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Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max and Studio Display in review: The perfect combination for content creators?

Apple's M1 Max in a desktop computer. With the Mac Studio, Apple offers a desktop computer for content creators that's now also based on Apple's in-house M1 CPUs. We review the version with the M1 Max, and at the same time, we take a look at the new Studio Display with its 5K resolution.

The Mac Studio is Apple's newest desktop PC, and like the current Mac Mini, the manufacturer has opted for its in-house M1 processors, but in this case, we have the powerful M1 Max versions or the new M1 Ultra, which practically combines two M1 Max chips. Our Mac Studio review unit is equipped with the M1 Max including 32 GPU cores, 64 GB of shared RAM, and a 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD; Apple charges 3,679 Euros (~$3,842) for this configuration (not including input devices). For comparison: A MacBook Pro 16 with the same hardware and a Mini LED panel costs around 4,700 Euros (~$4,908).

In addition, we'll also review the new Studio Display, Apple's new 27-inch monitor with a 5K resolution and its own A13-SoC. The display offers several USB-C ports as well as Thunderbolt, so besides peripherals (mice, keyboards, hard drives), you can also directly connect a laptop via Thunderbolt, which will then be charged at up to 96 watts. This doesn't only work for MacBooks, but also for Windows laptops. Our review model of the Studio Display is the standard version, which costs 1,749 Euros (~$1,827); it comes with the regular reflective glass and the tilt-adjustable stand.

Since we only review desktop computers rarely, Apple's MacBook Pro models in particular will have to serve as comparison devices here. At this point, we also recommend taking a look at our previous review articles, where we've been able to review almost all versions: 

Note: We're reviewing the two products together, namely the Mac Studio and the Studio Display, but they must naturally be purchased separately from each other. It's also fine to use the Mac Studio with other external displays; at the same time, the Studio Display can also be used with MacBooks or other laptops/PCs (more on that later).

Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Processor
Apple M1 Max 10 x - 3.2 GHz, 30 W PL2 / Short Burst, 30 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
65536 MB 
, LPDDR5-6400
Storage
Apple SSD AP2048R, 2048 GB 
, 1980 GB free
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 4 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 4 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 4 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Card Reader: SDXC
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.5 x 197 x 197 ( = 0.37 x 7.76 x 7.76 in)
Operating System
Apple macOS 12 Monterey
Additional features
Speakers: integrated speakers, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.695 kg ( = 95.06 oz / 5.94 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
3,679 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Apple Mac Studio - A Mac Mini on steroids

The new Mac Studio is a larger version of the familiar Mac Mini. Its shape with the rounded corners is identical, and the length of the sides is exactly the same, but the Mac Studio is considerably taller at just under 9.6 cm. The power adapter is already integrated, and the weight of our version with the M1 Max is 2.695 kg; Apple even specifies that the version with the M1 Ultra weighs a whopping 3.7 kg. As usual, workmanship is of very high quality, and the aluminum case looks very nice. The Mac Studio only comes with the corresponding power cord. 

The rear ports of the Mac Studio (image: Apple)
The rear ports of the Mac Studio (image: Apple)

The front houses the status LED, two USB-C ports (or 2x Thunderbolt 4 on the Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra), as well as the card reader, the power button. The rest of the ports are on the back. These are identical on both versions though, and they include four Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB-C), two regular USB-A ports, and a 10 GB Ethernet port. In addition, the audio output, and the HDMI 2.0 output are also located here.

In total, the Mac Studio with the M1 Max can support four external displays: One 4K display at 60 Hz via the HDMI output, as well as up to three 6K displays via USB-C. The Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra supports a total of up to five external displays (1x 4K/60 Hz via HDMI, and 4x 6K via USB-C).

Apple Studio Display - 5K retina display with an A13 SoC

The new Studio Display is Apple's latest external display with a 27-inch diagonal size and a 5K resolution (5,120x2,880 pixels, 16:9, 218 DPI), which corresponds exactly to the old iMac 27. Once again, the design with the rounded edges and the flat sides already reminds us of the Pro Display XDR as well as the new iMac 24, but the display is also surprisingly thick at 3.1 cm (more than the Pro Display XDR and the iMac as well), which is naturally due to the integration of the Apple A13 SoC in addition to the speaker system. The Studio Display's interior also looks more like that of an old Intel iMac, which can be seen clearly in the teardown done by our colleagues at iFixit.

The speakers and cooling vents are distributed across the entire width at the top and bottom. The package only includes a Thunderbolt cable (1 m); the power cord is attached to the display and can't be removed by the user. The Studio Display weighs 6.292 kg and has no controls, not even an on/off button.

Internal structure of the Studio Display (source: iFixit)
There can be reflections if you're near a window.
There can be reflections if you're near a window.

We are reviewing the normal version of the Studio Display that costs 1,749 Euros (~$1,827), which is the one with the standard glossy glass. Just like with MacBooks, Apple calls this an anti-reflective coating, and at least subjectively, the degree of reflection is very similar, which is quite low compared to many other glossy displays. Nevertheless, you should take a look at your surroundings beforehand. Background light sources or windows will cause reflections (see picture). If you want to play it safe, though, you can also choose the version with nano-texture glass, which is a matte surface. We were able to review the nano-texture glass on an iMac 27 (year 2020 model) some time ago, but the subjective quality impression was slightly affected here, and the image simply wasn't as vibrant as on the normal version.

