Apple is making bold claims about the capabilities of its new M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs. And the highest-end M1 Max chip actually outperforms Sony’s PlayStation 5 in terms of raw GPU performance.
The M1 Max chip may be customized with up to a 32-core GPU, which is a huge improvement over the M1 chip’s 8-core GPU option. The M1 Max chip, according to Apple, consumes 70% less power at peak graphic performance than a PC notebook with a separate graphics card. Apple further says that the M1 Max SoC provides “comparable performance” to a “pro laptop with high-performing discrete GPU” while consuming 100 percent less power.
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Performance of M1 Max
Apple compared the MSI GE76 Raider and the Razer Blade 15 Advanced to the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max processor. It has a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 64GB of RAM. Notebookcheck calculated how many teraflops the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips can handle based on Apple’s information on the new chips for a more detailed breakdown of GPU performance. The following are their findings:
- M1 Pro 14-core = 4.5 TF
- M1 8-core = 2.6 TF
- Max 24-core = 7.8 TF
- M1 Max 32-core = 10.4 TF
- M1 Pro 16-core = 5.2 TF
On paper, the M1 Max SoC, which has 32 GPU cores, can handle more teraflops of graphics than Sony’s PlayStation 5, which has a maximum of 10.28 teraflops. Notebookcheck’s figures are based on guesses rather than actual testing, but they’re all we have until the new laptops start arriving in customers’ hands next week. The M1 Max chip can also read up to 7.4GB per second, which is faster than the PlayStation 5’s 5.5GB read speed, according to YouTuber ZoneOfTech on Twitter.
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