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Apple M1 chip – small chip giant leap

Video Teardown & Benchmark Extravaganza! 2020 M1 Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air

It’s time for a video teardown of Apple’s new line of M1 chip Macs! Apple says the silicon is a “Small chip. Giant leap.” Let’s see how accurate that claim is.

You may have seen our post on Wednesday with pictures of Brady taking apart the new MacBook Air. He also did a teardown of the new M1 Mac mini and 13″ MacBook Pro and ran benchmark tests on all three machines.


Mac mini (M1, 2020)

  • Base model, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB Unified RAM, 256GB SSD
2020 M1 Mac mini teardown and benchmarks

MacBook Pro (M1, 2020)

  • Base Model, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB Memory, 256GB SSD
2020 M1 MacBook Pro teardown and benchmarks

MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

  • Base Model, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 8GB Memory, 256GB SSD
2020 M1 MacBook Air teardown and benchmarks
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  • I’m unclear where the 256GB drive is on your teardown tour. Is it the two squares that you label storage? Obviously nothing on the board is user upgradeable.

    • Hi Jerry,

      These Macs don’t have an SSD in the traditional sense in that all the components are together on the same card. Rather, all the components are spread out and directly soldered on to the logic board. Those squares pointed out are the two 128GB flash modules where the data is stored, but the controller itself is rolled in with the M1 chip, I believe.

  • Can you make a graphic comparing the benchmark tests of these 3 machines and another set of graphics comparing the machines with their predecessors?

    Of course, you can!