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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 Entry Review: Base model with cut-down M2 Pro, SSD downgrade, and slightly higher power draws

More expensive and worse? The base model of the new MacBook Pro 14 2023 is equipped with a slimmed-down version of the M2 Pro SoC and is also a step backwards in terms of SSD speeds, but retails at a higher price. But does this really impact the laptop's performance in everyday usage?

Previously, we had reviewed the new 2023 MacBook Pro 14 with a full M2 Pro chip (12 CPU cores, 19 GPU cores), 32 GB RAM, and a 2 TB SSD. At close to €4,000 this turns out to be an expensive configuration.

Today, we take a look at the base model MacBook Pro 14 with a cut-down M2 Pro SoC (10 CPU cores, 16 GPU cores), 16 GB RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. The asking price of the base model has increased compared to the 2021 variants. Officially, the new MacBook Pro 14 starts from €2,399, which is dearer by €150 compared to what the 2021 variant costed back then. In the US, the base model 2023 MacBook Pro 14 works out to US$1,999 on Apple's website.

In this review, we focus mainly on the CPU, GPU, and SSD performance while taking a look at their impact on emissions. The chassis, connectivity, input devices, and display are the same as the 2023 MacBook Pro 14. More information on these aspects can be found in the link below: 

Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry (MacBook Pro 14 2023 Series)
Processor
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core 10 x 2.4 - 3.7 GHz, 27 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Core: 1400 MHz, 25 W TDP
Memory
16 GB 
, LPDDR5-6400, Dual-Channel, onboard
Display
14.20 inch 16:10, 3024 x 1964 pixel 254 PPI, Mini-LED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP0512Z, 512 GB 
, 470 GB free
Connections
3 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 3 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Stereo, Card Reader: SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3
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
70 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple macOS 13 Ventura
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 6 Speakers, 3D Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 67W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.604 kg ( = 56.58 oz / 3.54 pounds), Power Supply: 272 g ( = 9.59 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
2399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
93.4 %
03/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 10-Core, M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
1.6 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
92 %
08/2022
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
1.2 kg11.3 mm13.60"2560x1664
93.9 %
03/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro, M2 Pro 19-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
87.7 %
12/2022
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU
1.5 kg18 mm14.50"3072x1920
88.8 %
10/2022
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
1.3 kg16.6 mm14.00"2880x1800
89 %
03/2022
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
i7-11370H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
1.8 kg19 mm14.40"2400x1600

Size Comparison

325 mm / 12.8 inch 221 mm / 8.7 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.5 kg3.35 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.8 kg4.04 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 inch 221.2 mm / 8.71 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.6 kg3.54 lbs308.8 mm / 12.2 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16.6 mm / 0.654 inch 1.3 kg2.89 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 11.3 mm / 0.4449 inch 1.2 kg2.71 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Performance: M2 Pro with 10 cores

The base 2023 MacBook Pro 14 relies on a nerfed M2 Pro SoC with 10 cores (6x Performance cores + 4x Efficiency cores) while the GPU uses just 16 cores. 16 GB of RAM comes standard with the base model, but this can be optionally upgraded to 32 GB during configuration.

Processor

The M2 Pro continues to use the same 5 nm architecture as that of the M1 Pro but with the addition of two additional efficiency cores. The base variant of the M2 Pro offers just six performance cores while the high-end variants of the M2 Pro and M2 Max come with eight performance cores.

The efficiency cores reach a maximum of 2.4 GHz while the performance cores can attain 3.5 GHz in single-core or 3.26 GHz in multi-core. Check out our dedicated M2 Pro SoC page for more information and benchmarks.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry Apple M2 Pro 10-Core: Ø1658 (1642.58-1664.45)
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU Apple M2: Ø994 (917.47-1212.01)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Apple M2 Pro: Ø2069 (2052.12-2075.23)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø2055 (2007.13-2332.91)
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø1988 (1948.94-2166.26)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti Intel Core i7-11370H: Ø947 (936.68-1007.91)
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7 AMD Ryzen 7 6800U: Ø1771 (1657.55-1978.53)
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8 Intel Core i7-1360P: Ø1703 (1611.41-2114.84)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry Apple M1 Pro 8-Core; Rosetta 2: Ø1311 (1303.74-1319.74)

In our Cinebench R15 multi-core loop test, the CPU performance remains constant without any performance drops even on battery power (only at 3% battery do we see any performance limitations). Compared to the base M1 Pro, the single-core performance seems to have increased by 23% in the native Cinebench R23 test. This is at the same level as the higher-end M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.

