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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max Laptop Review: Full Performance without Throttling

More GPU cores and more RAM. The new MacBook Pro 16 with Apple’s own M1 Max SoC offers plenty of performance and uses a completely new Mini-LED panel with 120 Hz ProMotion technology. We review the high-end model with 32 GPU cores and 64 GB shared memory.
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We have already reviewed the entry-level MacBook Pro 16 with Apple’s M1 Pro SoC. Now it is time to take a closer look at the most powerful unit from Cupertino, the MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Max SoC, 32 GPU cores, and 64 GB RAM. In combination with the 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, it has a retail price of 4769 Euros.

In this article, we will focus on the performance difference between the M1 Max compared to the MBP 16 with the M1 Pro as well as the effects on the temperatures and the fan behavior. The unit with the M1 Max also has an additional performance mode that we will test. All other sections like the chassis, the connectivity, the input devices, the screen and the speakers are identical to the previous review unit, so please have a look at our comprehensive review for all the details:

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max (MacBook Pro 16 2021 Series)
Processor
Apple M1 Max 10 x - 3.2 GHz, 30 W PL2 / Short Burst, 30 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
65536 MB 
, LPDDR5-6400
Display
16.20 inch 16:10, 3456 x 2234 pixel 254 PPI, Mini-LED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP2048R, 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, Card Reader: SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.8 x 355.7 x 248.1 ( = 0.66 x 14 x 9.77 in)
Battery
99.6 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple macOS 12 Monterey
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 6 Speakers, 3D Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 140W USB‑C Power Adapter, USB‑C to MagSafe 3 cable, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 353 g ( = 12.45 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
4769 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
92.5 %
11/2021
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU
2.2 kg16.8 mm16.20"3456x2234
93.2 %
11/2021
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro, M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
2.2 kg16.8 mm16.20"3456x2234
89.8 %
11/2021
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
i7-11850H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2 kg17.7 mm16.00"3840x2400
87.3 %
08/2021
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
i9-11950H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
1.9 kg18 mm15.60"3840x2160
88.9 %
07/2021
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2 kg16.99 mm15.60"1920x1080
87.9 %
07/2021
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.5 kg19.5 mm17.00"3840x2400

Size Comparison

374.45 mm / 14.7 inch 248.05 mm / 9.77 inch 19.5 mm / 0.768 inch 2.5 kg5.46 lbs359.5 mm / 14.2 inch 253.8 mm / 9.99 inch 17.7 mm / 0.697 inch 2 kg4.34 lbs355.7 mm / 14 inch 248.1 mm / 9.77 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs355.7 mm / 14 inch 248.1 mm / 9.77 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 2.2 kg4.75 lbs354 mm / 13.9 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.9 kg4.29 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 16.99 mm / 0.669 inch 2 kg4.47 lbs
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Performance - Apple M1 Max with 32 GPU Cores

Review Settings

The new MacBook Pro 16 2021 with the M1 Max processor has an optional performance mode. However, it only affects the fan speed and therefore the surface temperatures under load, but there is no performance difference to the standard automatic setting. We have performed all the following benchmarks and measurements with the default automatic mode. The optional power saver mode will limit the package power of the M1 Max to 30W, which means the system will stay silent, even under stress.

Processor

The CPU part of the Apple M1 Max with 10 cores (1 efficiency cluster with two cores + 2 performance clusters with four cores each) are basically identical to the M1 Pro, so we can keep it short here. We determine a maximum consumption of around 29 Watts (~34W package power) in the multi-core benchmarks, both under sustained workloads and on battery power. These consumption values are slightly higher compared to the M1 Pro, but this is caused by the larger chip with additional GPU cores, larger cache, and more RAM. Our benchmark results are, as expected, almost identical to the M1 Pro with minor fluctuations.

Both the single-core as well as multi-core results are comparable to the rivals, but all of them are equipped with 45W CPUs and the often require much more power in reality. Also, almost every Windows competitor reduces the CPU performance on battery power.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max Apple M1 Max; Rosetta 2: Ø1687 (1667.29-1693.05)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro Apple M1 Pro: Ø1681 (1674.55-1690.12)
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00 Intel Core i7-11850H: Ø1803 (1759.48-1988.07)
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8 Intel Core i9-11950H: Ø1806 (1765.46-1841.11)
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021) Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1867 (1776.59-1876.96)
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060 Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1750 (1720.87-1845.87)
CPU Performance Rating
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021) -2!
Intel Core i7-11800H
90.1 pt ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
90 pt ∼90%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
88.2 pt ∼88%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060 -2!
Intel Core i7-11800H
87.9 pt ∼88%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
83.9 pt ∼84%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
83.5 pt ∼84%
Average Apple M1 Max
 
