Apple M1 processor tested in mining Monero cryptocurrency
- Created: Thursday, 24 December 2020 05:02
Apple recently launched the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13 laptops with an all-new in-house developed processor called the Apple M1, which in some applications shows wonders of performance and energy efficiency compared to the same laptops, but on Intel processors. According to Apple, the new 8-core ARM processor M1 shows up to 3 times better energy efficiency compared to competing products, which has already broken many copies on the Internet. With the advent of the new version of the XMrig miner 6.7.0, in which it became possible to test the Apple M1 in mining the Monero cryptocurrency on the RandomX algorithm, and the results of this testing may add a little more heat to the dispute between Apple and Intel and AMD, which is already quite hot.
The developers of the XMrig miner maintain their own base on the hashrate of various processors on the RandomX and RandomWOW algorithm, and the results of testing the Apple M1 processor appeared in this list:
The much-touted Apple processor in this test ranks 190 with a score of 2384H/s, which is comparable to the 2013 Intel Core i7-4770K processor. But in Apple's defense, it is worth noting that the power consumption of the M1 CPU is only 15W, while the i7-4770K has 84W.
Therefore, if we compare the energy efficiency of processors in mining, then Apple M1 with a score of 159/W will be much better than 4770K with 27H/W.
But since The Apple M1 is a brand new 2020 processor with state-of-the-art 5nm process technology, so its energy efficiency should be compared to the latest generation AMD and Intel processors.
For comparison, let's take a new 12-core (24 threads) processor from AMD Ryzen 5900X, made using 7nm technology with a power consumption of 105W
The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor in Monero mining achieves a score of 16700H/s, significantly outperforming the Apple M1 in this benchmark.
And if you compare energy efficiency, then the Ryzen 5900X shows exactly the same energy efficiency in mining as the Apple M1 - 159H/W.
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Happy owners of a MacBook with an M1 processor can independently test their purchasing abilities by downloading XMrig on GitHub
You can independently familiarize yourself with the tests of processors using the RandomX algorithm on the XMRIG.com website