Apple M3 specifications and performance

Apple M3 is a 8 cores and 8 threads CPU processor produced by Apple. Apple M3 was released on 2023-10-30, the fabrication process is 3nm (nanometer), the CPU codename is Apple M3, the instruction set architecture is ARMv8, and the CPU's integrated graphics (iGPU) is Apple M3 GPU.

Basic Information

Vendor / Supplier Apple
Short name apple m3
Release date 2023-10-30
CPU code name Apple M3
Fabrication process 3nm (nanometer)
Instruction set architecture ARMv8
Market Laptop
Integrated Graphics (iGPU) Apple M3 GPU

CPU core specifications

Total number of cores 8 cores
Total number of threads 8 threads
Number of performance cores 4 cores
Number of performance core threads 4 threads
Performance core base frequency / main frequency 4.1GHz
Performance core maximum turbo frequency
Number of energy efficiency cores 4 cores
Number of energy-efficient core threads 4 threads
Energy efficiency core basic frequency / main frequency 2.8GHz
Energy efficiency core maximum turbo frequency

CPU cache and frequency

Bus frequency
L1 Cache 192 KB
L2 Cache 16 MB
L3 Cache
Unlock multiplier No

Memory specifications

Maximum supported memory 24GB
Memory frequency support
  • - LPDDR5-6400MHz
Maximum number of memory channels 2
Maximum memory bandwidth 102.4GB/s
ECC support No

Package specifications

CPU Socket Apple M-Socket
Default thermal design power / TDP PL1 20W
Maximum Turbo Power Consumption / TDP PL2
Maximum temperature 100°C
PCIe interface PCIe 4.0
PCIe lane count

Integrated Graphics specifications

Integrated Graphics (iGPU) Apple M3 GPU
Base frequency 500MHz
Maximum acceleration frequency 1600MHz
Number of execution units 160
Stream Processors / Shading Units 1280
Texture Units / TMUs 80
Raster Operations Units / ROPs 40
Total Graphics Power / TGP
FP32 computing performance

Cinebench R23 performance test

Single core performance score
Multi-core performance score

PassMark performance test

Single core performance score
Multi-core performance score
Integer math 43 GOps/sec
Floating point math 50 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 245 Million Primes/sec (Millions find prime numbers per second)
Random string sorting 28.6 Million Strings/sec (Millions random string sorting per second)
Data encryption 11.8 GBytes/sec (Gigabits per second)
Data compression 237.7 MBytes/sec (megabits per second)
Physics simulation 1945 Frames/sec (FPS)
Extended instruction test 9.8 Billion Matrices/sec (Billions matrix operations per second)

GeekBench v6 performance test

Single core performance
Multi-core performance
File compression 1260 MB/sec (megabits per second)
clang compilation 94.7 Klines/sec (thousands lines per second)
HTML5 browsing 264.5 pages/sec (pages per second)
PDF rendering 313.9 Mpixels/sec (megapixels per second)
Text processing 297 pages/sec (pages per second)
Background blur 50.2 images/sec (images per second)
Photo processing 114.8 images/sec (images per second)
Ray tracing 12.9 Mpixels/sec (megapixels per second)