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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 Laptop Review: The performance of the M1 Max is limited

More GPU performance and shorter runtimes. Apple also offers the MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Max SoC and the faster GPU, but the performance of the M1 Max is limited in combined workloads and it is not much faster than the base model.

We reviewed the base model of the MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Pro SoC last year when it launched. The review unit left a very good impression in many sections and also leads our Multimedia Top 10 (in combination with the larger MacBook Pro 16). The new Mini-LED panel offers great picture quality and the high HDR brightness is definitely a highlight in the laptop segment. The 14-inch model is also offered with the more powerful M1 Max chips, which offer more GPU performance.

Today we have a look at the MacBook Pro 14 with the 10-core CPU and the 24-core GPU. The version with 32 GB RAM and 512 GB PCIe-SSD storage has an RRP of 3209 Euros, so around 1000 Euros more than the base model. There are no differences in terms of the chassis, ports, input devices, or the display compared to our previous review, so we will focus on the performance of the M1 Max as well as the effects on the emissions and the battery runtime. Please see our comprehensive review of the base unit for all the other information:

Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU (MacBook Pro 14 Series)
Processor
Apple M1 Max 10 x - 3.2 GHz, 30 W PL2 / Short Burst, 30 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
32768 MB 
, LPDDR5-6400
Display
14.20 inch 16:10, 3024 x 1964 pixel 254 PPI, Mini-LED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP0512, 512 GB 
Connections
3 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 3 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm, Card Reader: SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
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): 15.5 x 312.6 x 221.2 ( = 0.61 x 12.31 x 8.71 in)
Battery
69.9 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple macOS 12 Monterey
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 6 Speakers, 3D Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 96W USB‑C Power Adapter, USB‑C to MagSafe 3 cable, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 274 g ( = 9.67 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
3209 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
92.1 %
04/2022
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max, M1 Max 24-Core GPU
1.6 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
92.7 %
11/2021
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 8-Core, M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
1.6 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
93.2 %
11/2021
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro, M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
2.2 kg16.8 mm16.20"3456x2234
92.5 %
11/2021
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU
2.2 kg16.8 mm16.20"3456x2234

Display - Full brightness via App

The Mini-LED screen of the MacBook Pro 14 manages brightness values of more than 1500 nits in combination with HDR contents, but is otherwise limited to around 500 nits. This is a bit annoying, especially outdoors where a higher brightness would help. There is now an app called Vivid, which removes this limitation, so you can use the maximum brightness in every situation.

We tested the app with our review unit and it works. You get an additional brightness bar and you can simply increase the brightness further with the regular brightness keys. The maximum values correspond with the HDR results. We measured more than 1100 nits on a completely white display, around 1300 nits on our website, and up to 1600 nits in a small window. If you often use your MacBook Pro outdoors and you would like a brighter image, we recommend you try the app. We also analyzed the panel with the app and there are only minor negligible differences in terms of picture quality, but the lid gets noticeably warmer. We cannot say how the use of the app will affect the lifespan of the LEDs. The battery runtime is also much shorter with the maximum brightness and our Wi-Fi test only runs for 2:28 hours before the battery is empty.

CalMAN Grayscale (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Grayscale Vivid app maximum brightness (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Grayscale Vivid app maximum brightness (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps Vivid app maximum brightness (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps Vivid app maximum brightness (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker Vivid app maximum brightness (target color space DCI-P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker Vivid app maximum brightness (target color space DCI-P3)

Performance - M1 Max with 24 GPU cores

Apple offers five different M1 versions for the MacBook Pro 14. The base model offers 8 CPU cores, all the other four models 10 CPU-cores. The biggest difference is the number of GPU cores, starting with 14-16 for the M1 Pro and 24 or 32 for the M1 Max. If you select the M1 max, you automatically have to pay about 500 Euros for the upgrade to 32 GB RAM as well and the model is about 1000 Euros more expensive than the entry-level version. The following table shows the five different configurations.

SoC CPU Cores GPU Cores RAM Additional Price
M1 Pro 2 Efficiency cores & 6 Performance cores 14 16 or 32 GB
M1 Pro 2 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 14 16 or 32 GB 230 Euros
M1 Pro 2 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 16 16 or 32 GB 270 Euros
M1 Max 2 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 24 32 or 64 GB 500 Euros
M1 Max 2 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 32 32 or 64 GB 730 Euros

Our review unit with the M1 Max and 24-core GPU is the second fastest model you can get, but the CPU performance is identical to the M1 Pro models with 10 CPU cores. The only advantage of the M1 Max is the increased GPU performance and it can be configured with up to 64 GB RAM. Contrary to the review unit of the MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Max, the MBP 14 does not offer an optional High-Performance mode.

