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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro review - Efficiency before performance

Extreme battery life. The basic version of the new MacBook Pro 16 is equipped with the full version of the Apple M3 Pro, although it doesn't offer much performance compared to the M2 Pro. On the other hand, the entry-level SSD has become faster again, and the maximum SDR brightness gets increased too. In addition, power efficiency improvements allow for an extremely long battery life.
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC

We already tested the new high-end version of the MacBook Pro (MBP) 16 2023 with the M3 Max, but the entry model with the M3 Pro SoC at an MSRP of €2,999 (~US$3,272) might be much more interesting for most users. Even though more performance can never hurt, not every user needs the extreme performance (both CPU and GPU) of the new M3 Max.

In contrast to the smaller MacBook Pro 14, the MBP 16 only comes with the fastest version of the M3 Pro. Despite its high price, the basic model still keeps its meager 512 GB SSD.

MBP 16 M3 Pro MBP 16 M3 Max MBP 16 M3 Max
CPU Apple M3 Pro
12 CPU cores
(6P & 6E)
Apple M3 Max
14 CPU cores
(10P & 4E)
Apple M3 Max
16 CPU cores
(12P & 4E)
GPU 18 GPU cores 30 GPU cores 40 GPU cores
RAM 18 GB (36 GB) 36 GB (96 GB) 48 GB (64/128 GB)
SSD 512 GB (1/2/4 TB) 1 TB (2/4/8 TB) 1 TB (2/4/8 TB)
Storage Bandwidth 150 GB/s 300 GB/s 400 GB/s
Connections 3x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
Price from 2,999 Euros (~$3,272) from 4,249 Euros (~$4,635) from 4,849 Euros (~$5,290)

Our comparison devices of course include the predecessor models of the MacBook Pro 16 with M1 and M2 chips but also some high-quality Windows multimedia laptops such as the Dell XPS 15, the Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i 16, Asus Vivobook Pro 16, Schenker Vision 16, and also the Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16.

Since many characteristics of the M3 Pro models are no different than those of the MBP 16 M3 Max that we already tested, we will concentrate on the performance and emissions in this test. You can find all the information on the case, equipment, input devices, display, and speakers in our extensive test of the M3 Max version:

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro (MacBook Pro 16 2023 Series)
Processor
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core 12 x 2.7 - 4.1 GHz, 27 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
18 GB 
, LPDDR5-6400, dual-channel, onboard
Display
16.20 inch 16:10, 3456 x 2234 pixel 254 PPI, Mini-LED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP0512Z, 512 GB 
, 466 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): 16.9 x 355.7 x 248.1 ( = 0.67 x 14 x 9.77 in)
Battery
99.6 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Apple macOS 14 Sonoma
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 6 Speakers, 3D Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 140W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.137 kg ( = 75.38 oz / 4.71 pounds), Power Supply: 347 g ( = 12.24 oz / 0.77 pounds)
Price
2999 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
93.7 %
11/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
2.1 kg16.9 mm16.20"3456x2234
87.6 %
11/2023
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
1.9 kg19 mm16.00"3200x2000
88 %
08/2023
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
2.2 kg18.2 mm16.00"3200x2000
88.6 %
07/2023
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
1.6 kg17.1 mm16.00"2560x1600
89.4 %
04/2023
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
1.8 kg16.5 mm16.00"2880x1800
90.3 %
04/2023
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
1.9 kg18 mm15.60"3456x2160

Differences from the MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Max

There are no differences in terms of the case and connections between the configurations with the M3 Pro and M3 Max that we already tested in great detail. The internal construction is also absolutely identical, with the exception of the video connections. While the MBP 16 with the M3 Max is able to control a maximum of four external displays simultaneously, the M3 Pro can only handle up to two external displays (with maximum resolutions identical to those of the M3 Max).

Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC
Apple MacBook Pro 16 with M3 Pro SoC

Size Comparison

362.5 mm / 14.3 inch 245 mm / 9.65 inch 18.2 mm / 0.717 inch 2.2 kg4.89 lbs355.3 mm / 14 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs355.7 mm / 14 inch 248.1 mm / 9.77 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 2.1 kg4.71 lbs355.4 mm / 14 inch 250.4 mm / 9.86 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.8 kg3.99 lbs353.7 mm / 13.9 inch 245.3 mm / 9.66 inch 17.1 mm / 0.673 inch 1.6 kg3.55 lbs345 mm / 13.6 inch 230 mm / 9.06 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.9 kg4.28 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Performance: Apple M3 Pro with 18 GB of RAM

Processor: Six Performance cores

Even though the new M3 Pro SoC is available in two versions, the large MacBook Pro 16 only comes with the faster version. Like its predecessor, the processor offers a total of 12 CPU cores, but the core configuration has changed. While the M2 Pro used eight Performance and four Efficiency cores, it is now six Performance and six Efficiency cores. Compared to the old M2 chips (Pro/Max), the CPU clusters in the M3 Pro/Max now use six instead of four cores.

The cores themselves have the same specs as those of the other M3 CPUs, with the Performance cores being able to reach up to 4.056 GHz and the Efficiency cores up to 2.748 GHz, which is also the case in practice. The storage interface gets reduced from 256-bit to 192-bit, resulting in a maximum storage bandwidth of now only 150 GB/s instead of 200 GB/s.

Of course, the first interesting comparison is with the old M2 Pro, which showed a maximum power consumption of ~34 W in our tests. The multi-core performance in the native tests is only a few percentage points higher (between 2% and 6%), which makes it almost identical in practice. However, at the same time, Apple is also able to reduce the power consumption, which is now only barely 26 to 27 W. In comparison to the current Intel processors, the M3 Pro performs at the level of the Core i7-13700H in the Samsung Galaxy Book 3 Ultra or Dell XPS 15 9530 in the multi-core tests, although both of those consume significantly more power than the new Apple silicon.

Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
24024 Points +59%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H
20034 (17303.9min - 20033.7max) Points +33%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H
15474 (14020.7min - 15473.8max) Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H
15306 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15106 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
15106 Points 0%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H
14958 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14802 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14787 Points -2%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H
14760 Points -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3127 - 30789, n=95, last 2 years)
13933 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points -18%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H
2020 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
1977 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
1977 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
1968 Points 0%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H
1885 Points -5%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H
1836 Points -7%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H
1740 Points -12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (878 - 2110, n=92, last 2 years)
1702 Points -14%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H
1698 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1648 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1647 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1534 Points -22%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Multi Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
1612 Points +52%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
1059 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
1059 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1028 Points -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (398 - 1612, n=9, last 2 years)
1006 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
824 Points -22%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Single Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
143 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
143 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
139 Points -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (102 - 144, n=8, last 2 years)
129.3 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
122 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
112 Points -22%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
22816 Points +49%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15298 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
15298 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
15010 Points -2%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H
14999 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14859 Points -3%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H
13241 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points -18%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H
11808 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H
11497 Points -25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3307 - 23059, n=95, last 2 years)
11116 Points -27%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H
10214 Points -33%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
2331 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
2327 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
2327 Points 0%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H
1966 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1961 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1957 Points -16%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H
1900 Points -18%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H
1885 Points -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1768 Points -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2342, n=95, last 2 years)
1740 Points -25%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H
1735 Points -25%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H
1692 Points -27%
Geekbench 6.2 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
21243 Points +37%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
15480 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
15480 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14568 Points -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8656 - 21264, n=22, last 2 years)
13733 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12440 Points -20%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H
11118 Points -28%
Geekbench 6.2 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
3138 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
3138 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
3096 Points -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2418 - 3157, n=22, last 2 years)
2707 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
2663 Points -15%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H
2437 Points -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
2409 Points -23%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (190 - 1374, n=75, last 2 years)
448 Seconds * -43%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H
393 Seconds * -25%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H
386 Seconds * -23%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H
377 Seconds * -20%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H
377 Seconds * -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds * -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
314 Seconds *
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
 
314 Seconds * -0%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H
306 Seconds * +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
194 Seconds * +38%

* ... smaller is better

In single-core tests, however, the new M3 Pro (just like the regular M3 & M3 Max) is able to convince us completely, and we see a performance advantage of 20% compared to the old M2 generation despite a similar CPU consumption of ~5 to 6 W. With this, the Apple chip is only barely surpassed by the Core i9-13905H in our comparison but at the expense of significantly higher power consumption under single-core load. We will provide a closer analysis of the efficiency in our analysis of the M3 Pro/M3 Max that will be published shortly.

