Last week the developer of Affinity Photo pitched the M1 Max against a £6k/$6k graphics card in the Mac Pro, and found that the MacBook Pro won, and now Bare Feats has run a number of benchmarks on a maxed out 16in MacBook Pro and a similarly speced Mac Pro with a 12-core processor and Pro Vega 2 Duo and corroborated the findings. There can be no doubt that the MacBook Pro is a beast.
Bare Feats has published a set of tests of the M1 Max MacBook Pro that goes a little deeper than the usual round of benchmarks (Geekbench, Cinebench etc) and also makes a direct comparison with the 2019 3.3GHz Mac Pro with 12-core Xeon W processor and Pro Vega II Duo GPU, and 96GB of 2933 MHz DDR4 memory. https://barefeats.com/m1-max-vs-2019-mac-pro.html
Bare Feats used the same resolution and settings in the games and other programs where it matters and both Macs were running macOS Monterey version 12.0.1.
The results show how far Apple has come in the development of its chips.
- In the Basemark GPU test at 4k resolution the M1 Max managed 96 frames per second while the Pro Vega 2 Duo only managed up to 86fps (however, in 1080p the Mac Pro won with 746fps against 676fps).
- In the GFX Bench Aztec High Tier offscreen, the M1 Max got 311fps compared to 254fps for the Pro Vega 2 Duo.
- In Browserbench Motion Mark, the Mac Pro saw 889 points while the M1 Max managed an incredible 2,077 points.
- Mac Pro was faster in games, though. It saw 52 compared to 33 frames per second in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and 54 compared to 45 frames per second in Total War Warhammer 2 (both with 4k resolution and the "high" setting).
- The Mac Pro also won both Geekbench tests for CPU and Metal.
- In DaVinci Resolve, the Mac Pro won at 32 compared to 30 frames per second in a test that adds noise reduction to a 4k project.
Admittedly, the Mac Pro is a few years old now, and the graphics card is not the latest (with a Radeon RX 6900 XT, for example, the Mac Pro gets significantly higher results in all graphics tests). But considering that only the graphics card in the Mac Pro draws several times more power than the entire MacBook Pro, the results are still very impressive.
This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by Karen Haslam.