Processor - M1 with 10 cores

We already mentioned that almost all M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs have the same CPU part with 10 cores, only the entry-level model is equipped with a slower 8-core model. The 10 cores are distributed across three clusters: One efficiency cluster with 2 frugal cores (up to 2064 MHz) and two performance clusters with 4 fast cores each (up to 3228 MHz). We checked the performance values like the power consumption and clocks with the power metrics function and the performance is completely stable, both on battery as well as mains.

The results in the Cinebench R15 Multi loop are on par with the other M1 chips with 10 CPU cores and 28 % ahead of the base model with the 8-core M1 Pro. Cinebench R15, however, does not run natively on the M1 SoC and has to be emulated via Rosetta 2, which results in a higher power consumption of 33W for the CPU cores (40W package power) as well as a slightly reduced performance.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU Apple M1 Max; Rosetta 2: Ø1684 (1672.66-1688.19)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry Apple M1 Pro 8-Core; Rosetta 2: Ø1311 (1303.74-1319.74)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro Apple M1 Pro: Ø1681 (1674.55-1690.12)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max Apple M1 Max; Rosetta 2: Ø1687 (1667.29-1693.05)
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry Apple M1; Rosetta 2: Ø843 (817.01-1020.12)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H; macOS 10.15.1: Ø1407 (1386-1435)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Intel Core i9-9880H; Win 10: Ø1296 (1268.87-1362.31)

Cinebench R23 and Geekbench, which run natively on the M1 MacBook, are better for the comparison with modern AMD and Intel CPUs. We see a power consumption of 29W (34W package) in multi-core benchmarks and the results are very competitive. The performance is just slightly behind the new Ryzen 9 6900HS in the Asus ROG Zephyrus, which uses much more power. The same applies for the Core i7-12700H, which consumes up to 100W (55W sustained) in the case of the Alienware x14. This means neither the latest chips from AMD, nor Intel, can keep up with Apple in terms of efficiency.

Single-core benchmarks pretty much paint the same picture, and only the new Alder Lake Core i7 with the new performance cores can establish a lead. However, the consumption of the i7 is significantly higher at 25W (IA cores) compared to the M1 Max at ~4W (~9W package). More CPU benchmarks are available here.

CPU Performance Rating
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
99.9 pt ∼100%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
85.6 pt ∼86%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
78.2 pt ∼78%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
76.3 pt ∼76%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
76.1 pt ∼76%
Average Apple M1 Max
 
76.1 pt ∼76%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry -2!
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
75.8 pt ∼76%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
75.8 pt ∼76%
Average of class Multimedia
 
64.5 pt ∼65%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
63.7 pt ∼64%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
15783 Points ∼100% +27%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
12606 Points ∼80% +2%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (12385 - 12396, n=3)
12389 Points ∼78% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
12386 Points ∼78%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12385 Points ∼78% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points ∼78% 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
11426 Points ∼72% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9581 Points ∼61% -23%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3121 - 18444, n=87, last 2 years)
8145 Points ∼52% -34%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
6495 Points ∼41% -48%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
1763 Points ∼100% +15%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
1562 Points ∼89% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1534 Points ∼87% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1533 Points ∼87%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (1530 - 1536, n=3)
1533 Points ∼87% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1531 Points ∼87% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1530 Points ∼87% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1497 Points ∼85% -2%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1468 Points ∼83% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (819 - 1940, n=81, last 2 years)
1392 Points ∼79% -9%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
5967 Points ∼100% +117%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
4829 Points ∼81% +76%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
4414 Points ∼74% +61%
Average of class Multimedia
  (961 - 7040, n=99, last 2 years)
2917 Points ∼49% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
2750 Points ∼46%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (2735 - 2753, n=3)
2746 Points ∼46% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
2735 Points ∼46% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
2721 Points ∼46% -1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
2526 Points ∼42% -8%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
684 Points ∼100% +73%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
612 Points ∼89% +55%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
578 Points ∼85% +46%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
575 Points ∼84% +46%
Average of class Multimedia
  (316 - 739, n=99, last 2 years)
520 Points ∼76% +32%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
395 Points ∼58%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
393 Points ∼57% -1%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (390 - 395, n=3)
393 Points ∼57% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
390 Points ∼57% -1%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
2535 (2063.56min - 2534.53max) Points ∼100% +50%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
2067 (2010.05min - 2066.65max) Points ∼82% +22%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1927 (1860.38min - 1927max) Points ∼76% +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1693 (1667min - 1693max) Points ∼67% 0%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (1689 - 1693, n=3)
1691 Points ∼67% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1690 (1675min - 1690max) Points ∼67% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1689 (1667min - 1689max) Points ∼67%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1320 (1307min - 1320max) Points ∼52% -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (385 - 2894, n=114, last 2 years)
1301 Points ∼51% -23%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1008 (936.68min - 1007.91max) Points ∼40% -40%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
254 Points ∼100% +21%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
252 Points ∼99% +20%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
238 Points ∼94% +13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
223 Points ∼88% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
210 Points ∼83% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
210 Points ∼83%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
209 Points ∼82% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (119 - 279, n=95, last 2 years)
205 Points ∼81% -2%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (197 - 210, n=3)
202 Points ∼80% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
197 Points ∼78% -6%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
13400 Points ∼100% +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12708 Points ∼95% +1%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (12563 - 12708, n=3)
12656 Points ∼94% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
12563 Points ∼94%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points ∼93% -1%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
10034 Points ∼75% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9942 Points ∼74% -21%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
7867 Points ∼59% -37%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2427 - 14376, n=97, last 2 years)
6647 Points ∼50% -47%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
5701 Points ∼43% -55%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
1796 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1782 Points ∼99% +1%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (1764 - 1795, n=3)
1780 Points ∼99% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1769 Points ∼98% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1768 Points ∼98% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1764 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
1614 Points ∼90% -9%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1551 Points ∼86% -12%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
1497 Points ∼83% -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (843 - 1887, n=97, last 2 years)
1420 Points ∼79% -20%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
210 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
94 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1689 Points
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System Performance

