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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 review: The M2 Pro is slowed down in the small MacBook Pro

Now with fast WLAN. Apple has upgraded the MacBook Pro 14 and the new M2 Pro offers greater performance, and fast WLAN is finally supported. Overall, the MBP 14 is an excellent machine, but Apple has also put some brakes on the M2 Pro in the small MacBook Pro.

After the launch was postponed last fall, Apple has now finally presented the upgraded versions of the MacBook Pro models. At the heart of the new models are, of course, Apple's own M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs, which are said to offer significantly more performance in terms of both the processor and the graphics card. At the same time, fast 6 GHz WLAN networks (Wi-Fi 6E) are now supported and, according to Apple, battery runtimes are better than before. The prices have also increased by around US$150.

Our review device is the MacBook Pro 14 with the fast M2 Pro (12 CPU cores & 19 GPU cores), which is available with 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD from US$2,499.00. Our model even has 32 GB of RAM and a 2 TB SSD installed, which is why the price here rises to US$3,299.00. As Apple only introduced the basic design in the 2021 models, no changes to the case or the input devices have been made. For more information, we refer to our previous reviews:

Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro (MacBook Pro 14 2023 Series)
Processor
Apple M2 Pro 12 x 2.4 - 3.5 GHz, 34 W PL2 / Short Burst
Graphics adapter
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Core: 1400 MHz
Memory
32 GB 
, LPDDR5-6400, Dual-Channel, onboard
Display
14.20 inch 16:10, 3024 x 1964 pixel, Mini-LED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP2048Z, 2048 GB 
, 1970 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
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
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, 96W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 274 g ( = 9.67 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
3919 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
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
91.9 %
06/2022
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
1.4 kg15.6 mm13.30"2560x1600
92.1 %
04/2022
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max, M1 Max 24-Core GPU
1.6 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
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
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
89.4 %
05/2022
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
R9 6900HX, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
1.8 kg16.8 mm14.00"2560x1440
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

Case - Apple makes no changes

We can keep things short in regard to the case, as there have been no changes since the 2021 model. The aluminum case is still of extremely high quality, but the shape of the case makes the 14-inch model (in particular) look very bulky, although it isn't any higher in direct comparison with the tapered units of the competition. Depending on the position, the raised front edge may prove to be problematic when typing, as the edge quickly presses into the wrists. The MacBook Pro 14 is once again available in Silver or Space Gray and both variants are not particularly sensitive to dirt.

The only visual change concerns the MagSafe cable, where the connector is now in the same color as the case. But the cable itself is still white, even in the Space Gray version.

Size Comparison

325 mm / 12.8 in 221 mm / 8.7 in 18 mm / 0.709 in 1.5 kg3.35 lbs323 mm / 12.7 in 228 mm / 8.98 in 19 mm / 0.748 in 1.8 kg4.04 lbs319.7 mm / 12.6 in 220 mm / 8.66 in 16.8 mm / 0.661 in 1.8 kg3.93 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 in 221.2 mm / 8.71 in 15.5 mm / 0.61 in 1.6 kg3.53 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 in 221.2 mm / 8.71 in 15.5 mm / 0.61 in 1.6 kg3.53 lbs308.8 mm / 12.2 in 215 mm / 8.46 in 16.6 mm / 0.654 in 1.3 kg2.89 lbs304.1 mm / 12 in 212.4 mm / 8.36 in 15.6 mm / 0.614 in 1.4 kg3.02 lbs297 mm / 11.7 in 210 mm / 8.27 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Equipment - MacBook Pro now with HDMI 2.1

Up to 730MB/s to a Samsung T7 4TB USB-C SSD.
Up to 730MB/s to a Samsung T7 4TB USB-C SSD.
And over 2GB/s with a X5 over Thunderbolt 3.
And over 2GB/s with a X5 over Thunderbolt 3.

There are also only minor changes to the connections - the HMDI output now supports HDMI 2.1 instead of 2.0. Apple even goes a little beyond the standard here and allows users to connect a 4K display at up to 240 Hz (8K with 60 Hz). With the M2 Pro, a maximum of two external monitors can be connected alongside the integrated display (2x 6K 60 Hz via Thunderbolt or 1x 6K 60 Hz via Thunderbolt and 1x 4K 144 Hz via HDMI). With the M2 Max, up to four external monitors can be connected.

Left: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort ALT mode 1.4, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm audio
Left: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort ALT mode 1.4, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm audio
Right: card reader, USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbit/s, DisplayPort-ALT mode 1.4, Power Delivery), HDMI 2.1
Right: card reader, USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbit/s, DisplayPort-ALT mode 1.4, Power Delivery), HDMI 2.1

SD Card Reader

According to our measurements, the card reader is now slightly faster when copying, achieving a transfer rate of 181 MB/s with our Angelbird AV Pro V60 reference card. According to AmorphousDiskMark, the maximum read speed is 208 MB/s.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro (AV Pro V60)
181 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core (AV PRO V60)
122 MB/s -33%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
121 MB/s -33%
Average of class Multimedia
  (17.6 - 201, n=61, last 2 years)
88.6 MB/s -51%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
57.8 MB/s -68%

Communication

A disadvantage of the 2021 MacBook Pro models was the comparatively slow WLAN connection, as only 80 MHz connections were supported. The new 2023 models now finally support Wi-Fi 6E in addition to Bluetooth 5.3, and we were also able to connect to the 6 GHz network of our Asus reference router without issue. The transfer rates are among the best we've seen so far, so the new MacBook Pro 14 is more than twice as fast as its predecessor (provided a suitable router is used).

