1st Apple Silicon DTKs getting delivered

Bug-Creator

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What I really would like to know is how these look on the inside.

a) a iPadPro PCB, cooler and ports-PCB hold together by hot glue and patch wires

b) a production level PCB just waiting for an "A15D" to be dropped in (adding USB4/Thunderbolt) to form the 2020 MacMini
 

leman

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Its not too bad! I mean, already this dev box under Rosetta seems to be competitive with the native MacBook Air. By the way, I'd expect that Rosetta-translated software will run better on the final hardware (it probably will contains some additional hardware support for this kind of utilization).
 

verticalines

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So rosetta2 is -35% performance hit? Kinda curious why a mac mini a12z is only running at w.4ghz though
It's going to take Apple some good tweaking to get higher clockspeeds. We don't really know what the ceiling is before it just takes way too much power/voltage to sustain say 2.9Ghz with limited return and long-term degradation risks. If you've ever played with overclocking, you may know how much more it takes to go from say 3.8Ghz to 4.0Ghz (AMD Zen1 chip) to a point where the power inefficiency and extra heat outweighs the benefits to any reasonable person.

Apple's SoC won't be threaded (yet and likely not for awhile). So they'll likely add a few more performance cores for emulation purposes and general overall boost. In regular tasks, expect those smaller cores to be used somewhere too.
 

jinnyman

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Its not too bad! I mean, already this dev box under Rosetta seems to be competitive with the native MacBook Air. By the way, I'd expect that Rosetta-translated software will run better on the final hardware (it probably will contains some additional hardware support for this kind of utilization).
I agree. A12z was not really meant for desktop run which explains low base clock speed. Hopefully, their Apple Silicone will be much better.
 
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