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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro review - Improved runtimes and better performance

Apple has released the MacBook Pro 14 with a slimmed-down M3 Pro SoC and compared to its M2 predecessor, it costs about US$100 more. In turn, you get more CPU performance, a brighter display in SDR use and considerably longer runtimes.

The new MacBook Pro 14 now comes in even more variants and as a customer, it isn't always easy to keep a good overview of them all. We have already tested two, namely the new base model with the regular M3 SoC and the high-end version with the M3 Max. Now, we are taking a look at the model with the slimmed-down M3 Pro for US$2,499. Aside from its M3 Pro, this model features a 14-core GPU, 18 GB RAM and a 512-GB SSD. This variant will likely be the most interesting option for lots of customers, as it is the cheapest MBP 14 with a Pro SoC.

MBP 14 M3 MBP 14 M3 Pro MBP 14 M3 Pro MBP 14 M3 Max MBP 14 M3 Max
CPU Apple M3
8 CPU cores
(4P & 4E)
Apple M3 Pro
11 CPU cores
(5P & 6E)
Apple M3 Pro
12 CPU cores
(6P & 6 E)
Apple M3 Max
14 CPU cores
(10P & 4E)
Apple M3 Max
16 CPU cores
(12P & 4E)
GPU 10 GPU cores 14 GPU cores 18 GPU cores 30 GPU cores 40 GPU cores
RAM 8 GB (16/24 GB) 18 GB (36 GB) 18 GB (36 GB) 36 GB (96 GB) 48 GB (64/128 GB)
SSD 512 GB (1/2 TB) 512 GB (1/2/4 TB) 1 TB (2/4 TB) 1 TB (2/4/8 TB) 1 TB (2/4/8 TB)
Memory bandwidth 100 GB/s 150 GB/s 150 GB/s 300 GB/s 400 GB/s
Connections 2x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 3
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
Price from US$1,999 from US$2,499 from US$2,999 from US$3,999 from US$4,574

The small MacBook Pro 14 can, of course, also be had with the full version of the M3 Pro (6 performance cores instead of 5, 18 GPU cores instead of 14) and we already had a chance to test this chip inside the bigger MacBook Pro 16. As our test device's case, connectivity and input devices aren't any different to those on the MBP 14 with the M3 Max, we have predominantly focussed on the laptop's performance, emissions and runtimes in this review. For further information on these topics, you can read our detailed review of the MBP 14 M3 Max: 

Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro (MacBook Pro 14 2023 Series)
Processor
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core 11 x 2.7 - 4.1 GHz, 24 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
18 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 
, 458 GB free
Connections
3 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 3 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 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
72.6 Wh, 6269 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Apple macOS 14 Sonoma
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 6 Speakers, 3D Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 70W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 236 g ( = 8.32 oz / 0.52 pounds)
Price
2499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
93.2 %
12/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
1.6 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
90.4 %
11/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3, M3 10-Core GPU
1.5 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
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
89.6 %
06/2023
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
i7-1360P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg15.6 mm14.20"3120x2080
89.8 %
07/2023
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
1.7 kg17.6 mm14.50"3072x1920
89.4 %
05/2023
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
1.4 kg17 mm14.00"2880x1800
88.9 %
10/2023
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
i7-13700H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg16.6 mm14.00"2880x1800
88.2 %
10/2023
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
R7 7840S, Radeon 780M
1.3 kg13.9 mm14.50"2944x1840

Differences to the MacBook Pro 14 M3

The MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 Pro features the same connections and cooling unit as the configuration with the M3 Max which we already tested thoroughly. This means it has two fans and three USB-C 4.0 ports including Thunderbolt 4, while the new base model of the MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 SoC only has one fan and two USB-C 4.0 ports which are limited to Thunderbolt 3.