83.3 pt ∼83%
Average of class Multimedia
 
60.1 pt ∼60%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12385 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (12294 - 12385, n=2)
12340 Points ∼100% 0%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
12197 (11396.1min - 12197.5max) Points ∼98% -2%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
12166 (11410min - 12166.4max) Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
11935 Points ∼96% -4%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
11668 (7361.61min - 11667.6max) Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3121 - 13205, n=67, last 2 years)
7419 Points ∼60% -40%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
1569 Points ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
1552 Points ∼99% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1534 Points ∼98% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1530 Points ∼98%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (1524 - 1530, n=2)
1527 Points ∼97% 0%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
1513 Points ∼96% -1%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
1502 Points ∼96% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (980 - 1556, n=62, last 2 years)
1359 Points ∼87% -11%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
4706 Points ∼100% +72%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
4663 Points ∼99% +70%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
4660 Points ∼99% +70%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
4352 Points ∼92% +59%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
2735 Points ∼58%
Average Apple M1 Max
 
2735 Points ∼58% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
2721 Points ∼58% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (727 - 5128, n=99, last 2 years)
2434 Points ∼52% -11%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
610 Points ∼100% +56%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
607 Points ∼100% +56%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
582 Points ∼95% +49%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
579 Points ∼95% +48%
Average of class Multimedia
  (311 - 601, n=99, last 2 years)
493 Points ∼81% +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
393 Points ∼64% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
390 Points ∼64%
Average Apple M1 Max
 
390 Points ∼64% 0%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
1988 (1759.48min - 1988.07max) Points ∼100% +17%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
1877 (1776.59min - 1876.96max) Points ∼94% +11%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
1846 (1720.87min - 1845.87max) Points ∼93% +9%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
1841 (1765.46min - 1841.11max) Points ∼93% +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1693 (1667min - 1693max) Points ∼85%
Average Apple M1 Max
 
1693 Points ∼85% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1690 (1675min - 1690max) Points ∼85% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (334 - 2154, n=114, last 2 years)
1092 Points ∼55% -35%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
236 Points ∼100% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
233 Points ∼99% +18%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
227 Points ∼96% +15%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
225 Points ∼95% +14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
209 Points ∼89% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
197 Points ∼83%
Average Apple M1 Max
 
197 Points ∼83% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (126 - 242, n=98, last 2 years)
195 Points ∼83% -1%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (183 - 1439, n=89, last 2 years)
516 Seconds * ∼100% -173%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H
261 Seconds * ∼51% -38%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
259 Seconds * ∼50% -37%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
257 Seconds * ∼50% -36%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
254 Seconds * ∼49% -34%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
189 Seconds * ∼37%
Average Apple M1 Max
 
189 Seconds * ∼37% -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
183.3 Seconds * ∼36% +3%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12708 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (12563 - 12708, n=2)
12636 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
9451 Points ∼74% -26%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
7286 Points ∼57% -43%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1604 - 12708, n=88, last 2 years)
5991 Points ∼47% -53%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1782 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max
  (1764 - 1782, n=2)
1773 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1768 Points ∼99% -1%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H
1702 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H
1659 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (813 - 1782, n=88, last 2 years)
1372 Points ∼77% -23%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1693 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
94.16 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
197 Points
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System Performance

It is not surprising that the high-end SKU of the MacBook Pro 16 2021 is obviously a very powerful and immensely responsive laptop. During everyday tasks or when you only stress the CPU, you will not notice a difference to the entry-level unit with the M1 Pro though. This is also supported by the cross-system benchmark CrossMark, where the two devices are very similar. The BlackMagic RAW Speed Test shows the advantage of the larger cache, because the CPU test shows a small advantage of 7 percent.

We also performed the two PugetBench tests for Adobe Photoshop as well as Adobe Premiere Pro. The M1 Max performs noticeably better than the M1 Pro, but you should be a bit cautious with the results, since the benchmarks are only compatible with the Intel versions of the applications. These are emulated via Rosetta 2, and it works, but the performance is noticeably worse compared to the native versions. These will be much faster in practice, but we cannot determine the exact performance advantage.

Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Photoshop PugetBench: Overall Score | GPU Score | General Score | Filter Score
Premiere Pro PugetBench: Overall Score | Export | Live Playback | GPU
Jetstream 2: Total Score
WebXPRT 3: ---
Speedometer 2.0: Result
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
202 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
202 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (133 - 202, n=3, last 2 years)
166 fps ∼82% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
163 fps ∼81% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
133 fps ∼66% -34%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
48 fps ∼24% -76%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
39 fps ∼100% +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
29 fps ∼74%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
29 fps ∼74% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
27 fps ∼69% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (21 - 29, n=3, last 2 years)
25.7 fps ∼66% -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
21 fps ∼54% -28%
CrossMark / Overall
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1644 Points ∼100% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1586 Points ∼96%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
1586 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1490 - 1604, n=4, last 2 years)
1559 Points ∼95% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1556 Points ∼95% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
1490 Points ∼91% -6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1355 Points ∼82% -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
940 Points ∼57% -41%
CrossMark / Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1613 Points ∼100% +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1361 Points ∼84%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
1361 Points ∼84% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1305 - 1366, n=4, last 2 years)
1344 Points ∼83% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1342 Points ∼83% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
1305 Points ∼81% -4%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1274 Points ∼79% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
937 Points ∼58% -31%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
2102 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
2102 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1915 - 2152, n=4, last 2 years)
2056 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
2054 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
1915 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1726 Points ∼82% -18%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1593 Points ∼76% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
971 Points ∼46% -54%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1507 Points ∼100% +40%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1080 Points ∼72%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
1080 Points ∼72% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1044 - 1080, n=4, last 2 years)
1064 Points ∼71% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1055 Points ∼70% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
1044 Points ∼69% -3%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1004 Points ∼67% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
860 Points ∼57% -20%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
971 Points ∼100% +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
809 Points ∼83%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
809 Points ∼83% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (667 - 809, n=4, last 2 years)
720 Points ∼74% -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
694 Points ∼71% -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
667 Points ∼69% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
667 Points ∼69% -18%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
560 Points ∼58% -31%
Photoshop PugetBench / GPU Score
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
107.6 Points ∼100% +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
98.5 Points ∼92%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
98.5 Points ∼92% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (75.9 - 98.5, n=4, last 2 years)
82.3 Points ∼76% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
78.8 Points ∼73% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
75.9 Points ∼71% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
66.8 Points ∼62% -32%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
60.6 Points ∼56% -38%
Photoshop PugetBench / General Score
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
88.6 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
86.5 Points ∼98%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
86.5 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (60.3 - 86.5, n=4, last 2 years)
71.3 Points ∼80% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
69.7 Points ∼79% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
68.5 Points ∼77% -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
59.5 Points ∼67% -31%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
51 Points ∼58% -41%
Photoshop PugetBench / Filter Score
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
105.5 Points ∼100% +40%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
75.2 Points ∼71%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
75.2 Points ∼71% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
73.9 Points ∼70% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (64.8 - 81.8, n=4, last 2 years)
72.7 Points ∼69% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
69.1 Points ∼65% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
64.8 Points ∼61% -14%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
61 Points ∼58% -19%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1080 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
1080 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
837 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (658 - 1080, n=4, last 2 years)
831 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
756 Points ∼70% -30%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
748 Points ∼69% -31%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
323 Points ∼30% -70%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Export
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
58.3 Points ∼100% +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
53.2 Points ∼91%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
53.2 Points ∼91% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38.9 - 53.3, n=4, last 2 years)
46.5 Points ∼80% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
40.7 Points ∼70% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
38.9 Points ∼67% -27%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
25.8 Points ∼44% -52%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Live Playback
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
216 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
215.7 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
177.7 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Multimedia
  (104 - 216, n=4, last 2 years)
161 Points ∼75% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
145 Points ∼67% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
117 Points ∼54% -46%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
38.8 Points ∼18% -82%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
57.2 Points ∼100% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
54.8 Points ∼96%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
54.8 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (31.6 - 54.8, n=4, last 2 years)
41 Points ∼72% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
33.7 Points ∼59% -39%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
31.6 Points ∼55% -42%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
14.3 Points ∼25% -74%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
215 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
214.5 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
213.5 Points ∼99% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
207.9 Points ∼97% -3%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-11950H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB2T0HALB
194.468 Points ∼90% -9%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
189.519 Points ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
187.039 Points ∼87% -13%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
178.7 Points ∼83% -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
177.5 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (121 - 215, n=26, last 2 years)
169 Points ∼79% -21%
WebXPRT 3 /
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
350 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
350 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
343 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
342 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
281 Points ∼80% -20%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
281 Points ∼80% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
277 Points ∼79% -21%
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-11950H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB2T0HALB
266 Points ∼76% -24%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
260 Points ∼74% -26%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
257 Points ∼73% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (137 - 350, n=85, last 2 years)
232 Points ∼66% -34%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171
184 Points ∼53% -47%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
276 runs/min ∼100% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
272 runs/min ∼99%
Average Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
272 runs/min ∼99% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, M1 Pro 8-Core
262 runs/min ∼95% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256
213 runs/min ∼77% -22%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
213 runs/min ∼77% -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (127 - 276, n=16, last 2 years)
178 runs/min ∼64% -35%

Storage Devices

Amorphous Disk Mark
Amorphous Disk Mark

Our review unit is equipped with a fast PCIe 4.0 SSD and a storage capacity of 2 TB. After the initial set-up, you can use 1.97 TB for your own files. The drive manages excellent transfer rates of almost 7 GB/s in the benchmarks. You can equip the MacBook Pro with up to 8 TB of SSD storage, but Apple charges a steep premium for it (+2070 Euros compared to the 2 TB SSD). More SSD benchmarks are available in our Tech section.

Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Average Apple SSD AP2048R
 
99 pt ∼99%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
99 pt ∼99%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
96.1 pt ∼96%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
 
85.7 pt ∼86%
Average of class Multimedia
 
83.8 pt ∼84%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Apple SSD AP1024 7171
48.7 pt ∼49%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Q
44.8 pt ∼45%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple SSD AP0256
43.2 pt ∼43%
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
6243.3 MB/s ∼100%
Average Apple SSD AP2048R
 
6243 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
5888 MB/s ∼94% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2519 - 6243, n=5, last 2 years)
4963 MB/s ∼79% -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
 
4462.5 MB/s ∼71% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Apple SSD AP1024 7171
2880 MB/s ∼46% -54%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Q
2431 MB/s ∼39% -61%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple SSD AP0256
2193.5 MB/s ∼35% -65%
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
 
5447.5 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Average Apple SSD AP2048R
 
5340 MB/s ∼98% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
5339.7 MB/s ∼98%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
5334 MB/s ∼98% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2622 - 5448, n=5, last 2 years)
4797 MB/s ∼88% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple SSD AP0256
2797.6 MB/s ∼51% -48%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Apple SSD AP1024 7171
2788 MB/s ∼51% -48%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Q
2756 MB/s ∼51% -48%

GPU Performance - 32 GPU Cores

The high-end version of the MacBook Pro 16 2021 with the fastest M1 Max is equipped with four GPU clusters and eight cores each. We can determine a maximum consumption of 44W for the GPU during the benchmarks, and the results are much better compared to the M1 Pro with 16 GPU cores with an advantage between 60 up to 95 percent. The Wild Life Extreme Unlimited benchmark, which is running natively on the MacBook, shows comparable performance figures to the GeForce RTX 3070, even though the M1 Max does not even require half of the power. The graphics performance is also completely stable on battery power.

You can play games on the MacBook Pro 16, but the number of available games is the big limitation. There are currently only a few native titles and some can be emulated. Our gaming benchmarks once again show an advantage of around 70-80 percent over the M1 Pro and the performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is roughly comparable to fast versions of the GeForce RTX 3060. However, there is once again the problem that it is an emulated title.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6 -3!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
100 pt ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
87.1 pt ∼87%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
87.1 pt ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00 -5!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11850H
86.2 pt ∼86%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-786B -3!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
84.7 pt ∼85%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021) -3!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
71.3 pt ∼71%
AMD Radeon RX 6600 -3!
AMD Radeon RX 6600, AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
61.5 pt ∼62%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
49.4 pt ∼49%
Average of class Multimedia
 
47.1 pt ∼47%
Gigabyte G5 GD -3!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i5-11400H
46.3 pt ∼46%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
44.2 pt ∼44%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M -4!
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
32.1 pt ∼32%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB) -2!
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
25 pt ∼25%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
21.4 pt ∼21%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021) -5!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
9 pt ∼9%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060 -5!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
9 pt ∼9%
3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
22308 Points ∼100% +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20228 Points ∼91%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
20228 Points ∼91% 0%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-786B
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
20036 Points ∼90% -1%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
15263 Points ∼68% -25%
AMD Radeon RX 6600
AMD Radeon RX 6600, AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
14322 Points ∼64% -29%
Gigabyte G5 GD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i5-11400H
10391 Points ∼47% -49%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points ∼46% -49%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1765 - 20228, n=7, last 2 years)
9362 Points ∼42% -54%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9267 Points ∼42% -54%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
4423 Points ∼20% -78%
Wild Life Extreme
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
22153 Points ∼100% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
18779 Points ∼85%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
18779 Points ∼85% 0%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-786B
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
17791 Points ∼80% -5%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
15075 Points ∼68% -20%
AMD Radeon RX 6600
AMD Radeon RX 6600, AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
14329 Points ∼65% -24%
Gigabyte G5 GD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i5-11400H
10354 Points ∼47% -45%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10351 Points ∼47% -45%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9089 Points ∼41% -52%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1824 - 18779, n=7, last 2 years)
8970 Points ∼40% -52%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
4062 Points ∼18% -78%
Geekbench 5.3
OpenCL Score 5.3
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
127545 Points ∼100% +111%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11850H
109988 Points ∼86% +82%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-786B
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
107245 Points ∼84% +77%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
98709 Points ∼77% +63%
AMD Radeon RX 6600
AMD Radeon RX 6600, AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
70940 Points ∼56% +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
60482 Points ∼47%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
60482 Points ∼47% 0%
Gigabyte G5 GD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i5-11400H
58232 Points ∼46% -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points ∼30% -37%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
35173 Points ∼28% -42%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4576 - 108378, n=77, last 2 years)
28769 Points ∼23% -52%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
19078 Points ∼15% -68%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
17029 Points ∼13% -72%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
11499 Points ∼9% -81%
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
11499 Points ∼9% -81%
Metal Score 5.3
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
67868 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
67868 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (37319 - 67868, n=4, last 2 years)
51373 Points ∼76% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points ∼62% -38%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
37319 Points ∼55% -45%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
21951 Points ∼32% -68%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
19064 Points ∼28% -72%
GFXBench
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
310.3 fps ∼100%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
310 fps ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps ∼53% -47%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.4 - 310, n=6, last 2 years)
153 fps ∼49% -51%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
147 fps ∼47% -53%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
94.7 fps ∼31% -69%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
78.2 fps ∼25% -75%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
72.4 fps ∼23% -77%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
752 fps ∼100% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
751.5 fps ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
436 fps ∼58% -42%
Average of class Multimedia
  (33.6 - 752, n=6, last 2 years)
395 fps ∼53% -47%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 14-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
394 fps ∼52% -48%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M, Intel Core i9-9880H
254 fps ∼34% -66%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 Late 2020 M1 Entry (8 / 256 GB)
Apple M1 8-Core GPU, Apple M1
207 fps ∼28% -72%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
Apple M1 7-Core GPU, Apple M1
192 fps ∼26% -74%