Unlike the Pro Display XDR, the Studio Display comes with a tilt stand by default. However, Apple also offers a tilt and height-adjustable stand, as well as a VESA adapter as options, and the buyer has to decide on a variant at the time of purchase. The VESA adapter is available at no extra charge, but the height-adjustable stand requires a hefty price premium of 460 Euros (~$480).

The three mounting options available for the Studio Display (image: Apple)
The three mounting options available for the Studio Display (image: Apple)
Ports of the Studio Display (image: Apple)
Ports of the Studio Display (image: Apple)

The ports also match the Pro Display XDR, since there's a Thunderbolt 3 port that also serves as an input source, as well as three additional USB-C ports (3.2 Gen.2, 10 Gbit/s) for additional peripherals. Laptops can be charged at up to 96 watts via the Thunderbolt port. This is ideal for all iPads, MacBook Airs, and MacBook Pro models up to 14 inches, which are shipped with a power adapter of a maximum of 96 watts anyways. It goes without saying that the Studio Display can also be used with the MacBook Pro 16 or older 15-inch versions, but you'll need to have the device connected to the power adapter as well in these cases in order to get full performance.

The connection to the Mac Studio is also done via the Thunderbolt cable, and the whole setup is very easy. As soon as the Mac is turned on, the image appears too; overall, the setup simply works without issues and is extremely easy to carry out. As usual, the brightness sensor works well, and you get used to the True Tone technology (automatic adjustment of the color temperature based on the ambient light) very quickly. Theoretically, input devices can be connected directly to the display, but only if you use a wired connection or a wireless USB dongle; Bluetooth input devices need to be connected to the Mac Studio, the MacBook, or the iPad, respectively.

Studio Display combined with Windows laptops

As we mentioned earlier, the Studio Display can be used with Apple MacBooks, but you can also simply connect a Windows laptop via USB-C. The Studio Display delivers a maximum of 96 watts here as well, which is sufficient for almost any compact subnotebook. We tried it out with an Asus Zenbook S 13 connected via USB 4, for example. Compared to Apple source devices, however, the range of functions is limited. The webcam and speakers work, and you can also connect input devices to the Studio Display (but only using a cable/dongle), but things like automatic brightness control or True Tone don't work. In any case, the fact that a matching Studio Display color profile is automatically installed is positive, and the image quality corresponds to the one observed when using Apple devices, according to our measurements (more on that later).

Connectivity - Mac Studio only equipped with 80 MHz Wi-Fi 6

SD card reader

The full-fledged card reader at the front of the Mac Studio is on par with the latest MacBook Pro models in terms of speed. With our reference card (Angelbird AV Pro V60), we were able to measure a transfer rate of 121 MB/s when copying image files.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910 (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
197 MB/s ∼100% +63%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core (AV PRO V60)
122 MB/s ∼62% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
121 MB/s ∼61% 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
121 MB/s ∼61%
Average of class Desktop
  (17 - 197, n=15, last 2 years)
87.3 MB/s ∼44% -28%
Apple iMac Pro
Intel Xeon W-2145 (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.6 MB/s ∼43% -29%

Communication

The M1 Max in the Mac Studio supports Wi-Fi 6, but still only at 80 MHz. However, in combination with our new reference router from Asus, performance is slightly better than that of the MacBook models with the M1 SoCs, and transfer rates are between 850 and 950 MB/s. Nevertheless, you should be able to expect at least Wi-Fi 6 at 160 Hz or the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard in a recent device that costs more than 3,000 Euros (~$3,133).

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (405 - 1750, n=103)
787 MBit/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
772 (748min - 792max) MBit/s ∼98%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
754 (359min - 811max) MBit/s ∼96%
Apple iMac Pro
Broadcom 802.11ac
713 MBit/s ∼91%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
689 (349min - 730max) MBit/s ∼88%
Average of class Desktop
  (152 - 1626, n=22, last 2 years)
637 MBit/s ∼81%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Broadcom 802.11ac
602 MBit/s ∼76%
iperf3 receive AX12
Average of class Desktop
  (338 - 1524, n=22, last 2 years)
783 MBit/s ∼100%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (284 - 1414, n=103)
765 MBit/s ∼98%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
760 (404min - 869max) MBit/s ∼97%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
730 (645min - 824max) MBit/s ∼93%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Broadcom 802.11ac
723 MBit/s ∼92%
Apple iMac Pro
Broadcom 802.11ac
721 MBit/s ∼92%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
713 (591min - 739max) MBit/s ∼91%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
957 (935min, 935.29P1 - 971max) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
874 (522min - 938max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Average of class Desktop
  (322 - 1318, n=3, last 2 years)
866 MBit/s ∼90% -10%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (417 - 1363, n=25)
793 MBit/s ∼83% -17%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Average of class Desktop
  (188.4 - 1861, n=3, last 2 years)
971 MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
864 (825min, 832.83P1 - 879max) MBit/s ∼89%
Average 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  (498 - 1251, n=25)
854 MBit/s ∼88% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
766 (698min - 785max) MBit/s ∼79% -11%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000: Ø957 (935-971)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000: Ø864 (825-879)

Webcam

The Studio Display offers a 12 MP camera with an ultra-wide angle (f/2.4 aperture), as well as the tracking mode Center Stage. This feature was introduced with the iPad Pro 2021, which was also equipped with the 12 MP wide-angle camera. Of course, quality is better compared to other laptop webcams, and the camera is very well suited for video calls. The Center Stage function also works well, allowing the user to move around in front of the camera while staying in focus. The microphones also worked well in our test, and voice control via Siri was reliable too.

