Apple M1 Max: the most powerful processor for laptops | Gadgets News

At the presentation that ended a few hours ago, Apple introduced three new products: the 3rd generation AirPods (price in Russia – ₽16.5 thousand) and two new MacBook Pro models with a screen diagonal of 14 ″ and 16 ″. As expected, the laptops are equipped with new processors, the successors of the M1 developed by Apple and introduced a year ago – the M1 Pro and M1 Max. Here’s what their characteristics look like:

M1 M1 Pro M1 Max
Crystal area (calculated by AnandTech) ~ 120 mm2 ~ 245 mm2 ~ 432 mm2
Number of transistors 16 billion 33.7 billion 57 billion
Built-in memory up to 16 GB LPDDR4X
68.25 GB / s
up to 32 GB LPDDR5
200 GB / s
up to 64 GB LPDDR5
400 GB / s
CPU (performance cores) 2x
192 KB (instructions) + 128 KB (data)
L2: 12 MB
192 KB (instructions) + 128 KB (data)
L2: 24 MB
L1 cache: 192 KB (instructions) + 128 KB (data)
shared L2 cache: 24 MB
CPU (Energy Efficient Cores) 2x
128 KB (instructions) + 64 KB (data)
L2: 4 MB
128 KB (instructions) + 64 KB (data)
L2: 4 MB
128 KB (instructions) + 64 KB (data)
L2: 4 MB
Boost CPU performance over M1 +70% +70%
GPU 8 cores
162 cores (2048 execution units)
5.2 TFLOPS, 164 Gtex / s, 82 Gpix / s
32 cores (4096 execution units)
10.4 TFLOPS, 327 Gtex / s, 164 Gpix / s
Increase in GPU performance over M1 2x 4x
Hardware acceleration H.264, HEVC H.264, HEVC, ProRes, ProRes RAW
video decoder 1x
video encoder 1x
H.264, HEVC, ProRes, ProRes RAW
video decoder 1x
video encoder 2x
ProRes encoder / decoder 2x

1 in the youngest version of the 14 ″ MacBook Pro – 6 productive cores

2 in the youngest version 14 ″ MacBook Pro – 14 blocks

For comparison, in the multi-core version of the Cinebench R23 benchmark, the best desktop Intel Core i9-12900K processor scores 29,785 points. With a 70% increase in performance over the M1 (7,969), the CPU of the new Apple chips promises to reach 13,547 points – 45% of the Core i9-12900K. At the same time, the Core i7-1185G7 scores 6,264 points in this benchmark (79% of the estimated performance of the M1 Pro / Max).

In turn, in terms of graphics performance, the M1 Max is equivalent to the PlayStation 5 game console and the latest budget graphics cards. In the table below, they are presented along with the top-end RTX 3090 on the market, in brackets is the performance share of the M1 Max from the RTX 3090:

M1 Max
PlayStation 5
Radeon RX 6600
Radeon RX 6600 XT
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
GeForce RTX 3090
Floating point operations (TFLOPS, FP32) 10.4 (46%) 10.3 8.9 10.6 16.2 (10.4)1 35.6 (22.8)1
Pixel performance (Gpix / s) 164 (86%) 142.9 159.4 165.7 133.2 189.8
Texture performance (Gtex / s) 327 (59%) 321.6 279 331.4 253.1 556
Internal memory bandwidth 400 GB / s 448 GB / s

1 Available in games (64%)

To this we can add that according to Apple, the power consumption of the M1 Max is 100W less than the graphics accelerators of notebooks with comparable graphics performance.

These numbers are certainly impressive – no Intel or AMD mobile processor with integrated graphics can compete with the M1 Max. But it’s too early to talk about the end of the era of x86 processor dominance – Apple processors are distributed exclusively within its ecosystem, so Windows laptops are not threatened. At the same time, it cannot be ruled out that in the coming years, something similar will be released by Qualcomm, Samsung or other developers of ARM processors.

As for the laptops themselves, in addition to these processors, they can boast a new Liquid Retina XDR display (with narrower bezels and a small bang for a FaceTime HD 1080p camera) with an adaptive (up to 120 Hz) frame rate, 1000 cd / m2 brightness (peak – 1600), 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio and 254 ppi pixel density. The youngest modification in Russia will cost ₽190 thousand (14 ″, M1 Pro, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), and the most expensive – RUB 595 thousand (16 ″, M1 Max, 64 GB RAM, 8 TB SSD), as brand new car.

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Apple M1 Max: the most powerful processor for laptops | Gadgets News