Apple M2 Review. Benchmark

Apple M2 - new generation processor that will be installed in laptops and computers of the Apple company. Instruction Set (ISA) - ARMv8-A64 (64 bit) ISA extensions - Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation Second level cache (L2) - 16 MB Level 3 cache (L3) - Technical process - 4 nm Release date - Q1 2022.

Apple M2 specs and benchmark performance

Apple M2 review will present you all the benefits and drawbacks of the model’s performance and speed. To define the best CPU, we recommend checking benchmark results and compare them to another model.

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

Technical characteristics presented below are basic and influence mostly the general performance while working and playing games. It is based on the “more-better” principle. 

Frequency: 3.50 GHz   CPU Cores: 8
Turbo (1 Core): No turbo   CPU Threads: 8
Hyperthreading: No   Overclocking: No
Turbo (8 Cores): No turbo   Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A core: 4x Unknown   B core: 4x Unknown
C core: --  

Internal Graphics

The manufacturer has equipped CPU with a built-in graphics card being an additional advantage. Note please its manufacturing technological process and clock frequency.

GPU name: Apple M2 (8 Core)
GPU frequency: 3.50 GHz   GPU (Turbo): No turbo
Generation: 2   Execution units: 128
Max. displays: 3   Technology: 5 nm
Release date: Q1/2022   Max. GPU Memory: 16 GB

Hardware codec support

Here are useful figures which CPU can boast in our review. It is technical information you can skip.

h264: Decode / Encode
JPEG: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode
VP9: Decode / Encode
VC-1: Decode
AVC: Decode
h265 / HEVC (8 bit): Decode / Encode
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): Decode / Encode
AV1: Decode

RAM and PCIe

A CPU is a device using mostly all capacity of the system for increasing speed and efficiency to operate. So, the more modern a memory standard and the bigger its maximum supported storage are, the better it is.

Memory type: LPDDR5-5500   Max. Memory: 16 GB
Memory channels: 2   ECC: No
PCIe version: 4.0  


Find out if processor supports the AES-NI extension developed by Intel Company which is used for boosting apps.

AES-NI: Yes  

Thermal Management

A standard power supply may be quite enough for low-performing and old processors, yet modern chips may need a strong cooling system and powerful power supply. To define it, pay attention please to the TDP figure and maximum temperature in operating mode.

Tjunction max.: --   TDP up: 20 W
TDP down: 10 W   TDP (PL1): 15 W
TDP (PL2): --  

Technical details

Here is the key information of processor. It presents L2 and L3 cash data, a socket supported by the motherboard, date of manufacture and the set of the ISA compatible instructions.

L3-Cache: --   Technology: 5 nm
Architecture: M2   Virtualization: None
Socket: N/A   Release date: Q1/2022
Instruction set (ISA): ARMv8-A64 (64 bit)   L2-Cache: 16.00 MB
Part Number: --
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation

Devices using this processor

Learn which laptops and workstations use Apple M2

Used in: Apple MacBook Air 14 (2022), Mac, MacPro, Mac Mini

CPU generation and family

Name: Apple M2   Segment: Mobile
CPU group: Apple M2
Family: Apple M series   Generation: 2
Predecessor: --   Successor: --

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

A benchmark is designed to determine graphics cards’ performance and speed, built into their central processor. It works in iGPU mode, FP32 Performance. The higher the rate is, the better it is.

5.0 Out of 1 CMPTEK score