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Apple M2 Vs Ryzen 5 7640U: Our Recommendation

Read on as we test the Apple M2 and Ryzen 5 7640U in productivity benchmarks and learn about their specs and architectural differences.

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In today’s mobile CPU comparison, I’ll compare the Apple M2 vs Ryzen 5 7640U. The M2 is Apple’s entry-level chip from their second-generation Silicon CPUs. On the other hand, the Ryzen 5 7640U is a power-efficient mid-range chip using AMD’s Zen 4 architecture. 

Also Check: Apple M2 Vs Core i7-1360P

Key Takeaways

  • The Apple M2 uses TSMC’s 5nm (N5P) node, while the Ryzen 5 7640U uses TSMC’s 4nm node. 
  • Performance-wise, the Ryzen 5 7640U proved 13.4% faster in multi-core applications and 13.7% in single-core applications
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Comparison Table

Let’s compare the specifications of the two CPUs to trace the similarities and differences.

Mobile CPU Apple M2 Ryzen 5 7640U
Architecture Apple Silicon Zen 4
Codename Tiger Lake Phoenix
Instruction Set ARMv8 x86-64
Processing Node TSMC 5nm (N5P) TSMC 4nm
Socket Apple-M FP8
No. of Cores 8 (4P + 4E) 6
No. of Threads 8 (4 + 4) 12
Base Clock
  • 3.5GHz (P-cores)
  • 2.4GHz (E-cores)
Boost Clock 4.9GHz
L1 Cache 192KB per core  64KB per core 
L2 Cache 16MB (shared) 1MB per core
L3 Cache 16MB (shared)
Memory Support  

  • LPDDR5 6400 MT/s
  • DDR5 up to 5600 MT/s
  • LPDDR5x up to 7500 MT/s
Memory Size Up to 24GB (Unified) Up to 256GB
PCIe Revision 4.0 4.0
No. of PCIe Lanes 20
Overclocking Support No No
Integrated Graphics Apple M2 GPU Radeon 760M
GPU Base Clock 500MHz 1500MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1398MHz 2600MHz
No. of Shaders 1024 384
No. of TMUs 64 24
No. of ROPs 32 16
No. of Execution Units  128 6
iGPU Theoretical 
3 TFLOPs 4.06 TFLOPs
Total Graphics Power 15W 15W
CPU Max Operating Temperature 100ยฐC
CPU Base Power 20W 15-30W (configurable)
Default 28W
Price Range (As of Aug 2023) $1099-$2499
Launch Date June 6, 2022 May 3, 2023

We can see that there are no evident similarities except that both CPUs have 16MB of shared cache. Also, they may have the same 20-watt base power draw. 

Architectural Differences 

  1. Instruction Set: The Ryzen 5 7640U consists of the usual x86-64 instruction set while the Apple M2 uses the ARMv8 set.
  2. Process NodesThe Apple M2 uses TSMC’s optimized 5nm node named N5P. Conversely, the Ryzen 5 7640U uses the more efficient 4nm process from TSMC. 
  3. Core/Thread Counts: The Apple M2 has 8 cores, including 4 P-cores and 4 E-cores. In contrast, the Ryzen 5 7640U has 6 full-power cores. Regarding the number of threads, the Apple M2 has 8 (4+4), while the Ryzen 5 7640U has 12
  4. Clock SpeedsThe Apple M2 and Ryzen 5 7640U have the same base frequency (3.5GHz) as far as the full-power cores are concerned. Additionally, the Apple M2 clocks 2.4GHz on its E-cores. Lastly, the Ryzen 5 7640U pushes its cores to an impressive 4.9GHz at boost mode, while the Apple M2 does not support boost frequencies.
  5. Memory: Firstly, the Apple M2 uses unified memory, while the Ryzen 5 7640U supports the traditional “RAM on motherboard” configuration.
    As for memory types, the Apple M2 supports and runs solely on LPDDR5 memory with a speed of 6400 MT/s. In opposition, the Ryzen 5 7640U supports DDR5 (up to 5600 MT/s) and LPDDR5x (up to 7500 MT/s) memory.
  6. Cache: The next question is of cache capacities. Starting with the L1 cache, Apple M2 has 192KB per core, as opposed to 64KB per core of the Ryzen 5 7640U.
    Concerning the L2 cache, the Apple M2 has a 16MB pool, while the Ryzen 5 7640U has 1MB for each core. Lastly, the Ryzen 5 7640U has 16MB of shared L3 cache, while the Apple M2 does not have an L3 cache.
  7. TDPThe Apple M2 has a base TDP rating of 20 watts, while the Ryzen 5 7640U has an adjustable TDP (between 15 and 30 watts).

