Apple M1 ARM Performance With A 2020 Mac Mini

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 20 November 2020. Page 3 of 7. 206 Comments

Software packages that are very fine tuned for x86_64 like Intel's own OSPray renderer and Open Image Denoise library were obviously performing fairly poor under Rosetta in comparison.

For more generic rendering workloads like from LuxCore and V-RAY, the Rosetta performance still wasn't enough to match the i7-8700B but still admirable overall considering the translation layer is still in early form.

When dealing with I/O operations such as from the embedded SQLite database library, the Rosetta-based performance was comparable to the previous-gen Mac Mini while the native SQLite performance on the Apple M1 provided significant generational lift.

Git saw some overhead running under Rosetta but even there the performance was ahead of the previous-gen Mac Mini.

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