Mutli-core performance of the M2 Pro entry is about 23% faster in Cinebench R23 compared to the M1 Pro entry. The M2 Pro with a 12-core CPU, on the other hand, is 25% faster than the base M2 Pro. Multi-core scores are more or less identical compared to the Intel Raptor Lake Core i7-1360P even with lower consumption in the Apple chip. 

Intel, however, has a single-core advantage here while also requiring higher power.

AMD Zen 3 CPUs such as the Ryzen 7 6800U are at a disadvantage in single-core tests but nearly tie with the M2 Pro entry in multi-core. We will be testing laptops powered by 4 nm Zen 4 chips in the coming weeks.

Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
14917 Points +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14787 Points +25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4624 - 30789, n=99, last 2 years)
14099 Points +19%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
13572 Points +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points +5%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
11922 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11811 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  ()
11811 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
11741 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9581 Points -19%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
8517 Points -28%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
6495 Points -45%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
1877 Points +14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (878 - 2110, n=97, last 2 years)
1711 Points +4%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
1701 Points +4%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
1678 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1647 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1643 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  ()
1643 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
1580 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1534 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1531 Points -7%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1518 Points -8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1497 Points -9%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
5762 Points +78%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1783 - 11768, n=95, last 2 years)
5314 Points +64%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
5247 Points +62%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
4574 Points +41%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
4472 Points +38%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
4044 Points +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
3235 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  ()
3235 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
2721 Points -16%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
2526 Points -22%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
2306 Points -29%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
727 Points +62%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
701 Points +56%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
672 Points +50%
Average of class Multimedia
  (341 - 812, n=95, last 2 years)
645 Points +44%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
597 Points +33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
578 Points +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
449 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  ()
449 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
447 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
393 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
380 Points -15%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
2333 (2007.13min - 2332.91max) Points +40%
Average of class Multimedia
  (785 - 4703, n=104, last 2 years)
2311 Points +39%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
2166 (1948.94min - 2166.26max) Points +30%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
2115 (1611.41min - 2114.84max) Points +27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
2069 (2052.12min, 2054.58P1 - 2075.23max) Points +24%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1978.53 (1657.55min, 1658.26P1 - 1978.53max) Points +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1690 (1675min - 1690max) Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1664 (1643min - 1664max) Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  ()
1664 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1320 (1307min - 1320max) Points -21%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
1212 (917min - 1212max) Points -27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1008 (936.68min - 1007.91max) Points -39%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
271 Points +17%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
263 Points +14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (142.6 - 308, n=97, last 2 years)
251 Points +9%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
245 Points +6%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
243 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
231 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  ()
231 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
230 Points 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
223 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
223 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
210 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
209 Points -10%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
616.7 Seconds * -49%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
491 Seconds * -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
415 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  ()
415 Seconds * -0%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
289 Seconds * +30%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
272 Seconds * +34%
Average of class Multimedia
  (107 - 662, n=93, last 2 years)
267 Seconds * +36%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
262 Seconds * +37%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
225 Seconds * +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
183.3 Seconds * +56%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14859 Points +22%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
12843 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
12189 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  (12074 - 12189, n=2)
12132 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3828 - 23059, n=98, last 2 years)
11326 Points -7%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
10976 Points -10%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
10785 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9942 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
8991 Points -26%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
8935 Points -27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
5701 Points -53%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1961 Points +2%
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  (1926 - 1947, n=2)
1937 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1926 Points
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
1925 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
1790 Points -7%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
1778 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1769 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1768 Points -8%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
1762 Points -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2342, n=98, last 2 years)
1756 Points -9%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
1555 Points -19%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1551 Points -19%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2
645 Seconds * -48%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P
527 Seconds * -21%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
504 Seconds * -16%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
456 Seconds * -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (190 - 1374, n=81, last 2 years)
450 Seconds * -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
435 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
  ()
435 Seconds * -0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
388 Seconds * +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds * +24%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
231 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
141.9 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1664 Points
Help

When it comes to efficiency, the M2 Pro entry trails behind the faster M2 Pro in both single and multi-core measurements, and also behind the regular M2 SoC in the MacBook Air. 