Networking
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1741 (min: 1650) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1777 (min: 1685) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AX12
689 (min: 349) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 receive AX12
730 (min: 645) MBit/s ∼47%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AX12
772 (min: 748) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 receive AX12
760 (min: 404) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
874 (min: 522) MBit/s ∼51%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
766 (min: 698) MBit/s ∼53%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 receive AXE11000
828 (min: 753) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
797 (min: 751) MBit/s ∼55%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1628 (min: 1564) MBit/s ∼94%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1718 (min: 841) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1534 (min: 1271) MBit/s ∼86%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1454 (min: 737) MBit/s ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
iperf3 transmit AX12
1446 (min: 662) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
1293 (min: 1024) MBit/s ∼84%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
Qualcomm WCN685x
iperf3 transmit AX12
1049 (min: 964) MBit/s ∼73%
iperf3 receive AX12
1537 (min: 1431) MBit/s ∼100%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1570 (min: 1446) MBit/s ∼91%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1458 (min: 1294) MBit/s ∼100%
05010015020025030035040045050055060065070075080085090095010001050110011501200125013001350140014501500155016001650170017501800Tooltip
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz: Ø1777 (1685-1813)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz: Ø1741 (1650-1785)

Webcam

Indoor, good lighting
Indoor, good lighting, few details, no noise

Apple continues to install its well-known 1080p webcam, but the quality of recordings has increased slightly in some scenarios thanks to the improved image processing of the M2 Pro. A pity, however, that the MacBooks still do not support Face ID or Center Stage.

ColorChecker
12.4 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro: 8.97 ∆E min: 4.65 - max: 17.31 ∆E

Maintenance

Maintenance options are still very limited. Ultimately, only the two fans can be cleaned. All components are soldered and can neither be upgraded nor individually replaced (in case of a defect). Compared to the predecessor, the heat sink has become somewhat smaller.

Internal layout (1 TB model)
Internal layout (1 TB model)
Smaller heat sink than before
Smaller heat sink than before

Warranty

Apple continues to deliver the MacBook Pro 14 2023 with a one-year warranty, but in Germany, of course, the statutory warranty of 24 months applies. This may differ in other countries, so buyers should double-check before purchasing.

Optionally, the warranty can be extended with Apple Care+. In the US, for example, buyers have the choice between annual coverage (unlimited until cancelled) at US$99.99/yr or three years of coverage at US$279.00. These prices may also differ in other countries and other currencies.

Input Devices - Good keyboard, perfect trackpad

As for the input devices, we also refer to our review of the predecessor. The keyboard offers a good typing feel, but in comparison with high-end business laptops, there is room for improvement here. On the other hand, Apple still offers the best keyboard backlighting, which is regulated automatically and very well by a sensor. No Windows laptop can match this.

The large trackpad continues to set standards in terms of functionality and operation, as the implementation in macOS also works excellently.

Input devices
Input devices
Keyboard backlight
Keyboard backlight

Display - Mini LED panel at 120 Hz

Subpixel matrix
Subpixel matrix

The mini LED panel also remains unchanged, but this is not a problem either. The subjective picture quality is simply outstanding and thanks to 120 Hz, moving images are displayed very smoothly. Furthermore, Apple is clearly the pioneer when it comes to implementing HDR. While you usually have to activate HDR mode manually on Windows devices, it works automatically here. For example, as soon as a corresponding YouTube video starts, the panel then benefits from the higher brightness.

In normal SDR mode, the brightness in the center of the screen is exactly 500 cd/m², so Apple has calibrated it very well. The black level of the mini-LED panel is just 0.02, which results in an extremely high contrast. In practice, the automatic regulation of brightness and color temperature is extremely practical. The notch above the display is still not particularly pretty, but functionally there are no more problems here and the display area next to the notch is superimposed on the normal 16:10, so you have more space for menu elements compared to other 16:10 panels.

Maximum HDR brightness
Maximum HDR brightness

After we criticized Apple for only specifying the HDR brightness in the technical data for the last model, this has now been corrected. The HDR brightness is still specified as 1,600 cd/m² or 1,000 cd/m² for full-screen images. We measured a maximum of 1,481 cd/m² on the new MacBook Pro 14 2023 and 1,082 cd/m² on an almost completely white image.

While Apple's technology prevents backlight bleeding or halos, you can still see clear blooming on dark backgrounds with bright objects, such as the mouse pointer. A small bright cloud appears around the bright object.