It is hardly surprising that the subjective performance impression of the MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Max processor is extremely good. All inputs are executed instantly and even demanding application like Adobe Photoshop or Premiere Pro are launched without noteworthy loading times. Emulated applications via Rosetta 2 work good as well, but the subjective performance is often noticeably worse.

We also have to differ in the synthetic benchmarks, since only CrossMark and obviously the browser benchmarks run natively on the M1 SoC. The browser test results in particular are very good and the MacBook Pro 14 is also ahead of the Surface Laptop Studio in Photoshop and Premiere Pro, even though we have to use the Intel versions of the apps for the benchmarks. You immediately notice that the Apple silicon versions run better and the real-world advantage should be even bigger than the benchmarks suggest.

Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
Photoshop PugetBench: Overall Score
Premiere Pro PugetBench: Overall Score
CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Speedometer 2.0: Result
WebXPRT 3: ---
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total Score
Octane V2: Total Score
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% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
202 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
202 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (133 - 202, n=4, last 2 years)
175 fps ∼87% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
163 fps ∼81% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
133 fps ∼66% -34%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
55 fps ∼27% -73%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
29 fps ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
29 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
29 fps ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
27 fps ∼93% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (21 - 29, n=4, last 2 years)
26.5 fps ∼91% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
21 fps ∼72% -28%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0512
17 fps ∼59% -41%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
809 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
796 Points ∼98%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
796 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (667 - 809, n=6, last 2 years)
734 Points ∼91% -8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
726 Points ∼90% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
694 Points ∼86% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
667 Points ∼82% -16%
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%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
1167 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1080 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
837 Points ∼72% -28%
Average of class Multimedia
  (455 - 1167, n=6, last 2 years)
824 Points ∼71% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
748 Points ∼64% -36%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
455 Points ∼39% -61%
CrossMark / Overall
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
1910 Points ∼100% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1615 Points ∼85%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
1615 Points ∼85% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1586 Points ∼83% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1556 Points ∼81% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (970 - 2138, n=19, last 2 years)
1539 Points ∼81% -5%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1502 Points ∼79% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1490 Points ∼78% -8%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1414 Points ∼74% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1407 Points ∼74% -13%
CrossMark / Productivity
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
1797 Points ∼100% +30%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1555 Points ∼87% +13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (921 - 2038, n=19, last 2 years)
1475 Points ∼82% +7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1445 Points ∼80% +5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1417 Points ∼79% +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1379 Points ∼77%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
1379 Points ∼77% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1361 Points ∼76% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1342 Points ∼75% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1305 Points ∼73% -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%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
2160 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
2102 Points ∼97% -3%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
2072 Points ∼96% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
2054 Points ∼95% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1915 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (933 - 2210, n=19, last 2 years)
1691 Points ∼78% -22%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1472 Points ∼68% -32%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1452 Points ∼67% -33%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1436 Points ∼66% -34%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
1798 Points ∼100% +65%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1501 Points ∼83% +38%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1012 - 2234, n=19, last 2 years)
1367 Points ∼76% +26%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1262 Points ∼70% +16%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1202 Points ∼67% +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1087 Points ∼60%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
1087 Points ∼60% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1080 Points ∼60% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1055 Points ∼59% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1044 Points ∼58% -4%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
249.3 Points ∼100% +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
214.5 Points ∼86% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
213.5 Points ∼86% 0%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
213 Points ∼85% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
212.5 Points ∼85%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
207.9 Points ∼83% -2%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
204 Points ∼82% -4%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
196.6 Points ∼79% -7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
192.8 Points ∼77% -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (121 - 277, n=39, last 2 years)
184.5 Points ∼74% -13%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
282 runs/min ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
282 runs/min ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
276 runs/min ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
272 runs/min ∼96% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
262 runs/min ∼93% -7%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
262 runs/min ∼93% -7%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
199 runs/min ∼71% -29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
198 runs/min ∼70% -30%
Average of class Multimedia
  (126.5 - 282, n=24, last 2 years)
192.3 runs/min ∼68% -32%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
183 runs/min ∼65% -35%
WebXPRT 3 /
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
360 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
360 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
350 Points ∼97% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
343 Points ∼95% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
342 Points ∼95% -5%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
306 Points ∼85% -15%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
Radeon RX 6800S, R9 6900HS, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK
289 Points ∼80% -20%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
266 Points ∼74% -26%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
255 Points ∼71% -29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
248 Points ∼69% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (146 - 360, n=97, last 2 years)
242 Points ∼67% -33%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total Score
Average of class Multimedia
  (404 - 1124, n=103, last 2 years)
713 ms * ∼100% -45%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
657 ms * ∼92% -34%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
654 ms * ∼92% -33%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
626 ms * ∼88% -27%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
Radeon RX 6800S, R9 6900HS, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK
578 ms * ∼81% -18%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
526 ms * ∼74% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
491.1 ms * ∼69%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
491 ms * ∼69% -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
407.2 ms * ∼57% +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
405.4 ms * ∼57% +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
404.3 ms * ∼57% +18%
Octane V2 / Total Score
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
86257 Points ∼100% +27%
Schenker Vision 14
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
70020 Points ∼81% +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
68029 Points ∼79%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
68029 Points ∼79% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
66938 Points ∼78% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
66203 Points ∼77% -3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
66039 Points ∼77% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
65528 Points ∼76% -4%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
65400 Points ∼76% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5561 - 94352, n=32, last 2 years)
61829 Points ∼72% -9%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Amorphous Disk Mark
Amorphous Disk Mark

