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XcodeBenchmark contains a large codebase to measure the compilation time in Xcode.

You are probably familiar with the following question:

"Should I buy an i5, i7, or even i9 processor for iOS/macOS development?".

XcodeBenchmark is initially created for Max Tech YouTube channel to compare the performance of new iMacs 2020.

I believe the results will help developers to make the right cost/performance trade-off decision when choosing their next Mac.

Note

PR merging will be performed on a best-effort basis.
If a device you are looking for is not on the list below, check out open issues and PRs.

Xcode 13.0 or above

Device CPU RAM SSD HDD Xcode macOS Time(sec)
Mac Studio 2022 M1 Ultra 20-core 64 2TB 13.3 12.3 67
Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max 10-core 32 500 13.3.1 12.3.1 89
MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1 Max 10-core 32 2TB 13.1 12.0.1 90
MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1 Max 10-core 64 2TB 13.1 12.0.1 92
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 10-core 16 1TB 13.2 12.2.1 92
MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1 Pro 10-core 32 512 13.2 12.2.1 92
MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1 Max 10-core 64 4TB 13.3 12.2.1 93
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Max 10-core 64 4TB 13.1 12.0.1 93
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Max 10-core 32 1TB 13.1 12.0.1 98
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 10-core 16 512 13.2.1 12.2.1 98
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 10-core 16 1TB 13.1 12.0.1 102
MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1 Pro 8-core 16 512 13.1 12.0.1 109
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 M1 8-core 16 1TB 13.1 12.0.1 130
iMac 24" 2021 M1 8-core 16 512 13.1 12.0.1 130
iMac 27" 2019 i9 3.6 GHz 8-core 64 2TB 13.2 12.2.1 167
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i9 2.3 GHz 8-core 16 1TB 13.2 11.6.1 184
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i9 2.4 GHz 8-core 64 1TB 13.1 12.0.1 212
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i9 2.4 GHz 8-core 32 1TB 13.0 11.6 223
Mac Pro 2012 2 x Xeon 3.46 GHz 6-core 48 500 13.1 12.0.1 230
Mac mini 2018 i5 3.0 Ghz 6-core 8 256 13.0 12.0.1 235
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i7 2.6 GHz 6-core 32 512 13.0 11.6 248
Mac Pro 2013 E5-2697v2 2.7 GHz 12-Core 64 256 13.1 11.6 254
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 i7 2.3 GHz 4-core 32 512 13.1 12.0.1 255
MacBook Pro 15" 2018 i9 2.9 GHz 6-core 32 1TB 13.0 11.6 263
MacBook Pro 15" 2019 i7 2.6 GHz 6-core 32 256 13.2 12.0.1 277
MacBook Pro 13" 2018 i7 2.7 GHz 4-core 8 256 13.0 11.6 336
MacBook Pro 15" 2016 i7 2.6 GHz 4-core 16 256 13.1 12.0.1 362
iMac 27" 2015 i5 3.3 GHz 4-core 32 1TB 13.1 11.6 400
MacBook Pro 13" 2017 i5 2.3 GHz 2-core 8 256 13.1 11.5.1 511
MacBook Pro 13" 2015 i5 2.7 GHz 2-core 8 256 13.2 12.0.1 860

Xcode 12.5

Device CPU RAM SSD HDD Xcode macOS Time(sec)
iMac 24" 2021 M1 8-core 16 512 12.5 12.0.1 124
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i7 2.6 GHz 6-core 16 512 12.5 11.4 282
MacBook Pro 15" 2015 i7 2.5 GHz 4-core 16 512 12.5 11.2.3 361