ColorChecker
7.7 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max: 8.59 ∆E min: 2.96 - max: 13.24 ∆E

Input devices - Great MagicPad and keyboard without backlight

Apple continues to offer the usual input devices, but these have to be purchased separately from the Mac Studio. The major advantage is the perfect Apple integration including Touch ID. The Magic Trackpad works very well and is very intuitive, especially if you're already familiar with using it on a MacBook. The Magic Mouse also works well; the only inconvenience is the Lightning port for charging that's at the bottom of the mouse.

Things get a bit more problematic with the keyboard, however, since the key travel is very short for desktop input, and at least our sample of the keyboard sounded a bit rattly when typing. However, the keystrokes themselves are precise, and the typing experience is basically on par with the latest MacBook Pro models. One clear minus point, though, is the lack of backlighting. Although convenience features such as Touch ID are practical, there's certainly still room for improvement considering that this is a desktop keyboard.

Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and numeric keypad
Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and numeric keypad
Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse
Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse

Display - 5K IPS at 60 Hz

We already talked about the Studio Display's base specifications, and overall, the technical specs of the 60 Hz IPS display aren't breathtaking considering its high price. However, this doesn't take away from the great subjective image quality, because content is razor-sharp, and images simply look brilliant. But unlike the MacBook Pro models (14 and 16 inches) with the new Mini LED panels, HDR content is not supported.

Apple specifies a brightness level of up to 600 nits, something that we can also confirm in our measurements (571 cd/m² on average). That said, the high brightness is also accompanied by a high black level, as 0.58 cd/m² is too high for a high-quality display; as a result, the contrast is only ~1,000:1. Screen bleeding is only minimally noticeable, even at full brightness, though, and we couldn't detect any PWM. Moreover, response times are very good for a normal IPS panel. The viewing-angle stability of the IPS panel is very good as well.

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Only slight screen bleeding at full brightness
Only slight screen bleeding at full brightness
Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability
560
cd/m²
586
cd/m²
588
cd/m²
553
cd/m²
599
cd/m²
578
cd/m²
526
cd/m²
570
cd/m²
578
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 599 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 570.9 cd/m² Minimum: 3.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Contrast: 1033:1 (Black: 0.58 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 1.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
Gamma: 2.21
Apple Studio Display 2022
5120x2880, 27.00
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
APPAE32, IPS, 5120x2880, 27.00
Apple iMac Pro
APPAE1E, , 5120x2880, 27.00
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
IPS, 4480x2520, 23.50
Display
Display P3 Coverage
98.4
98.7
99
97.7
sRGB Coverage
100
100
100
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
89.5
88.8
86.6
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
28.8 ?(14, 14.8)
27.2 ?(12.4, 14.8)
30.4 ?(14, 16.4)
29.2 ?(15.6, 13.6)
Response Time Black / White *
20 ?(12.4, 7.6)
12.4 ?(4.8, 7.6)
18.8 ?(11.2, 7.6)
17.6 ?(10, 7.6)
PWM Frequency
22730 ?(66)
208.3 ?(50)
Screen
Brightness middle
599
529
496
523
Brightness
571
511
468
479
Brightness Distribution
88
88
87
82
Black Level *
0.58
0.48
0.54
0.37
Contrast
1033
1102
919
1414
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.1
1.4
3
1.1
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.2
2.6
5.8
2
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.8
2.2
2.5
1.5
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.32 95%
2.22 99%
2.16 102%
CCT
6777 96%
6826 95%
6824 95%
6729 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
80
79.4
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
100
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.9
0.4
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

P3 coverage (CalMAN measurement)
P3 coverage (CalMAN measurement)

The Studio Display covers the P3 color space almost completely, but other reference modes are also available when connected to Macs.

The image reproduction is already extremely good out of the box, and apart from a minimal blue tint in the grayscale, which isn't visible in practice, there's nothing to complain about. The average DeltaE 2000 deviations for the grayscale and all colors are already well below the important mark of 3. This quality is also maintained when using a Windows laptop as a source.

CalMAN grayscales (P3 reference color space, source: Mac Studio)
CalMAN grayscales (P3 reference color space, source: Mac Studio)
CalMAN saturation (P3 reference color space, source: Mac Studio)
CalMAN saturation (P3 reference color space, source: Mac Studio)
CalMAN ColorChecker (P3 reference color space, source: Mac Studio)
CalMAN ColorChecker (P3 reference color space, source: Mac Studio)
CalMAN grayscales (P3 reference color space, source: Asus Zenbook S 13)
CalMAN grayscales (P3 reference color space, source: Asus Zenbook S 13)
CalMAN saturation (P3 reference color space, source: Asus Zenbook S 13)
CalMAN saturation (P3 reference color space, source: Asus Zenbook S 13)
CalMAN ColorChecker (P3 reference color space, source: Asus Zenbook S 13)
CalMAN ColorChecker (P3 reference color space, source: Asus Zenbook S 13)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 7.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
28.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21805 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Performance - Mac Studio with the M1 Max

The Mac Studio comes in two base configurations, one with the M1 Max SoC, with which we're familiar from the MacBooks (with either 24 or 32 GPU cores), and the other with the new M1 Ultra. The M1 Ultra combines two M1 Max SoCs, something that Apple calls Ultra Fusion. This doubles the number of CPU and GPU cores.

Mac Studio test configuration
Mac Studio test configuration
M1 Max SoC (image: Apple)
M1 Max SoC (image: Apple)
M1 Ultra SoC (image: Apple)
M1 Ultra SoC (image: Apple)

Altogether, you can choose between four SoC models, but only the M1 Ultra offers the possibility to get up to 128 GB of RAM. The storage capacity ends at 8 TB, and once again, Apple charges a lot for the upgrades: The top Mac Studio model (M1 Ultra, 128 GB of RAM, and 8 TB of SSD storage) costs 9,200 Euros (~$9,608).

