1.1ghz m3 - http://ark.intel.com/products/88198/Intel-Core-m3-6Y30-Processor-4M-Cache-up-to-2_20-GHz
1.2ghz m5 - http://ark.intel.com/products/88202/Intel-Core-m5-6Y54-Processor-4M-Cache-up-to-2_70-GHz
1.3ghz m7 - http://ark.intel.com/products/88199/Intel-Core-m7-6Y75-Processor-4M-Cache-up-to-3_10-GHz
model - base freq - turbo freq
m3 - 900mhz - 2.2Ghz
m5 - 1.1Ghz - 2.7Ghz
m7 - 1.2Ghz - 3.1Ghz
This shows that Apple is slightly overclocking all the base frequencies. The m3 is receiving the largest overclock.
All 3 have the same TDP (4.5W) and configurable TDP-up (7W), but the m3 has a higher configurable TDP-down of 3.7W, whereas the m5 and m7 configurable TDP-down is 3.5W.
For these reasons, I would go with the m5 or m7.
Other differences I'm noticing:
- The m7 GPU Max Dynamic Frequency is 1Ghz, vs 900mhz for the m5, and 850mhz for the m3.
- The m7 has Intel vPro technology, the others do not.
- The m7 has Intel TXS-NI, the others do not.
- The m7 has Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP), the others do not.
- The m7 has Intel Trusted Execution Technology, the others do not.
None of this other stuff matters much at all. Thus, between the m5 and m7, I would save my money and go with the m5.
Um can you put that in laymans terms? I'd like to know how much the difference is for the average user.
Or if I don't care about storage, I can go with the 256GB + m7 which is $50 cheaper than the m5
But why? Just because it's faster?
Is it really that insignificant? What about solving ODEs in matlab and rendering videos using FCP? I really don't have much storage need, it's nice to have but I can live without it.Agreed. But I would put it this way, for only $50 more, you can have half a terabyte of storage and basically the same CPU/GPU.
Is it really that insignificant? What about solving ODEs in matlab and rendering videos using FCP? I really don't have much storage need, it's nice to have but I can live without it.
This exact debate sprang up last year, and I seem to remember some clever-clogs explaining very convincingly that it is possible the 1.3 GHz is best for battery life, but that the difference between them from a battery and heat standpoint is negligible. Not sure if that holds true for Skylake, but I assume it does.
Would be interesting to see if the GPUs actually hit and run at their max, and if the m7 would be roughly 10% faster in games than the m5.
That would be me. I put up some other benchmarks in this thread...