As usual, the CPU performance remains completely constant in battery operation. We also ran our usual Cinebench R15 Multi loop, but you have to note here that the performance is slightly reduced due to emulation. We also see a slight advantage compared to the old M2 Pro here, and the loop demonstrates very clearly that the CPU performance remains completely stable even under constant load.

You can find additional CPU benchmarks here.

Cinebench R15 Multi-core Load Test

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro Apple M3 Pro 12-Core: Ø2163 (2149.84-2169.2)
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU Intel Core i9-13900H: Ø2244 (2186.27-2513.98)
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8 Intel Core i9-13905H: Ø2742 (2611.14-2856.94)
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23) Intel Core i7-13700H: Ø2126 (2076.41-2253.14)
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16 Intel Core i7-13700H: Ø1739 (1422.32-2515.18)
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070 Intel Core i7-13700H: Ø2169 (2072.22-2636.96)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Apple M2 Pro: Ø2069 (2052.12-2075.23)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max Apple M3 Max 16-Core: Ø3354 (3260.25-3391.27)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro Apple M1 Pro: Ø1681 (1674.55-1690.12)

System Performance

Amorphous Memory Mark
Amorphous Memory Mark

Every Macbook Pro with an Apple M SoC, regardless whether M1, M2, or M3, offers an extremely high subjective performance impression, and the increased single-core performance of the new M3 Pro further supports this impression. All applications including complex ones start quickly, and native apps run extremely well.

In the cross-platform CrossMark test, the MBP 16 M3 Pro is only surpassed by the faster MBP 16 M3 Max, while the Windows competitors are left behind. Basically, even the smallest MacBook Pro 16 is excellently suited for video and photo processing.

Programs for Intel Macs can be emulated thanks to Rosetta 2, and this also works well. But it also brings some costs in terms of the performance, which becomes particularly noticeable in more complex applications. We ran the two PugetBench tests for Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro, and the results were still very respectable. 

CrossMark / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
2051 Points +4%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1993 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1977 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
1977 Points 0%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1896 Points -4%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1888 Points -5%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1839 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1812 Points -8%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1774 Points -10%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1724 Points -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1009 - 2146, n=86, last 2 years)
1682 Points -15%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1569 Points -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1556 Points -21%
CrossMark / Productivity
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1834 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
1828 Points +3%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1822 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1782 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
1782 Points 0%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1760 Points -1%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1754 Points -2%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1666 Points -7%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1650 Points -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (971 - 2064, n=86, last 2 years)
1608 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1562 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1479 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1342 Points -25%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
2564 Points +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2424 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
2424 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
2330 Points -4%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2325 Points -4%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
2137 Points -12%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2085 Points -14%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2082 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
2054 Points -15%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
2012 Points -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (933 - 2865, n=86, last 2 years)
1867 Points -23%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1860 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1691 Points -30%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1789 Points +22%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
1627 Points +11%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1614 Points +10%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
1524 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1495 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
1486 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1466 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
1466 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2171, n=86, last 2 years)
1455 Points -1%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1442 Points -2%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1368 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1333 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1055 Points -28%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
293 fps +169%
Average of class Multimedia
  (67 - 294, n=8, last 2 years)
176.9 fps +62%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
169 fps +55%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
163 fps +50%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
109 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
109 fps 0%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
68 fps +58%
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 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
43 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
43 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
27 fps -37%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
1425 Points +25%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1245 Points +9%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1166 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1141 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
1141 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (737 - 1442, n=12, last 2 years)
1115 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1075 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
694 Points -39%
Photoshop PugetBench / GPU Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
145.1 Points +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
111.8 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
111.8 Points 0%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
111.4 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
109.1 Points -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (72.7 - 146.8, n=12, last 2 years)
108.4 Points -3%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
102.3 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
78.8 Points -30%
Photoshop PugetBench / General Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
162.6 Points +25%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
151.8 Points +17%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
147 Points +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
129.6 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
129.6 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (63.1 - 165, n=12, last 2 years)
127.1 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
120.2 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
69.7 Points -46%
Photoshop PugetBench / Filter Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
122.4 Points +24%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
98.5 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
98.5 Points 0%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
97.1 Points -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (81.8 - 123.3, n=12, last 2 years)
96 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
94.8 Points -4%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
86.2 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
69.1 Points -30%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score 0.98
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
770 Points +75%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
760 Points +72%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
611 Points +39%
Average of class Multimedia
  (295 - 762, n=5, last 2 years)
561 Points +27%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
441 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
441 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
384 Points -13%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / LongGOP 0.98
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
101.4 Points +79%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
85.4 Points +51%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
72.1 Points +28%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38.7 - 85.4, n=5, last 2 years)
67.2 Points +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
56.5 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
56.5 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
48.5 Points -14%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Intraframe 0.98
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
121.3 Points +42%
Average of class Multimedia
  (58.7 - 123.9, n=5, last 2 years)
102.1 Points +20%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
98.5 Points +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
85.4 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
85.4 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
82.5 Points -3%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
63.6 Points -26%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / RAW 0.98
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
58.5 Points +64%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
55.9 Points +57%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
51.2 Points +43%
Average of class Multimedia
  (23.1 - 55.9, n=5, last 2 years)
41.6 Points +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
35.7 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
35.7 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
23.4 Points -34%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / GPU Effects 0.98
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
60.1 Points +173%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
59.3 Points +170%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
57.6 Points +162%
Average of class Multimedia
  (14.5 - 57.9, n=5, last 2 years)
35.9 Points +63%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
23.3 Points +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
22 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
22 Points 0%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
310.209 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
309 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
297.2 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
297 Points 0%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
293.1 Points -1%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
290.866 Points -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (150.6 - 337, n=59, last 2 years)
259 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
252.649 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
239 Points -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
213.5 Points -28%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
562 runs/min +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
555 runs/min
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
555 runs/min 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
403 runs/min -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (153.9 - 562, n=35, last 2 years)
341 runs/min -39%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
333 runs/min -40%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
302 runs/min -46%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
276 runs/min -50%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
427 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
427 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
426 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
386 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
342 Points -20%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
336 Points -21%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
321 Points -25%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, R9 7940HS, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
317 Points -26%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
301 Points -30%
Average of class Multimedia
  (171.4 - 432, n=89, last 2 years)
293 Points -31%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
237 Points -44%