The case can be had in either silver or the new Space Black — although the latter is more a very dark gray and still contrasts quite a lot with the black keyboard. Its surface isn't quite as bad a fingerprint magnet as the current MacBook Air M2 in the dark blue "Midnight" colorway but even so, you will have to wipe it down regularly. The MBP 14 with the M3 Pro can power two external displays at once, which is an advantage over the base model with the regular M3 SoC.

Size comparison

327 mm / 12.9 inch 223.5 mm / 8.8 inch 17.6 mm / 0.693 inch 1.7 kg3.72 lbs326 mm / 12.8 inch 223.5 mm / 8.8 inch 13.9 mm / 0.547 inch 1.3 kg2.87 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 inch 221.2 mm / 8.71 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 inch 221.2 mm / 8.71 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.5 kg3.36 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 inch 221.2 mm / 8.71 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.6 kg3.54 lbs311 mm / 12.2 inch 220.8 mm / 8.69 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.4 kg3.1 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 221 mm / 8.7 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs308.8 mm / 12.2 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16.6 mm / 0.654 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Performance - 3 nm results in better performance and efficiency

Processor - M3 Pro with 5 performance cores

Apple M3 Pro (source: Apple)
Apple M3 Pro (source: Apple)

The new M3 Pro's core configuration has changed compared to the old M2 Pro. The M2 Pro's clusters (performance and efficiency) consisted of 4 cores and on the smaller 10-core model, only three of the four P cores were active per cluster — together with the 4 E cores, this resulted in a total of 10 cores. On the new M3 Pro, there are now two clusters with 6 cores each — although on our smaller variant, only 5 of the 6 P cores are active. Together with the 6 E cores, this means it is an 11-core CPU. The cores themselves have the same tech specs as the other M3 SoCs, as the performance cores are capable of reaching up to 4.056 GHz and the efficiency cores can reach up to 2.748 GHz. This was confirmed in practical use. Furthermore, its memory interface speed has been reduced from 256 bits on the M2 Pro to 192 bits. As a result, its maximum memory bandwidth is now 150 GB/s instead of 200 GB/s.

While the full version of the M3 Pro with 12 cores uses 26-27 watts under maximum load, the smaller 11-core model only uses ~23-24 watts. The old M2 with 10 cores also consumed about 27 watts. During the multi-core tests, the "small" M3 Pro did very well and came between the old M2 Pro with 10 cores and the M2 Pro with 12 cores and even so, the distance between them was never larger than 10 % in both cases. In contrast, the large M3 Pro with all 6 P cores was around 12 % faster and in practical use, it achieved the same performance levels as the old M2 Pro with 12 cores.

Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
24020 Points +80%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
17855 Points +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15106 Points +13%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
15102 Points +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14802 Points +11%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
14325 (12974.5min - 14324.9max) Points +8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4624 - 30789, n=101, last 2 years)
14189 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
13315 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
13315 Points 0%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
12275 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11811 Points -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
11797 Points -11%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
11571 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
10454 Points -21%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
1977 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
1950 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
1942 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
1942 Points 0%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
1912 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
1904 Points -2%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
1869 Points -4%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
1848 Points -5%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
1840 Points -5%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
1761 Points -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
1742 Points -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (878 - 2110, n=99, last 2 years)
1713 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1648 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1643 Points -15%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Multi Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
1532 Points +69%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
1059 Points +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1028 Points +13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (398 - 1612, n=12, last 2 years)
968 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
908 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
908 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
853 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
712 Points -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
609 Points -33%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Single Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
144 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
144 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
143 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
140 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
140 Points -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (101.8 - 144, n=11, last 2 years)
122.5 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
122 Points -15%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
103 Points -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
97 Points -33%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
23059 Points +73%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15298 Points +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
15010 Points +13%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
14124 Points +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
13312 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
13312 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
12189 Points -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3828 - 23059, n=100, last 2 years)
11372 Points -15%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
11288 Points -15%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
10955 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
10774 Points -19%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
10515 Points -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
9644 Points -28%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
8909 Points -33%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
2342 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
2331 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
2331 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
2327 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
2318 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1957 Points -16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
1939 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1926 Points -17%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
1891 Points -19%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
1869 Points -20%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
1830 Points -21%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
1792 Points -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
1775 Points -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2342, n=100, last 2 years)
1758 Points -25%
Geekbench 6.2 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
21264 Points +48%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15480 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14568 Points +1%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
14547 Points +1%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
14067 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
14412 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
14412 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8656 - 21264, n=30, last 2 years)
13395 Points -7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
12598 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
11966 Points -17%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
11176 Points -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
10893 Points -24%
Geekbench 6.2 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
3157 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
3138 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
3113 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
3113 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
3099 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
2663 Points -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2320 - 3157, n=30, last 2 years)
2633 Points -15%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
2613 Points -16%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
2566 Points -18%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
2610 Points -16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
2605 Points -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
2399 Points -23%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
761 Seconds * -114%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
537 Seconds * -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
448 Seconds * -26%
Average of class Multimedia
  (190 - 1374, n=83, last 2 years)
447 Seconds * -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
435 Seconds * -23%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
426 Seconds * -20%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
420 Seconds * -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
355 Seconds *
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
  ()
355 Seconds * -0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
347 Seconds * +2%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
337 Seconds * +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
314 Seconds * +12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
196 Seconds * +45%

* ... smaller is better

Compared to Intel and AMD, you will have to select chips from the 45-watt range to achieve better multi-core performance. The Core i7-13700H in the Schenker Vision 14 with a comparatively low consumption of 45/40 watts is still slower. AMD's Ryzen 7 7840S in the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14 (52/42 watts) is faster, however, the U and P models from AMD and Intel lost out.

During the single-core tests, the situation became even clearer, as Apple triumphed with its new P cores (+20 % compared to M2 generation) and left its AMD and Intel competitors in the dust. Here, you will currently need Core-i9 CPUs with extreme single-core turbo clock rates to achieve even better single-core performance rates.

As usual, its CPU performance remains totally constant when you aren't plugged into the mains. We ran our usual Cinebench R15 multi loop but you have to keep in mind that its performance is a little reduced due to it being emulated. Still, we noted a slight advantage compared to the old M2 Pro — the loop showed us very clearly that its CPU performance remains stable under permanent load. Further CPU benchmarks can be found here.

Cinebench R15 Multi continuous test

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro Apple M3 Pro 11-Core: Ø1913 (1859.6-1922.52)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Apple M3: Ø1499 (1472.81-1506.48)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry Apple M2 Pro 10-Core: Ø1658 (1642.58-1664.45)
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023 Intel Core i7-1360P: Ø1613 (1476.83-1993.62)
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8 Intel Core i7-13705H: Ø2547 (2497.81-2750.09)
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF Intel Core i7-13700H: Ø2029 (1995.31-2490.5)
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023 Intel Core i7-13700H: Ø1949 (1907.49-1999.5)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8 AMD Ryzen 7 7840S; High Performance: Ø2351 (2319.11-2475.4)

System performance

Amorphous Memory Mark
Amorphous Memory Mark

Every MacBook Pro with an Apple M SoC (regardless of whether M1, M2 or M3) offers extremely high subjective performance and the new M3 Pro's improved single-core performance further supports this statement. All uses were started very quickly (even complex apps) and native apps run very well. During the cross-platform CrossMark test, the MBP 14 M3 Pro only had to admit defeat to the MBP 16 with the faster M3 Pro — it overtook its Windows competitors. In general, the smallest MacBook Pro 14 is very well suited to video and photo editing.

Thanks to Rosetta 2, programs for Intel Macs can be emulated and all-in-all, this works well. It does come at the expense of a little performance, which you notice in particular during more complex uses. Even so, we ran the PugetBench test for Adobe Photoshop and the laptop's results were very respectable. Unfortunately, the PugetBench test for Premier Pro didn't run very smoothly and it crashed consistently.

