[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1250U vs Apple M2 – More powerful, but more expensive as well

Yesterday, we had the Apple M1 go against the Core i5-1250U, resulting in a fantastic showing for the Apple chip. However, the M1 isn’t even the most recent thing to come out of Apple’s oven, as the M2 has been out for a few months.

It’s shown to do quite well when compared to its predecessor, as the new architecture swiftly dispatched the competition. How can it do against the Core i7-1250U, well today we’re going after that exact question?

Today we’re comparing the Intel Core i5-1250U against the Apple M2.

You can take a look at our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where we showcase the best and the newest laptop processors.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i7-1250U / Apple M2 (8-core GPU) / Apple M2 (10-core GPU)

Specs table

Intel Core i7-1250U Apple M2
Architecture Alder Lake U Apple M-series
Cores / Threads 10/12 8/8
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 0.80 – 4.70GHz 2.42 – 3.48GHz
Cache 12MB 20MB
Lithography 10nm 5nm
TDP 9W 10W
Memory type

LPDDR5-5200, LPDDR4x-4267

LPDDR5-6400
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) Apple M2 GPU (8-core)

Apple M2 GPU (10-core)

CPU benchmarks

The Core i7-1250U is decently more powerful in 3D Rendering with Cinebench 20, scoring 27% higher than the MacBook Air and 30% higher than the MacBook Pro 13. However, the M2 SoC is much better in both GeekBench and in the newer Cinebench R23.

Geekbench 5 Single Multi
Intel Core i7-1250U
1237
4492
Apple M2 1933 (+56%) 8985 (+100%)
Cinebench R23
Intel Core i7-1250U 7766
Apple M2
8739 (+13%)

GPU benchmarks

The Apple M2 comes with either an 8-core or a 10-core GPU, both of which score a lot higher than the integrated graphics inside the Core i7, the 8-core GPU does 84% better in Wildlife Extreme, while the 10-core GPU is 122% faster.

3DMark Wildlife Extreme
Intel Core i7-1250U – Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 3082
Apple M2 (8-core GPU) 5683 (+84%)
Apple M2 (10-core GPU) 6840 (+122%)

Conclusion

The M2 SoC is a fantastic piece of technology that makes the MacBook series of laptops stand out even more. On the other hand, it’s a lot more expensive, as the MacBook Air with an M2 chip starts off at $1199, while the Core i7-1250U can be found inside the HP Envy x360 13 for around $800 to $900.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1250U:


All laptops with the Apple M2 (8-core GPU):


All laptops with the Apple M2 (10-core GPU):

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