In November 2020 Apple had simply succeeded in extinguishing the competition by offering the M1 chip within these three new computers, the MacBook Pro, Air and Mac Mini. With performance never before seen, even the Apple teams behind the chip found the numbers hard to believe.
A great first successful therefore for the Apple which had at the same time come out of the Intel bridle which had offered its services to Apple for more than 10 years. With the release of the M1 chip, everyone thought that the processor giant was going to lose the fight by technical knockout, but now Intel is coming back to the charge, when we least expected it.
Intel has caught up
Indeed, the brand’s latest chip, presented at CES, made less noise than the M1 processor, yet it would be much more efficient according to certain benchmarks. According to the first results of Geekbench 5, the Intel chip would even be able to compete directly with the M1 Max from Apple, which is to date, what the Apple brand can do best.
Geekbench 5 results indeed show that the GE76 Raider with the Core i9-12900HK processor used for the test has an average multi-core score of 12,707. That’s slightly better than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Max chip, which has an average multi-core score of 12,244.
If the nuance is fine (4%), it is nevertheless very present and can be important.
Results harder to read than they look
But in its report, Geekbench 5 very quickly qualifies its point. If pure performance is indeed to Intel’s advantage, Apple does much better than its competitor in one area: energy consumption. During the presentation of Apple’s M1 chips, this has always been part of the brand’s speech, which always promised more power by saving the battery as best as possible.
In the end, PCWorld’s analyzes are in line with Apple’s statements. Measurements show that the GE76 Raider had a Core i9 chip still in the 100 watt range, peaking at 140 watts. But running the 16-inch MacBook Pro with its M1 Max chip on the same reference, the power range was only around 40 watts.