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K CPU | 12:1 8K Metal
Photoshop PugetBench: Overall Score | GPU Score | General Score | Filter Score
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Speedometer 2.0: Result
WebXPRT 3: Overall
CrossMark / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1977 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1966 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
1966 Points 0%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1876 Points -5%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1867 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1847 Points -6%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1842 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1772 Points -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1009 - 2146, n=91, last 2 years)
1701 Points -13%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
Radeon 780M, R7 7840S, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1655 Points -16%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1548 Points -21%
CrossMark / Productivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1829 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1795 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
1795 Points 0%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1793 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1782 Points -1%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1739 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1729 Points -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (971 - 2064, n=91, last 2 years)
1622 Points -10%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
Radeon 780M, R7 7840S, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1611 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1543 Points -14%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1500 Points -16%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2424 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2376 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
2376 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2239 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
2183 Points -8%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2143 Points -10%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1925 Points -19%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1917 Points -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1054 - 2865, n=91, last 2 years)
1893 Points -20%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
Radeon 780M, R7 7840S, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1805 Points -24%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1620 Points -32%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1899 Points +30%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1725 Points +18%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1529 Points +5%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1484 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1466 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2171, n=91, last 2 years)
1462 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1461 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
1461 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
Radeon 780M, R7 7840S, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1386 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1367 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1329 Points -9%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 68, n=8, last 2 years)
46.4 fps +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
43 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
40 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
40 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
34 fps -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
32 fps -20%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Average of class Multimedia
  (67 - 294, n=8, last 2 years)
176.9 fps +73%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
159 fps +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
109 fps +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
102 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
102 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
67 fps -34%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1141 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1130 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
1130 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (737 - 1442, n=12, last 2 years)
1115 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1036 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
947 Points -16%
Photoshop PugetBench / GPU Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
111.8 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
111.6 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
111.6 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (72.7 - 146.8, n=12, last 2 years)
108.4 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
101.8 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
93.6 Points -16%
Photoshop PugetBench / General Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
129.6 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
127.8 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
127.8 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (63.1 - 165, n=12, last 2 years)
127.1 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
115.8 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
106.2 Points -17%
Photoshop PugetBench / Filter Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
98.5 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
98.1 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
98.1 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (81.8 - 123.3, n=12, last 2 years)
96 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
91.4 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
83.1 Points -15%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
Radeon 780M, R7 7840S, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
316.3 Points +3%
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
308 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
307.5 Points
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
306.8 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
304.5 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
297.2 Points -3%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
291.6 Points -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (150.6 - 337, n=62, last 2 years)
265 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
234.8 Points -24%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
559 runs/min +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
555 runs/min +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
549 runs/min
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
549 runs/min 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
395 runs/min -28%
Average of class Multimedia
  (169 - 562, n=38, last 2 years)
352 runs/min -36%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
339 runs/min -38%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
307 runs/min -44%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
Radeon 780M, R7 7840S, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
280.6 runs/min -49%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
431 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
431 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
427 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
423 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
391 Points -9%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
308 Points -29%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
Radeon 780M, R7 7840S, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
296 Points -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (171.4 - 432, n=93, last 2 years)
295 Points -32%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
294 Points -32%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
287 Points -33%