Xcode 12

Device CPU RAM SSD HDD Xcode macOS Time(sec)
Mac Pro 2019 Xeon 2.5 GHz 28-core 96 4TB 12.2 11.0.1 90
Mac mini 2020 M1 8-core 16 1TB 12.2 11.0 116
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 M1 8-core 16 1TB 12.2 11.0 117
MacBook Air 13" 2020 M1 8c (8c GPU) 16 512 12.2 11.0.1 128
Mac mini 2020 M1 8-core 8 256 12.2 11.0.1 130
MacBook Air 13" 2020 M1 8c (7c GPU) 8 256 12.2 11.0.1 137
iMac 27" 2019 i9 3.6 GHz 8-core 64 2TB 12.1 11.0.1 145
iMac 27" 2020 i9 3.6 GHz 10-core 128 1TB 12.2 11.0.1 146
iMac Pro 27" 2017 Xeon 3.2 GHz 8-Core 32 1TB 12.2 10.15.7 158
iMac 27" 2019 i9 3.6 GHz 8-core 40 512 12.2 11.0.1 163
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i9 2.4 GHz 8-core 32 512 12.2 11.0.1 176
Mac mini 2018 i7 3.2 GHz 6-core 32 512 12.2 11.0.1 192
iMac 27" 2019 i5 3.7 GHz 6-core 40 1TB 12.3 11.0.1 195
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i7 2.6 GHz 6-core 32 1TB 12.3 11.1 215
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i9 2.3 GHz 8-core 32 1TB 12.2 11.0.1 221
Mac mini 2018 i7 3.2 GHz 6-core 16 1TB 12.0 10.15.5 228
iMac 27" 2017 i7 4.2 GHz 4-core 16 1TB 12.2 11.0.1 246
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i7 2.6 GHz 6-core 16 512 12.2 11.0.1 250
MacBook Pro 13" 2020 i5 2.0 GHz 4-core 16 1TB 12.2 11.0.1 265
MacBook Pro 15" 2017 i7 2.8 GHz 4-core 16 256 12.2 11.0.1 282
MacBook Pro 15" 2015 i7 2.2 GHz 4-core 16 256 12.1 11.0.1 324
MacBook Pro 15" 2015 i7 2.2 GHz 4-core 16 256 12.1 10.15.5 334
MacBook Pro 15" 2014 i7 2.5 GHz 4-core 16 256 12.2 10.15.7 343
MacBook Pro 15" 2013 i7 2.3 GHz 4-core 16 512 12.2 10.15.7 374
iMac 27" 2011 i7 3.4 GHz 4-core 16 250 12.1 10.15.7 378
MacBook Pro 13" 2017 i5 2.3 GHz 2-core 16 256 12.2 11.0.1 448
MacBook Pro 13" 2016 i5 2.9 GHz 2-core 8 256 12.2 11.0.1 518
MacBook Pro 13" 2016 i5 2.0 GHz 2-core 8 256 12.2 11.0.1 574
MacBook Pro 13" 2015 i5 2.7 Ghz 2-core 8 512 12.2 10.15.7 597
MacBook Air 13" 2015 i7 2.2 Ghz 2-core 8 256 12.0 10.15.7 610
MacBook Air 13" 2020 i3 1.1 GHz 2-core 8 256 12.2 11.0.1 700
iMac 21.5" 2017 i5 3.0 GHz 4-core 16 1TB 12.2 11.0.1 725
MacBook Pro 15" 2012 i7 2.7 GHz 4-core 16 768 12.4 10.15.7 785
MacBook Air 2014 i5 1.4 GHz 2-core 4 128 12.2 11.0.1 894
MacBook Pro 2010 i5 2.4 GHz 2-core 8 480 12.4 10.15.7 1043

Xcode 11

Device CPU RAM SSD HDD Xcode macOS Time(sec)
iMac 27" 2020 i9 3.6 GHz 10-core 64 512 11.6 10.15.6 217
iMac Pro 27" 2017 Xeon 3.0 GHz 10-core 64 1TB 11.7 10.15.6 222
iMac 27" 2020 i7 3.8 GHz 8-core 64 512 11.6 10.15.6 229
iMac 27" 2020 i7 3.8 GHz 8-core 32 512 11.6 10.15.6 229
iMac 27" 2019 i9 3.6 GHz 8-core 64 2TB 11.6 10.15.6 252
iMac Pro 27" 2017 Xeon 3.2 GHz 8-core 32 1TB 11.6 10.15.6 263
Mac Mini 2018 i7 3.2 GHz 6-core 16 512 11.7 10.15.5 300
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i9 2.3 GHz 8-core 32 2TB 11.6 10.15.6 328
MacBook Pro 16" 2019 i7 2.6 GHz 6-core 16 512 11.6 10.15.6 353
Mac Mini 2018 i5-8500B 3.0 GHz 6-core 8 512 11.7 10.15.6 383
iMac 27" 2017 i7 4.2 GHz 4-core 48 2TB 11.7 10.15.6 411
iMac 21.5" 2017 i7-7700 3.6 GHz 4-core 16 1TB 11.7 10.16.6 419
MacBook Pro 15" 2018 i7 2.6 GHz 6-core 16 512 11.6 10.15.6 440
Mac Pro 2013 E5-1650 v2 3.5 GHz 6-core 32 1TB 11.7 10.15.6 518
MacBook Pro 15" 2017 i7 2.9 GHz 4-core 16 512 11.6 10.15.6 583
MacBook Pro 15" 2015 i7 2.2 GHz 4-core 16 256 11.7 10.15.6 594
MacBook Pro 15" 2016 i7 2.7 GHz 4-core 16 1TB 11.7 10.15.6 642
Mac Mini 2014 i5 2.6 GHz 2-core 8 1TB 11.7 10.15.6 1193

Custom Hardware - Xcode 13.3

Device CPU RAM SSD HDD Xcode macOS Time(sec) Comments
Hackintosh i9-10900k 3.7 Ghz 10-core 64 512GB 13.3 12.2.1 119

