Apple’s M2 outperforms AMD’s Ryzen 7 in gaming, but not much else
Since it has been available for a month, Apple's newest M2 system on a chip has been put through multiple benchmark tests against the competition.
Everyone was startled by the newest tests from HardwareUnboxed, which showed that the M2 fared poorly in CPU benchmarks but outperformed the Ryzen 7 6800U GPU in gaming.
In a gaming comparison using Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U with the RDNA 2 iGPU was pitted against the Apple M2.
This game requires a lot of graphics, and Apple's older M1 CPU could only play it at low settings. The M2 presented a unique situation.
On the maximum settings, the M2 performed up to 10% better than the Ryzen 7 6800U.
While AMD's Ryzen 7 could only reach a maximum of 25 frames per second (fps) at 1200p, the M2 averaged 28 fps.
The narrative was the same on medium and low settings, with the M2 achieving 33 frames per second on medium and the Ryzen 7 achieving 30 frames per second.
All of this was accomplished by Apple's M2 chip while using 48% less power than the Ryzen 7.
According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the new M2 heralded a new era of gaming for MacBooks.
He revealed at WWDC 2022 that Apple was luring AAA developers with the new Metal 3 framework in order for them to benefit from the M2.
This year, Mac versions of games like No Man's Sky and Resident Evil Village are anticipated.
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