Storage devices

Amorphous Disk Mark
Amorphous Disk Mark

The MacBook Pro 14 is usually still delivered with a 512-GB SSD as standard (AP0512Z). Fewer NAND chips were used on the MacBook Pro 14 with the M2 Pro as previously, which had a negative impact on its transfer rates. As a result, it surprises us even more that this version has four NAND chips installed again, which we already saw on the bigger MacBook Pro 16. Its transfer rates have increased again and we noted a maximum read rate of about 6 GB/s and a write rate of ~4.5 GB/s. Users have access to 458 GB of the 512 GB after first booting up the device. Further SSD benchmarks can be found in our tech section.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5294.2 MB/s +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4756.4 MB/s +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4645.3 MB/s
Average of class Multimedia
  (2877 - 5666, n=9, last 2 years)
4638 MB/s 0%
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (2896 - 4756, n=7)
3422 MB/s -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2901.3 MB/s -38%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2876.6 MB/s -38%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2847.5 MB/s -39%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6699 MB/s +60%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s +52%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2993 - 8271, n=9, last 2 years)
5440 MB/s +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4198.7 MB/s 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4192.9 MB/s
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (3123 - 4199, n=7)
3517 MB/s -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3489.5 MB/s -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2992.9 MB/s -29%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2873.2 MB/s -31%

Graphics card

The smaller M3 Pro SoC also comes delivered with a weaker graphics card installed — instead of 18 GPU cores, this variant is limited to 14 GPU cores. We can't read its clock rate, however, we can assume an increase over the old M2 Pro, as its performance was better than the 16-core GPU of the old M2 Pro in most of the tests. As we already determined when looking at its multi-core CPU performance, the new M3 Pro GPU again came pretty much right in between the two versions of the M2 Pro during 3DMark WildLife Extreme Unlimited. The only exception proved to be during the GFX Bench tests, where both GPUs did practically the same. Compared to the MBP 14 with the normal M3, however, its advantage is considerable and depending on the benchmark, we noted a 40-50 % improvement. The same as on the processor, the GPU's maximum consumption is around 24 watts, so less than on the M2 Pro (~26-27 watts).

Compared to the iGPUs from AMD and Intel, the new M3 Pro GPU quite clearly came out on top and during the WildLife test, the GPU came between the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti in the Schenker Vision 14 and the RTX 4050 Laptop in the Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 14.

As is typical for Apple, its performance remains totally stable when you rely on the battery and even under continuous load, we noted no performance loss. Further GPU benchmarks can be found here.

3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
31403 Points +160%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
15208 Points +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
14545 Points +20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1867 - 31403, n=39, last 2 years)
13102 Points +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12997 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12968 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
12094 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
12094 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11224 Points -7%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
9340 Points -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
8302 Points -31%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
5465 Points -55%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-13700H
4304 Points -64%
Geekbench 5.5
OpenCL Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
93147 Points +105%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
86275 Points +90%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
70438 Points +55%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
61067 Points +35%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10769 - 120093, n=99, last 2 years)
57593 Points +27%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
52441 Points +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
46941 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
45348 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
45348 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
45047 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
42483 Points -6%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
36162 Points -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
32540 Points -28%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
20881 Points -54%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-13700H
20765 Points -54%
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
100376 Points +118%
Average of class Multimedia
  (34398 - 100376, n=9, last 2 years)
63778 Points +38%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
55240 Points +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52608 Points +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52054 Points +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
46834 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
46145 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
46145 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
34398 Points -25%
Geekbench 6.2
GPU OpenCL
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
91418 Points +114%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
80435 Points +88%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
79601 Points +86%
Average of class Multimedia
  (15217 - 112310, n=30, last 2 years)
58246 Points +36%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
50447 Points +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
50373 Points +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
42798 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
42798 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
30585 Points -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
30414 Points -29%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-13700H
16688 Points -61%
GPU Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
154675 Points +127%
Average of class Multimedia
  (47494 - 155752, n=6, last 2 years)
97737 Points +44%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
82134 Points +21%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
78324 Points +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
68043 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
68043 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
47494 Points -30%
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 * -81%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
121 Seconds * -66%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds * -33%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 132, n=8, last 2 years)
75.6 Seconds * -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
73 Seconds *
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
73 Seconds * -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
69 Seconds * +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
29.6 Seconds * +59%
v3.3 Classroom OPTIX/RTX
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
53 Seconds *
Average of class Multimedia
  (19 - 99, n=45, last 2 years)
41.5 Seconds *
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
34 Seconds *
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
28 Seconds *
v3.3 Classroom CUDA
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
91 Seconds *
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 172, n=48, last 2 years)
76.5 Seconds *
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
62 Seconds *
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
50 Seconds *
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
188.2 fps +138%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 204, n=11, last 2 years)
103.3 fps +31%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
97.8 fps +24%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.2 fps +17%
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 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
79 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
79 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
78.7 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
52.3 fps -34%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
416 fps +133%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.8 - 446, n=11, last 2 years)
232 fps +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
219.7 fps +23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.7 fps +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.4 fps +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
181.1 fps +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
178.7 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
178.7 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
121 fps -32%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
858 fps +78%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
580 fps +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
568 fps +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
565.3 fps +17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (160 - 950, n=11, last 2 years)
555 fps +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
493 fps +2%
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
482 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
481.9 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
329.6 fps -32%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming performance