In terms of sheer performance, there's no difference between the Mac Studio and the MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Max, but the desktop machine forgoes the MacBook's additional performance modes (Performance Mode and Quiet Mode); however, a Quiet Mode in particular might not have been a bad choice in view of the constantly running fans. As in our review of the MacBook Pro 16, we can get a maximum consumption of around 84 watts (package power) out of the M1 Max with 32 GPU cores, with the CPU requiring a maximum of 30 watts and the GPU a maximum of 44 watts. Performance is also maintained at a constant level under sustained load. Since the fan still has a lot of headroom, we assume that the M1 Ultra's roughly 170 watts can be cooled adequately as well, but the two fans will likely have a lot more work to do then.

Processor - M1 with 10 cores

As for the processor, we can be brief because we already know the M1 (regardless of whether it's the Pro or Max version) with 10 cores very well, and we just analyzed it in our comprehensive Efficiency Article on current mobile processors. The CPU consists of a total of three clusters, an efficiency cluster with 2 cores, as well as two performance clusters with 4 cores each. The cores don't support Hyper-Threading and can therefore "only" process 10 threads in parallel.

Nevertheless, performance is very good and on par with other mobile processors that consume even more power. However, this is also the tricky part, because the Mac Studio is not a laptop. Although the efficiency remains very good, the M1 Max is clearly inferior to other desktop processors and mobile processors in terms of performance.

Things would look different for the M1 Ultra if we assume that it has twice the performance. We'll use Cinebench R23 for the comparison, since this benchmark runs natively on the Mac (R15 and R20 have to be emulated via Rosetta 2). The 20-core CPU with a consumption of ~60 watts would be faster than the Intel Core i7-12700H with around 120 watts here.

Cinebench R15 Multi endurance test

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Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max Apple M1 Max: Ø1691 (1678.91-1695.2)
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020 Intel Core i9-10910: Ø2171 (2137.21-2302.16)
Apple iMac Pro Intel Xeon W-2145; Win10: Ø1694 (1676.31-1706.48)
Apple iMac Pro Intel Xeon W-2145; macOS: Ø1687 (1658.31-1695.42)
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021 Apple M1: Ø1068 (1047.92-1074)
Intel Core i9-12900K Intel Core i9-12900K: Ø3987 (3920.42-4037.55)
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø2829 (2783-2902.76)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max Apple M1 Max; Rosetta 2: Ø1687 (1667.29-1693.05)
CPU Performance Rating
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
98.5 pt ∼99%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
80.9 pt ∼81%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020 -2!
Intel Core i9-10910
64.3 pt ∼64%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
61.3 pt ∼61%
Average Apple M1 Max
 
61.2 pt ∼61%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
60.9 pt ∼61%
Apple iMac Pro -7!
Intel Xeon W-2145
51.7 pt ∼52%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021 -1!
Apple M1
50.5 pt ∼51%
Average of class Desktop
 
38.5 pt ∼39%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
27005 Points ∼100% +118%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
19250 Points ∼71% +55%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12396 Points ∼46%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (12385 - 12396, n=3)
12389 Points ∼46% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12385 Points ∼46% 0%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1
7802 Points ∼29% -37%
Average of class Desktop
  (1183 - 25245, n=37, last 2 years)
7735 Points ∼29% -38%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
1998 Points ∼100% +30%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
1819 Points ∼91% +18%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1536 Points ∼77%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (1530 - 1536, n=3)
1533 Points ∼77% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1530 Points ∼77% 0%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1
1508 Points ∼75% -2%
Average of class Desktop
  (438 - 2011, n=35, last 2 years)
1233 Points ∼62% -20%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
10240 Points ∼100% +272%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
7382 Points ∼72% +168%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910
5196 Points ∼51% +89%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
2753 Points ∼27%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (2735 - 2753, n=3)
2746 Points ∼27% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
2735 Points ∼27% -1%
Average of class Desktop
  (304 - 9630, n=44, last 2 years)
2485 Points ∼24% -10%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1
2101 Points ∼21% -24%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
766 Points ∼100% +94%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
696 Points ∼91% +76%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910
501 Points ∼65% +27%
Average of class Desktop
  (156 - 777, n=44, last 2 years)
427 Points ∼56% +8%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1
402 Points ∼52% +2%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
395 Points ∼52%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (390 - 395, n=3)
393 Points ∼51% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
390 Points ∼51% -1%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
4057 Points ∼100% +140%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
2903 (2783min - 2902.76max) Points ∼72% +72%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910
2302 (2137min - 2302max) Points ∼57% +36%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1693 (1667min - 1693max) Points ∼42% 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1691 (1678.91min, 1679.66P1 - 1695.2max) Points ∼42%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (1689 - 1693, n=3)
1691 Points ∼42% 0%
Apple iMac Pro
Intel Xeon W-2145
1686 Points ∼42% 0%
Apple iMac Pro
Intel Xeon W-2145
1678 Points ∼41% -1%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1
1074 (1048min - 1074max) Points ∼26% -36%
Average of class Desktop
  (204 - 3473, n=46, last 2 years)
1052 Points ∼26% -38%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
286 Points ∼100% +43%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
263 Points ∼92% +32%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910
215 Points ∼75% +8%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1
206 Points ∼72% +3%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (197 - 210, n=3)
202 Points ∼71% +1%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
200 Points ∼70%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
197 Points ∼69% -1%
Apple iMac Pro
Intel Xeon W-2145
177 Points ∼62% -11%
Average of class Desktop
  (63.1 - 292, n=44, last 2 years)
173.4 Points ∼61% -13%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average of class Desktop
  (128.3 - 3032, n=43, last 2 years)
912 Seconds * ∼100% -388%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910
208 Seconds * ∼23% -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
189 Seconds * ∼21% -1%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (187 - 190, n=3)
188.7 Seconds * ∼21% -1%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
187 Seconds * ∼21%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
171 Seconds * ∼19% +9%
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
121.1 Seconds * ∼13% +35%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
17854 Points ∼100% +41%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
12981 Points ∼73% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12708 Points ∼71% 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12697 Points ∼71%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (12563 - 12708, n=3)
12656 Points ∼71% 0%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910
10244 Points ∼57% -19%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1
7695 Points ∼43% -39%
Average of class Desktop
  (1198 - 17698, n=43, last 2 years)
5470 Points ∼31% -57%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i9-12900K
Intel Core i9-12900K
2042 Points ∼100% +14%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1795 Points ∼88%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1782 Points ∼87% -1%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (1764 - 1795, n=3)
1780 Points ∼87% -1%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16 G7 i7 RTX 3070Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
1746 Points ∼86% -3%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1
1737 Points ∼85% -3%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Intel Core i9-10910
1381 Points ∼68% -23%
Average of class Desktop
  (388 - 1969, n=43, last 2 years)
1205 Points ∼59% -33%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1691 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
94.5 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
200 Points
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System performance

