Hardware Unboxed’s review gives us a quick overview of the Gaming performance of Apple’s new M2 chips. YouTube tested an M2 Macbook against a Ryzen 7 6800U Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Despite the Ryzen 7 6800U having one of the fastest Gaming CPUs, the Radeon680M, the M2 beat the.
The M2 is Apple’s successor to its groundbreaking M1 chip, which is released almost two years ago. It is not a leap in performance over the M1 but a refresh of the M1 that offers moderate performance improvements. Apple claims users can expect an 18% improvement in performance over the M1 thanks to a more advanced core architecture, slightly faster CPU clocks, and LPDDR5 memory that offers up to 100GBps bandwidth.
The GPU is the exception to the M2’s poor performance. The GPU has seen a significant performance improvement of 35% over the M1. Although it’s not the 67% increase we expected, it’s still better than 18%. Apple added two scores to the GPU to increase computing performance by 3.6 TFLOPs.
The M2 beat the Ryzen 7 6800U Shadow of the Tomb Raider by adding two GPU cores and faster LPDDR5 RAM.
Hardware Unboxed’s Gaming results showed that the M2 outperformed the Ryzen7 6800U by 2-3 FPS using the Medium, High, and Highest (BTAO) graphical presets at 1920×1200 resolution. The M2 gained a 7.6% to 10% performance increase over the Ryzen7 6800U, with a difference of 30 FPS between the chips.
This is a massive upgrade to the original M1’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider result of 32 FPS at 1920×1080 on the low graphic preset (according to LinusTechTips. It is also more efficient than the Ryzen 7 6800U, which uses the Radeon 680M. This Radeon 680M has 12 RDNA2 CUs and a maximum boost frequency at 2.2 GHz for the 6800U model.
The overall Gaming results of the M2 are even more impressive when you consider that it is not intended for Gaming but is designed to be used for content creation and productivity applications. macOS also is not intended for Gaming. This means that a lot of performance may be lost due to poorly optimized code in the graphics API.
The M2 consumes far less power than nearly every mobile APU currently on the market, even AMD’s Ryzen 6000(Rembrandt), widely advertised as extremely efficient CPUs for notebooks.
The M2 is a poor choice for Gaming because it only supports 30 FPS. Although Apple’s HTML2 chip can play by integrated graphics standards, it’s fantastic that you can use it to run games. However, if you want to play games, you would be better off with a Ryzen7 6800U -equipped notebook. If you want to play games on a Macbook, you can always use a cloud Gaming site like GeForce Now.