Intel cannot match up to the M2 Pro's efficiency with Raptor Lake, but the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U is just slightly behind the M2 Pro in multi-core efficiency tests.

We look into performance and power efficiency metrics of the M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs in our comprehensive analysis.

Power Consumption
Cinebench R23 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
342 Points per Watt +37%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
275 Points per Watt +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
250 Points per Watt
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
232 Points per Watt -7%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
183.7 Points per Watt -27%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
153.8 Points per Watt -38%
Cinebench R23 Single Power Efficiency - external Monitor
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
173.1 Points per Watt +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
140.8 Points per Watt +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
118.2 Points per Watt
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
55 Points per Watt -53%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
48 Points per Watt -59%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
36 Points per Watt -70%

System Performance

Subjectively, the base 2023 MacBook Pro 14 seems similar to the more advanced MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 models in overall system performance. While native applications indeed ran better, we did not experience any problems with emulated apps during testing.

This is best illustrated by Adobe apps such as Photoshop and Premiere Pro. The PugetBench results shown here were obtained via emulated x86 versions of these apps and not reflect actual performance. Results are excellent in the cross-platform CrossMark test.

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Premiere Pro PugetBench: Overall Score 0.9
Photoshop PugetBench: Overall Score
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Speedometer 2.0: Result
WebXPRT 4: Overall
WebXPRT 3: Overall
CrossMark / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1812 Points +2%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1786 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1772 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
1772 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
1756 Points -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1009 - 2146, n=89, last 2 years)
1700 Points -4%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1654 Points -7%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
1571 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1496 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1490 Points -16%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1407 Points -21%
CrossMark / Productivity
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
1669 Points +8%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1653 Points +7%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1625 Points +5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (971 - 2064, n=89, last 2 years)
1621 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1562 Points +1%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
1552 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1543 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
1543 Points 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1417 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1377 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1305 Points -15%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
2330 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2239 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
2239 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
2049 Points -8%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
1947 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1915 Points -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1054 - 2865, n=89, last 2 years)
1892 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1819 Points -19%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1727 Points -23%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
1686 Points -25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1472 Points -34%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1531 Points +15%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
1500 Points +13%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1491 Points +12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2171, n=89, last 2 years)
1462 Points +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1333 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1329 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
1329 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
1319 Points -1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1202 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1065 Points -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
1044 Points -21%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score 0.9
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
913 Points +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
861 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
861 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
837 Points -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (413 - 1118, n=5, last 2 years)
798 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
500 Points -42%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
455 Points -47%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Average of class Multimedia
  (737 - 1442, n=12, last 2 years)
1115 Points +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1075 Points +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
947 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
947 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
828 Points -13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
726 Points -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
667 Points -30%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Average of class Multimedia
  (67 - 294, n=8, last 2 years)
176.9 fps +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
169 fps +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
159 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
159 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
133 fps -16%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
80 fps -50%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 68, n=8, last 2 years)
46.4 fps +36%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
43 fps +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
34 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
34 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
24 fps -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
21 fps -38%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
282 Points +20%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
264.4 Points +13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (150.6 - 337, n=60, last 2 years)
263 Points +12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
239 Points +2%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
236.3 Points +1%
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
235 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
234.8 Points
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
226.8 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
207.9 Points -11%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
192.8 Points -18%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
403 runs/min +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
395 runs/min
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
395 runs/min 0%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
392 runs/min -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (169 - 562, n=36, last 2 years)
351 runs/min -11%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
307 runs/min -22%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
275 runs/min -30%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
262 runs/min -34%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
225 runs/min -43%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
198 runs/min -50%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
263 Points +5%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
256 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
253 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
250 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
250 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
249 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (133.2 - 348, n=68, last 2 years)
247 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
225 Points -10%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
213 Points -15%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
391 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
391 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
386 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
375 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
343 Points -12%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
306 Points -22%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
301 Points -23%
Average of class Multimedia
  (171.4 - 432, n=91, last 2 years)
295 Points -25%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
270 Points -31%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
248 Points -37%

Storage Devices

AmorphousDiskMark Apple AP0512Z
AmorphousDiskMark Apple AP0512Z
The base MacBook Pro 14 uses only one SSD chip
The base MacBook Pro 14 uses only one SSD chip

We now come to the contentious issue of MacBook SSD performance. Apple installed a larger SSD in the new MacBook Air entry, which led to slower performance compared to the older model. This is because macOS can offload data to the SSD when the RAM is full, which can negatively impact overall performance.