In our other reviews, we already mentioned that there are a few different ways you can play games on the MacBook. Aside from emulated games or additional software such as CrossOver, you can manage to run quite a lot these days (for example, GTA V or The Witcher 3). However, the hardware can't always make use of its full potential and of course, it is missing a few optimizations.

As expected, native games run the best — nowadays, this includes a lot of AAA games such as Baldur's Gate 3 or No Man's Sky. They run very well on the MacBook Pro and usually, you can even use the highest settings. Unfortunately, when compared to Windows devices, its gaming performance is already well below a GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop and the older GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. If you are looking to play some games on the MacBook every now and again, then you will get along just fine with its somewhat limited selection and you definitely won't be disappointed. Nevertheless, you just have to be aware of the fact that this isn't a gaming laptop.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
92 fps +136%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
74.7 (70min, 71P1) fps +92%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
71 fps +82%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
67.7 (63min, 65P1) fps +74%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8 - 143.2, n=99, last 2 years)
50.6 fps +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
45 fps +15%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
44.2 (42min, 42P1) fps +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
43 fps +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
39 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
39 fps 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
29.8 (28min, 28P1) fps -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
28 fps -28%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16.4 fps -58%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
14.8 (13min, 14P1) fps -62%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
135 fps +125%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38 - 146, n=12, last 2 years)
87.3 fps +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
65 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
65 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
60 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
60 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
41 fps -32%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.9 fps -57%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
118 fps +123%
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 153, n=13, last 2 years)
83.5 fps +58%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
57 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
53 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
36 fps -32%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
22.4 fps -58%
Baldur's Gate 3
1920x1080 High Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
96 fps +129%
Average of class Multimedia
  (15.6 - 119.9, n=12, last 2 years)
58.6 fps +40%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
53 fps +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
42 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
42 fps 0%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
90 fps +131%
Average of class Multimedia
  (14.8 - 117.7, n=13, last 2 years)
54.1 fps +39%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
43 fps +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
39 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
39 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
34 fps -13%
Total War Pharaoh
1920x1080 High Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
138 fps +106%
Average of class Multimedia
  (45 - 139, n=7, last 2 years)
84.9 fps +27%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
77 fps +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
67 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
67 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
45 fps -33%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
97 fps +83%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 121, n=7, last 2 years)
66.8 fps +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
58 fps +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
53 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
36 fps -32%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
109 fps +120%
Average of class Multimedia
  (33 - 113, n=8, last 2 years)
69.8 fps +41%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
56 fps +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
49.5 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
49.5 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
48 fps -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
33 fps -33%
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
80 fps +123%
Average of class Multimedia
  (24 - 84, n=8, last 2 years)
51.5 fps +43%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
41 fps +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
36 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
35.9 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
35.9 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
24 fps -33%
GTA V
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
171.1 (3.26min, 111.1P1) fps +117%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
161.6 (5.35min, 111.1P1) fps +105%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
121 (14.8min, 76.9P1) fps +53%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.8 - 181.9, n=90, last 2 years)
98.7 fps +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
79 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
79 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
79 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
79 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
68 fps -14%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
63.6 (3min, 43.5P1) fps -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
46 fps -42%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
27.4 (14.1min, 20.8P1) fps -65%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.6 (8.96min, 19.6P1) fps -68%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
90.7 (2.73min, 50P1) fps +81%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
74.3 (2.72min, 47.6P1) fps +49%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
67.5 (9.08min, 43.5P1) fps +35%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4.24 - 123, n=88, last 2 years)
56.3 fps +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
54 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
52 fps +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
50 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
  ()
50 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
44 fps -12%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
26.2 (4.04min, 17.9P1) fps -48%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
11.5 (6.52min, 7.87P1) fps -77%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
10.6 (5.85min, 8.55P1) fps -79%
low med. high ultraQHD
GTA V (2015) 79 50
The Witcher 3 (2015) 39
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 66 60 53 34
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 75 49.5 35.9 22.5
Baldur's Gate 3 (2023) 42 39
Total War Pharaoh (2023) 193 125 67 53 35