482
cd/m²
497
cd/m²
490
cd/m²
488
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
494
cd/m²
471
cd/m²
491
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 500 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 488.8 cd/m² Minimum: 2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 500 cd/m²
Contrast: 25000:1 (Black: 0.02 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.2 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
99.2% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.24
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
MNE507ZA1-1, IPS, 3072x1920, 14.50
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
LQ144P1JX01, IPS, 2400x1600, 14.40
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
TL140BDXP02-0, IPS, 2560x1440, 14.00
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
MNE007ZA1-1, IPS, 2880x1800, 14.00
Display
0%
0%
-34%
-19%
-2%
-25%
Display P3 Coverage
99.2
99.3
0%
98.8
0%
65.7
-34%
80.6
-19%
97.2
-2%
74.1
-25%
sRGB Coverage
100
92.1
99.9
99.9
97.4
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
87.9
67.7
78.5
85.7
75.3
Response Times
-40%
223%
9%
-41%
47%
28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35.2 ?(12.8, 22.4)
58.4 ?(27.6, 30.8)
-66%
42 ?(19.9, 22.1)
-19%
35 ?(16.4, 18.6)
1%
58.4 ?(26.8, 31.6)
-66%
16.8 ?(8.4, 8.4)
52%
31.5 ?(14, 17.5)
11%
Response Time Black / White *
26.4 ?(11.2, 15.2)
40.4 ?(20.8, 19.6)
-53%
27.8 ?(14.1, 13.7)
-5%
22 ?(11.6, 10.4)
17%
24 ?(8.4, 15.6)
9%
15.2 ?(8.4, 6.8)
42%
14.5 ?(4.7, 9.8)
45%
PWM Frequency
14880 ?(100, 500)
14880
0%
117780 ?(56)
692%
5000 ?(98)
-66%
Screen
33%
-191%
-171%
-183%
-250%
-234%
Brightness middle
500
489
-2%
514
3%
430
-14%
497
-1%
354
-29%
421
-16%
Brightness
489
479
-2%
497
2%
408
-17%
491
0%
328
-33%
416
-15%
Brightness Distribution
94
94
0%
93
-1%
85
-10%
92
-2%
86
-9%
89
-5%
Black Level *
0.02
0.01
50%
0.31
-1450%
0.29
-1350%
0.29
-1350%
0.37
-1750%
0.28
-1300%
Contrast
25000
48900
96%
1658
-93%
1483
-94%
1714
-93%
957
-96%
1504
-94%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.2
0.8
33%
1.1
8%
0.7
42%
1.2
-0%
1.66
-38%
3.2
-167%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.6
1.3
50%
2.3
12%
1.3
50%
2.8
-8%
3.83
-47%
5.5
-112%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.7
1.1
35%
1.8
-6%
1.3
24%
1.9
-12%
1.6
6%
4.4
-159%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.24 98%
2.23 99%
2.22 99%
2.14 103%
2.23 99%
2.22 99%
CCT
6791 96%
6764 96%
6526 100%
6821 95%
6542 99%
6384 102%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.6
0.4
0.8
2
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-2% / 12%
11% / -71%
-65% / -126%
-81% / -134%
-68% / -173%
-77% / -167%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker

The display's factory calibration is very good and there are no major deviations from the P3 reference color space, neither in grayscale nor in color. A subsequent calibration is therefore not absolutely necessary, even if the color temperature is slightly too cool. As with the previous Pro models, we were unable to calibrate the display and thus cannot provide a profile at this point. The P3 color space is completely covered.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. DCI-P3
vs. DCI-P3
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

The mini LED display continues to use PWM for regulating brightness. This is measurable over the entire brightness range in normal SDR mode and uses a very high frequency of 14.88 kHz. This should reduce the amount of people affected by flickering. Even if we increase the brightness via the Vivid app, the brightness is controlled through PWM. At maximum brightness with Vivid, on the other hand, the frequency shifts to an even higher 40 KHz. The amplitude (i.e. differences in brightness) per change is relatively high. 

PWM at minimum brightness (level 1)
PWM at minimum brightness (level 1)
PWM at around 25% SDR
PWM at around 25% SDR
PWM at around 50% SDR
PWM at around 50% SDR
PWM at around 75% SDR
PWM at around 75% SDR
PWM at around 100% SDR (500 cd)
PWM at around 100% SDR (500 cd)

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 14880 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting
≤ 500 cd/m² brightness

The display backlight flickers at 14880 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % (500 cd/m²) and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 14880 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

Flickering occurs even at high brightness setting and may have an effect on the user during everyday use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17744 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Temporal dithering or PWM can be seen in the 240fps video of a grey patch at 100% SDR brightness.

Measuring the exact times of the display's response times is difficult due to the PWM control and we can only thus give an approximation. The progress curve in the black-on-white test is curiously odd. Here, the brightness increases in several steps and is only "normal" at reduced brightness. The measured values are more in the lower midfield and cannot keep up with fast OLED displays.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.2 ms rise
↘ 15.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 61 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
35.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.8 ms rise
↘ 22.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).
In the sun
In the sun
Outdoors (cloudy)
Outdoors (cloudy)

Unfortunately, the weather forbids us from take outdoor photos under bright skies or in sunshine at present, which is why we are using previous photos from the MacBook Pro 14 2021 for the time being. Basically, the MBP's display is not as reflective as most Windows devices, and the good brightness and extremely high contrast ratio naturally also help here. As long as you can avoid direct reflections, the MacBook works well in bright environments. If you need more than 500 nits of brightness, you can also use the Vivid app, for example, which allows you to achieve ~1,000-1,100 nits in full-screen mode, even in SDR mode. The viewing angle stability of the mini LED panel is also very good.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - M2 Pro with more efficiency cores

