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Intel compares its Tiger Lake processors with Apple’s M1 chip using not very objective benchmarks

Would Intel be worried about Apple’s M1? In any case, this is what the comparison made between its 11th generation Tiger Lake processors and Apple’s M1 chip with which Intel seeks to prove that its processors are faster suggests.

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After several months of silence since the release of Apple’s M1 chip, Intel is finally speaking out to defend its 11th generation Tiger Lake processors unveiled in September 2020. According to him, computers equipped with 11th Generation Intel Core i7 are faster and more efficient than the MacBook M1. Our colleagues at PC World and Tom’s Hardware reported that Intel shared a series of benchmarks making the comparison. Only here, the circumstances in which the processors were tested do not seem to be very objective.

Benchmarks that better suit Intel and its Tiger Lake processors rather than Apple and its M1 chip

Based on benchmark results from Intel, Tiger Lake processors are faster in web browsing in Chrome, in the Office 365 productivity suite, in Adobe creative apps, and in artificial intelligence. For example, Intel compared the speed of exporting a PowerPoint presentation to PDF which proved to be faster on a Tiger Lake processor rather than Apple’s M1. However, we must not forget that PowerPoint and other Office 365 applications are much better optimized on Windows and Intel than on macOS.

Likewise, Intel has tested Topaz Labs’ applications as they are optimized to support the hardware acceleration of Tiger Lake processors. The computer giant also didn’t hesitate to use a different Intel Core i7 for each benchmark. Moreover, Intel recently unveiled the NUC 11 equipped with Tiger Lake processors and even the GeForce RTX 2060 for the gaming model.

Apple M1 lacks compatibility with games and external displays

When it comes to video games, there isn’t a dazzling difference between the two, but Intel took the lead by explaining that some games are just not available on M1 Macs. In addition, Intel used the MacBook Pro for performance testing, but moved on to MacBook Air for battery life tests while the latter is slightly lower. As a result, a similar autonomy was seen between the Tiger Lake processor and the M1 chip.

In addition to performance, Intel also clarified that its processors support different devices such as several external screens while MacBooks are only compatible with one, at least for now. Finally, Intel therefore chose benchmarks that suited it well to compare to Apple., but it remains a common practice in the computer world. In any case, do not hesitate to consult our comparison of the best laptops of 2021 by brand if you do not yet know which machine to choose.

Source : Engadget

Auriane Polge

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