Emissions - Only loud under maximum load

Noise emissions

In almost every situation, the MacBook Pro 14 proves to be a quiet companion. During normal uses such as surfing the web (even using lots of tabs) and playing video, you will likely never hear the fans and even under full CPU or GPU load, the fans spin at a maximum of 2,400-2,800 rotations per minute. At these speeds, the fans are still barely audible — we measured a mere 25.1-25.6 dB(A). However, it does sometimes take a few minutes for the fans to even spring into action, as the chip temperature has to reach over 100 °C for them to activate.

When playing games, it largely depends on what you're playing. In most cases, you can expect speeds between 2,400 and 2,800 rotations/minute — only Baldur's Gate 3 led to 3,400. The laptop only really got properly loud during our stress test, where we put the processor and the graphics card under maximum load. Here, we noted rotations of 6,200-6,300 per minute and at 49.4 dB(A), this was clearly audible. In contrast to the MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 Max, we noted no coil whining.

Noise Level

Idle
24.1 / 24.1 / 24.1 dB(A)
Load
25.1 / 49.4 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: 24.1 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2050.23639.841.72543.629.329.432.73139.728.427.5324034.730.928.330.35026.524.825.226.46326.125.924.427.68022.221.319.822.610022.320.619.52312520.618.117.423.716023.117.615.221.520016.320.815.624.425019.619.716.425.431516.917.315.529.640015.413.813.128.850013.713.411.230.563013.412.512.230.680015.413.211.335.1100014.913.112.235.4125013.51210.535.5160013.111.710.538.9200012.511.810.838.925001211.81140.1315011.912.411.538.3400012.112.71239.5500012.212.812.239.7630012.712.912.537.5800012.512.912.932.61000012.612.913.127.41250012.51312.725.31600011.813.612.218.7SPL25.625.124.149.4N0.70.70.66.5median 13.4median 13median 12.2median 30.6Delta2.51.61.86.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
Radeon 780M, R7 7840S, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP2048Z
Noise
0%
3%
-15%
-31%
-19%
-21%
-25%
-11%
off / environment *
24.1
24.2
-0%
23.6
2%
25.4
-5%
24.8
-3%
24
-0%
24.5
-2%
24.5
-2%
24.8
-3%
Idle Minimum *
24.1
24.2
-0%
23.6
2%
25.4
-5%
24.8
-3%
24
-0%
24.5
-2%
24.5
-2%
24.8
-3%
Idle Average *
24.1
24.2
-0%
23.6
2%
25.4
-5%
24.8
-3%
24
-0%
24.5
-2%
24.5
-2%
24.8
-3%
Idle Maximum *
24.1
24.2
-0%
23.6
2%
29.6
-23%
24.8
-3%
35.71
-48%
30.4
-26%
27.7
-15%
24.8
-3%
Load Average *
25.1
25.1
-0%
24.2
4%
42
-67%
47.4
-89%
39.5
-57%
45.5
-81%
25.8
-3%
Witcher 3 ultra *
25.1
25.1
-0%
52.9
-111%
40.22
-60%
41.7
-66%
45.5
-81%
43.4
-73%
Load Maximum *
49.4
48.5
2%
47.5
4%
40.9
17%
52.9
-7%
51.93
-5%
44.9
9%
45.5
8%
43.4
12%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Inside the MBP 14 can get quite hot, as the M3 Pro regularly reaches temperatures over 100 °C under periods of load. Apple has its surface temperatures well under control and even during the stress test, we had no issues placing the laptop onto our thighs. In this scenario, we measured a maximum of 38 °C on the bottom and 42 °C around the top middle of the keyboard. This means your fingers might get a little warm as you're typing. Our Witcher 3 test showed the laptop's worst-case-scenario, as neither of the fans were particularly active, which led to a much warmer device in total — we measured over 40 °C on quite a few spots. Even so, the laptop never suffered any limitations. During simple tasks, its case barely heats up.

