Apple M1 runs Windows on ARM faster than the Surface Pro X

Microsoft Surface Pro X
Image Courtesy: CNET

Based on the new benchmarks, we can confidently say that
Apple M1 processor is impressive and it currently runs Windows
10 faster than the processor that ships with Microsoft’s
Surface Pro X lineup.

Apple’s ARM-based M1 processor is currently available in the
MacBook and Mac Mini, and the devices running on Apple Silicon
are already available for purchase. Apple isn’t the only
company investing in ARM for their computers as Microsoft is
one of the first to highlight the benefits of ARM chips using
its Surface Pro X lineup.

Way back in 2016, Microsoft officially commenced the work on
‘Windows
10 ARM‘ with the focus on battery life and always-connected
internet connectivity.

Windows 10 on ARM is a version of the operating system designed
to run on ARM-based hardware, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon
and Samsung Exynos. Technically, Windows 10 ARM should be able
to run on Apple M1 processors too, but it’s will happen only
when Microsoft is willing to change the licensing agreement.

Unsurprisingly, developers out there have already managed to
run Windows 10 ARM on Apple M1 processors via virtualization.

Developers were able to virtualize Windows 10 ARM on Apple M1
chip using the open-source QEMU service, and it turns out that
M1‌ chip is capable of running Microsoft’s operating system
faster than the Surface Pro X.

Apple M1 Windows 10 benchmark

The Geekbench results show that
Apple’s M1 chip has a single-core score of over 1390 and a
multi-core score of over 4,769 when tested with Windows 10 ARM
in virtualization. On the other hand, Surface Pro X is only
able to fetch 802 single-core score and 3104 multi-core score.

Surface Pro X is the only truly powerful Windows ARM PC on the
market and Microsoft has used a custom version of Snapdragon
processor called the SQ1 for its Surface Pro X.

The results don’t look good for Microsoft and Qualcomm, given
that the Windows 10 is running via virtualization on Apple
hardware.

Nonetheless, competition is always good and Apple could push
Qualcomm to do better with their Snapdragon processors. Both
Microsoft and Qualcomm should be refreshing their hardware
pretty soon, possibly in the second half of 2021.

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