In the new 2023 MacBook Pro 14 only a single 512 GB SSD chip is used. The bad news is that the performance is significantly worse than the 2021 MacBook Pro 14 and current models with 1 TB storage. It is clear that PCIe Gen 4 speeds are not being fully exploited here.

That being said, the positive aspect is that the overall performance is still much better than the M2 MacBook Air entry with a 256 GB SSD. Of course, one can argue that the Pro model is supposed to have faster storage and that Apple could have very well offered a 1 TB drive as standard considering the increased MSRP. In practice, however, 512 GB should still be pretty sufficient and faster than the 1 TB flash in the M2 MacBook Air.

More SSD benchmarks can be found here.

Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
99.2 pt
Average of class Multimedia
 
85.1 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512
84.9 pt
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
 
58.9 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
53.9 pt
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
49.3 pt
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512
5448 MB/s +88%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s +85%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2877 - 5666, n=9, last 2 years)
4638 MB/s +60%
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (2896 - 4756, n=7)
3422 MB/s +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2901.3 MB/s
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2796.5 MB/s -4%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s +83%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2993 - 8271, n=9, last 2 years)
5440 MB/s +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512
4463 MB/s +28%
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (3123 - 4199, n=7)
3517 MB/s +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3489.5 MB/s
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
3017.3 MB/s -14%

GPU Performance

The GPU in the base M2 Pro now features 16 instead of 14 cores with a maximum clock of 1.4 GHz. This allows the M2 Pro entry GPU to position itself about 7% ahead of the 16-core GPU of the M1 Pro. The M2 Pro with a 19-core GPU is about 12-17% faster depending on the test. 

In 3DMark WildLife, which runs natively on Apple silicon, even the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU in the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio and Schenker Vision 14 are beaten by the entry M2 Pro GPU. Integrated GPUs from Intel and AMD are at a clear disadvantage.

The graphics performance of the entry M2 Pro remains completely stable both under prolonged load and on battery power.

More GPU benchmarks and performance comparisons are available here.

3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12968 Points +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11224 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points -8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
9565 Points -15%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
9340 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9267 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6824 Points -39%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
4221 Points -62%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
3960 Points -65%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12875 Points +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11105 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10351 Points -7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
9501 Points -14%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
9404 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9089 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6772 Points -39%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
4240 Points -62%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
4237 Points -62%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.1 fps +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
78.7 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
71.7 fps -9%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
48.6 fps -38%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.4 fps +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
181.1 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
147 fps -19%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
110 fps -39%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
108 fps -40%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
434.4 fps +12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
389 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
345 fps -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
316 fps -19%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
252 fps -35%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
226 fps -42%
Geekbench 6.0
GPU Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
73104 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
67095 Points -8%
GPU OpenCL
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
43717 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
40953 Points -6%
Geekbench 5.5
OpenCL Score
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
61067 Points +44%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
58047 Points +37%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
53776 Points +27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
46941 Points +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
42483 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
35173 Points -17%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
32927 Points -22%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27489 Points -35%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
20890 Points -51%
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52054 Points +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
46834 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
37319 Points -20%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30269 Points -35%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom METAL
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
132 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
132 Seconds * -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds * +27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 132, n=8, last 2 years)
75.6 Seconds * +43%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
51.2 Seconds * +61%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom HIP/AMD
Average of class Multimedia
  (110 - 683, n=6, last 2 years)
403 Seconds *
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
346 Seconds *
Blender / v3.3 Classroom OPTIX/RTX
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
58 Seconds *
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
53 Seconds *
Average of class Multimedia
  (21 - 99, n=44, last 2 years)
42 Seconds *
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CUDA
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
111 Seconds *
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
91 Seconds *
Average of class Multimedia
  (35 - 172, n=47, last 2 years)
77.4 Seconds *
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
645 Seconds * -48%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
527 Seconds * -21%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Radeon 680M, AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
504 Seconds * -16%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
456 Seconds * -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (190 - 1374, n=81, last 2 years)
450 Seconds * -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
435 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
435 Seconds * -0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
388 Seconds * +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds * +24%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
326 Seconds * +25%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

It is still quite difficult to assess the gaming performance of MacBooks or compare them to Windows laptops. Native games like Resident Evil Village run without problems at 1080p on the entry M2 Pro, but we do not have the possibility of recording and evaluating the fps numbers.

