Debunking Apple M1X Naysayers

A lot of people claim Apple’s M1X will be significantly restrained in terms of number of cores and memory. Here is the case against that view.

The M1X is rumored to have 12 cores in total, with 8 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores.

A comparson of the M1 with the largest Intel i9 in terms of size of silicon die.
The “cores” area represent 4 firestorm and 4 icestorm cores with their associated cache. You can see we can add roughly two extra blocks and still stay within the size of an Intel i9.

What About the Memory?

The M1 processor with its cores, GPU and everything on the left. On the right you see two LPDDR4X SDRAM modules. The memory is separate but packaged together.


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