Apple M2 Vs Ryzen 5 7640U: Performance Benchmarks 

Let’s compare the two mobile chips in performance.

Cinebench R23

Cinebench R23 multi-core and single-core
Cinebench R23 (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Starting off with the Cinebench R23 multi-core test, the Ryzen 5 7640U scores 12648 points compared to 8753 of the Apple M2. 
  • The Ryzen 5 7640U also top-scores in the single-core test with 1778 points, beating the Apple M2’s tally of 1590 points.

Geekbench 5

Geekbench 5 multi-core and single-core 
Geekbench 5 (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Next up is Geekbench 5, in which the Apple M2 scores 9016 multi-core points over 8868 points of the Ryzen 5 7640U โ€” taking a 1.6% lead.
  • In the single-core test, the Apple M2 recorded 1938 points, taking another marginal lead over the Ryzen 5 7640U (1884 points).

Similar Read: Apple M2 vs Apple M2 Pro

Geekbench 6

Geekbench 6 multi-core and single-core 
Geekbench 6 (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • The last benchmark is Geekbench 6, in which the Apple M2’s score is 9311 points. In reply, the Ryzen 5 7640U accumulated 9197 points
  • Concerning the single-core results, the Ryzen 5 7640U snatches the lead with 2340 points in response to 1747 points of the Apple M2.

Summing Up The Multi-Core And Single-Core Performance

Here is the summary of the multi-core and single-core performance from both CPUs.

Average multi-core and single-core scores
Overall performance (Image by Tech4Gamers) 
  • Multi-core Performance: The Apple M2 averaged 9026 points, whereas Ryzen 5 7640U averaged 10237 points over the three tests. Overall, the Ryzen 5 7640U is 13.4% faster than the Apple M2.
  • Single-core Performance: Across the three single-core benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 7640U averaged 2000 points compared to the 1758-point tally of the Apple M2. So, in single-core applications, the Ryzen 5 7640U is about 13.7% faster than the Apple M2.

Read: How To Benchmark Your PC/Laptop


You’ve reached the end of this Apple M2 vs Ryzen 5 7640U comparison. I found that the Ryzen 5 7640U is faster in both multi-core and single-core applications. However, since the Ryzen 5 7640U-based laptops have yet to launch, it’s hard to estimate which CPU is better value-wise.

However, we do know about the specifications the Ryzen 5 7640U packs, and they are mighty impressive. My benchmarks have shown that it will be a solid power-efficient CPU for mid-range laptops. The only thing AMD needs to do is price this CPU competitively, and it will easily challenge Apple and Intel CPUs in its class.

CPU Pros Cons
Apple M2
  • More cores
  • Potentially more power-efficient
  • Potentially higher memory
  • Relatively weaker performance
Ryzen 5 7640U
  • Better overall performance 
  • Faster iGPU
  • Better memory support
  • May be more power-consuming


Frequently Asked Questions

Which CPU has a better processing node: the Apple M2 or the Ryzen 5 7640U?

The Ryzen 5 7640U is fabricated on a more efficient 4nm process from TSMC, while the Apple M2 uses TSMC’s 5nm node (N5P).

Is the Ryzen 5 7640U more power-consuming than the Apple M2?

The Ryzen 5 7640U’s default TDP is 28 watts, while that of the Apple M2 is 20 watts. So at default, TDP, the Ryzen 5 7640U is more power-consuming than the Apple M2.

What’s the difference in memory between the Ryzen 5 7640U and the Apple M2?

The Apple M2 runs on unified memory while the Ryzen 5 7640U supports the traditional “memory on motherboard” design. Furthermore, the Apple M2 supports LPDDR5 memory, while the Ryzen 5 7640U supports LPDDR5x and DDR5 memory.


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