evident that the virtualization machine used to run this version of Geekbench was going to have a performance hit. Doing the math, it looks like we can expect around 20-25% when executing single-core tasks.

Despite this, we are facing a discrete 5% improvement in performance in this mode, compared to the rest of Macs with an Intel processor. Of course, the difference is with the 2020 iMac, which is one of the fastest until recently: it is an Intel Core i9 at 3.6GHz.

The new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini with Apple Silicon M1 processor were released last week. Over the next few days, the first units will begin to reach the most pioneering users. It will be there when we will see even more details about these powerful teams.

App emulation via Rosetta 2 and preparation of new versions for Apple Silicon

With the change of processor from Intel to Apple Silicon, we have also experienced a transition of CPU architectures. From Intel x86 and macOS so far, to ARM and the new version of Big Sur. Therefore, while the Mac operating system is ready and capable of running x86 apps thanks to Rosetta 2, the rest of the third-party apps still had to be adapted.

In the last few days, we have seen a veritable wave of app updates that have been adapted to Apple Silicon. In addition to the suite iWork, Xcode, Logic, and Final Cut Apple itself, Microsoft and Adobe have already announced their plans.

While Office already works in Apple Silicon in its Beta, Adobe dates its final versions. Lightroom is coming next month and Photoshop in early 2021. Illustrator, Indesign, Acrobat, Premiere, and After Effects are not yet dated, but some of them are expected to ship with Photoshop next year. In other words, much earlier than the previous transition to Intel.

Developers such as Affinity, OTOY and Blackmagic Design already have their adapted apps or in beta process. Everything indicates that the jump to the new architecture is attracting a lot of the devs, hurrying more than fifteen years ago to embrace the new architecture.

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