Intel benchmark swipe at Apple Silicon M1 sounds a bit desperate

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    Apple’s M1 processor and Macs were undoubtedly the biggest tech news that closed last year. Its performance, especially for a first try at a desktop-class ARM-based processor, left many questioning Intel’s supremacy in that space. There are, of course, still things that Apple’s silicon may not be capable of at this time but that is also just a matter of time. Meanwhile, Intel is seemingly going on the offensive with a set of benchmarks that it claims show how actually inferior the Apple M1 is.

    Given that it’s Intel that is making the claims in favor of its own products, it’s not really that hard to take things with more than just a grain of salt. The chipmaker did provide the figures to tech news sites to let them spread the good word but that strategy may have backfired instead. Those sites naturally tried to scrutinize those claims and revealed a few uncertain aspects to Intel’s boasts.

    Intel naturally picked its fights and focused on areas of performance and, surprisingly, battery life. While there may be little argument that the benchmarks did really yield those scores, the question is whether those benchmarks really conveyed the complete story. Some, for example, are calling out Intel’s choice of software like Topaz Labs’ AI tests since the apps are designed to specifically take advantage of Intel-specific hardware acceleration, giving it an unfair advantage.

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