The Mac Studio with the M1 Max is also an extremely responsive machine, and we didn't notice any problems during the entire test period. Older apps for Intel Macs are emulated smoothly via Rosetta 2, and this usually work very well, but performance can be a bit lower here than with native apps.

A very good example of this are the Adobe applications Photoshop and Premiere Pro, with which we run the PugetBench tests. The benchmarks only work on the emulated Intel versions, which also run well, but the native M1 versions are considerably faster and more responsive overall. The benchmark results should be viewed with a bit of caution for this reason.

However, the Apple desktop performs well and as expected in the native benchmarks like CrossMark or the Browser Benchmarks.

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
Photoshop PugetBench: Overall Score
Premiere Pro PugetBench: Overall Score
Photoshop PugetBench: Filter Score | General Score | GPU Score
Premiere Pro PugetBench: GPU | Live Playback | Export
Jetstream 2: Total Score
WebXPRT 3: ---
Speedometer 2.0: Result
CrossMark / Overall
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1621 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1615 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (1586 - 1621, n=2)
1604 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1586 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1556 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Desktop
  (446 - 2308, n=13, last 2 years)
1330 Points ∼82% -18%
CrossMark / Productivity
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1385 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1379 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (1361 - 1385, n=2)
1373 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1361 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1342 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Desktop
  (518 - 2169, n=13, last 2 years)
1321 Points ∼95% -5%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
2160 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
2153 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (2102 - 2153, n=2)
2128 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
2102 Points ∼97% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
2054 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Desktop
  (392 - 2495, n=13, last 2 years)
1393 Points ∼64% -35%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Average of class Desktop
  (419 - 2203, n=13, last 2 years)
1220 Points ∼100% +10%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1107 Points ∼91%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (1080 - 1107, n=2)
1094 Points ∼90% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1087 Points ∼89% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1080 Points ∼89% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1055 Points ∼86% -5%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
202 fps ∼100% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
202 fps ∼100% +1%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (200 - 202, n=2)
201 fps ∼100% +1%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
200 fps ∼99%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
163 fps ∼81% -18%
Average of class Desktop
  (56 - 200, n=2, last 2 years)
128 fps ∼63% -36%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
56 fps ∼28% -72%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
30 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (29 - 30, n=2)
29.5 fps ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
29 fps ∼97% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
29 fps ∼97% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
27 fps ∼90% -10%
Average of class Desktop
  (17 - 30, n=2, last 2 years)
23.5 fps ∼78% -22%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
17 fps ∼57% -43%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
989 Points ∼100%
Average of class Desktop
  (580 - 1422, n=5, last 2 years)
936 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (809 - 989, n=2)
899 Points ∼91% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
809 Points ∼82% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
796 Points ∼80% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
694 Points ∼70% -30%
Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 Entry (M1, 8GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
580 Points ∼59% -41%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1167 Points ∼100% +35%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1080 Points ∼93% +25%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (862 - 1080, n=2)
971 Points ∼83% +13%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
862 Points ∼74%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
748 Points ∼64% -13%
Average of class Desktop
  (146 - 862, n=3, last 2 years)
610 Points ∼52% -29%
Photoshop PugetBench / Filter Score
Average of class Desktop
  (62.1 - 171.5, n=5, last 2 years)
104.8 Points ∼100% +4%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
100.6 Points ∼96%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (75.2 - 100.6, n=2)
87.9 Points ∼84% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
77.5 Points ∼74% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
75.2 Points ∼72% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
69.1 Points ∼66% -31%
Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 Entry (M1, 8GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
62.1 Points ∼59% -38%
Photoshop PugetBench / General Score
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
97.2 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (86.5 - 97.2, n=2)
91.9 Points ∼95% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
86.5 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Desktop
  (53.8 - 112.8, n=5, last 2 years)
82.2 Points ∼85% -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
81.7 Points ∼84% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
69.7 Points ∼72% -28%
Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 Entry (M1, 8GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
53.8 Points ∼55% -45%
Photoshop PugetBench / GPU Score
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
108.1 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (98.5 - 108.1, n=2)
103.3 Points ∼96% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
98.5 Points ∼91% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
95 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Desktop
  (64 - 133.4, n=5, last 2 years)
92.3 Points ∼85% -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
78.8 Points ∼73% -27%
Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 Entry (M1, 8GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
64 Points ∼59% -41%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / GPU
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
55.8 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (54.8 - 55.8, n=2)
55.3 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
54.8 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
51 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Desktop
  (8.6 - 71.6, n=3, last 2 years)
45.3 Points ∼81% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
33.7 Points ∼60% -40%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Live Playback
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
215.7 Points ∼100% +103%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
203.1 Points ∼94% +92%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (106 - 216, n=2)
160.9 Points ∼75% +52%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
145 Points ∼67% +37%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
106 Points ∼49%
Average of class Desktop
  (19.8 - 106, n=3, last 2 years)
68.4 Points ∼32% -35%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Export
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
90.9 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
90.4 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (53.2 - 90.9, n=2)
72.1 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Desktop
  (9.4 - 90.9, n=3, last 2 years)
61.8 Points ∼68% -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
53.2 Points ∼59% -41%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
40.7 Points ∼45% -55%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
215 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (215 - 215, n=2)
215 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
214.5 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
213.5 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
212.5 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), i9-10910, Apple SSD AP1024
203.1 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 Entry (M1, 8GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
177.3 Points ∼82% -18%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
175.4 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Desktop
  (59.9 - 215, n=17, last 2 years)
139.1 Points ∼65% -35%
WebXPRT 3 /
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
366 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
360 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (350 - 366, n=2)
358 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
350 Points ∼96% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
342 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 Entry (M1, 8GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
293 Points ∼80% -20%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
280 Points ∼77% -23%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), i9-10910, Apple SSD AP1024
236 Points ∼64% -36%
Average of class Desktop
  (83.2 - 366, n=42, last 2 years)
204 Points ∼56% -44%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
349 runs/min ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (272 - 349, n=2)
311 runs/min ∼89% -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
282 runs/min ∼81% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
276 runs/min ∼79% -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
272 runs/min ∼78% -22%
Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 Entry (M1, 8GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
219 runs/min ∼63% -37%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
215 runs/min ∼62% -38%
Average of class Desktop
  (71.7 - 349, n=5, last 2 years)
203 runs/min ∼58% -42%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), i9-10910, Apple SSD AP1024
161 runs/min ∼46% -54%

