Microsoft SQ2 vs Apple M1

Microsoft SQ2 on Amazon USA
Apple M1 on Amazon USA

Comparison of the technical characteristics between the processors, with the Microsoft SQ2 on one side and the Apple M1 on the other side, also their respective performances with the benchmarks. The first is dedicated to the 2-in-1 laptop sector, It has 8 cores, 8 threads, a maximum frequency of 3.2GHz. The second is used on the laptop segment, it has a total of 8 cores, 8 threads, its turbo frequency is set to 3.2 GHz. The following table also compares the lithography, the number of transistors (if indicated), the amount of cache memory, the maximum RAM memory capacity, the type of memory accepted, the release date, the maximum number of PCIe lanes, the values ​​obtained in Geekbench and Cinebench.

Specification comparison:

Processor Microsoft SQ2 Apple M1
Market (main)2-in-1 laptop Laptop
ISAARMv8 (64-bit) ARMv8.5-A (64-bit)
MicroarchitectureCortex-A76, Cortex-A55 Firestorm, Icestorm
Core nameKryo 495 Gold, Kryo 495 Silver Firestorm, Icestorm
FamilySnapdragon 800 M series
Part number(s), S-Spec


APL1102, T8103
Release dateQ3 2020 Q4 2020
Lithography7 nm N7 5 nm FinFET N5
Transistors- 33,700,000,000
Cores8 8
Threads8 8
Base frequency2.42 GHz 2.06 GHz
Turbo frequency3.15 GHz 3.2 GHz
Energy cores

4x Qualcomm Kryo 495 Silver @ 2.42 GHz

4x Apple Icestorm @ 2.06 GHz
High performance cores

4x Qualcomm Kryo 495 Gold @ 3.15 GHz

4x Apple Firestorm @ 3.2 GHz
Cache memory2 MB 16 MB
Max memory capacity16 GB 16 GB
Memory types


LPDDR4X-4266 (2133 MHz)
Max # of memory channels8 2
Max memory bandwidth68.26 GB/s 66.7 GB/s
TDP9 W 14 W
GPU integrated graphicsQualcomm Adreno 690 Apple M1 GPU 8-Core
GPU cores- 8
GPU execution units3 128
GPU shading units768 1,024
GPU base clock661 MHz 1,278 MHz
GPU boost clock680 MHz 1,278 MHz
GPU FP32 floating point2,088.9 GFLOPS 2,617 GFLOPS
SocketSoC SoC
Drystone MIPS173,041 DMIPS -
AI accelerator


AI accelerator 16-core
AI computing operations per seconds- 11 TOPS
DSPQualcomm Hexagon 690 -
ISPQualcomm Spectra 390 -
Max display resolution


6016 x 3384@60Hz (Thunderbolt),
3840 x 2160@60Hz (HDMI)
Video decodingH.265 4K H.265, HEVC, VP9
Video encodingH.265 4K H.265, HEVC
Max camera ISP192 MP; 22 MP @ 30fps -
Cellular technologiesLTE, WCDMA -
GNSSGPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS -
ModemQualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE -
LTE download speedUp to 2 Gbit/s -
LTE upload speedUp to 316 Mbit/s -
LTE categoryLTE Cat 20 -
ConnectivityUSB 3.1 2 Thunderbolt, 2 USB-C, 1 HDMI 2.0
Wi-FiWi-Fi 5 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad -
BluetoothBluetooth 5 -
Cinebench R23 single thread238 1,503
Cinebench R23 multi-thread1,746 7,794
PassMark single thread1,933 3,703
GFLOPS Performance
141.2 GFLOPS 203.4 GFLOPS

We can better compare what are the technical differences between the two processors.

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We see that the two processors have an equivalent number of cores, the turbo frequency of Apple M1 is bigger, that the PDT of Microsoft SQ2 is lower. Both were produced in the same year.

Performance comparison with the benchmarks:

Performance comparison between the two processors, for this we consider the results generated on benchmark software such as Geekbench.

AnTuTu - Total Score
Apple M1 1,052,349
Microsoft SQ2 286,261

The difference is 268%.

AnTuTu is one of the most popular apps in the world to evaluate and compare the power of a mobile device with the competition. It tests above all the power of calculation, the display of Web pages, the modeling of decorations in 3D, the management of the memory, the transfer of data.

Cinebench R23 - Multi-Thread & Single Thread Score
Apple M1 1,503
Microsoft SQ2 238

In single core, the difference is 532%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 346%.

Cinebench R23 is cross-platform testing software that allows you to assess the hardware capabilities of a device such as a computer, tablet, server. This version of Cinebench takes into account recent developments in processors with multiple cores and the latest improvements in rendering techniques. The evaluation is ultimately even more relevant. The test scene contains no less than 2,000 objects and more than 300,000 polygons in total.

Geekbench 4 - Multi-core & Single Core Score - Mac OS X & Windows
Apple M1 5,792
Microsoft SQ2 3,617

In single core, the difference is 60%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 93%.

Geekbench 4 is a complete benchmark platform with several types of tests, including data compression, images, AES encryption, SQL encoding, HTML, PDF file rendering, matrix computation, Fast Fourier Transform, 3D object simulation, photo editing, memory testing. This allows us to better visualize the respective power of these devices. For each result, we took an average of 250 values on the famous benchmark software.

Geekbench 5 - Multi-core & Single Core Score - Mac OS X & Windows
Apple M1 1,744
Microsoft SQ2 789

In single core, the difference is 121%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 148%.

Geekbench 5 is a software for measuring the performance of a computer system, for fixed devices, mobile devices, servers. This platform makes it possible to better compare the power of the CPU, the computing power and to compare it with similar or totally different systems. Geekbench 5 includes new workloads that represent work tasks and applications that we can find in reality.


Microsoft SQ2 Intel EquivalentMicrosoft SQ2 AMD EquivalentApple M1 Intel EquivalentApple M1 AMD Equivalent

See also:

Microsoft SQ1Microsoft SQ3

Apple M1 MaxApple M1 Pro 10-CoreApple M1 Pro 8-CoreApple M1 UltraApple M2Apple M2 MaxApple M2 Pro 10-CoreApple M2 Pro 12-CoreApple M2 UltraApple M3Apple M3 Max 14-CoreApple M3 Max 16-CoreApple M3 Pro 11-CoreApple M3 Pro 12-Core © 2023 - About us - XML sitemap - Privacy policy - Advertising policy - Contact


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