Monday, Oct 25, 2021, 14:53 Mac: Hardware

Adobe Premiere Benchmarks – M1 Pro 8 Core vs. 10 Core & M1 Max vs. Alienware Notebook

Yet again, details and specs concerning the new MacBook Pro have leaked. There are countless new benchmarks revealing performance differences between different processor variations. For example, the basic MacBook Pro 14" carries a chip with 8 cores – whereas the MacBook Pro 16" has at least 10 in all configurations. The difference in core quantity is, of course, noticeable in Geekbench benchmarks.

With identical performance in single-core tests, all variations of the M1 score at least 9,948 - 12,380 points, or well within the expected range. It costs US$200 extra to get a MacBook Pro 14" with 10 CPU cores (2 more than the standard configuration) and to equip the standard configuration MacBook Pro 14" with the same number of GPU cores as the standard 16" variant (16 instead of 14 GPU cores), that's another US$100.



MacBook Pro M1 Max Vs. Alienware RTX 3080
The first benchmarks of the M1 Max in Adobe Premiere were just released. A high-end Alienware notebook with an RTX 3080 was used as a reference point for performance. The RTX 3080 is currently Nvidia's most powerful consumer graphics card available and coveted by many in the PC camp, including the high-end mobile PC sector. The Alienware notebook also came with an 11th generation Intel Core i7... and if previous benchmarks have shown anything, it's that Intel's processors can't even hope to compete against even the MacBook Air's or 13" MacBook Pro's basic M1 processor.

As expected, the Alienware notebook performed slightly better in the GPU benchmarks – the RTX 3080 is a potent graphics card, although the M1 Max only performed 3% worse in the GPU benchmarks. Considering that the RTX 3080 uses a massive 150 watts of power, the fact that the M1 Max is even able to compete with it is impressive in and of itself. However, the M1 Max truly shines when it comes to other disciplines. On average, Cupertino's newest and most powerful processor performed 34% better than the Intel-equipped Alienware device.

The best results came during "Live-Playback", where the M1 Max even performed 77% better than its competition. Apple's notebook profited significantly from its enormous memory bandwidth, thanks to Apple's "Unified Memory" architecture. Unfortunately, this benchmark didn't state whether it involved an M1 Max with 24 or 32 cores; however, it's more than likely a 32 core variant considering the values.

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