Apple M2 Pro (Source: Apple)
Apple M2 Pro (Source: Apple)

The new M2 Pro- and M2 Max SoCs are improved iterations of the previous chips and are manufactured in an improved 5 nm process (N5P), but nothing has changed in the basic architecture. The M2 chip, introduced together with the MacBook Air last year, already hinted as to where things were going. The number of performance cores is the same, but there are two additional efficiency cores (4 in total). The MacBook Pro 14 also continues to be offered as a slimmed-down model with 6 performance cores and a 16-core GPU, while the full M2 Pro with 12 CPU cores (8P + 4E) is standard only in the large MacBook Pro 16.

The following increases in surcharge from the basic model (US$1999.00) were calculated according to the official prices listed in Apple's online store in the USA. Differences in price (and thus surcharge) may be smaller or greater in other countries or at other online retailers.

SoC CPU cores GPU cores RAM surcharge
M2 Pro 4 efficiency cores & 6 performance cores 16 16 or 32 GB
M2 Pro 4 efficiency cores & 8 performance cores 19 16 or 32 GB US$500
M2 Max 4 efficiency cores & 8 performance cores 30 32, 64 or 96 GB US$1,100
M2 Max 4 efficiency cores & 8 performance cores 38 32, 64 or 96 GB US$1,500

As with the last generation, CPU performance is almost identical, but the new M2 chips now support single-core boost. The efficiency cores reach a maximum of 2,424 MHz and the performance cores a maximum of 3,264 MHz in multi-core operation. In single-core operation, the P-cores are able to reach up to 3,504 MHz on the M2 Pro and even up to 3,696 MHz on the M2 Max.

The big difference between the M2 Pro and M2 Max is once again the integrated graphics card, which now also has significantly more cores. Moreover, Apple has increased the maximum possible size of the shared RAM to 96 GB. Despite the increased base price, the upgrades have also become more expensive. The RAM prices in particular are considerable: an upgrade from 16 to 32 GB RAM will set you back US$400. So if you want the M2 Max, you'll have to pay US$1,100 more than the basic model. The surcharges for the SSDs also remain extremely high (for example, US$200 from 512 GB to 1 TB), considering that a fast PCIe 4.0 SSD in M.2 format is already available for around US$120. For a MacBook Pro 14 2023 in maximum configuration with the M2 Max, 96 GB RAM and 8 TB SSD storage, the final price is US$6,798.98.

Processor - M2 Pro with 12 CPU cores

The M2 Pro in our review device offers an efficiency cluster of 4 cores and two performance clusters of 4 cores each, so a total of 12 cores and 12 threads. In the old M1 Pro with 8 P cores, we measured a consumption of 27 watts and 31 watts for the CPU cores at full load. In the new M2 Pro, the CPU now consumes 34 watts, although the internal powermetrics utility no longer displays the package power. Based on pure CPU consumption, we see a 25% higher consumption under maximum load. The efficiency of the new SoCs will be discussed in further detail in a separate article.

In short, Apple has been able to increase performance. In native benchmarks such as Cinebench R23, single-core performance is now around 7% faster than the old M1 Pro/M1 Max and 4% faster than the M2 in the MacBook Pro 13. Geekbench shows an 11% lead over the M1 Pro, while the M2 is practically on par. Single-core consumption has increased from around 4 watts to around 6-7 watts.

In the multi-core tests, we see a 20% lead over the M1 Pro, which Apple also advertises. The lead over the normal M2 processor even almost reaches 70% here.

In native Cinebench R23 tests, the new M2 Pro also easily keeps the Intel Core i7-12700H in check when running at 64 watts, like in the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro. However, the Core i7 still has a slight advantage in the single-core test, but when you consider that the performance core of the Core i7 needs around 23 watts for this and the M2 Pro just a little more than 6-7 watts, this is very impressive. The new MacBook Pro 14 also clearly outshines the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor in the Razer Blade 14.

Cinebench R15 Multi Sustained Load

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Apple M2 Pro: Ø2069 (2052.12-2075.23)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2 Apple M2: Ø1229 (1226.62-1232.55)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU Apple M1 Max; Rosetta 2: Ø1684 (1672.66-1688.19)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø2055 (2007.13-2332.91)
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti Intel Core i7-11370H: Ø947 (936.68-1007.91)
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX: Ø2265 (2136.18-2287.68)
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø1988 (1948.94-2166.26)

Although the results in Cinebench R15 are not representative, since the benchmark has to be emulated, the multi-loop still gives a good indication of CPU performance under sustained load. Here, the MacBook Pro 14 does not show any weaknesses and can easily maintain its performance without issue. 

This also applies to battery operation, where CPU performance remains completely stable (even at low battery levels, consumption only drops to 3 watts at 3%). More CPU benchmarks are available in our tech section.

Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
14917 Points +1%
Average Apple M2 Pro
  (14787 - 14802, n=2)
14795 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14787 Points
Average of class Multimedia
  (4624 - 30789, n=96, last 2 years)
14213 Points -4%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
14120 (13823.2min - 14120max) Points -5%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
13572 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
12386 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
8745 Points -41%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
6495 Points -56%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Average of class Multimedia
  (878 - 2110, n=94, last 2 years)
1721 Points +4%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
1701 Points +3%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
1678 Points +2%
Average Apple M2 Pro
  (1647 - 1648, n=2)
1648 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1647 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
1581 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1534 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1533 Points -7%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1529 Points -7%
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 +42%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5461 Points +35%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1783 - 11768, n=92, last 2 years)
5374 Points +33%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
5247 Points +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
4044 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro
  (4018 - 4044, n=2)
4031 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
2750 Points -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
2721 Points -33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
2526 Points -38%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
2349 Points -42%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
701 Points +57%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
672 Points +50%
Average of class Multimedia
  (341 - 812, n=92, last 2 years)
647 Points +45%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
601 Points +34%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
578 Points +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
447 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro
  (446 - 447, n=2)
447 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
395 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
393 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
381 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 +13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (785 - 4703, n=99, last 2 years)
2326 Points +12%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
2288 (2136.18min - 2287.68max) Points +11%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
2166 (1948.94min - 2166.26max) Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
2069 (2052.12min, 2054.58P1 - 2075.23max) Points
Average Apple M2 Pro
  ()
2069 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1690 (1675min - 1690max) Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1689 (1667min - 1689max) Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
1229 (1226.62min, 1226.74P1 - 1232.55max) Points -41%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1008 (936.68min - 1007.91max) Points -51%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
263 Points +14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (142.6 - 308, n=94, last 2 years)
252 Points +10%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
245 Points +7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
245 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
230 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro
  ()
230 Points 0%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
223 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
223 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
210 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
209 Points -9%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Average Apple M2 Pro
  (14859 - 15013, n=3)
14961 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14859 Points
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
12843 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
12563 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3828 - 23059, n=95, last 2 years)
11410 Points -23%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
10976 Points -26%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
9647 Points -35%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
8962 Points -40%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
5701 Points -62%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1961 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro
  (1952 - 1961, n=3)
1957 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
1937 Points -1%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
1778 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1768 Points -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2342, n=95, last 2 years)
1768 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max
1764 Points -10%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
1762 Points -10%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1558 Points -21%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
1551 Points -21%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H
54.6 s *
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
50.1 s *
Average of class Multimedia
  (6.7 - 84.9, n=87, last 2 years)
48 s *
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
46.7 s *
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
42.8 s *
Average Apple M2 Pro
  ()
6.7 s *
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
456 Seconds * -38%
Average of class Multimedia
  (190 - 1374, n=85, last 2 years)
441 Seconds * -33%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
388 Seconds * -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Pro
  ()
331 Seconds * -0%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
140.91 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
230 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
2069 Points
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System Performance

The new MacBook Pro 14 M2 is an extremely fast and responsive machine, but this was also the case with the predecessor and you won't notice any difference between the two versions in everyday use. Performance is about 12% faster in the cross-platform CrossMark test, and performance is also excellent in the browser benchmarks.

For the sake of completeness, we again include the results of the PudgetBench tests for Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro, but the tests only run with the emulated Intel version of the applications. But if you start the applications for Apple Silicon, the speed advantage is immense and the Adobe apps run really well on the MacBooks. Basically, the Apple SoCs do an excellent job in image and video editing.

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Speedometer 2.0: Result
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total
WebXPRT 3: Overall
WebXPRT 4: Overall
Premiere Pro PugetBench: Overall Score 0.9
Photoshop PugetBench: Overall Score
CrossMark / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1812 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (1797 - 1812, n=2)
1805 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1786 Points -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1009 - 2146, n=87, last 2 years)
1702 Points -6%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1654 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1615 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1507 Points -17%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1407 Points -22%
CrossMark / Productivity
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1653 Points +6%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1625 Points +4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (971 - 2064, n=87, last 2 years)
1622 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1562 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (1537 - 1562, n=2)
1550 Points -1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1417 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1382 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1379 Points -12%
CrossMark / Creativity
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (2330 - 2338, n=2)
2334 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
2330 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
2160 Points -7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
2049 Points -12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1054 - 2865, n=87, last 2 years)
1900 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1841 Points -21%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1727 Points -26%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
1472 Points -37%
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 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=87, last 2 years)
1458 Points +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1333 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (1306 - 1333, n=2)
1320 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 Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1087 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1069 Points -20%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
202 fps +20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (67 - 294, n=8, last 2 years)
176.9 fps +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
169 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
169 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
85 fps -50%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 68, n=8, last 2 years)
46.4 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
43 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
43 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
29 fps -33%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
24 fps -44%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Average of class Multimedia
  (150.6 - 337, n=57, last 2 years)
269 Points +13%
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 +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
239 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
239 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
227.4 Points -5%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
218.069 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
212.5 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 -19%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
406.6 runs/min +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
403 runs/min
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
403 runs/min 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (169 - 562, n=37, last 2 years)
359 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 -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
282 runs/min -30%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
198 runs/min -51%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
657 ms * -48%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
585 ms * -32%
Average of class Multimedia
  (363 - 1016, n=90, last 2 years)
540 ms * -22%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
531 ms * -20%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
530 ms * -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
491.1 ms * -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
449.2 ms * -1%
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
444 ms * -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
443.8 ms *
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
386 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
386 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
379 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
360 Points -7%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
301 Points -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (171.4 - 432, n=88, last 2 years)
295 Points -24%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
277 Points -28%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
248 Points -36%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
256 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
253 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
253 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
249 Points -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (133.2 - 348, n=71, last 2 years)
248 Points -2%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score 0.9
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
1167 Points +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
913 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
913 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (413 - 1118, n=5, last 2 years)
798 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
537 Points -41%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
455 Points -50%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Average of class Multimedia
  (737 - 1442, n=12, last 2 years)
1115 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1075 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (951 - 1075, n=2)
1013 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
806 Points -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
796 Points -26%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
726 Points -32%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