Apps like CrossWare add support for Windows titles like Witcher 3 or GTA V and the performance is actually not bad. As an example, we have captured the GTA V benchmark sequence in the video below. You can clearly see that the performance is very good with ultra settings (1920 x 1200 pixels), but there are noticeable stutters. You can still play the game like this, but the MacBook Pro 16, even with the powerful M1 Max, is just not a gaming laptop.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
HP Omen 16-b0085ng
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
135 fps ∼100% +39%
AMD Radeon RX 6600
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6600
128 fps ∼95% +32%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
124 (92min) fps ∼92% +28%
Aorus 15P XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
108 fps ∼80% +11%
HP ZBook Fury 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H, NVIDIA RTX A5000 Laptop GPU
106 (82min) fps ∼79% +9%
Lenovo ThinkBook 16p G2 ACH
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
101 fps ∼75% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
97 fps ∼72%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
97 fps ∼72% 0%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713QE-RB74
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
83 (68min) fps ∼61% -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 (45min) fps ∼42% -41%
Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel CC314-72G-7513
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
52.5 (5min) fps ∼39% -46%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10 - 105, n=26, last 2 years)
45.7 fps ∼34% -53%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
HP Omen 16-b0085ng
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
126 fps ∼100% +45%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
115 (89min) fps ∼91% +32%
AMD Radeon RX 6600
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD Radeon RX 6600
108 fps ∼86% +24%
Aorus 15P XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
107 fps ∼85% +23%
HP ZBook Fury 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H, NVIDIA RTX A5000 Laptop GPU
94 (24min) fps ∼75% +8%
Lenovo ThinkBook 16p G2 ACH
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
91 fps ∼72% +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
87 fps ∼69%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
87 fps ∼69% 0%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713QE-RB74
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
72 (58min) fps ∼57% -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
50 (37min) fps ∼40% -43%
Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel CC314-72G-7513
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
43.3 (28min) fps ∼34% -50%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8 - 92, n=26, last 2 years)
40.2 fps ∼32% -54%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Aorus 15P XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
100.7 (75min) fps ∼100% +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
80 fps ∼79%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
80 fps ∼79% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
43.8 fps ∼43% -45%
Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel CC314-72G-7513
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
36.5 (30min) fps ∼36% -54%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.8 - 80, n=14, last 2 years)
26.6 fps ∼26% -67%
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Aorus 15P XC
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
78.9 (62min) fps ∼100% +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
59 fps ∼75%
Average Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
 
59 fps ∼75% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
31.8 fps ∼40% -46%
Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel CC314-72G-7513
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
31.4 fps ∼40% -47%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.5 - 59, n=13, last 2 years)
19.9 fps ∼25% -66%
low med. high ultra
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 140 104 97 87 fps
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 201 127 80 59 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 65.5 55.3 47.6 40.7 fps

System Noise

The MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Max processor is silent while idling and during light workloads, because the fans are turned off and there are no other electronic noises (like coil whine), either. Pure CPU load will result in the lowest fan speed (1600 rpm), which is hardly audible at all. It will only get louder when you start to stress the 32 GPU cores.

