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.
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- 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.
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|
|Processing Node||TSMC 5nm (N5P)||TSMC 4nm|
|No. of Cores||8 (4P + 4E)||6|
|No. of Threads||8 (4 + 4)||12|
|L1 Cache||192KB per core||64KB per core|
|L2 Cache||16MB (shared)||1MB per core|
|L3 Cache||–||16MB (shared)|
|Memory Size||Up to 24GB (Unified)||Up to 256GB|
|No. of PCIe Lanes||–||20|
|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|
|3 TFLOPs||4.06 TFLOPs|
|Total Graphics Power||15W||15W|
|CPU Max Operating Temperature||–||100°C|
|CPU Base Power||20W||15-30W (configurable)
|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.
- Instruction Set: The Ryzen 5 7640U consists of the usual x86-64 instruction set while the Apple M2 uses the ARMv8 set.
- Process Nodes: The Apple M2 uses TSMC’s optimized 5nm node named N5P. Conversely, the Ryzen 5 7640U uses the more efficient 4nm process from TSMC.
- 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.
- Clock Speeds: The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- TDP: The 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.
- 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.
- Next up is Geekbench 5, in which the Apple M2 scores 9016 multi-core points over 8868 points of the Ryzen 5 7640U — 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).
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
|Ryzen 5 7640U||
Frequently Asked Questions
The Ryzen 5 7640U is fabricated on a more efficient 4nm process from TSMC, while the Apple M2 uses TSMC’s 5nm node (N5P).
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.
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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