Our test unit is equipped with the default 512 GB SSD, which is attached via the modern PCIe 4.0 interface and it manages very high transfer rates. However, the SSD is slightly slower compared to the entry-level model as well as the drives with higher storage capacities in Blackmagic’s DiskSpeedTest. The difference is not big enough to be noticed in practice, though. Please see our tech section for more SSD benchmarks.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512
5448 MB/s ∼100% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
5340 MB/s ∼98% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
5334 MB/s ∼98% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple SSD AP0512
5146 MB/s ∼94%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple SSD AP0512
2728 MB/s ∼50% -47%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
6243 MB/s ∼100% +41%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
5888 MB/s ∼94% +33%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512
4463 MB/s ∼71% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple SSD AP0512
4437 MB/s ∼71%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple SSD AP0512
2895 MB/s ∼46% -35%

GPU Performance

While the M1 Pro is either available with 14 or 16 GPU cores, the M1 Max features 24 or 32 GPU cores. We observed a maximum power consumption of 44W for the GPU during our review of the MacBook Pro 16 with the 32-core M1 Max and now around 35W for the 24-core M1 Max. The maximum GPU clock was 1.267 MHz during our benchmarks and the MBP 14 is roughly 20 % slower than 32-core model and ~50 % faster than the entry-level version with the 14-core GPU, respectively.

This power consumption is similar to the Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, which runs at 35-50W in the case of the Schenker Vision 14, for example. If we look at the 3DMark Wildlife Extreme score, however, the performance is more comparable to a fast 130W TGP version of the GeForce RTX 3060.

The performance is also completely stable, both under sustained workloads as well as on battery power. More GPU benchmarks are listed here.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
94.5 pt ∼95%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060 -6!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
94.4 pt ∼94%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021) -4!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
85.2 pt ∼85%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R -6!
AMD Radeon RX 6800S, AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
81.1 pt ∼81%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
79.2 pt ∼79%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
79.2 pt ∼79%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
57.1 pt ∼57%
Schenker Vision 14 -5!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
56.7 pt ∼57%
Average of class Multimedia
 
