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First Mac mini benchmarks running the A12Z Bionic chip appear on the web

We already talked a lot about the new transition of Macs that comes around, in which Apple will bid farewell to Intel and adopt its own chips based on the ARM architecture.

To help developers make this transition in their apps, Apple created the Developer Transition Kit (a Mac mini with A12Z Bionic processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD).

The first developers are already putting their hands on this machine and, although Apple tries to block any type of information leakage involving this kit with its NDAs (non-disclosure agreements, or non-disclosure agreements), have already started popping up some here and there including, of course, benchmarks.

DTK benchmarks

Some of them already uploaded to the Geekbench database suggest that the Mac mini running the A12Z Bionic has average scores of 811 (for a core) and 2,781 (for multiple cores). In comparison, the current iPad Pro, which runs on the same chip, has average scores of 1,118 and 4,625, respectively.

It is worth noting that the tests in Geekbench are not optimized for Apple chips running on macOS, so everything runs under the tutelage of Rosetta 2 and this, obviously, has an impact on the result (developers estimate that, in their apps, this loss is between 25-40%). J in the tests of iPad Pro, everything runs natively.

Another good comparison with the entry-level MacBook Air, which achieves average results of 1,005 points in the single-core and 2,000 points in the multi-core. Of course, developers are also comparing the performance of DTK with competitive products:

Then the DTK with a two-year iPad chip runs code x86_64, in emulation, faster than the Surface Pro X, which runs natively. Hell, Qualcomm, what are you doing?

Everything indicates that the A12Z chip is limited to 2.4GHz on Mac mini, while on iPad Pro its clock has 2.5GHz. Furthermore, the processor also seems to use only the four “performance” cores, leaving aside the four “efficiency” focused cores, as it is recognized in Geekbench as a “only” processor quad-core, rather than octa-core.

Regardless of the performance of the A12Z, it is good to make it clear that Apple does not intend to sell Macs with the same processors as iPhones and iPads. Yes, the architecture will be the same, but Ma intends to create a specific line of processors for computers that will undoubtedly have much better performance.

This Mac mini with A12Z Bionic chip has only one purpose: to help developers to port their applications to this new architecture, and nothing more so that it has to be returned to Apple later.

via MacRumors, 9to5Mac