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Developers taking part in Apple's preview of its Arm-based Apple silicon hardware have run Geekbench benchmarks, with the results suggesting it considerably outperforms Microsoft's Arm-based Surface Pro X.
The Geekbench results show that Apple's Mac mini-like desktop Developer Transition Kit (DTK) with the A12Z Bionic SoC from the 2020 iPad Pro has a single-core score of over 800 and a multi-core score of over 2,900.
That's significantly less than the latest iPad Pro, which could be because the benchmarks for Apple's developer kit is running through the Rosetta 2 translation layer and only uses four 'performance' cores, as Macrumors points out.
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But even running through Rosetta 2, Apple's developer kit scores come in significantly higher than Geekbench results for Microsoft's Arm-based Surface Pro X, which runs on the SQ1, an Arm processor co-developed by Microsoft and Qualcomm. The Surface Pro X scores are around 600 …