54.2 pt ∼54%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
51.3 pt ∼51%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti -1!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
47.5 pt ∼48%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9 -6!
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
34.1 pt ∼34%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM) -2!
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
29 pt ∼29%
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
18779 Points ∼100% +28%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
15075 Points ∼80% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
14727 Points ∼78%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
14727 Points ∼78% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10351 Points ∼55% -30%
Schenker Vision 14
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
9727 Points ∼52% -34%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
9501 Points ∼51% -35%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1824 - 18779, n=12, last 2 years)
9365 Points ∼50% -36%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9089 Points ∼48% -38%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20228 Points ∼100% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
15730 Points ∼78%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
15730 Points ∼78% 0%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
15263 Points ∼75% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points ∼51% -34%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1765 - 20846, n=10, last 2 years)
9827 Points ∼49% -38%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
9565 Points ∼47% -39%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9267 Points ∼46% -41%
Geekbench 5.3
OpenCL Score 5.3
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
98709 Points ∼100% +91%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
93160 Points ∼94% +81%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402R
AMD Radeon RX 6800S, AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
80024 Points ∼81% +55%
Schenker Vision 14
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
60798 Points ∼62% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
60482 Points ∼61% +17%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
58047 Points ∼59% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
51568 Points ∼52%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
51568 Points ∼52% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points ∼38% -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
35173 Points ∼36% -32%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4576 - 130419, n=98, last 2 years)
34645 Points ∼35% -33%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
33703 Points ∼34% -35%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
18352 Points ∼19% -64%
Metal Score 5.3
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
67868 Points ∼100% +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
58191 Points ∼86%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
58191 Points ∼86% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (37319 - 67868, n=4, last 2 years)
51373 Points ∼76% -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points ∼62% -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
37319 Points ∼55% -36%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
20411 Points ∼30% -65%
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% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
240 fps ∼77%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
240 fps ∼77% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps ∼53% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.4 - 310, n=8, last 2 years)
161.1 fps ∼52% -33%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
147 fps ∼47% -39%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
108 fps ∼35% -55%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
81.2 fps ∼26% -66%
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% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
636 fps ∼85%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
636 fps ∼85% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
436 fps ∼58% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (33.6 - 752, n=8, last 2 years)
409 fps ∼54% -36%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
394 fps ∼52% -38%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
255 fps ∼34% -60%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
214.4 fps ∼29% -66%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
424.2 fps ∼100% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
416 fps ∼98%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
416 fps ∼98% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
345 fps ∼81% -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
316 fps ∼74% -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (31.1 - 424, n=7, last 2 years)
270 fps ∼64% -35%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
252 fps ∼59% -39%
Apple MacBook Air Late 2020 (M1, 8 Core GPU, 8 GB RAM)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
176.6 fps ∼42% -58%

Gaming Performance

Gaming is still a tricky subject. In addition to Apple’s Arcade collection, there are some native titles for the M1 (like World of Warcraft or farming Simulator 22). It is also possible to find some compatible (emulated) games via Steam or Epic Games, which were used for our benchmarks below. They once again show a performance deficit of around 20 % compared to the 32-core M1 Max. The software CrossOver is another possibility to use the full resources of the M1 SoC and it allows the installation of Windows apps like Steam including the games library. We had no problems to install Witcher 3 via Steam and it ran well with maximum settings (without Nvidia HariWorks), but we cannot offer our usual benchmark results due to the lack of fps monitoring. Games usually do not offer the typical 16:9 or even 16:10 resolutions and you will have to launch a game with an external 16:9 screen attached. You can then select the standard resolutions, even when you detach the external screen.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
102 fps ∼100% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
97 fps ∼95% +23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
79 fps ∼77%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
79 fps ∼77% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
60 fps ∼59% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 (45min) fps ∼56% -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps ∼52% -33%
Average of class Multimedia
  (12 - 101, n=21, last 2 years)
48.8 fps ∼48% -38%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
95 fps ∼100% +23%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
87 fps ∼92% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
77 fps ∼81%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
77 fps ∼81% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
50 (37min) fps ∼53% -35%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
49 fps ∼52% -36%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
46 fps ∼48% -40%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9 - 91, n=21, last 2 years)
43.4 fps ∼46% -44%
Borderlands 3
1920x1080 High Overall Quality (DX11)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
55 fps ∼100% +35%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
47.6 fps ∼87% +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
40.7 fps ∼74%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
40.7 fps ∼74% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
34.8 fps ∼63% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (13 - 55, n=10, last 2 years)
34.4 fps ∼63% -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
31.9 fps ∼58% -22%
1920x1080 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
45 fps ∼100% +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
40.7 fps ∼90% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
34.6 fps ∼77%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
34.6 fps ∼77% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9.7 - 45, n=10, last 2 years)
27.1 fps ∼60% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
26.2 fps ∼58% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
24.1 fps ∼54% -30%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
80 fps ∼100% +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
62 fps ∼78%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
62 fps ∼78% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
52 fps ∼65% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
43.8 fps ∼55% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
36 fps ∼45% -42%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.7 - 80, n=11, last 2 years)
35.2 fps ∼44% -43%
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
59 fps ∼100% +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
46 fps ∼78%
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
46 fps ∼78% 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
37 fps ∼63% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
31.8 fps ∼54% -31%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
27 fps ∼46% -41%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6.2 - 59, n=11, last 2 years)
25.3 fps ∼43% -45%
low med. high ultra
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 141 85 79 77
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 201 96 62 46
Borderlands 3 (2019) 57.2 47.7 40.7 34.6

