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5 Things To Know About Apple’s M1 Pro, M1 Max Chips For MacBook Pro

Apple is promising ‘dramatically more performance’ and ‘significantly less’ power draw than comparable Intel CPUs with its new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that go inside the new MacBook Pro laptops. CRN reviews the most important things you should know.

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Performance, Efficiency Gains Over Intel, Nvidia

Apple said the 10-core CPU of the new M1 Pro and M1 Max is 1.7 times faster than an 8-core Intel Core i7 processor using the same power in a gaming laptop. Conversely, that same 10-core CPU uses 70 percent less power when running at the same performance level as Intel’s mobile CPU.

Srouji, head of Apple’s hardware engineering, called that a “big deal.”

“M1 Pro and M1 Max have higher performance at every power level,” he said.

When comparing the graphics capabilities, Apple’s lead extends even further. The company said the M1 Pro’s 16-core GPU is seven times faster than the integrated graphics of the same mobile Intel Core i7 processor. Compared to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 TI discrete GPU, the M1 Pro’s GPU can deliver more performance while using as much as 70 percent less power.

Srouji said the graphical capabilities of M1 Max’s 32-core GPU are even more impressive, offering comparable performance to Nvidia’s high-end GeForce RTX 3080 in a gaming laptop while using 40 percent less power. In a comparison to another high-end laptop with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080, Srouji said M1 Max’s GPU offers similar performance while consuming 100 fewer watts.

The Apple executive said these comparisons attest not just to the prowess of the M1 Pro’s and M1 Max’s graphical capabilities but also to their efficiency, which will give the new MacBook Pro models better battery life compared to PC laptops.

“And this remarkable efficiency means M1 Max performance is outstanding, plugged in or using the battery,” Srouji added.

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