The following benchmarks, therefore, only show results of emulated titles such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Windows games tested with CrossOver. This is the case with games such as GTA V, wherein we can run even our regular Windows benchmark, but you should always keep in mind that these games are not optimized for ARM SoCs.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 290, n=90, last 2 years)
92.7 fps +82%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
92 fps +80%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
85 fps +67%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
57 fps +12%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU
53.5 fps +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
51 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
51 fps 0%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, AMD Radeon 680M
43 fps -16%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
37 fps -27%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
51 fps +13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8 - 143.2, n=97, last 2 years)
50.3 fps +12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
45 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
45 fps 0%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
44.2 (42min, 42P1) fps -2%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU
42.8 fps -5%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
41.6 (39min, 40P1) fps -8%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, AMD Radeon 680M
25.4 (19min, 24P1) fps -44%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
14.8 (14min, 14P1) fps -67%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Average of class Multimedia
  (38 - 146, n=12, last 2 years)
87.3 fps +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
72 fps +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
65 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
65 fps 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
60 fps -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps -18%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
25 fps -62%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 153, n=13, last 2 years)
83.5 fps +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
63 fps +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
57 fps 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
49 fps -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
46 fps -19%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
21 fps -63%
GTA V
1366x768 Normal/Off AF:4x
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU
164.7 (3.69min, 83.3P1) fps +126%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
163.3 (4.58min, 90.9P1) fps +124%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
163 (4.61min, 100P1) fps +123%
Average of class Multimedia
  (45.6 - 186.4, n=75, last 2 years)
140.4 fps +92%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, AMD Radeon 680M
119.6 (26.1min, 76.9P1) fps +64%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
101.8 (9.83min, 62.5P1) fps +39%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
73 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
73 fps 0%
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
121 (14.8min, 76.9P1) fps +163%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
111 (31.6min, 76.9P1) fps +141%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU
107.5 (14.1min, 58.8P1) fps +134%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.8 - 181.9, n=88, last 2 years)
98.5 fps +114%
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, AMD Radeon 680M
49.5 (0.668min, 32.3P1) fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
46 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
46 fps 0%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.1 (9.38min, 18.5P1) fps -45%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Average of class Multimedia
  (33 - 113, n=8, last 2 years)
69.8 fps +45%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
54 fps +13%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
52 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
48 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
48 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
36 fps -25%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
26.3 fps -45%
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Average of class Multimedia
  (24 - 84, n=8, last 2 years)
51.5 fps +43%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps +11%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
37 fps +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
36 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
36 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
27 fps -25%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
15.9 fps -56%
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 +45%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38 - 60.2, n=5, last 2 years)
45.2 fps +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
38 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
38 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
31.9 fps -16%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
23.8 fps -37%
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 +56%
Average of class Multimedia
  (28.9 - 48.6, n=5, last 2 years)
34.3 fps +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
29 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
28.9 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
  ()
28.9 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
24.1 fps -17%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
16.4 fps -43%

We could test power efficiency of the entry M2 Pro with The Witcher 3 (run via CrossOver) and compare it with Windows laptops. However, the Ultra setting in the game only runs with SSAO and Nvidia Hairworks disabled on the MacBook Pro (in Windows, we enable both HBAO and Hairworks in Ultra).

Thus, the results are not exactly an apples-to-apples (pun intended) comparison, but they still provide an idea of where the new SoC stands. The entry M2 Pro GPU is ahead of its competition from Nvidia and AMD. The outdated Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 in Raptor Lake mobile is left even further behind.

Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra Efficiency (external Monitor)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1.028 fps per Watt +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
0.941 fps per Watt
Lenovo Yoga 7-14ARB G7
Radeon 680M, R7 6800U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT1T02
0.531 fps per Watt -44%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
0.518 fps per Watt -45%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
0.4933 fps per Watt -48%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
0.4897 fps per Watt -48%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IRP G8
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, SK hynix PC801 HFS512GEJ9X101N BF
0.2766 fps per Watt -71%
low med. high ultraQHD
GTA V (2015) 76 73 46
The Witcher 3 (2015) 51 45
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 159 72 65 57 36
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 258 75 48 36 22
Borderlands 3 (2019) 80.8 52 38 28.9

Emissions: CPU load determines fan noise

System Noise

The fan behavior in the base 2023 MacBook Pro 14 is slightly different from that of the full configuration M2 Pro. The base model is extremely quiet in daily use and fans are generally not audible for the most part. This is also true in pure GPU loads, wherein the fans kick in after a few minutes but are practically inaudible at a sound pressure level (SPL) of just over 24 dB(A).

The fan noise does increase under full CPU load. However, due to the very conservative fan curve, the fan noise SPL increases briefly up to 47.5 dB(A) to get the chip temperature under control and then levels off around 36-38 dB(A). This applies to scenarios of combined load as well where the CPU is more heavily strained. 

That being said, when the GPU is subjected to higher loads (for example, in our combined load with Cinebench R23 multi-core and 3DMark WildLife Extreme Stress test), we do not see this peak noise and the SPL stays at about 36-38 dB(A) from the start.

We couldn't hear any other random electronic noise.

Noise Level

Idle
23.6 / 23.6 / 23.6 dB(A)
Load
24.2 / 47.5 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: 23.6 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs202724.522.724.625.123.525.72529.630.227.127.926.825.830.53128.926.330.329.529.826.326.84035.636.138.140.331.53530.95027.829.32829.726.225.226.86323.92423.824.32324.123.28022.423.122.420.222.321.920.210023.522.321.820.721.621.526.212523.625.119.820.519.919.822.916022.620.818.918.117.316.818.120023.920.618.818.316.816.518.425024.420.519.319.917.817.818.731525.321.2201916.614.716.940027.922.420.519.912.912.214.750029.222.521.120.312.91114.863029.921.820.320.81210.713.380031.925.824.924.211.91012.5100033.127.5272612.110.212.8125035.228.227.326.111.19.812.2160036.728.727.426.510.610.111.7200037.128.72726.21110.511.9250040.331.229.428.1111112315036.525.623.522.411.611.311.7400036.924.924.523.411.911.81250003623.921.219.611.911.912.2630032.915.914.513.712.31212.3800027.81413.31312.312.212.31000022.31312.712.612.512.212.31250020.212.512.312.312.31212.31600015.511.91211.811.811.511.6SPL47.538.4373624.223.624.9N5.52.62.32.10.60.50.7median 29.2median 22.4median 20.5median 20.3median 12.3median 11.9median 12.3Delta6.23.83.94.21.52.32hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple SSD AP0512
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
Noise
-0%
-7%
-18%
-18%
-9%
off / environment *
23.6
23.9
-1%
24.8
-5%
24.6
-4%
24.4
-3%
24.7
-5%
Idle Minimum *
23.6
23.9
-1%
24.8
-5%
24.6
-4%
24.4
-3%
24.7
-5%
Idle Average *
23.6
23.9
-1%
24.8
-5%
24.6
-4%
24.4
-3%
24.7
-5%
Idle Maximum *
23.6
23.9
-1%
24.8
-5%
24.6
-4%
27.8
-18%
24.7
-5%
Load Average *
24.2
26
-7%
27.8
-15%
45.1
-86%
43.3
-79%
33.2
-37%
Load Maximum *
47.5
43.2
9%
49.5
-4%
50.4
-6%
48.8
-3%
46.7
2%
Witcher 3 ultra *
27.8
49.1
48.2
44.5

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The conservative fan behavior is reflected in surface temperatures. The keyboard area gets uncomfortably warm, especially while playing games, measuring over 45 °C. We also recorded a similar temperature near the central area at the back of the laptop, which does not really bode well for placing the device on the lap under such loads. That being said, the metal chassis hardly heats up in everyday usage and poses no such restrictions.

The behavior in the stress test seems a bit strange as the base model seems to consume slightly more power than the full M2 Pro. The CPU and GPU consume 10 W and 25 W, respectively in the base M2 Pro while we've correspondingly noted 8 W and 25 W with the full chip.

