which chip for which use?

M1 vs M1 Pro vs M1 Max

Announced over a month ago, Apple’s latest laptops are real performance monsters. And for good reason: for the first time on this range, they are bringing the latest generation of in-house chips from the Californian manufacturer, available in two choices: the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. But if one is more powerful than the other on paper, it actually seems that certain differences that are not always obvious should also be taken into account when making a possible purchase …

According to CNET, who had already shared his full review of the 2021 MacBook Pros in a video posted on his YouTube channel to review right here, everything would actually depend on the user’s profile and not just the theoretical velocity of each SiP * .

Graphic card

Dan Ackerman, journalist behind these measurements, first wanted to know which of the M1 Pro or the M1 Max broadcast the most fluid images. Unsurprisingly, it is the second who wins, and hands down with notably the number one place at Geekbench 5 Metal (65,923 points). The same goes for the Mark Wildlife Extreme Unlimited 3D app, where the best-equipped 16-inch MacBook Pro is ahead of its little brother by nearly 10,000 points. With an honorable mention for AMD’s Ryzen 5900HX GPUs and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs on the Razer Blade 14, at the top of the rankings.

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Adobe Suite

CNET also reports that differences in efficiency are rare when switching from M1 Pro to M1 Max under Illustrator or Photoshop. Both services are, however, among the most popular on the market. Despite everything, the story does not tell how much the machines tested here were tested before their evaluation, so that a few long-term demands upstream for the M1 Max could work against it.

M1 Pro M1 Max MacBook Pro

M1 Pro M1 Max MacBook Pro © Apple

3d design

When it comes to animating three-dimensional scenes with the Houdini software, the renderings are displayed on the other hand as quickly on a 14-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro chip as on the 16-inch with M1 Max chip.

Joseph Ibrahim, a New York special effects expert, noted that the M1 Max responds faster to most other tasks with this program. As for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 chip released in 2020, it is found at the bottom of the basket: it would be nearly half as fast as its successors.

The M1, still a very good choice

Finally, Ackerman believes that last year’s MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro still on sale remain excellent, lower-cost alternatives for basic video editing or even 4K. In short, we can therefore easily ensure that you should not suffer here too annoying slowdowns for this type of task, especially with tools signed Apple like Final Cut.

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*system in package = at Apple, a new concept of chips integrating both RAM, CPU and GPU, welded together and therefore without the possibility of subsequent manual upgrading.

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