[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1250U vs Apple M1 – Good longevity on the side of Apple
The 9W Core i7-1250U is made for ultra-thin enterprise devices that want to remain powerful and well-performing under all conditions. With the lower wattage, there’s less pressure on the chip to perform, as it can boost up and clock higher if conditions allow it.
The Apple M1 is another low-TDP SoC, which comes in at just 10W. Also, it can be found for a relatively good price, as the MacBook Air 13 starts off at just $999, which is a decent starting point to enter the Apple ecosystem.
Today we’re comparing the Intel Core i5-1250U against the Apple M1, to see what
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|Intel Core i7-1250U||Apple M1|
|Architecture||Alder Lake U||Apple M-series|
|Cores / Threads||10/12||8/8|
|Clock Speeds – Base/Boost||0.80 – 4.70GHz||2.06 – 3.20GHz|
|LPDDR4X-4266 MHz SDRAM|
|Integrated GPU||Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)||Apple M1 GPU (8-core)|
The Core i7-1250U comes in with a 42% lead in Cinebench 20, while Cinebench 23 scores are close to being dead even. Lastly, when comparing Geekbench 5 single and multi-core tests, the M1 comes in with 40% higher score in single-core and 68% higher score in multi-core.
|Intel Core i7-1250U||
|Apple M1||1727 (+40%)||7564 (+68%)|
|Intel Core i7-1250U||7766|
The Apple M1’s GPU scores 53% higher in 3DMark Wildlife Extreme.
|3DMark Wildlife Extreme|
|Intel Core i7-1250U – Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)||3082|
|Apple M1||4719 (+53%)|
The M1 SoC houses an efficient CPU and GPU combo with good performance, especially in actively cooled MacBook Pro laptops. Both when it comes to computational and graphics performance, the Core i7-1250U gets outclassed. On the other hand, laptops with the Intel chip will probably come a bit cheaper, as you can check prices below of available devices with both the Core i7 as well as the Apple M1.
All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1250U:
HP ENVY x360 13
- Intel Core i7-1250U
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
All laptops with the Apple M1:
Apple MacBook Air 13 (Late 2020)
- Apple M1
- Apple M1 GPU (8-core)
- 16GB RAM
- 256GB SSD