AmorphousDiskMark
AmorphousDiskMark

The 2021 models of the MacBook Pro were already equipped with fast PCIe 4.0 SSDs, but the new base model with 512 GB memory is said to be equipped with only one storage device, which has a negative impact on performance. We will test this ourselves shortly, but the 2 TB model of our review device has no speed problems whatsoever: at over 6.5 GB/s in reading and around 7.7 GB/s in writing, the drive is extremely fast. After the first start-up, the user still has 1.97 TB available. Further SSD benchmarks are listed here.

Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Average Apple SSD AP2048Z
 
99.9 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
98.7 pt
Average of class Multimedia
 
84.7 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple SSD AP0512
81.8 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple SSD AP1024Z
49.4 pt
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s
Average Apple SSD AP2048Z
  (5294 - 5379, n=3)
5344 MB/s 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple SSD AP0512
5146 MB/s -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2877 - 5666, n=9, last 2 years)
4638 MB/s -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2819.3 MB/s -47%
5GB Write
Average Apple SSD AP2048Z
  (6389 - 6699, n=3)
6563 MB/s +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s
Average of class Multimedia
  (2993 - 8271, n=9, last 2 years)
5440 MB/s -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple SSD AP0512
4437 MB/s -31%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple SSD AP1024Z
3036.1 MB/s -52%

Graphics Card

The new graphics unit of the M2 Pro offers either 16 or 19 GPU cores clocked at a maximum of 1.4 GHz. The power consumption of the GPU also increases somewhat, but the difference is significantly lower at 25 watts compared to the previous 22 watts (M1 Pro 16C GPU). As with the normal M2 processor, the GPU has once again become more efficient: the performance increase in the benchmarks is around 25% compared to the M1 Pro, while the gap to the M1 Max with 24 GPU cores is just 11-18% (depending on the test).

Compared to Nvidia GPUs, the M2 Pro GPU with 19 cores falls very much between an RTX 3050 Ti (50 watts) and an RTX 3060 (95W) and is on par with the Radeon RX 6600M (80W), which again is an excellent result given the low consumption of 25 watts. Graphics performance remains completely stable both under sustained load and in battery mode.

3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20228 Points +56%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
15730 Points +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
14493 Points +12%
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (12968 - 12997, n=2)
12983 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12968 Points
Average of class Multimedia
  (1867 - 31403, n=40, last 2 years)
12942 Points 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
12910 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points -20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
9565 Points -26%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
9340 Points -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9267 Points -29%
HP ZBook Power 15 G9 6B8C4EA
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
9041 Points -30%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6823 Points -47%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
18779 Points +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
14727 Points +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12875 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
12875 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10351 Points -20%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
9501 Points -26%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
9461 Points -27%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
9404 Points -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9089 Points -29%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1854 - 20732, n=13, last 2 years)
9074 Points -30%
HP ZBook Power 15 G9 6B8C4EA
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
8976 Points -30%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6728 Points -48%
Geekbench 5.5
OpenCL Score
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
106415 Points +127%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
93591 Points +99%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Radeon RX 6600M, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
61072 Points +30%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
61067 Points +30%
HP ZBook Power 15 G9 6B8C4EA
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
60506 Points +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
60482 Points +29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
58047 Points +24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10769 - 120093, n=94, last 2 years)
56484 Points +20%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
53776 Points +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
51568 Points +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
46941 Points
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (45047 - 46941, n=2)
45994 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
35173 Points -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27602 Points -41%
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
67868 Points +30%
Average of class Multimedia
  (34398 - 100376, n=9, last 2 years)
63778 Points +23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
58191 Points +12%
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (52054 - 52608, n=2)
52331 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52054 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
37319 Points -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30166 Points -42%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
139.6 fps +52%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 204, n=11, last 2 years)
103.3 fps +12%
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (92.1 - 92.2, n=2)
92.2 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.1 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
71.7 fps -22%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
310.3 fps +47%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
240 fps +14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.8 - 446, n=11, last 2 years)
232 fps +10%
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (210 - 211, n=2)
211 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.4 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
147 fps -30%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
109.8 fps -48%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
108 fps -49%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
752 fps +33%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
636 fps +13%
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (565 - 568, n=2)
567 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
565.3 fps
Average of class Multimedia
  (160 - 950, n=11, last 2 years)
555 fps -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
436 fps -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
394 fps -30%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
295 fps -48%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
255 fps -55%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (434 - 436, n=2)
435 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
434.4 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
424.2 fps -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
416 fps -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (125 - 585, n=11, last 2 years)
400 fps -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
345 fps -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
316 fps -27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
252 fps -42%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
229.9 fps -47%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom METAL
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
97 Seconds * -0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 132, n=8, last 2 years)
75.6 Seconds * +22%
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
  (19 - 99, n=45, last 2 years)
41.5 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
  (32 - 152, n=46, last 2 years)
73.3 Seconds *
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
456 Seconds * -38%
Average of class Multimedia
  (190 - 1374, n=85, last 2 years)
441 Seconds * -33%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
388 Seconds * -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
331 Seconds * -0%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