Custom Hardware - Xcode 12.5 or above

Device CPU RAM SSD HDD Xcode macOS Time(sec) Comments
Ryzentosh AMD 5950x 4.3 Ghz 16-c 32 1TB 2TB 13.1 11.6 71
Hackintosh i7-9700K 3.6 Ghz 8-core 16 512 2TB 12.5.1 11.4 177
Hackintosh i7-9700 3.0 Ghz 8-core 32 1TB 13.1 11.6.1 177

Custom Hardware - Xcode 12

Device CPU RAM SSD HDD Xcode macOS Time(sec) Comments
Hackintosh i9-10850K 3.6 Ghz 10-core 64 1TB 12.2 10.15.7 113
Hackintosh i9-10900k 3.7 Ghz 10-core 64 512 6TB 12.2 11.0.1 122
NLEstation 2020 i9 3.6 GHz 8-core 64 1TB 12.2 10.15.7 129
Hackintosh i7-10700K 3.8 Ghz 8-core 32 1TB 12.2 10.15.7 130
Hackintosh AMD 3800x 4.2 Ghz 8-core 64 1TB 12.2 10.15.6 137
Hackintosh i9-9900K 3.6 Ghz 8-core 32 1TB 12.3 11.2 157
Ryzentosh R9 3900 3.8 Ghz 12-core 32 512 12.1 10.15.4 161
Ryzentosh R5 3600 3.6 Ghz 6-core 16 512 12.3 10.15.7 175
Hackintosh i5-9400 2.9 Ghz 6-core 32 512 2TB 12.1 10.15.7 191
Hackintosh i3-10100 3.6 Ghz 4-core 32 1TB 12.1 10.15.7 233
Hackintosh i7-4770K 3.5 Ghz 4-core 16 2TB 8TB 12.2 10.15.7 276
QEMU VM Xeon 1.8 Ghz 4-core 8 32 12.2 10.15.7 775

Custom Hardware - Xcode 11

Device CPU RAM SSD HDD Xcode macOS Time(sec) Comments
Hackintosh i5-8400 2.8 Ghz 6-core 32 512 11.6 10.15.6 409
Ryzentosh R5 3600 3.6 Ghz 6-core 16 1TB 11.7 10.15.6 312

Set up

Since Oct 23, 2021, XcodeBenchmark only supports Xcode 13.0 or above.

  • Download and install Xcode.
  • Open Xcode and install additional tools (Xcode should suggest it automatically).
  • Download and unarchive XcodeBenchmark project.

Before each test

  1. Disconnect the network cable and turn off WiFi.
  2. Make sure to disable all software running at startup
    • Go to System Preferences -> Users and Groups -> User -> Login Items.
    • Empty the list.
  3. Update Battery settings
    • Go to System Preferences -> Battery -> Battery/Power Adapter -> Turn display off and set 15 min.
  4. Reboot and cool down your Mac.
  5. Connect to the power adapter if you're using a MacBook.

Running a test

  1. Open the Terminal app.
  2. Write cd and drag & drop XcodeBenchmark folder to the Terminal app to form cd path/to/xcode-benchmark.
  3. Run sh benchmark.sh in Terminal.
  4. When XcodeBenchmark has completed you will see this information.
  5. Upload your results, see Contribution section.

FAQ

Q: What's inside?

A framework that includes 42 popular CocoaPods libraries and 70+ dependencies in total.

Language files blank comment code
C/C++ Header 2785 58618 143659 215644
C++ 750 24771 30788 182663
Objective C 882 27797 23183 148244
Swift 1122 21821 35225 113945
C 390 15064 23319 84119
Objective C++ 69 2980 2026 15561
Markdown 61 4865 1 15131
XML 144 1022 10 13047
Bourne Shell 3 244 209 1321
JSON 22 1 0 1114
Pascal 2 87 185 180
YAML 1 0 0 5
SUM: 6231 157270 258605 790974

Q: What do the results mean?

  1. First of all, the project is huge. Most projects are of a much smaller size.
  2. The results show relative performance in Xcode, compared to other Macs running under similar conditions.

Q: Why is CocoaPods not excluded from git-repo?

  • The project is also used by non-programmers. Let's keep it simple.

Q: Will it affect my other Xcode projects?

  • A separate build folder is created for the benchmark run that is then deleted after it finishes. The folder goes to about 2.5GB.

YouTubers and bloggers

You are free to use these results in your videos and articles as well as to run XcodeBenchmark to compare Macs. Please make sure to add the link to this repository.

Contribution

Since May 3, 2021, XcodeBenchmark must be used with Xcode 12.5 or above.

  • If you have any non-Apple hardware components - submit your results to the Custom Hardware table.
  • Submit a pull request.

Make sure:

  • All steps are performed
  • Time column is still sorted after insertion.
  • Attach a screenshot with a compilation time. Example.
  • The content in cells is centered.

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