Emissions - MacBook Pro 14 is very quiet

System Noise

The two fans can reach the same speeds (left side: 5807, right side: 6241 rpm) and the same maximum fan noise of 49.5 dB(A) like the entry-level model, but the fan behavior has changed a bit since we reviewed the base version. The fans usually stay below 4000 rpm and up to 36 dB(A), which is a very quiet fan murmur. This is also the case in our stress test with native apps and we can only provoke the maximum fan speed with sudden changes of the load situation (when we stop the GPU load in the stress test and the CPU suddenly gets more power, for example). The fans are a bit louder with emulated apps, where the fans are often in the range between 40 up to 45 dB(A).

However, these are worst-case scenarios, and you will usually not hear more than a very quiet murmur. You also benefit from the very defensive fan curve, because the fans only start spinning as soon as the chip reaches 95 °C, which takes more than a minute at maximum CPU load, for example. You can expect around 30 dB(A) when you only stress the CPU, which was the case for Cinebench R23 Multi after three minutes. We did not hear any other electronic sounds like coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
24.8 / 24.8 / 24.8 dB(A)
Load
30.4 / 49.5 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: 24.8 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.432.233.931.232.934.12531.332.433.929.828.233.3312828.230.424.825.232.14027.829.430.129.431.330.85026.127.82822.825.928.16326.423.32521.524.625.48024.9192119.92125.910024.919.522.417.619.924.612524.12021.619.718.224.816022.917.419.217.219.521.720027.419.620.117.518.523.125025.919.220.418.919.223.831525.719.620.117.717.122.740028.219.619.416.614.826.150031.821.422.31913.82863031.220.419.616.813.52680033.725.324.820.61230.3100036.226.126.221.811.932.712503524.824.319.811.933.3160039.427.126.721.111.634.720004127.226.52111.735.7250042.227.827.120.711.736.9315037.520.219.514.311.930.7400037.519.719.31312.129.2500036.815.815.312.712.429.6630034.813.413.212.712.424.7800031.112.712.712.712.4201000026.312.512.412.512.516.91250024.312.312.412.412.215.2160001711.711.711.811.812.4SPL49.535.835.330.424.844.1N6.221.91.20.64.1median 31.2median 19.6median 20.1median 17.5median 12.4median 26Delta5.34.24.33.62.14.3hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
GeForce MX450, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
Noise
4%
6%
-4%
-4%
-8%
off / environment *
24.8
24.8
-0%
24.7
-0%
24.2
2%
24.7
-0%
24.7
-0%
Idle Minimum *
24.8
24.8
-0%
24.7
-0%
24.2
2%
24.7
-0%
24.7
-0%
Idle Average *
24.8
24.8
-0%
24.7
-0%
24.2
2%
24.7
-0%
24.7
-0%
Idle Maximum *
24.8
24.8
-0%
24.7
-0%
24.2
2%
24.7
-0%
27.3
-10%
Load Average *
30.4
27.8
9%
26.1
14%
42.9
-41%
33.2
-9%
41
-35%
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.8
27.8
22%
39.5
-10%
44.5
-24%
43.5
-22%
Load Maximum *
49.5
49.5
-0%
37.4
24%
42.9
13%
46.7
6%
43.5
12%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures and the distribution are very similar to the base model of the MacBook Pro 14. The laptop is usually very cool in everyday scenarios and you can even put it on your lap under load without any limitations, because the bottom side only warms up to 44 °C. The upper center area of the keyboard on the other hand warms up to almost 50 °C, which can be uncomfortable during typing. The power adapter tops out at ~46 °C, which is not critical.

Max. Load
 42.2 °C
108 F
49.2 °C
121 F
41.9 °C
107 F
 
 40.1 °C
104 F
48.4 °C
119 F
42.4 °C
108 F
 
 32.7 °C
91 F
29.9 °C
86 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 49.2 °C = 121 F
Average: 40 °C = 104 F
43 °C
109 F
44.1 °C
111 F
43.3 °C
110 F
40.6 °C
105 F
43.8 °C
111 F
40.8 °C
105 F
35.1 °C
95 F
35.9 °C
97 F
34.5 °C
94 F
Maximum: 44.1 °C = 111 F
Average: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Power Supply (max.)  46.3 °C = 115 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 31.1 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 49.2 °C / 121 F, compared to the average of 36.7 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.1 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 39 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.1 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 31.1 °C / 88 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 39.5 °C / 103 F, compared to the device average of 31.1 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.9 °C / 91.2 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (-4 °C / -7.2 F).
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
Heat
2%
6%
4%
7%
-22%
Maximum Upper Side *
49.2
46.8
5%
41
17%
42.3
14%
42.3
14%
44.5
10%
Maximum Bottom *
44.1
40.9
7%
39
12%
41.7
5%
38.2
13%
56.4
-28%
Idle Upper Side *
23.5
24.2
-3%
24
-2%
23.9
-2%
23.4
-0%
29.1
-24%
Idle Bottom *
23.6
24.2
-3%
24
-2%
23.9
-1%
23.5
-0%
34
-44%

