Thursday, Jan 19, 2023, 16:00 Hardware

The M2 Pro's & M2 Max's First Benchmarks On Geekbench

Those yearning for a MacBook Air or a Mac mini with a standard M2 chip certainly aren't looking for max performance – even though the M2 is quite capable on its own and offers more power than most users could ever need. Things are a little different for those set upon an M2 Pro or Max variant SoC. The latter is only available in the 2023 MacBook Pro, but the Mac mini does at least come with the configurable option of an M2 Pro – for which the first benchmarks of the M2 Pro's 12-core iteration have just come to light. For the Mac mini, this chip variant comes at an additional price of + US$300 or + €345 for European customers, for which customers receive 3 additional GPU cores.

M2 Pro Exceeds The M1 Pro/Max
The early benchmark tests are qutie exciting, revealing that a 12-core M2 Pro is even capable of outperforming an M1 Max – although the latter does only possess 10 cores. However, an M2 Pro with 10 cores would still offer better performance due to the chip's improved single-core performance offerring even more power. Earning 1,952 points in "Sincle-Core Score", the M2 Pro achieved a total score of around 15,000 with all cores. Of course, there's still a great deal of perforamnce missing for the chip to be able to hold up against Apple's current, top processor – the M1 Ultra with 20 CPU cores.

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M1 Pro (8C) M2 (8C) M2 Pro (12C) M1 Max (10C) M1 Ultra (20C)
Single 1,790 1,950 1,950 1,790 1,790
Multi 10,000 9,000 15,000 12,600 24,000


Given that the 12-core M2 Pro and standard M2 max possess the same number of cores as their predecessors, it would as quite a surprise if the SoCs were to track different scores during the CPU-benchmark. Now, at least one entry in the Geekbench database documents the same result as with the M1 Pro and M1 Max. Of course, this only applies to versions of the chips with 12 cores, a standard M1 Pro or M2 Pro is slower than an M1 Max or M2 Max due to 2 missing CPU cores.

The Test
Geekbench only offers pure CPU-performance values and doesn't test performance under operation using many of the common programs used for benchmarking. Nevertheless, Geekbench still offers a very good ponit of reference that does a good job of illustrating the general performance capacity of a processor. However, for daily usage – readings taken during the operation of well-known apps bear more authority.

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