Storage Performance

The basic version of the MacBook Pro 16 continues to come with a 512 GB SSD (AP0512Z). The old MacBook Pro 14 with the M2 Pro used less NAND chips than before, which had a negative influence on the transfer rates. We were therefore very surprised to now see four NAND chips again, which is also the case for the new MacBook Pro 14 M3 Pro with the 512 GB SSD, by the way.

The transfer rates have now increased again, and we see a maximum of almost 6 GB/s when reading and ~4.5 GB/s when writing data. Of the 512 GB in the SSD, 466 GB remain available to the user after the first startup.

You can find additional SSD benchmarks listed in our technical section.

4 NAND chips in the 512 GB version
4 NAND chips in the 512 GB version
Amorphous Disk Mark
Amorphous Disk Mark
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple SSD AP8192Z
5665.9 MB/s +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5379 MB/s +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
5334 MB/s +12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024Z
4860 MB/s +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4756.4 MB/s
Average of class Multimedia
  (2877 - 5666, n=9, last 2 years)
4638 MB/s -2%
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (2896 - 4756, n=5)
3620 MB/s -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2901.3 MB/s -39%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple SSD AP8192Z
8271 MB/s +97%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6602 MB/s +57%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s +52%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024Z
6126 MB/s +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
5888 MB/s +40%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2993 - 8271, n=9, last 2 years)
5440 MB/s +30%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple SSD AP0512Z
4198.7 MB/s
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (3123 - 4199, n=5)
3631 MB/s -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3489.5 MB/s -17%

Graphics Card

Similar to the processor, the number of cores in the graphics card has also changed. While the top model of the M2 Pro still offered 19 GPU cores, there are now 18 GPU cores in the M3 Pro. Although we are unable to read the clock speed, we assume that there is an increase here as well.

In most benchmarks, we see a slight performance increase compared to the M2 Pro with 19 GPU cores (with the exception of Geekbench 6.2). However, the power consumption has also increased slightly from 25 W to 28 W. Therefore, in contrast to the processor, the graphics card hasn't become more efficient and there is also a standstill in terms of the performance, which is a bit sobering.