* ... smaller is better

Stress test

We managed to get observe a maximum package power of 86-90W when we reviewed the larger MacBook Pro 16 with the 32-core M1 Max. The CPU performance of the smaller M1 Max is identical and the GPU consumes about 10W less according to our measurements, so we expected a package power of around 75-80W in combined workloads. This is not the case though and the performance is much more limited compared to the larger MBP 16.

Both the CPU and the GPU consume about 22W (54W package) at the beginning of our stress test, but this value drops to just 12W for the CPU (~2 GHz on all cores) after a couple of seconds, while the GPU maintains around 20W (~900 MHz) for a total package power of ~42W. This is comparable to the entry-level model of the MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Pro, but the power distribution differs a bit (~20W CPU & 15W GPU). This means the M1 Max offers slightly more GPU performance during the stress test, but also less CPU performance and it is pretty far away from its potential performance. The optional energy-saver mode limits the package power to just 22W (5W CPU & 9W GPU).

All in all, this is a rather disappointing results since the fans certainly have plenty of headroom. If you pay a lot of money for the M1 Max, you will probably want to use the performance in combined workload scenarios, which is not possible here. The power consumption already hits 97W at the beginning of the stress test, which is the limit of the PSU. Apple does not offer a more powerful power adapter for the MacBook Pro 14, so we expect the MBP 14 with the 32-core M1 Max will show a similar behavior. Unfortunately, we could not test the 140W power adapter due to supple issues, we would have liked to check the performance with the more powerful PSU.

Energy Management - M1 Max needs more power

Power Consumption

Our idle measurements show that the M1 Max consumes slightly more power than the base model of the MBP 14 with the M1 Pro. We record a maximum consumption of 97.7W for a short moment, which already seems to be limited by the 96W power adapter. The consumption levels off at around 76W after a couple of seconds. We would have liked to test the behavior with the 140W PSU, but we unfortunately could not get one for testing.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.12 / 0.51 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.2 / 12.6 / 13 Watt
Load midlight 57.9 / 97.7 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.
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max, M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0512, Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 8-Core, M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0512, Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro, M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP1024R, Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP2048R, Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
i7-11370H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N, IPS, 2400x1600, 14.40
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
R9 5900HS, GeForce MX450, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N, OLED, 2880x1800, 14.00
Average Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
Power Consumption
16%
-16%
-44%
10%
-43%
0%
-21%
Idle Minimum *
3.2
2.9
9%
5
-56%
5.4
-69%
2.6
19%
9.5
-197%
3.2
-0%
6.1 ?(2.22 - 26, n=84, last 2 years)
-91%
Idle Average *
12.6
11.6
8%
15.1
-20%
16.4
-30%
7.1
44%
14.1
-12%
12.6
-0%
10.9 ?(4.64 - 30, n=84, last 2 years)
13%
Idle Maximum *
13
11.9
8%
15.5
-19%
16.7
-28%
7.9
39%
14.9
-15%
13
-0%
13.9 ?(5.86 - 37, n=84, last 2 years)
-7%
Load Average *
57.9
49.5
15%
54
7%
94
-62%
76.8
-33%
79.5
-37%
57.9
-0%
68.4 ?(24.8 - 127, n=84, last 2 years)
-18%
Witcher 3 ultra *
76.3
58.2
24%
104
-36%
83
-9%
73.5
4%
Load Maximum *
97.7
68.5
30%
90
8%
135
-38%
97.3
-0%
98.5
-1%
97.7
-0%
101.3 ?(38 - 236, n=84, last 2 years)
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption Witcher 3 / Stress test

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; Witcher 3 ultra: Ø76.3 (75.2-78.7)
; 1280x720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25: Ø74.6 (66.7-97.7)

Power Consumption external screen

05101520253035404550556065Tooltip
; Prime95 V28,10 Stress (external Monitor): Ø50.8 (39.5-65.7)
; Cinebench R15 Multi (external Monitor): Ø53 (49.7-57.1)
; 1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra (external Monitor): Ø60 (47.1-65.3)

Battery Runtime

The higher idle consumption already indicated shorter runtimes and our battery tests confirm that the MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Max SoC does not last as long as the base model. Our Wi-Fi test at 150 nits (minus 7 large and 2 small steps from the maximum brightness) determines around 11.5 hours and only ~5.5 hours at the maximum brightness. Video playback at 150 nits is possible for more than 13 hours.

