Apple M2 Benchmark, Test and specs

Apple M2 - new generation processor that will be installed in laptops and computers of the Apple company. Instruction Set (ISA) - ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) ISA extensions - Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation Second level cache (L2) - 16 MB Level 3 cache (L3) - Technical process - 4 nm Release date - Q1 2022.

Apple M2 specs and benchmark performance

The official technical specifications of the Apple M2 CPU can be used to determine its speed and efficiency, as well as the system requirements for games and other applications. Please learn more about the specs and benchmark results.

CPU Cores and Base Frequency Apple M2

  • Cores are the number of processing units in a CPU. The CPU cores are responsible for executing tasks. The more cores a CPU has, the more tasks it can execute simultaneously.
  • Base frequency is the CPU's clock speed. It is measured in gigahertz (GHz). The higher the base frequency, the faster the CPU can run.
Frequency: 3.50 GHz   CPU Cores: 8
Turbo (1 Core): No turbo   CPU Threads: 8
Hyperthreading: No   Overclocking: No
Turbo (8 Cores): No turbo   Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A core: 4x Unknown   B core: 4x Unknown
C core: --  

Internal Graphics Apple M2

GPU name: Apple M2 (8 Core)
GPU frequency: 3.50 GHz   GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Generation: 2   Execution units: 128
Max. displays: 3   Technology: 5 nm
Release date: Q1/2022   Max. GPU Memory: 16 GB

Hardware codec support Apple M2

h264: Decode / Encode
JPEG: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode
VP9: Decode / Encode
VC-1: Decode
AVC: Decode
h265 / HEVC (8 bit): Decode / Encode
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): Decode / Encode
AV1: Decode

RAM and PCIe Apple M2

The memory and PCIe specifications allow users to choose a configuration that meets their needs. For example, a user who needs high performance for gaming can choose a processor with a large amount of memory and a high memory clock speed.

Memory type: LPDDR5-5500   Max. Memory: 16 GB
Memory channels: 2   ECC: No
PCIe version: 4.0  

Encryption Apple M2

AES-NI: Yes  

Thermal Management Apple M2

Thermal Design Power (TDP) is a measure of the amount of heat that a processor produces. TDP is important because it determines the type of cooling that is required for a processor. Processors with a higher TDP require more powerful cooling to prevent them from overheating.

TDP is measured in watts (W). The TDP of a processor is typically specified by the manufacturer.

When choosing a Apple M2 processor, it is important to consider the TDP of the processor and the type of cooling that is available. Processors with a higher TDP will require more powerful cooling, which may require a more expensive motherboard or case.

Tjunction max.: --   TDP up: 20 W
TDP down: 10 W   TDP (PL1): 15 W
TDP (PL2): --  

Technical details Apple M2

L3-Cache: --   Technology: 5 nm
Architecture: M2   Virtualization: None
Socket: N/A   Release date: Q1/2022
Instruction set (ISA): ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)   L2-Cache: 16.00 MB
Part Number: --
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation

Devices using this processor Apple M2

Used in: Apple MacBook Air 14 (2022), Mac, MacPro, Mac Mini

CPU generation and family Apple M2

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Name: Apple M2   Segment: Mobile
CPU group: Apple M2
Family: Apple M series   Generation: 2
Predecessor: --   Successor: --

Apple M2 CPU in Benchmarks

Please learn the testing results of the Apple M2 CPU in synthetic benchmarks. These data can define the closest competitor and its current position in the models’ rating. Here are points in modern benchmarks, in which Apple M2 has been tested. Pay attention that the data can differ in testing systems.

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS) is a measure of the floating-point performance of an integrated graphics processing unit (iGPU). It is measured in gigaflops (GFLOPs), which is a billion floating-point operations per second. The higher the GFLOPs, the better the iGPU's floating-point performance. Floating-point performance is important for tasks that require a lot of calculations, such as video editing, 3D rendering, and scientific computing.

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