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø24.5 (18.438-25.67)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø25 (23.803-25.493)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø9.99 (8.506-26.697)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø8.08 (7.65-23.333)
Max. Load
 41.4 °C
107 F
47 °C
117 F
41.5 °C
107 F
 
 39.8 °C
104 F
45 °C
113 F
41.5 °C
107 F
 
 31.7 °C
89 F
28.2 °C
83 F
30.9 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 47 °C = 117 F
Average: 38.6 °C = 101 F
42.2 °C
108 F
42.8 °C
109 F
42.3 °C
108 F
39.9 °C
104 F
41.4 °C
107 F
39.2 °C
103 F
33.3 °C
92 F
35.3 °C
96 F
32.8 °C
91 F
Maximum: 42.8 °C = 109 F
Average: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.9 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 20.1 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.6 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 31.2 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 36.9 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.8 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 39.1 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.2 °C / 93.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-5.4 °C / -9.8 F).
Oberflächentemperaturen Stresstest (Oberseite)
Oberflächentemperaturen Stresstest (Oberseite)
Oberflächentemperaturen Stresstest (Unterseite)
Oberflächentemperaturen Stresstest (Unterseite)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
Heat
-7%
2%
-4%
-21%
-24%
2%
Maximum Upper Side *
47
44.7
5%
46.9
-0%
46.8
-0%
48
-2%
48.4
-3%
42.3
10%
Maximum Bottom *
42.8
44.6
-4%
41.7
3%
40.9
4%
50.2
-17%
57.1
-33%
38.2
11%
Idle Upper Side *
22.3
25.1
-13%
21.4
4%
24.2
-9%
27.7
-24%
28.1
-26%
23.4
-5%
Idle Bottom *
21.7
25.3
-17%
21.4
1%
24.2
-12%
30.1
-39%
29
-34%
23.5
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Power Management: Base M2 Pro with slightly higher power consumption

Power Consumption

Our 2023 MacBook Pro 14 unit seems to be having a slightly higher power draw when idling compared to the variant with the full M2 Pro chip. Whether this is a general trend or simply an issue with our unit cannot be judged at this point. 

Power consumption can increase with HDR content, and we were able to measure 25-26 W maximum. Under load, however, the base model is a bit more economical but runs into power supply limits at the beginning of the stress test. We could not measure increased power consumption with a larger power supply — the base MacBook Pro 14 settles at 66 W after a few seconds. Standby and off power draws are very low.

The provided power supply is just about sufficient and is not capable of charging the battery properly under load. If you plan on using the MacBook Pro 14 for demanding tasks, you should get a higher wattage power supply.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.12 / 0.26 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.5 / 12.1 / 12.3 Watt
Load midlight 49.8 / 71.4 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 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 10-Core, M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0512Z, Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
M2, M2 10-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP1024Z, IPS, 2560x1664, 13.60
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro, M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP2048Z, 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
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH, IPS, 3072x1920, 14.50
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW, IPS, 2880x1800, 14.00
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
Average Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
Power Consumption
31%
-10%
-5%
-62%
-67%
-16%
0%
-66%
Idle Minimum *
2.5
1.9
24%
2.4
4%
2.9
-16%
7.1
-184%
7.5
-200%
2.6
-4%
2.5 ?()
-0%
Idle Average *
12.1
9.6
21%
11.3
7%
11.6
4%
10.8
11%
10.4
14%
7.1
41%
12.1 ?()
-0%
Idle Maximum *
12.3
9.7
21%
11.5
7%
11.9
3%
11.6
6%
11.4
7%
7.9
36%
12.3 ?()
-0%
Load Average *
49.8
32.4
35%
59.6
-20%
49.5
1%
84.8
-70%
83.3
-67%
76.8
-54%
49.8 ?()
-0%
Witcher 3 ultra *
46.6
30.8
34%
55.9
-20%
58.2
-25%
91.3
-96%
92.7
-99%
83
-78%
Load Maximum *
71.4
35.7
50%
100
-40%
68.5
4%
100.8
-41%
110.3
-54%
97.3
-36%
71.4 ?()
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Energieaufnahme Witcher 3 / Stresstest

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