phinn wrote on Mar 26, 2021, 23:28:
First of all this is just Passmark single threaded benchmark, impressive but not all that useful. Second it's just irrelevant if gaming/computers is a hobby because there is no home built PCs running M1s with RTX 3000 / whatever AMD is selling. I'm happy enough with my Ryzen 5800X. This should be a wakeup call though if they can get that kind of CPU perf/watt with no fan, very impressive in that regard, but irrelevant to someone like me. I'll stick with my ThinkPad Carbon laptop too for now.
For pretty much anyone with a productivity/hobby workload on a laptop, it doesn't make sense to get anything else. Gaming and Windrows centric workloads are pretty much the last strongholds left in that space. The M1 leaves them in the dust on everything else and it will only get better.
Work bought me a 13" M1 MBP and it's been a pleasure from start to finish. OS X is so much nicer to deal with than Windows and coming from a *nix background I was immediately comfortable with customization. The hardware fit and finish is fantastic. The battery life is amazing, I charge it once a week, sometimes twice if my use is heavy. The trackpad puts everything I've used on the PC to shame. I even like the silly touch bar because its programmable, I've got it kitted out for my compilation and debugging needs on a per app contextual basis. All of that and my usual usage, a bit of light gaming and I have yet to hear the fan or feel any heat. It's the laptop for people that hate laptops.
Intel is in some serious trouble if Apple can scale and market these things out of their usual niches. The M1 Air is a great value in particular.
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Watching: Deadwood, Dune, Evil