Apple M2 is much better than AMD at gaming

Apple announced M1 SoCs almost two years ago. And then we saw the new one M2 chipset launch at WWDC 2022. In a recent test, the benchmark result of the M2 chip against the AMD Ryzen iGPU demonstrates Apple’s desire to compete in the gaming industry.

Apple M2 gaming performance is a total surprise

A new benchmark result comes from YouTuber HardwareUnboxed. They looked at the gaming performance of Apple’s new M2 chip. M2 MacBook tested against a Ryzen 7 6800U in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This mobile processor features the Radeon 680M, a powerful iGPU that takes advantage of the RDNA 2 architecture. But as a result, the M2 outperformed AMD’s integrated graphics. The YouTuber found that the new Apple SoC outperformed the Ryzen 7 6800U’s iGPU by about 10%. This game test involves playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider, released in 2018, at a low resolution of 1200p with SMAA enabled.

When the 4K YouTube video playback test was run, the battery outperformed the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U and the Intel Core i7-1260P. Even if the gaming test itself isn’t extremely demanding, it’s amazing to see what the M2 can achieve with significantly less power. The M2 SoC offers 48% more power than AMD’s offering and a massive 2.2x boost over Intel.

There are 20 billion transistors in the Apple M2 SoC – this is a 25% improvement over the M1. While it has the same eight cores as the previous generation M1, the cores have been upgraded. As you know, Apple’s chips are not designed for gaming; with that in mind, the results are impressive. In addition, the game is not optimized for macOS.

So what do you think of the gaming performance of the Apple M2 chipset? Do you think Apple can catch up with AMD and Intel? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

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