Max. Load
 36.9 °C
98 F
42 °C
108 F
36.7 °C
98 F
 
 38.5 °C
101 F
41.6 °C
107 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
 29 °C
84 F
26.7 °C
80 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 35.1 °C = 95 F
37.5 °C
100 F
38.3 °C
101 F
38.2 °C
101 F
35.6 °C
96 F
37.6 °C
100 F
36 °C
97 F
29.4 °C
85 F
31.2 °C
88 F
29.7 °C
85 F
Maximum: 38.3 °C = 101 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  45.3 °C = 114 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.1 °C / 95 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 42 °C / 108 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 38.3 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 39.1 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.6 °C / 73 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 °C / 102 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (35.4 °C / 95.7 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-6.6 °C / -11.9 F).
Surface temperature stress test (top)
Surface temperature stress test (top)
Surface temperature stress test (bottom)
Surface temperature stress test (bottom)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple M3 Pro 14-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
Heat
-1%
-4%
-31%
-23%
-17%
-15%
-19%
-6%
Maximum Upper Side *
42
41.3
2%
47
-12%
46.5
-11%
41
2%
42
-0%
45.8
-9%
43.8
-4%
45.9
-9%
Maximum Bottom *
38.3
39.6
-3%
42.8
-12%
44.7
-17%
56.7
-48%
52
-36%
42
-10%
56
-46%
42.1
-10%
Idle Upper Side *
23
23.2
-1%
22.3
3%
34.9
-52%
27.4
-19%
26
-13%
27.5
-20%
25.3
-10%
23.4
-2%
Idle Bottom *
22.8
23.3
-2%
21.7
5%
32.9
-44%
29.1
-28%
27
-18%
27.1
-19%
26.7
-17%
23.8
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Stress test

During our stress test with combined CPU/GPU load, the MacBook Pro 14 suffered a small performance drop at the beginning and then it was able to use the M3 Pro's full power — this is due to the fans' delayed activation. After this drop, the laptop's performance remained completely stable and we noted no performance difference between the supplied 70-watt power supply and the 96-watt one. To compare, we also included the larger MacBook Pro 16 with the full M3 Pro. At this stage, we can't quite determine whether the more compact MBP 14 can use the faster M3 Pro to its full advantage during the stress test.

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power; 70W PSU: Ø21.7 (17.44-23.636)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power; 96W PSU: Ø21.5 (17.28-23.708)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø27 (22.643-28.222)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power; 70W PSU: Ø22.1 (19.972-24.445)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Pro M3 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 11-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power; 96W PSU: Ø21.9 (19.942-24.446)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø28.4 (26.919-29.557)

Speakers

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