The HDR playback of YouTube videos was deactivated shortly after the launch due to some issues, but now it is no problem to watch HDR videos. At the maximum brightness, our HDR test video runs for 3:47 hours, which is 20 minutes shorter compared to the entry-level model.

There is no fast charging, even with the 96W power adapter. A full recharge takes 1 hour and 43 minutes when the laptop is turned on (30 % after 21 minutes, 50 % after 31 minutes, 80 % after 57 minutes).

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Safari 15.4)
11h 37min
WiFi Websurfing max. Brightness (Safari 15.4)
5h 38min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
12h 06min
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max, M1 Max 24-Core GPU, 69.9 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 8-Core, M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, 69.9 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro, M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, 99.6 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU, 99.6 Wh
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
i7-11370H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, 58 Wh
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
R9 5900HS, GeForce MX450, 61 Wh
Average of class Multimedia
 
Battery Runtime
21%
45%
35%
-15%
-53%
-15%
Reader / Idle
1177 ?(274 - 2407, n=41, last 2 years)
H.264
726
900
24%
1048
44%
1021
41%
739
2%
664 ?(269 - 1122, n=41, last 2 years)
-9%
WiFi v1.3
697
816
17%
1016
46%
894
28%
480
-31%
327
-53%
554 ?(220 - 1016, n=84, last 2 years)
-21%
Load
69
63
60
103.4 ?(40 - 265, n=73, last 2 years)

Pros

+ high-quality and sturdy chassis
+ great display with accurate colors
+ extremely high HDR brightness
+ very quiet fans
+ very high system performance
+ extremely efficient M1 Max SoC
+ long battery runtime
+ very good speakers
+ up to 64 GB RAM and 8 TB SSD

Cons

- notch (does not look good and there are some functional issues)
- SDR brightness limited to 500 nits
- constant PWM flickering and slow response times
- M1 Max is limited in combined CPU/GPU workloads
- neither HDMI 2.1, Wi-Fi 6E or Wi-Fi 6 160 MHz, nor Bluetooth 5.2
- only 1-year warranty
- no maintenance options
- RAM & SSD upgrades are extremely costly

Verdict - M1 Max is limited in the MacBook Pro 14

In review: Apple MacBook Pro 14 M1 Max. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.
In review: Apple MacBook Pro 14 M1 Max. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.

Apple’s MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Max is once again a very good multimedia notebook and both the CPU as well as the GPU performance are noticeably better compared to the entry-level model. We are particularly impressed by the efficiency, which is unrivaled right now and neither AMD, Intel, nor Nvidia can keep up right now. The performance results are very good in the respective categories (CPU & GPU), but we were surprised by the limited performance in combined workloads, where the M1 Max falls to the level of the entry-level MBP 14. The larger MacBook Pro 16 did not limit the performance. This is surprising since the fans still have plenty of headroom and you will most likely use the additional performance of the M1 Max if you pay the high premium. It seems that the power adapter might once again be a limiting factor since our review unit already hit the limitation of the 96W adapter for a short moment. The more powerful M1 Max with 32 GPU cores should not be much faster under combined stress, either. The larger 16-inch MBP with the 140W power adapter does not have these issues.

The M1 Max offers a lot of performance in the MacBook Pro 14, but it is limited in combined workloads, which is probably a result of the 96W power adapter. If you want to utilize the full potential of the M1 Max, you should get the larger MacBook Pro 16.

The M1 Max also consumes slightly more power, which affects the battery runtime. The MacBook Pro 14 with the M1 Pro is probably the better and also less expensive choice for many users. The MBP 14 with the M1 Max is still a very good laptop, but you should be sure that you need the additional GPU performance and/or 64 GB RAM. We would recommend the upgrade to the M1 Pro with 10 CPU cores instead.

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Price and Availability

The availability of the new MacBook Pro models is still limited. You can order our review configuration from Apple for $2899, but it will take 4-5 weeks for the delivery.

Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU - 04/06/2022 v7
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
90 / 98 → 92%
Keyboard
92%
Pointing Device
100%
Connectivity
63 / 80 → 78%
Weight
68 / 20-72 → 92%
Battery
89 / 95 → 93%
Display
94%
Games Performance
96 / 90 → 100%
Application Performance
86 / 90 → 96%
Temperature
86%
Noise
89 / 95 → 94%
Audio
97%
Camera
37 / 85 → 43%
Average
84%
92%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2022-04- 6 (Update: 2022-04- 6)