Gaming is slowly becoming more interesting on the Mac as there are now more games that run natively on the M1 and now M2. This includes, for example, Resident Evil Village, which runs perfectly smoothly on the MacBook Pro 14 with the M2 Pro in 1080p at maximum details (between 60-90 FPS), which can be clearly seen from the demo sequence in the following video. In addition, we carried out the usual benchmarks of emulated games, which also ran properly. However, we had some difficulties with the Crossover programme (which can be used to run Windows games) in connection with Steam, and so we have not been able to run Witcher 3 or GTA V so far. 


In the emulated games Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Total War: Three Kingdoms, the new M2 Pro is also about 25% ahead of the old M1 Pro and around 15% behind the M1 Max with 24 cores. In Borderlands 3, the lead is slightly smaller at 11-16%.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
87 fps +38%
Average of class Multimedia
  (27 - 153, n=14, last 2 years)
79.5 fps +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
77 fps +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
63 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
63 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
50 (37min) fps -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
46 fps -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
31 fps -51%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
97 fps +35%
Average of class Multimedia
  (31 - 146, n=13, last 2 years)
83 fps +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
79 fps +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
72 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
72 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 (45min) fps -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
53 fps -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
36 fps -50%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
104 fps +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
85 fps +6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (33 - 150, n=11, last 2 years)
80.5 fps +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
80 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
80 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
63 (48min) fps -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
58 fps -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
39 fps -51%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
80 fps +48%
Average of class Multimedia
  (33 - 113, n=8, last 2 years)
69.8 fps +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
62 fps +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
54 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
54 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
43.8 fps -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
36 fps -33%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
29 fps -46%
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
59 fps +48%
Average of class Multimedia
  (24 - 84, n=8, last 2 years)
51.5 fps +29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
46 fps +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  ()
40 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
31.8 fps -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
27 fps -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
21 fps -47%
Borderlands 3
1920x1080 Medium Overall Quality (DX11)
Average of class Multimedia
  (52 - 72, n=5, last 2 years)
61 fps +13%
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (54 - 60.3, n=2)
57.2 fps +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
55.3 fps +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
54 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
48 fps -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
47.7 fps -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
39.4 fps -27%
1920x1080 High Overall Quality (DX11)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
47.6 fps +19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38 - 60.2, n=5, last 2 years)
45.2 fps +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
40.7 fps +2%
Average Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
  (40 - 40.6, n=2)
40.3 fps +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
34.8 fps -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core, Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU
31.9 fps -20%
low med. high ultraQHD
The Witcher 3 (2015) 57 51
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 169 80 72 63 40
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 269 84 54 40 25
Borderlands 3 (2019) 79 54 40 29

Emissions - MacBook always quiet in everyday use

Noise

One of the two fans
One of the two fans

The 2023 model of the MacBook Pro 14 is also an extremely quiet device in everyday use and the two fans are often completely deactivated. Apple continues to use a very defensive fan curve, allowing the chip to reach 100 °C before the fans kick in. As a rule, this is more than sufficient for withstanding long load peaks without fan use. Under load, however, fan speeds always fluctuate a little. We would have preferred an steady noise here.

The first two fan speeds (up to 2,800 rpm) are practically inaudible at a maximum of 26 dB(A) at normal sitting distance. We measured between 33-36 dB(A) both under pure CPU load (multi-core) as well as during gaming (RE Village) and a maximum of 43.2 dB(A) in the stress test, whereby the value quickly leveled off at 39-40 dB(A). The maximum fan speed of 6,800 rpm is now higher than in the predecessor and at this level the fans roar at a loud 52 dB(A), which we could only trigger manually. No other electronic noises were detected.

