Thursday, Dec 31, 2020, 14:57 Hardware

Video: Performance Battle between MacBook Pro M1 and Razer Book 13

Countless benchmarks and comparison tests have already documented the performance potential of Apple’s in-house Mac chips. Results of these tests have indicated that even the new “starter” Macs can compete with or outperform current desktop machines and performance notebooks. The performance test in the following video compares the MacBook Pro 13" with 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD at $1,699 USD and the Razer Book 13 with an 11th gen. Core i7 with an XE graphics chip, 4.7 GHz clock speed, 16 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD at $1,599 USD. Both devices will need to prove how well they perform during video editing.



Benchmark and Everyday Use
Geekbench 5 awarded the Razer Book 18,884 points for performance in Metal and OpenCL and the MacBook Pro 21,614 points. The multicore values lay between 5,403 and 7,952 respectively. But what do these numbers mean? A little bit more background: The test was run using the video-editing software Premiere Pro on both devices. Both devices used Premiere Pro to stabilize a clip in 4K resolution. The MacBook Pro managed this in 3 minutes and 6 seconds with the fans remaining silent. It took the Razer Book 4 minutes and 21 seconds and the fans were quite active in comparison. As for processor usage, both devices had something in common, with each using between 25 and 30% of the processor.

In the next test, Davinci Resolve was used to export 5 minutes of 4K material. The MacBook Pro accomplished this in 4 minutes and 55 seconds, whereas it took the Razer Book a whopping 9 minutes and 2 seconds to complete the task. This difference was even worse during testing of H.265/HVEC export speeds, which the MacBook Pro managed significantly faster, requiring only 3 minutes and 40 seconds, while the Razer Book needed 8 minutes and 40 seconds.

In Short
It appears that yet another test has shone light upon the impressive processing power of Apple’s first in-house chip—which also shows how far the competition has to come. With both machines having the same amount of memory space (512 GB SSD), the difference in price isn’t justifiable. According to the tester, there’s currently no reason to purchase any laptop within the price range other than the MacBook Pro 13"

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