Based on the outcome of the test which was conducted by Softpedia New YouTuber Martin Nobel, he noted that the Mac Mini running the Apple Silicon M1 chipset is much faster than the Microsoft’s custom-built SQ2 chipset on its Surface X Pro laptop.
In the comparison test, Nobel was able to make the Windows 10 OS run on a Mac Mini computer through ACVM emulation launcher which allowed him to run an ARM54 Virtual Machine instance.
From there, he conducted Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core benchmarks in order to get the performance of the system and the result was pretty much amazing with the Mac Mini with the M1 processor scoring an impressive 1,515 for a single-core test unlike the Surface Pro X which scored 793 on the same test.
In the multi-core testing, as expected, the Mac Mini computer outperformed the Microsoft’s Surface X once again hitting a massive 4,998 while the latter got a score of 3,113.
Nobel was able to illustrate the speed of the 64-bit Microsoft Edge browser on the Windows OS as well as the performance of other x86-based programs which were emulated via the environment he’d set up earlier. Among these programs are Chess, Solitaire and even Minesweeper.
In addition, he was able to run the DOSbox program with no issues.
Meanwhile Apple had earlier stated clearly that its new ARM-based processor will be able to support Windows 10 OS and the company’s vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi told Ars Technica that it was up to Microsoft if they were willing to explore the new platform.
“We have the core technologies for them to do that, to run their ARM version of Windows, which in turn, of course, supports x86 user-mode applications,” he said.
“But that’s a decision Microsoft has to make, to bring to license that technology for users to run on these Macs. But the Macs are certainly very capable of it,” Federighi added.
Check out the video below where Martin Nobel conducted the comparison test.