Noise Level

Idle
23.9 / 23.9 / 23.9 dB(A)
Load
26 / 43.2 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: 23.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.531.430.230.530.92832.728.62527.827.526.328.528.323.228.627.33127.325.323.325.122.823.724.423.14032.130.931.331.83233.831.431.75025.523.225.524.524.9222624.163242321.722.923.721.424.422.18022.621.62019.918.918.118.418.810019.523.122.722.421.520.219.718.712519.422.619.117.916.517.416.316.316018.120.616.416.114.41513.714.420021.521.618.518.715.918.817.417.325019.32320.120.117.618.217.717.93151823.919.819.116.216.715.416.240017.725.919.81813.91211.412.350019.127.721.120.315.512.81213.763017.727.320.619.41411.811.412.380020.929.424.222.415.612.31012.4100023.231.627.424.21713.210.212.6125020.931.425.623.215.111.71011.4160021.833.327.224.715.412.310.611.2200021.134.427.224.213.711.810.711.2250020.335.62823.913.211.811.211.6315015.430.52217.812.21211.612400014.831.423.618.512.312.311.912.1500013.229.819.214.512.612.712.312.363001325.914.313.312.612.812.412.5800013.12013.613.212.712.912.612.8100001316.71313.212.913.112.512.71250013.115.212.712.9131312.412.51600012.61312.112.412.412.411.811.8SPL3143.236.333.326.224.823.924.5N1.33.92.11.60.80.60.50.6median 18.1median 25.9median 20.1median 18.7median 14median 12.8median 12median 12.5Delta3.15.44.24.2221.91.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
M1 Max 24-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP0512
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11370H, SK Hynix PC711 1TB HFS001TDE9X084N
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, R9 6900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
Noise
-1%
-8%
-17%
-8%
-3%
-17%
off / environment *
23.9
23.9
-0%
24.8
-4%
24.6
-3%
24.7
-3%
23.3
3%
24.4
-2%
Idle Minimum *
23.9
23.9
-0%
24.8
-4%
24.6
-3%
24.7
-3%
23.3
3%
24.4
-2%
Idle Average *
23.9
23.9
-0%
24.8
-4%
24.6
-3%
24.7
-3%
23.3
3%
24.4
-2%
Idle Maximum *
23.9
23.9
-0%
24.8
-4%
24.6
-3%
24.7
-3%
23.3
3%
27.8
-16%
Load Average *
26
23.9
8%
30.4
-17%
45.1
-73%
33.2
-28%
34.7
-33%
43.3
-67%
Load Maximum *
43.2
49
-13%
49.5
-15%
50.4
-17%
46.7
-8%
42.1
3%
48.8
-13%
Witcher 3 ultra *
34.6
35.8
49.1
44.5
42.1
48.2

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The metal case practically does not heat up at all when idling and under low load. Under load, however, it remains the case that the central keyboard area in particular gets very warm at more than 45 °C and this is also noticeable, for example, when gaming (the temperatures here are comparable to the stress test). On the underside, the metal case remains noticeably cooler at just over 40 °C and you can place the MBP 14 on your lap under load free of concern.

Max. Load
 41.2 °C
106 F
46.9 °C
116 F
40.2 °C
104 F
 
 40 °C
104 F
45.3 °C
114 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
 30.5 °C
87 F
27.6 °C
82 F
30.5 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 46.9 °C = 116 F
Average: 37.8 °C = 100 F
41.1 °C
106 F
41.7 °C
107 F
41.3 °C
106 F
37.7 °C
100 F
40.7 °C
105 F
37.9 °C
100 F
31.5 °C
89 F
31.6 °C
89 F
30.8 °C
87 F
Maximum: 41.7 °C = 107 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.1 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 19.8 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.8 °C / 100 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 46.9 °C / 116 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 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 39.1 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21 °C / 70 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.5 °C / 86.9 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-1.7 °C / -3.1 F).
Surface temperatures stress test (top side)
Surface temperatures stress test (top side)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom side)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom side)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X 14IAH7 82TK006CGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB Laptop GPU
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-11370H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
SCHENKER Vision 14 2022 RTX 3050 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
Heat
-9%
-8%
-23%
-0%
-35%
-27%
Maximum Upper Side *
46.9
45.1
4%
49.2
-5%
48
-2%
42.3
10%
40.6
13%
48.4
-3%
Maximum Bottom *
41.7
43
-3%
44.1
-6%
50.2
-20%
38.2
8%
42.6
-2%
57.1
-37%
Idle Upper Side *
21.4
25.2
-18%
23.5
-10%
27.7
-29%
23.4
-9%
38
-78%
28.1
-31%
Idle Bottom *
21.4
25.4
-19%
23.6
-10%
30.1
-41%
23.5
-10%
37
-73%
29
-36%

* ... smaller is better

Stress Testing

The results of the stress test surprised us a little because CPU performance is throttled significantly when the CPU and GPU are simultaneously placed under load. For stress testing, we used the native applications 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test and Cinebench R23. At the beginning of stress testing, the total consumption of the M2 Pro jumped to 47 watts and both components had ~23 watts at their disposal, but after only 1-2 seconds, total consumption was limited to 34 watts. Here the GPU is clearly favored and works with a full 25 watts, while the processor only works with about 8 watts.

We suspect that Apple has put this restriction in place so that performance on mains and battery power is identical. As we will see later, our review device consumes around 100 watts at the beginning of the stress test and a little more than 70 watts later on. Of course, the 70-Wh battery is unable to provide 100 watts.

Beginning of stress testing: 47W total consumption
Beginning of stress testing: 47W total consumption
Stress test after a few seconds: 34W total consumption
Stress test after a few seconds: 34W total consumption
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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø8.08 (7.65-23.333)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø25 (23.803-25.493)