Storage

Amorphous Disk Mark
Amorphous Disk Mark

All versions of the Mac Studio make use of fast PCIe 4.0 SSDs, and our test device is equipped with a 2 TB drive, which still offers 1.98 TB of available storage space for the user after the first startup. The drive achieves very high transfer rates in the benchmarks and doesn't leave any room for criticism here. The M1 Max version of the Mac Studio comes with a 512 GB SSD by default, the extra cost for the 2 TB version is 690 Euros (~$721), and the upgrade to 8 TB even comes at a price of 2,760 Euros (~$2,882). Further SSD benchmarks are available here.

The Mac Studio offers a modular SSD and even another SSD slot, but it can't be used for an expansion so far. In addition, you have to do a lot of tinkering and disassembly (including removing the power supply) to even get to the SSD.

Graphics card

The 32-core GPU in the M1 Max has four clusters with 8 GPU cores each, which can consume up to 44 watts. Once again, performance is on par with the MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Max, but due to the limitation to 60 Hz, some benchmark results (e.g. 3DMark Wild Life Extreme) are only meaningful in Unlimited mode. In the synthetic tests, the GPU is partly on par with a GeForce RTX 3070 that consumes considerably more power, though.

The advantage of the GPU is, of course, the shared memory, which means that much more VRAM is available for large projects. Gaming continues to be a challenge. Some titles run via Rosetta 2, while others run natively; and there are additional solutions, such as CrossWare, that allow you to play Windows titles, such as The Wichter 3. However, we refer to our reviews of the MacBook Pro 16 and MacBook Pro 14 here, in which we've delved into this topic more intensively.

3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
22308 Points ∼100% +10%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20293 Points ∼91%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (20228 - 20293, n=2)
20261 Points ∼91% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20228 Points ∼91% 0%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-786B
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
20036 Points ∼90% -1%
Average of class Desktop
  (2553 - 46562, n=4, last 2 years)
18614 Points ∼83% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
15730 Points ∼71% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points ∼46% -49%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
72116 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
72116 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
68156 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Desktop
  (2773 - 118439, n=9, last 2 years)
59883 Points ∼83% -17%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-786B
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
56821 Points ∼79% -21%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
18117 Points ∼25% -75%
Geekbench 5.3
OpenCL Score 5.3
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
127545 Points ∼100% +98%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-786B
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
107245 Points ∼84% +67%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
64407 Points ∼50%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (60482 - 64407, n=2)
62445 Points ∼49% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
60482 Points ∼47% -6%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), Intel Core i9-10910
56327 Points ∼44% -13%
Average of class Desktop
  (1362 - 242815, n=46, last 2 years)
51637 Points ∼40% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
51568 Points ∼40% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points ∼30% -41%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
19323 Points ∼15% -70%
Metal Score 5.3
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
67868 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
67868 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
58191 Points ∼86%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points ∼62%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
21897 Points ∼32%
Average of class Desktop
  (last 2 years)
21897 Points ∼32%
GFXBench
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
310.3 fps ∼100% +1%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (309 - 310, n=2)
309 fps ∼100% 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
308.5 fps ∼99%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
240 fps ∼77% -22%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), Intel Core i9-10910
188.4 fps ∼61% -39%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps ∼53% -46%
Average of class Desktop
  (6.5 - 309, n=7, last 2 years)
115.3 fps ∼37% -63%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
81.4 fps ∼26% -74%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
752 fps ∼100% +5%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (718 - 752, n=2)
735 fps ∼98% +2%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
718.4 fps ∼96%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
636 fps ∼85% -11%
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), Intel Core i9-10910
493.2 fps ∼66% -31%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
436 fps ∼58% -39%
Average of class Desktop
  (17.5 - 718, n=7, last 2 years)
289 fps ∼38% -60%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
216.1 fps ∼29% -70%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
450.7 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
  (424 - 451, n=2)
437 fps ∼97% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
424.2 fps ∼94% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
416 fps ∼92% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
345 fps ∼77% -23%
Average of class Desktop
  (18.3 - 451, n=4, last 2 years)
200 fps ∼44% -56%
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
177.3 fps ∼39% -61%
low med. high ultraQHD4K
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 139 104 97 88 61 33
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 293 131 83 60 39 20
Borderlands 3 (2019) 67.4 53.2 46.1 39.6 33 20.6

