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. The first is dedicated to the 2-in-1 laptop sector, It has 8 cores, 8 threads, a maximum frequency of 3.1GHz. 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 4 and Cinebench R15.


Processor Microsoft SQ2 Apple M1
Market (main) 2-in-1 laptop Laptop
ISA ARMv8 (64-bit) ARMv8.5-A (64-bit)
Microarchitecture Cortex-A76, Cortex-A55 Firestorm, Icestorm
Core name Kryo 495 Gold, Kryo 495 Silver Firestorm, Icestorm
Family Snapdragon 800 M series
Part number(s), S-Spec SQ2 APL1102
Release date Q3 2020 Q4 2020
Lithography 7 nm 5 nm
Transistors - 16,000,000,000
Cores 8 8
Threads 8 8
Base frequency 1.8 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.1 GHz 3.2 GHz
Energy cores 4x Qualcomm Kryo 495 Silver @ 1.80 GHz 4x Apple Icestorm @ 2.06 GHz
High performance cores 4x Qualcomm Kryo 495 Gold @ 3.14 GHz 4x Apple Firestorm @ 3.2 GHz
Cache memory 2 MB 12 MB
Max memory capacity 16 GB 16 GB
Memory types LPDDR4X-2133 LPDDR4X-4266
Max # of memory channels 8 2
Max memory bandwidth 68.26 GB/s 68.25 GB/s
TDP 9 W 14 W
GPU integrated graphics Qualcomm Adreno 690 Apple M1 GPU
GPU cores - 8
GPU execution units 3 128
GPU shading units 768 1,024
GPU boost clock 661 MHz 1,278 MHz
GPU FP32 floating point 2,088.9 GFLOPS 2,610 GFLOPS
Socket SoC SoC
AI accelerator - AI accelerator 16-core
AI computing operations per seconds - 11 TOPS

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.

Performances :

Performance comparison between the two processors, for this we consider the results generated on benchmark software such as Geekbench 4.

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.

Geekbench 5 - Multi-core & single core score - Mac OS X & Windows
Apple M1 1,711
Microsoft SQ2 789

In single core, the difference is 117%. In multi-core, the difference in terms of gap is 138%.

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 equivalent

See also:

Microsoft SQ1

Apple M1 MaxApple M1 ProApple M1X © 2021 - Information - XML sitemap - Privacy policy - Advertising policy - Contact


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