In the 3DMark WildLife Extreme Unlimited test, the M3 Pro GPU places ahead of the RTX 4050 Laptop (65 W), but slightly behind the RTX 4060 Laptop (80 W). In the OpenCL tests, however, the M3 Pro GPU falls significantly behind the dedicated GeForce competitors. 

The graphics performance remains stable at all times, both under constant load as well as in battery operation, which is not the case with most GeForce GPUs. 

You can find additional GPU benchmarks here.

3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
31268 Points +115%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
21612 Points +49%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
15268 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
14545 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
14545 Points 0%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
13488 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12997 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12968 Points -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1867 - 31403, n=34, last 2 years)
12919 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points -29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
9565 Points -34%
Geekbench 5.5
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
99672 Points +80%
Average of class Multimedia
  (34398 - 100376, n=9, last 2 years)
63778 Points +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
55240 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
55240 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52608 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52054 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points -24%
OpenCL Score
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
108736 Points +107%
MSI Katana 17 B13VFK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13620H
101472 Points +93%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
95081 Points +81%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
94390 Points +80%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
91362 Points +74%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13905H
79927 Points +52%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
78873 Points +50%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
71151 Points +36%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
58047 Points +11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9849 - 120093, n=94, last 2 years)
56238 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
52441 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
52441 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
46941 Points -10%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-58GM-76S8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-1355U
45656 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
45047 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points -28%
Geekbench 6.2
GPU Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
155752 Points +99%
Average of class Multimedia
  (47494 - 155752, n=6, last 2 years)
97737 Points +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
82134 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
78324 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
78324 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
69083 Points -12%
GPU OpenCL
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
92806 Points +84%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
91413 Points +81%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
75938 Points +51%
Average of class Multimedia
  (15217 - 92806, n=22, last 2 years)
58883 Points +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
50447 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
50373 Points
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
50373 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42189 Points -16%
Blender
v3.3 Classroom METAL
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds * -41%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 132, n=8, last 2 years)
75.6 Seconds * -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
69 Seconds *
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
69 Seconds * -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
32 Seconds * +54%
v3.3 Classroom OPTIX/RTX
Acer Aspire 5 A515-58GM-76S8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-1355U
102 Seconds *
Average of class Multimedia
  (22 - 99, n=41, last 2 years)
42.9 Seconds *
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
34 Seconds *
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
29 Seconds *
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
28 Seconds *
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13905H
26 Seconds *
MSI Katana 17 B13VFK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13620H
25 Seconds *
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
24 Seconds *
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
23 Seconds *
v3.3 Classroom CUDA
Acer Aspire 5 A515-58GM-76S8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-1355U
163 Seconds *
Average of class Multimedia
  (35 - 152, n=43, last 2 years)
76.9 Seconds *
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
61 Seconds *
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
53 Seconds *
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13905H
52 Seconds *
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
46 Seconds *
MSI Katana 17 B13VFK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13620H
44 Seconds *
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
43 Seconds *
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
35 Seconds *
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
203.7 fps +108%
MSI Katana 17 B13VFK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13620H
107 fps +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 204, n=11, last 2 years)
103.3 fps +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
97.8 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
97.8 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.2 fps -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.1 fps -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
71.7 fps -27%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-58GM-76S8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-1355U
36.93 fps -62%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
446 fps +103%
MSI Katana 17 B13VFK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13620H
248.5 fps +13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.8 - 446, n=11, last 2 years)
232 fps +6%
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
220 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
219.7 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.7 fps -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.4 fps -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps -24%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
108 fps -51%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-58GM-76S8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-1355U
83.53 fps -62%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
868 fps +50%
MSI Katana 17 B13VFK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13620H
665.7 fps +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
580 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
580 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
568 fps -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
565.3 fps -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (160 - 950, n=11, last 2 years)
555 fps -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
436 fps -25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio i7 RTX 3050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11370H
255 fps -56%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-58GM-76S8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-1355U
213.05 fps -63%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

We've already mentioned in other reviews that there are several ways to play games using the MacBook. Besides emulated games and using additional software such as CrossOver, you also have some other options at this point (such as GTA V or Cyberpunk 2077), although you won't always be able to use the full potential of the hardware and of course there are also no optimizations here. 

