Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021, 14:15 Mac: Hardware

M1 Max – The 2021 MacBook Pro's First Benchmark Results

At Apple's "Unleashed" event, the company showed its second generation Apple Silicon Macs. The MacBook Pro 14" and 16" models come with either an M1 Pro or an even more powerful M1 Max chip – and Apple has promised impressive performance. Cupertino went so far as to state that the new MacBooks would hold a place amongst the fastest computers in the world.

Now, the very first Geekbench benchmarks of the latest MacBook Pro models were released. The model used in Geekbench's tests is the maxed-out MacBook Pro M1 Max with 32 GPU cores, which managed to achieve the following performance scores:



In single-core benchmarks, the M1 Max is only slightly faster than the previous M1. The M1 Max gets 1,749 points, whereas the M1 is close behind with 1,650 points. However, these values sit in stark contrast with the multi-core benchmark testing results where the M1 Max scores 11,542. The M1? 7,400. In highly technical terms, that means that the M1 Max is exactly as fast as a 2019 Mac Pro and its 12 core Intel Xeon W-3235, only in a laptop and not a desktop. In simpler terms, it means that the device is insanely fast.

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A Real Test?
As much as we may want to believe the test, it's not yet clear whether or not it's real or not. According to the test, the MacBook Pro used was running macOS 12.4. However, Apple has not yet even released macOS 12.0. However, this doesn't mean it's altogether out of the question either; our German partner site, MacTechNews.de, reported several instances of Macs running macOS 12.4. Thus, it's likely an internal Apple test device. The Geekbench test also reveals that Apple's new chip only clocks 24 MHz. However, this is very likely a display error because Geekbench still can't correctly read the frequency of the most recent Apple chips.

Graphical Performance Still Unknown
Apple's M1 chip delivers 7 - 8 GPU cores depending on the variation; the M1 Pro doubles that to 16, and the M1 Max quadruples it to 32. However, there still aren't any benchmarks of the newest MacBooks' graphical performance. We'll likely see some in the coming days, though, and that should reveal whether or not Apple promised too much at yesterday's "Unleashed" event

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