MacBook Pro M1 Max vs Mac Pro benchmarks: the match

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The first benchmark results for the GPU of the Apple silicon M1 Max SoC available on the new MacBook Pro 14 and 16 ″ were recently seen on Geekbench. Count 68,870 points, a score much higher than the 20,581 GPU points of the Apple M1 chip released last year.

At the beginning of the week, we had the right to benchmark results for the single-core and multi-core CPU part. Let us recall the figures, under Geekbench 5, therefore, for the M1 Max chip:

  • Single-core CPU: 1,749 points
  • Multi-core CPU: 11,542 points
  • GPU (32-core version): 68,870 points

If it is obvious that the MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip is significantly more powerful than the old 16 ″ MacBook Pro with Intel architecture and the 13 ″ MacBook Pro with M1 chip, the question arises for the Mac Pro. What is the Apple tower, dating from 2019 and still in range, worth against the M1 Max chip? Knowing that the Mac Pro is obviously also intended for professionals, with a price in adequacy: the basic configuration costs nearly € 6,500 already.

Besides, here are his Geekbench scores, for the first price configuration, therefore:

  • Single-core CPU: 1,033 points
  • Multi-core CPU: 8,052 points
  • GPU: 38,491 points
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Also have 32 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

The 14 ″ MacBook Pro with the most powerful M1 Max chip also has 32 GB of RAM, but a 512 GB SSD, all for € 3,439. The machine is therefore almost half the price of the first Mac Pro, for much greater computing power. To match the Geekbench scores of the M1 Max chip, you have to boost the Apple tower with a Radeon Pro W5700X graphics card and take the 12-core Intel Xeon W processor. These options raise the price of the beast to € 8,339.

Be careful, to conclude here that it is better to buy a MacBook Pro M1 Max than a Mac Pro would be a mistake. The tower has advantages, in particular options for the CPU part and for the GPU part allowing it to expect scores much higher than those of the new Apple silicon chip. Also, the Mac Pro is more flexible. And its Intel architecture guarantees greater universality in terms of software and applications, which can make the difference in certain professional fields. Finally, let’s not forget that Geekbench tests do not necessarily reflect reality.

But our curiosity prompted us to make the comparison. And the result is there: in basic configuration on paper, the Mac Pro is no longer the match for the most powerful MacBook Pro, despite a much higher price.

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