Native games will of course run best, and at this point those also include several AAA games such as Baldur's Gate 3 or No Man's Sky. These games run very well on the MacBook Pro, and you usually can also use the highest settings.

However, compared to Windows computers, the gaming performance still remains significantly below that of a GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop. Those who want to play the occasional game on the MacBook and are content with the limited selection won't be disappointed, but you also have to understand that this isn't a real gaming laptop. In the video below, we tested several native games in their respective highest settings in the 1080p resolution.

Total War Pharaoh
1920x1080 High Preset
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
146.2 fps +90%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
139 fps +81%
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
128 (88min) fps +66%
Average of class Multimedia
  (45 - 139, n=7, last 2 years)
84.9 fps +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
77 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
77 fps 0%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
121 fps +109%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
113.3 fps +95%
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
104 (76min) fps +79%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7H
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
97.3 (62min) fps +68%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 121, n=7, last 2 years)
66.8 fps +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
58 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
58 fps 0%
Baldur's Gate 3
1920x1080 High Preset
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
84.8 (24.5min, 32.2P0.1, 65.5P1) fps +60%
SCHENKER XMG Apex 15 (Late 23)
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
66.8 (35.1min, 49P0.1, 56.9P1) fps +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
53 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
53 fps 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (15.6 - 96, n=9, last 2 years)
48.9 fps -8%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7H
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
90.6 (38min, 45.9P0.1, 71.4P1) fps +111%
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
82.6 (21.9min, 32.5P0.1, 59.4P1) fps +92%
SCHENKER XMG Apex 15 (Late 23)
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
65.8 (41.2min, 47.6P0.1, 55.4P1) fps +53%
Average of class Multimedia
  (14.8 - 90, n=10, last 2 years)
44.6 fps +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
43 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
43 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
34 fps -21%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
118.4 (103min) fps +175%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
105.4 (100min, 100P1) fps +145%
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
98 fps +128%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7H
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
88.2 (84min, 85P1) fps +105%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
84.9 (80min) fps +97%
SCHENKER XMG Apex 15 (Late 23)
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
84.5 (73min) fps +97%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
81.4 (77min, 77.99P1) fps +89%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
76.6 (69min, 69.34P1) fps +78%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
69.8 (64min) fps +62%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
69 fps +60%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
60.1 (51min) fps +40%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
51 fps +19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8 - 143.2, n=93, last 2 years)
50 fps +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
43 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
43 fps 0%
GTA V
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
181.3 (2.12min, 125P1) fps +129%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
167.8 (3.34min, 111.1P1) fps +112%
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
166 (3.9min, 111.1P1) fps +110%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
163.2 (3.54min, 90.9P1) fps +107%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7H
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
161.8 (52.2min, 111.1P1) fps +105%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
160.4 (4.41min, 83.3P1) fps +103%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
156.9 (4.04min, 100P1) fps +99%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
134.3 (3.64min, 55.6P1) fps +70%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
133.2 (5.12min, 71.4P1) fps +69%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.8 - 181.9, n=85, last 2 years)
96.9 fps +23%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
79 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
79 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
77 fps -3%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
125.4 (4.46min, 83.3P1) fps +141%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7H
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
107.8 (9.09min, 66.7P1) fps +107%
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 16APH8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
103.2 (16.4min, 71.4P1) fps +98%
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
96.8 (3.98min, 55.6P1) fps +86%
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
96.5 (4.91min, 66.7P1) fps +86%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
94.6 (8.59min, 58.8P1) fps +82%
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
89 (2.86min, 58.8P1) fps +71%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
65.3 (21.8min, 35.7P1) fps +26%
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
63.5 (4.22min, 37P1) fps +22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4.24 - 123, n=82, last 2 years)
55.8 fps +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
53 fps +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
52 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
52 fps 0%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
113 fps +102%
Average of class Multimedia
  (33 - 113, n=8, last 2 years)
69.8 fps +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
56 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
56 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
54 fps -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
43.8 fps -22%
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
84 fps +105%
Average of class Multimedia
  (24 - 84, n=8, last 2 years)
51.5 fps +26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
41 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
41 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
31.8 fps -22%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
143 fps +120%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
122 fps +88%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38 - 146, n=12, last 2 years)
87.3 fps +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
72 fps +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
65 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
65 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 (45min) fps -12%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
122 fps +114%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
109 fps +91%
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 153, n=13, last 2 years)
83.5 fps +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
63 fps +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
57 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
57 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
50 (37min) fps -12%
Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 Phantom Liberty
1920x1080 High Preset (FSR off)
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
98.3 (42.7min) fps +181%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
67.11 (24.06min) fps +92%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
43.7 fps +25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (21.3 - 68.6, n=13, last 2 years)
42.9 fps +23%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
35 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
35 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
29.3 fps -16%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (FSR off)
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
87.9 (48.6min) fps +185%
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 RTX 4060
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
60.59 (14.86min) fps +97%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
42.8 fps +39%
Average of class Multimedia
  (18.1 - 72.3, n=14, last 2 years)
40.8 fps +32%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
30.8 fps
Average Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
 