Emissions - The Mac Studio's fans run continuously

Noise emissions

Internal structure of the Mac Studio (image: Apple)
Internal structure of the Mac Studio (image: Apple)

The top half of the Mac Studio is completely taken up by the cooling system, which consists of two fans and a huge heat sink. We didn't experience any irritating fan noise in our review unit as some reports have mentioned, but the two fans always run at a constant 1,300 rpm. This is definitely impressive since it doesn't change even after an hour of maximum load (SoC temperature ~78 °C (~172 °F)), but we're not sure if this would really be necessary even under light load, especially in a direct comparison with the MacBook Pro 16 M1 Max, which frequently runs silently. An optional power-saving mode like on the MBP, which resulted in the fans being deactivated, would have certainly been useful here. Although the constant noise is by no means annoying at just under 29 dB(A), it's audible, and with such an efficient chip, the constant noise comes across as a bit unnecessary. The two fans can reach a maximum of 3,500 rpm, but we could only manage this using an additional software. The small cube gets quite loud at 59.1 dB(A) here, and it also surpasses most full-fledged gaming laptops.

The Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra uses the same fans, but instead of an aluminum heatsink, it comes with a copper one, which is why the weight is also significantly higher. While the Studio Display has two fans as well, they're not audible.

Noise Level

Idle
28.8 / 28.8 / 28.8 dB(A)
Load
28.8 / 28.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 23.8 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203833382530.828.632.83124.923.228.94026.227.230.15027.526.326.46324.621.7268023.519.624.71002416.723.212523.517.224.316022.514.922.220023.217.32325024.619.224.131526.414.525.64002510.925.650019.710.618.963018.61318.780019.89.819.4100017.710.617.712501710.717.2160014.910.814.3200012.910.812.1250011.71111.6315011.311.611.7400011.511.811.65000121211.9630012.31212.3800012.212.212.11000012.512.312.21250012.412.212.3160001211.712.2SPL28.823.828.7N1.10.51.1median 17median 12median 17.2Delta524.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
Apple iMac 27 Mid 2020
Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop), i9-10910, Apple SSD AP1024
Apple iMac Pro
Pro Vega 56, W-2145
Apple iMac 24 M1 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
Noise
-18%
-23%
-0%
-13%
-9%
off / environment *
23.8
29.1
-22%
29.1
-22%
24.2
-2%
24.2
-2%
24.8
-4%
Idle Minimum *
28.8
29.7
-3%
29.8
-3%
24.2
16%
24.2
16%
24.8
14%
Idle Average *
28.8
29.7
-3%
29.8
-3%
24.2
16%
24.2
16%
24.8
14%
Idle Maximum *
28.8
29.7
-3%
29.8
-3%
24.2
16%
24.2
16%
24.8
14%
Load Average *
28.8
35
-22%
39.7
-38%
25
13%
42.9
-49%
30.4
-6%
Witcher 3 ultra *
28.8
35
-22%
39.5
-37%
35.8
-24%
Load Maximum *
28.8
43.6
-51%
47.9
-66%
46
-60%
42.9
-49%
49.5
-72%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Needless to say, surface temperatures aren't as important for desktop computers and displays as they are for laptops, but we can also give the all-clear here because it doesn't really get hot anyway. The top side of the Mac Studio heats up to around 36 °C (~97 °F) in the stress test, as the heat sink is directly beneath it. We register around 40 °C (~104 °F) directly at the fan outlet, meaning that everything's within safe limits. The Studio Display also shows a hotspot on the back, but 30 °C (~86 °F) is absolutely fine.

Mac Studio surface temperatures - (stress test)
Mac Studio surface temperatures - (stress test)
Mac Studio surface temperatures - (stress test)
Mac Studio surface temperatures - (stress test)
Mac Studio surface temperatures - (Display)
Mac Studio surface temperatures - (Display)
Mac Studio surface temperatures - (Display)
Mac Studio surface temperatures - (Display)

Speakers

Let's start with the Mac Studio itself, which also features an integrated speaker. It's not bad at all, and it can certainly rival some laptops, but of course, it doesn't come close to the Studio Display's sound quality.