The fans of the MacBook Pro 16 M1 Max can reach a higher maximum speed (5348 rpm on the left side and 5776 rpm on the right side) compared to the M1 Pro unit (4280 and 4750 rpm, respectively). However, these maximum speeds are pretty theoretical, because there was only one scenario where we could reach the maximum speed. We had to start the stress test (CB R23 and 3DMark Wildlife Extreme) in the normal mode and switched to the performance mode after a couple of minutes. The MBP 16 will then increase the fans speed to the maximum value for a few minutes, which results in loud 55.6 dB(A). After a while, the fans will level off at 4400 rpm (49.5 dB(A). If you start the stress test with the performance mode, the fan speed will fluctuate between 4000 (47.3 dB(A)) and 4900 rpm (52 dB(A)) with an average of 4400 rpm (49.5 dB(A)). Like we said before, there is no performance advantage, so it does not make sense to use the performance mode.

If you just leave the energy settings in the default automatic mode, the stress test will only result in 3600 rpm, which results in 42.9 dB(A). During our gaming test of the Witcher 3, the fan speed will fluctuate a bit with an average of 3200 rpm (39.5 dB(A)). We can also observe 3600 rpm in the PugetBench benchmark (Premiere Pro), but keep in mind that this is the emulated version of the app. The overall fan noise is a very convenient murmur and you can still work very comfortably without headphones. All these results are identical for mains as well as battery power.

The optional energy-saver mode will limit the package power of the M1 Max to 30W, which results in a completely silent operation, even during the stress test.

Noise Level

Idle
24.2 / 24.2 / 24.2 dB(A)
Load
42.9 / 42.9 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: 24.2 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.330.928.125.330.32632.52535.928.228.82329.628.5343125.224.324.424.626.929.235.14027.731.926.824.428.230.632.45027.528.923.324.32726.427.26324.626.82523.726.22528.58022.322.321.122.522.525.422.91002421.120.42217.821.920.912522.921.621.424.319.624.222.816021.819.719.522.417.72119.720023.921.922.123.420.121.82325023.421.721.123.917.117.322.931523.922.220.924.816.416.123.240023.720.718.926.313.311.223.550025.322.220.427.913.711.425.66302621.519.727.112.712.524.580029.126.222.930.513.39.928.4100027.524.722.832.212.610.328.812502724.52231.2119.828.4160032.428.124.234.312.111.432.5200032.727.222.836.311.110.733250028.723.219.433.511.511.129.4315024.618.415.528.411.611.524.3400022.416.214.827.712.211.923.2500018.714.714.224.912.312.118.9630015.514.21419.112.312.415.1800014.813.913.417.312.412.414.21000013.813.413.414.212.612.512.71250013.513.513.513.412.412.312.51600013.513.413.512.912.212.212.2SPL39.535.232.242.924.624.239.8N2.71.91.53.60.60.62.8median 23.9median 21.5median 19.7median 24.9median 12.6median 12.2median 23.2Delta43.83.53.41.82.74.1hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11850H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-11950H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB2T0HALB
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Micron 2300 1TB MTFDHBA1T0TDV
Noise
7%
-4%
-7%
-7%
-9%
off / environment *
24.2
24.7
-2%
23.8
2%
23.5
3%
25.1
-4%
25.5
-5%
Idle Minimum *
24.2
24.7
-2%
23.8
2%
25.3
-5%
25.3
-5%
25.2
-4%
Idle Average *
24.2
24.7
-2%
23.8
2%
25.3
-5%
25.3
-5%
25.2
-4%
Idle Maximum *
24.2
24.7
-2%
28.3
-17%
25.3
-5%
25.3
-5%
25.2
-4%
Load Average *
42.9
26.1
39%
38.6
10%
41.2
4%
42
2%
45.9
-7%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39.5
47.4
-20%
49.4
-25%
45.6
-15%
49
-24%
Load Maximum *
42.9
37.4
13%
47.4
-10%
49.4
-15%
51.6
-20%
50.4
-17%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The new MacBook Pro 16 does not have any temperature issues, because you will hardly notice any warmer surfaces during everyday tasks and the temperatures are not critical at all, even when you really stress the unit.

Contrary to our standard procedure (Cinebench R15 + FurMark), we use the two native apps Cinebench R23 and 3DMark Wildlife Extreme (stress test for each app) for the stress test on the MacBook Pro. We managed to get the highest consumption figures with this combination. Contrary to powerful Windows laptops, the performance is rock solid over the course of the one-hour test and the surface temperatures are still very low. We can only measure about 42 °C on the top and the bottom of the base unit. The chassis gets a slightly warmer during the Witcher 3 test due to the lower fan speeds, but the difference is hardly worth noticing.

We also performed the stress test with the optional performance mode and looked at the temperatures. As mentioned before, it does not affect the performance, but the surface temperatures are even lower at up to 39.9 °C due to the higher fan speeds. All in all, these results are excellent considering the levels of performance and the fan noise. Even the PSU temperatures are completely okay at up to 43 °C.

We cannot notice a difference in terms of fan speed or surface temperatures when we use an external display.