30.8 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
26.5 fps -14%
low med. high ultraQHD
GTA V (2015) 90 79 52 49
The Witcher 3 (2015) 43
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 71 65 57 37
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 87 56 41 25
Star Wars Jedi Survivor (2023) 30 26 17
Baldur's Gate 3 (2023) 53 43
Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 Phantom Liberty (2023) 53 42.6 35 30.8
Total War Pharaoh (2023) 212 140 77 58 42

Emissions: Almost always quiet

Noise Levels

The two fans of the MacBook Pro 16 usually remain completely unnoticeable under low to medium loads. Even the first fan level of 1,400 rpm producing 25.1 dB(A) only becomes audible if you place your ear directly next to the laptop.

Thanks to the efficient M3 Pro chip, even gaming is possible at this level. The maximum we determined during native gaming was around 1,900 rpm, which corresponded to only about 26.2 dB(A). After 20 minutes of constant load, the 3DMark WildLife Extreme stress test only led to ~1,900 rpm and, with Cinebench R23 Multi, it was a maximum of 2,400 rpm with 31.1 dB(A) after 30 minutes.

Only in the stress test with a combined CPU/GPU load did the fans reach up to 4,400 rpm in the first minutes of the test, which led to a loud 50.4 dB(A). The reason for this lies in the fan behavior, since the chip is first allowed to get very hot (more than 100 °C, 212 °F) before the fans then have to try to remedy this. During the continuation of the stress test, the fan speed then levels out at 3,600 to 3,800 rpm. In practice, this makes the MBP 16 M3 Pro even slightly louder than the MBP 16 with the M3 Max (in the Automatic mode), which we will explain in the Stress Test section below.

During the stress test under full load, the MacBook is almost at the noise level of the competitors, with only the Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra remaining quieter, although this is due to its significantly reduced performance under combined load (CPU: 17 W, GPU: 12 W). The MBP 16 remains significantly quieter in all the other load scenarios, though.

In contrast to the M3 Max models, we did not notice any coil whine or other electronic noises in the MacBook with the M3 Pro.

Noise Level

Idle
24.4 / 24.4 / 24.4 dB(A)
Load
26.9 / 50.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24.4 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.641.741.641.938.542.340.640.62536.734.6394033.738.236.236.13130.230.433.634.430.330.527.328.5403633.335.735.332.533.930.432.75030.430.131.931.928.929.528.129.36330.329.531.230.628.327.730.825.18023.224.124.925.225.226.22522.310021.821.224.526.324.725.822.721.312521.919.22426.323.525.919.519.916020.619.222.723.622.825.41919.220023.119.823.225.223.126.919.118.725024.622.424.526.225.229.621.62231517.416.420.625.322.928.716.415.640015.414.719.72522.329.313.213.450014.415.52025.622.732.210.911.363013.816.521.126.824.834.110.811.48001417.22128.226.135.410.610.7100013.717.621.328.826.737.310.810.3125012.316.22229.527.138.810.69.8160011.514.522.133.330.74210.59.8200011.414.32032.929.442.810.910.1250011.712.817.429.825.841.211.710.6315012.212.513.924.921.536.211.810.9400012.412.313.326.42138.312.211.2500012.512.412.920.516.337.112.311.6630012.612.913.217.714.93512.711.7800012.712.81316.513.73112.411.71000012.812.81314.413.124.912.711.71250012.812.813.11413.222.312.611.8160001212.212.513.91317.71211.2SPL25.726.931.140.437.550.424.423.8N0.80.91.43.12.36.70.60.5median 12.8median 14.7median 20median 25.6median 22.9median 32.2median 12.3median 11.6Delta2.72.24.74.24.16.13.12.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
M3 Pro 18-Core GPU, Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Micron 2400 MTFDKBA1T0QFM
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, SK hynix PC801 HFS001TEJ9X101N
Noise
-27%
-16%
-34%
-17%
-5%
off / environment *
24.4
20.96
14%
22.7
7%
25.9
-6%
25
-2%
23.1
5%
Idle Minimum *
24.4
25.28
-4%
22.7
7%
25.9
-6%
26
-7%
23.1
5%
Idle Average *
24.4
25.28
-4%
22.7
7%
25.9
-6%
27
-11%
23.1
5%
Idle Maximum *
24.4
25.28
-4%
27.5
-13%
32
-31%
28
-15%
24.2
1%
Load Average *
26.9
51.88
-93%
28.9
-7%
47.2
-75%
40
-49%
27.1
-1%
Witcher 3 ultra *
25.1
49
-95%
52.6
-110%
53.1
-112%
39
-55%
40.1
-60%
Load Maximum *
50.4
51.8
-3%
52.5
-4%
53.1
-5%
41
19%
44.6
12%

