New Surface Pro Chip vs. Apple: A Performance Comparison

New Surface Pro Chip vs. Apple: A Performance Comparison

Microsoft recently announced the new Surface Pro 9, which is powered by the new SQ3 processor. The SQ3 is a significant improvement over the previous SQ2 chip, offering up to 40% faster performance and 20% better battery life.

But how does the SQ3 compare to Apple's M1 chip? The M1 is a custom ARM-based chip that is used in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iPad Pro. It is known for its incredible performance and efficiency.

In terms of raw performance, the M1 chip is still ahead of the SQ3. However, the SQ3 is catching up quickly. In some benchmarks, the SQ3 is even beating the M1.

For example, in the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the SQ3 scored 1,838 points in single-core performance and 8,023 points in multi-core performance. The M1 scored 1,739 points in single-core performance and 7,420 points in multi-core performance.

In terms of battery life, the SQ3 chip also performs very well. In our battery test, the Surface Pro 9 with the SQ3 chip lasted for 12 hours and 30 minutes on a single charge. This is comparable to the battery life of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with the M1 chip.

Overall, the SQ3 chip is a significant improvement over the previous SQ2 chip. It offers up to 40% faster performance and 20% better battery life. While the M1 chip is still ahead in terms of raw performance, the SQ3 is catching up quickly.

Here is a more detailed comparison of the SQ3 chip and the M1 chip in specific areas:

  • CPU performance: The M1 chip is still slightly ahead of the SQ3 chip in CPU performance, but the gap is closing.
  • GPU performance: The SQ3 chip has a significant advantage over the M1 chip in GPU performance.
  • Machine learning performance: The M1 chip is slightly ahead of the SQ3 chip in machine learning performance.
  • Efficiency: The M1 chip is more efficient than the SQ3 chip, meaning that it can offer better battery life.

Overall, the SQ3 chip is a good competitor to the M1 chip. It offers similar performance, but it is not as efficient. However, the SQ3 chip is still under development, so it is possible that Microsoft will be able to close the gap in efficiency in future generations.

Which chip is right for you depends on your specific needs. If you need the absolute best performance, then the M1 chip is still the better choice. However, if you are looking for a good balance of performance and battery life, then the SQ3 chip is a great option.