Apple has installed a system with six speakers and 3D audio support in the Display, which is also basically what we've seen in the MacBook Pro 16. In fact, the measurement results are very similar as well, but subjectively, the Display naturally has the advantage of having a larger case, and the sound seems a bit more powerful as well as broader. Overall, the audio performance is really very good, and most users will probably be able to do without external speakers.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203337.42528.634.83123.231.34027.231.75026.332.76321.728.78019.627.410016.742.912517.251.716014.950.320017.351.125019.251.631514.556.540010.959.750010.658.16301360.48009.865.5100010.664.4125010.765.6160010.865.8200010.866.525001167.1315011.663.4400011.868.150001269.463001264.6800012.260.91000012.361.31250012.262.21600011.763.6SPL23.877.6N0.541.1median 12median 62.2Delta25.53339.828.628.523.225.327.234.826.344.821.757.619.663.416.774.517.27914.972.917.375.419.273.614.575.110.97610.675.21376.39.874.810.67210.769.510.866.310.872.7117611.673.411.86712731268.912.273.512.371.812.272.611.770.423.8850.573.7median 12median 73.422.126.325.821.422.12624.925.127.622.532.523.448.72655.818.860.922.167.2267019.372.317.674.217.774.319.575.31571.711.871.311.27410.574.21072.710.17210.67210.97511.374.811.671.71269.71269.612.371.112.669.61270.111.269.824.784.70.666.6median 12median 71.73.11.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple Mac Studio 2022 M1 MaxApple Studio Display 2022Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 43% of all tested devices in this class were better, 14% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 15%, worst was 38%
Compared to all devices tested
» 4% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple Studio Display 2022 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 1.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (3.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | bass is linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (3.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Energy management

Energy consumption

The power consumption measurements don't show any surprises, and we're roughly on par with the MacBook Pro 16 M1 Max if you subtract the power consumption of the Mini LED panel. We were able to get a maximum of 114 watts out of the Mac Studio in the stress test, whereby consumption always fluctuates a bit due to Unigine Valley's different sequences, but that's normal. In idle usage, power consumption is just under 12 watts, while this value drops to 1.8 watts in standby mode.

The Studio Display itself is between 17-57 watts depending on the brightness level, and it still consumes 0.28 watts when turned off.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.33 / 1.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight / / 11.6 Watt
Load midlight 78.6 / 114 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.

Energy consumption

0102030405060708090100110Tooltip
; 1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra (external Monitor): Ø41.3 (40.4-42.1)
; Idle 1min (external Monitor): Ø11.6 (11.4-12)
; Cinebench R23 Single (external Monitor): Ø18.9 (16.7-19.9)
; Cinebench R23 Multi (external Monitor): Ø46.6 (45.5-48.5)
; 1280x720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25; external Monitor: Ø100.5 (69.9-115)

Pros

+ very high system performance and efficient SoC
+ high-quality workmanship
+ very good integration with Apple's ecosystem
+ good image quality and great speakers
+ Display with 96-watt Power Delivery
+ numerous ports including Thunderbolt 4, 10 GB/s Ethernet, and SDXC
+ up to 128 GB of RAM and 8 TB of SSD storage
+ very quiet even under heavy load

Cons

- practically no maintenance options
- constant fan activity, even in idle usage
- no HDR support
- Display's power cord not detachable
- high extra costs for upgrades
- no backlit keyboard
- Wi-Fi 6 with 80 Hz only

Verdict - The M1 Max also works in desktops

Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display in review. Test devices provided by Apple Germany.
Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display in review. Test devices provided by Apple Germany.

Overall, the new Mac Studio leaves a good impression. Its performance is very good, there are many ports, and the interaction with the Studio Display and Apple's proprietary input devices simply works flawlessly. However, it's also noticeable that the Mac Studio's cooling was developed for the M1 Ultra, because the two fans have an easy time with the M1 Max, and even in the stress test, we couldn't get more than a quiet hiss out of the device. Nevertheless, the fans are always spinning, even in idle usage; a silent operation would certainly be possible here as well.

The Studio Display is comparable to the old iMac 27 in terms of raw display specifications, which isn't a bad thing, of course, but you can certainly get more for the price from the competition. You'd have to do without some of the convenience features in that case, though. The speakers are also very good for a display. Especially for use with a MacBook (ideally up to a MacBook Pro 14, since you really only need a cable connection then and no additional power adapter), the Studio Display makes sense if you want to have a bigger screen at home. You can then simply connect the MacBook via Thunderbolt, which will also charge the device. Although the Studio Display also works outside of the Apple ecosystem, it doesn't make much sense in our opinion. There are better options here, and also better or larger displays for this price range.

The Studio Display is an interesting complement if you want to use your MacBook or iPad at home with a large screen as easily as possible, and still have the usual convenience features like True Tone as well as a good sound system at the same time.

As you would expect from Apple, the hardware isn't cheap, but the integration works excellently. We'll try to review a Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra as well, since the cooling system will probably be challenged to a much greater extent here, and the M1 Ultra's alleged double performance is quite tempting.

Price and availability

At the time of writing, you can find the base model of the Apple Mac Studio in Best Buy's online store for just under $2,000 (32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD). Our review configuration (M1 Max with 32-core GPU, 64 GB RAM, 2 TB SSD) can be purchased directly from Apple's online store, where you're able to customize the computer to your needs. This configuration will set you back $3,199.

On the other hand, Best Buy seems to have several configurations for the Studio Display, but they're either listed as "sold out" or "coming soon" at the moment. You can still buy the Studio Display directly from Apple, with the base configuration that comes with the regular reflective glass and the tilt-adjustable stand (the same as our review configuration) costing $1,599.

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