the chip of the next macs is revealed in a mysterious listing

An “Apple M1X” chip has appeared in the CPU Monkey database. The mysterious listing attributed to the chip of the next macs details what could be its technical characteristics. However, it is likely that this is a simple prediction.

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The CPU Monkey database lists a mysterious “Apple M1X” chip, with force of technical data. Since the release of the MacBook Air, Pro and Mac Mini M1, and especially the discovery of their stunning performance, the tech planet is eagerly awaiting the presentation of the next “mid-range” macs in 2021 and above all the details on their chip which promises to be in full view this time.

The name “M1X” is circulating, but it is, we emphasize, a pure invention. at this point – the name simply uses the naming conventions of the iPad Pro chip, which is named after the iPhone A chip with an “X” to distinguish them from less powerful smartphone chips. There is therefore reason to doubt from the outset the veracity of the CPU Monkey listing, especially since the site explains that the data is taken from a “pre-production” component.

Apple M1X chip would double the number of cores

In general, with manufacturers like Qualcomm, Intel or AMD there is enough to be satisfied with this kind of explanation. It happens that partners manage to get their hands on pre-production chips and make them work before their release. But as Apple is the only recipient of these chips, and a priori they do not allow for the moment to run any other operating system than special version of macOS Big Sur, it seems quite simply impossible that independent actors could have put their hands on serious or confirmed technical data.

However, if we talk to you about it, it is because it is a rather credible robot portrait of what this chip should be. So what to expect on this M1X variant? According to the site, the M1X chip should carry 12 cores, including 8 Firestorm performance cores and 4 Icestorm cores. The CPU of the chip clocked at 3.20 GHz will be accessible through 12 threads.

GPU side we have again 12 cores, with 256 execution units (double what the M1 chip offers), and a VRAM that can go up to 16 GB. The M1 chip by contrast has 8 CPU cores and 8 GPU cores. In addition the M1X will support up to 3 displays against 2 for the M1 chip. RAM side, the chip can embed up to 32 GB of LPDDR4X-4266 on two channels. It is PCIe 4.0 compatible with an unknown number of channels.

MiX should be found in the MacBook Pro 14 and 16 ″ of 2021 as well as in a refresh of the iMac

The silicon will be etched in 5 nm as the M1 is already. The site mentions a rather low TDP, between 35W and 45W (against 15W for M1 macs). According to CPU Monkey, the M1X chip will be used in three products: the 2021 MacBook Pro 14, 2021 MacBook Pro 16 as well as the 2021 Apple iMac 27, a product that has long been awaited for a datasheet update.

The three computers equipped with the M1X could according to the site be unveiled during the second quarter of 2021. Of course, it is pointed out, it is impossible to confirm these technical characteristics. We can simply point out that this information is in line with the rumors we have on the next Apple macs. For example, we have known for some time that Apple is preparing chips with a 16 or even 32-core GPU.

We also expected a refresh of the iMac this year, as well as new, more powerful MacBook Pro models. It remains to be seen how these characteristics will translate in terms of performance. The M1 Macs are pretty amazing considering their price tag, especially when it comes to pushing them into tasks like video editing.

Read also: Apple M1 – Intel strikes back with a series of questionable benchmarks

These machines are surprisingly responsive – even more so in some cases than very expensive Mac Pro setups. However, if the data of CPU Monkey is confirmed, Apple will have more or less doubled each of the quantified characteristics of the processor. What to expect twice the performance? What do you think ? Share your opinion with members of the community in the comments area!

Source: CPU Monkey

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