* ... smaller is better

Temperatures

Problems with high temperatures remain foreign to the MacBook Pro 16 with the M3 Pro. With less demanding tasks, the chassis doesn't warm up at all. During the stress test, the surface temperatures reached barely 37 °C to 38 °C (99-100 °F) at the warmest spots, due to the increased fan activity.

The worst-case scenario is represented by gaming when the fans usually run at 1,400 to 1,900 rpm, but even here, a maximum of 42 °C (108 °F) gives absolutely no reason for concern. The 140 W charger reaches a maximum temperature of 45 °C (113 °F).

Max. Load
 37.8 °C
100 F
37.9 °C
100 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
 33.5 °C
92 F
36.5 °C
98 F
33.1 °C
92 F
 
 29.4 °C
85 F
28.1 °C
83 F
27.6 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 38.1 °C = 101 F
Average: 33.6 °C = 92 F
36.7 °C
98 F
36.4 °C
98 F
37 °C
99 F
34.1 °C
93 F
35.5 °C
96 F
33.5 °C
92 F
28.5 °C
83 F
29.8 °C
86 F
28.5 °C
83 F
Maximum: 37 °C = 99 F
Average: 33.3 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  45.3 °C = 114 F | Room Temperature 20.3 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.6 °C / 92 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 38.1 °C / 101 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 37 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 39.1 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 37.6 °C / 100 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (33.8 °C / 92.8 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-5 °C / -9 F).
Surface temperatures during the stress test (top)
Surface temperatures during the stress test (top)
Surface temperatures during the stress test (bottom)
Surface temperatures during the stress test (bottom)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Pro
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core, Apple M3 Pro 18-Core GPU
Asus VivoBook Pro 16 K6602VU
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
Lenovo Slim Pro 9i 16IRP8
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
SCHENKER VISION 16 Pro (M23)
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
Dell XPS 15 9530 RTX 4070
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
Heat
-42%
-18%
-22%
-7%
-28%
Maximum Upper Side *
38.1
42.6
-12%
37.8
1%
46.7
-23%
41
-8%
45.6
-20%
Maximum Bottom *
37
48.4
-31%
44.8
-21%
54.1
-46%
44
-19%
42
-14%
Idle Upper Side *
24.2
39.4
-63%
30.6
-26%
26.5
-10%
23
5%
34.4
-42%
Idle Bottom *
24.6
39.8
-62%
31
-26%
26.8
-9%
26
-6%
33.2
-35%

* ... smaller is better

Stress Test

The stress test with a combined CPU/GPU load is very interesting, since it shows a significant difference to the model with the M3 Max. Even in the stress test, the M3 Pro is able to deliver the full performance of the processor and graphics card for the whole time.

Overall, the power consumption lies at around 55 W. This is very interesting, since the GPU was clearly given preference in the M3 Max, and it could only be kept cool up to a limit of about 48 W overall. We suspect that the faster GPU of the M3 Max simply produces more heat, posing higher demands on the cooling.

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