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Benchmarks show how far behind Windows ARM machines are compared to M1 Macs

Benchmarks show how far behind Windows ARM machines are compared to M1 Macs

We already know that there are new Macs that run on M1 chip Impressive performance It runs almost all current Macs with Intel processors, but what about Windows PCs? PCWorld Compared to Microsoft’s Surface Pro X with Apple’s new M1 MacBook Air, the results lag far behind the surface tablet Mac.

Although Windows runs on ARM-based machines, most of them are not currently available to users. Microsoft’s Surface Pro X tablet is one of them – with an ARM chip created in partnership between Microsoft and Qualcomm.

As pointed out PCWorld, The huge limitation of Windows on ARM machines is that the operating system is limited to running emulated 32-bit X86 software. In other words, the system does not emulate and run 64-bit applications created for AMD and Intel processors.

The 32-bit software runs on significantly lower performance – and Apple got rid of them in 2019 with MacOS Catalina. At the same time, Apple introduced the Rosetta 2 technology for the new M1 Max, which basically translates every software created for Intel Max into an ARM binary that works well on Apple silicon based computers.

Microsoft recently released a beta version of Windows that includes emulation for 64-bit X86 software, but still does not match the performance of the new Macs with the M1 chip. In the Geekbench 5 test, the Surface Pro X is better than the new M1 MacBook Air and lags behind the cheapest HP Pavilion laptop running the Intel Core i5 processor.

Another test was conducted with open source software handbrake to transcode videos. With the M1 chip the new MacBook Air converted 12 minutes of 4K video to 1080p H.265 format in about 23 minutes, while the Surface Pro X ARM took 2 hours to complete the same operation.

The SQ1 penetrated at one frame per second, and it took two hours to transcode 12 minutes of 4K video, Tears of Steel, into 1080p H.265 format. Apple’s MacBook M1 simply outperforms the Surface Pro X.

At the end of the day, even with the improvements Microsoft is making on Windows, ARM machines are still negative compared to M1 Macs. Based on its tests, PCWorld Apple says “Windows on the arm needs a miracle” to achieve the performance of the new Mac with the silicon chip.

However it is hard to believe that further development will reduce the vast performance between Windows on Arm and Apple’s M1-based Macs. In six months, Microsoft boasts that its emulation performance has improved significantly. Without the miracle of an improved CPU from Qualcomm or another arm chipmaker and continuous improvements from Microsoft, the future of Arm on Windows looks bleak.

Interestingly, the developers were able to Simulate Windows 10 on M1 Macs And the Mac Geekbench test scored better than the Surface Pro X, which runs Windows 10 locally on ARM.

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