Max. Load
 41.7 °C
107 F
42.3 °C
108 F
40.6 °C
105 F
 
 37.9 °C
100 F
42.1 °C
108 F
38.2 °C
101 F
 
 29.9 °C
86 F
28.8 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 42.3 °C = 108 F
Average: 36.8 °C = 98 F
41.6 °C
107 F
41.7 °C
107 F
41.6 °C
107 F
39 °C
102 F
41.1 °C
106 F
38.4 °C
101 F
32.2 °C
90 F
33.6 °C
92 F
32.3 °C
90 F
Maximum: 41.7 °C = 107 F
Average: 37.9 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.9 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 20.6 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.3 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 36.7 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 39 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.5 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 36.9 °C / 98 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.2 °C / 86.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (-1.3 °C / -2.4 F).

Surface temperatures stress test with the optional Performance Mode:

Max. Load
 38.2 °C
101 F
39.9 °C
104 F
37 °C
99 F
 
 34.7 °C
94 F
39.5 °C
103 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 25.9 °C
79 F
25.9 °C
79 F
25.8 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 33.3 °C = 92 F
38.7 °C
102 F
38.3 °C
101 F
38.6 °C
101 F
35.8 °C
96 F
37.7 °C
100 F
35.8 °C
96 F
27.9 °C
82 F
29.5 °C
85 F
28.8 °C
84 F
Maximum: 38.7 °C = 102 F
Average: 34.6 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.8 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.3 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 36.7 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.7 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 39 °C / 102 F
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 25.9 °C / 78.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (+3 °C / 5.4 F).
Surface Temperatures stress test (top)
Surface Temperatures stress test (top)
Surface Temperatures stress test (bottom)
Surface Temperatures stress test (bottom)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
Intel Core i7-11850H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
Intel Core i9-11950H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Heat
2%
-23%
-21%
-38%
-28%
Maximum Upper Side *
42.3
41
3%
51
-21%
49
-16%
51
-21%
50.2
-19%
Maximum Bottom *
41.7
39
6%
53.5
-28%
54.2
-30%
52
-25%
38.4
8%
Idle Upper Side *
23.9
24
-0%
28.8
-21%
26.2
-10%
35.2
-47%
37.6
-57%
Idle Bottom *
23.9
24
-0%
29.3
-23%
30.2
-26%
37.8
-58%
34.2
-43%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management - M1 Max consumes more power

Power Consumption

The MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Max has a slightly higher idle consumption compared to the unit with the M1 Pro, which is a result of the additional GPU cores, larger cache, and more RAM. We also managed to measure peak consumption of up to 30W when the panel reached full HDR brightness during the playback of HDR videos.

We can see a maximum package power of almost 90W (more precisely 86W), but there are fluctuations due to the changes in the benchmark sequences. You can see this behavior very well in the following chart, where the consumption during our stress test fluctuated between 90 and up to 135 Watts. It will repeatedly hit the higher figures with an average consumption of 115 Watts. Gaming (tested with Witcher 3 via Steam/CrossWare) results in a steady consumption of more than 100 Watts (~61W package power). The 140W power adapter is sufficient to cover the peaks under full stress.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.24 / 0.45 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.4 / 16.4 / 16.7 Watt
Load midlight 94 / 135 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU, 99.6 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro, M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, 99.6 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
i7-11850H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, 90 Wh
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
i9-11950H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, 83 Wh
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, 80 Wh
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, 97 Wh
Average of class Multimedia
 
Power Consumption
20%
-28%
-48%
-96%
-13%
20%
Idle Minimum *
5.4
5
7%
8.1
-50%
11
-104%
19.5
-261%
7.5
-39%
6.01 ?(2.22 - 28.6, n=89, last 2 years)
-11%
Idle Average *
16.4
15.1
8%
20.2
-23%
18.8
-15%
23.3
-42%
15.7
4%
10.6 ?(3 - 26.5, n=89, last 2 years)
35%
Idle Maximum *
16.7
15.5
7%
21.9
-31%
31.7
-90%
40.1
-140%
23.1
-38%
13.7 ?(4.6 - 42, n=89, last 2 years)
18%
Load Average *
94
54
43%
88.2
6%
105.2
-12%
98.9
-5%
87.2
7%
65.8 ?(24.8 - 150, n=89, last 2 years)
30%
Witcher 3 ultra *
104
149
-43%
148
-42%
174
-67%
116
-12%
Load Maximum *
135
90
33%
170.6
-26%
171.8
-27%
214
-59%
131.6
3%
94.7 ?(28.8 - 235, n=89, last 2 years)
30%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption Witcher 3 / Stress test

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; Witcher 3 ultra: Ø104 (97.6-106)
; 1280x720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25: Ø115 (89.1-136)

Battery Runtime

The slightly higher consumption values also have an effect on the battery runtimes, and the results for the MBP 16 M1 Max are a bit shorter compared to the M1 Pro unit. The Wi-Fi test at 150 nits (slightly more than 50% of the maximum SDR brightness) determines almost 15 hours and therefore 2 hours less than on the M1 Pro unit. This result drops to little more than 7 hours when we use the maximum SDR brightness of 500 nits. There is no difference between Safari in a window or in full-screen mode.

Our standard h.264 test video at 150 nits runs for 17 hours and therefore only 30 minutes less compared to the MBP 16 with the M1 Pro. We also checked the battery runtime during video playback of a 4K HDR video on YouTube at maximum brightness, which resulted in a runtime of 4:37 hours. This is currently not possible anymore, because there were reports of problems with HDR videos and YouTube currently does not offer HDR videos on the new MacBook Pro model (also 14 inch).

The performance is not limited on battery power, even when you stress both the CPU as well as the GPU. This is surprising considering an average consumption of 115W during the stress test and as a result, the 99.6 Wh battery does not last very long in this scenario. The result of 63 minutes is only made possible because the performance is massively reduced to 13W package power when the battery levels reaches 5% remaining capacity, which is the case after just 50 minutes.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Safari 15.1)
14h 54min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 max Brightness (Safari 15.1)
7h 04min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
17h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 03min
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU, 99.6 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro, M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, 99.6 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 G4-20Y4S0KS00
i7-11850H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, 90 Wh
HP ZBook Studio 15 G8
i9-11950H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, 83 Wh
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, 80 Wh
Dell XPS 17 9710 Core i7 RTX 3060
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, 97 Wh
Average of class Multimedia
 
Battery Runtime
9%
-31%
5%
-61%
50%
-1%
Reader / Idle
774
1060
1159 ?(274 - 2407, n=51, last 2 years)
H.264
1021
1048
3%
429
-58%
701 ?(323 - 1122, n=34, last 2 years)
-31%
WiFi v1.3
894
1016
14%
417
-53%
369
-59%
353
-61%
453
-49%
534 ?(198 - 1016, n=89, last 2 years)
-40%
Load
63
74
17%
106
68%
157
149%
106 ?(41 - 265, n=72, last 2 years)
68%

Pros

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

Cons

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

Verdict - M1 Max convinces with performance and cool operation

In Review: Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max. Test model courtesy of Apple Germany.
In Review: Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max. Test model courtesy of Apple Germany.

The MacBook Pro 16 2021 with the fastest version of the M1 Max processor including 32 GPU cores does not only convince with its performance, but mainly the low temperatures as well as the comparatively quiet fans. The powerful cooling solution and the efficient chip design definitely pay off here, because the temperatures are completely uncritical even under maximum load. And you can even use the maximum performance on battery power, which is unheard of in this performance range so far. The optional performance mode on the other hand results in slightly louder fans and lower surface temperatures, but we do not think it is really necessary.

The performance of the M1 Max and the M1 Pro is pretty much identical in terms of the CPU, and the big difference is the number of GPU cores. Whether you really need the additional power obviously depends on your usage scenario. If you edit plenty of videos or plan to use more external screens, then the M1 Max is the way to go. But if you are just looking for a high-end multimedia laptop, then we recommend the base model of the MacBook Pro 16 with the M1 Pro.

The high-end model of the new MacBook Pro 16 2021 does not only convince with the increased graphics performance of the M1 Max SoC, but also the excellent emission results.

Otherwise, you get the same pros and cons we have already discussed in our in-depth review of the MBP 16 base model. Thanks to the great Mini-LED screen and the excellent speakers, there is not much to complain about, even though there is still room for improvements in terms of connectivity, for example. The MacBook Pro will also not suit every user. If you just want one device for everything and also like to play some games, you are pretty much forced to use a powerful Windows laptop like the ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4Razer Blade 15, or the Dell XPS 17 (the XPS 15 is not available with a similarly powerful GPU). This is also the case if you rely on software that is just not available for MacBook.

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Price and Availability

The availability of the new MacBook Pro 16 is currently limited. The best option is a pickup in one of Apple's retail stores, where you can get our test unit with the 2 TB SDD for $4299.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max - 11/24/2021 v7
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
90 / 98 → 92%
Keyboard
92%
Pointing Device
100%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 81%
Weight
62 / 20-72 → 80%
Battery
90 / 95 → 95%
Display
93%
Games Performance
97 / 90 → 100%
Application Performance
95 / 90 → 100%
Temperature
89%
Noise
90 / 95 → 94%
Audio
98%
Camera
37 / 85 → 43%
Average
84%
93%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Laptops - 1344 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
I grew up with modern consumer electronics and my first computer was a Commodore C64, which encouraged my interest in building my own systems. I started working as a review editor for Notebookcheck during my dual studies at Siemens. Currently, I am mainly responsible for dealing with business laptops and mobile workstations. It’s a great experience to be able to review the latest devices and technologies and then compare them with each other.
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Andreas Osthoff, 2021-11-25 (Update: 2021-11-25)