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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 Review - M2 Max challenges GeForce RTX 3080 Ti

Apple's most powerful laptop. The new MacBook Pro 16 2023 with the M2 Max is Apple’s most powerful mobile device. Both the CPU and the GPU performance have been increased and even the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti can be challenged in some tests.

We have already reviewed the new MacBook Pro 14 with the new M2 Pro SoC and now we have a closer look at the larger MacBook Pro 16. You can get it with the same M2 Pro as well as the M2 Max, but we know from the previous generation that only the larger MBP 16 could utilize the full potential of the M1 Max, and Apple promises even more performance for the new M2 Max. We review the high-end model of the new MBP 16 with the M2 Max (38 GPU cores), 64 GB RAM, and 2 TB SSD storage. The price is high at 5069 Euros and the M2 Max in the MBP 16 costs at least 3919 Euros (with 32 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD storage). If you tick all the boxes (M2 Max, 96 GB RAM, 8 TB SSD storage), Apple will charge 7599 Euros. The design of the chassis did not change compared to the 2021 model, so we will keep it short in some sections. Please also see our previous reviews for more information:

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max (MacBook Pro 16 2023 Series)
Processor
Apple M2 Max 12 x 2.4 - 3.7 GHz, 36 W PL2 / Short Burst
Graphics adapter
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Core: 1400 MHz, 64 W TDP
Memory
64 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 AP2048Z, 2048 GB 
, 1970 GB free
Connections
3 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 3 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo, Card Reader: SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16.8 x 355.7 x 248.1 ( = 0.66 x 14 x 9.77 in)
Battery
99.6 Wh, 8693 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple macOS 12 Monterey
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 6 Speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 140W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.16 kg ( = 76.19 oz / 4.76 pounds), Power Supply: 353 g ( = 12.45 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
5069 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Rivals

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
93.7 %
03/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max, M2 Max 38-Core GPU
2.2 kg16.8 mm16.20"3456x2234
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
88.7 %
12/2022
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.1 kg17.9 mm16.00"3840x2400
88.4 %
12/2022
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.4 kg19.5 mm16.00"3840x2400
87.8 %
11/2022
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
1.7 kg17.1 mm16.00"2560x1600
89.1 %
12/2022
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
i9-12950HX, RTX A5500 Laptop GPU
2.8 kg25.95 mm16.00"3840x2400

Case - MBP without changes

Just like in our review of the new MacBook Pro 14 2023, we can keep it very short here, because the new MacBook Pro 16 still uses the same chassis as before. The base unit still appears to be very bulky due to its design, but the overall proportions are balanced on the 16-inch model. There is nothing to complain about in terms of build quality or stability. The colors are still silver or space grey and the surfaces are not very prone to fingerprints or dirt.

The MBP 16 might look pretty bulky at first, but it is actually the thinnest device in our comparison group at 16.8 mm. The weight of ~2.2 kg is also in line, only the Schenker Vision 16 Pro is noticeably lighter at 1.7 kg, while the mobile workstation Dell Precision 7670 is much heavier at 2.8 kg. The 140W power adapter tips the scale at 345 grams including the MagSafe cable.

Size Comparison

356 mm / 14 inch 258.34 mm / 10.2 inch 25.95 mm / 1.022 inch 2.8 kg6.28 lbs359.5 mm / 14.2 inch 253.8 mm / 9.99 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 2.1 kg4.59 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 254 mm / 10 inch 19.5 mm / 0.768 inch 2.4 kg5.3 lbs355.7 mm / 14 inch 248.1 mm / 9.77 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs355.7 mm / 14 inch 248.1 mm / 9.77 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs353.7 mm / 13.9 inch 245.3 mm / 9.66 inch 17.1 mm / 0.673 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity - MacBook now with HDMI 2.1

The port layout did not change and you still get the MagSafe connector for charging as well as three USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, which can also be used to charge the device. Apple upgraded the HDMI port and it now supports the HDMI 2.1 standard. In addition to the integrated panel, models with the M2 Max can drive up to four (3x 6K@60Hz via Thunderbolt und 1x 4K@144 Hz via HDMI) or three external displays, respectively (2x 6K@60 Hz via Thunderbolt und 1x 8K@60 Hz bzw. 4K@240 Hz via HDMI).

Left side: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm headset
Left side: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm headset
Right side: SD-card reader, USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), HDMI 2.1
Right side: SD-card reader, USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort, Power Delivery), HDMI 2.1

SD Card Reader

We measure better transfer rates for the integrated card reader compared to the previous model. Our reference card (Angelbird AV Pro V60) manages a maximum transfer rate of 222 MB/s and 196 MB/s when we copy images from the card.

AmorphousDiskMark SD-card
AmorphousDiskMark SD-card
Inserted SD-cards stick out.
Inserted SD-cards stick out.
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
196 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro (AV Pro V60)
181 MB/s -8%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
151.9 MB/s -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
121 MB/s -38%
Average of class Multimedia
  (17.6 - 205, n=60, last 2 years)
93.2 MB/s -52%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H (AV Pro V60)
78.2 MB/s -60%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
71.7 MB/s -63%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H (AV Pro V60)
71.7 MB/s -63%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
222 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro (AV Pro V60)
208 MB/s -6%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
191.9 MB/s -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.8 - 266, n=56, last 2 years)
123 MB/s -45%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H (AV Pro V60)
82.5 MB/s -63%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
81 MB/s -64%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H (AV Pro V60)
79.9 MB/s -64%

Communication

One drawback of the previous MacBook Pro models was the limitation to 80 MHz connections for Wi-Fi 6 networks, so the maximum transfer rates were much lower compared to some Windows laptops. Apple fixed this issue with the 2023 models and the Broadcom Wi-Fi module now supports the Wi-Fi 6E standard. We had no problems to use our 6 GHz Wi-Fi network (Asus reference router) and both the transfer rates as well as the signal strength were excellent.

Networking
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1803 (min: 1749) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1730 (min: 1700) MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1702 (min: 1629) MBit/s ∼94%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1627 (min: 1573) MBit/s ∼94%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 receive AXE11000
942 (min: 920) MBit/s ∼56%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
891 (min: 558) MBit/s ∼57%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1694 (min: 1645) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1576 (min: 1508) MBit/s ∼100%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1422 (min: 1354) MBit/s ∼79%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
986 (min: 492) MBit/s ∼58%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
891 (min: 528) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1113 (min: 638) MBit/s ∼71%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AX12
772 (min: 748) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
760 (min: 404) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
874 (min: 522) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
766 (min: 698) MBit/s ∼49%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900950100010501100115012001250130013501400145015001550160016501700175018001850Tooltip
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz: Ø1730 (1700-1747)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz: Ø1803 (1749-1853)

Webcam

Apple still uses the same 1080p sensor from the previous model, but the image processing of the new M2 chips was improved, so the picture quality can be better in some scenarios. Considering the large display notch, however, we are a bit disappointed that the camera still does not support Face-ID or Center Stage. Users of iPhones can at least use their smartphones as webcams and there is even a top view, so you can use the area in front of the laptop (great for hands-on videos or product presentations).

ColorChecker
16.7 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
7 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
5 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max: 9.81 ∆E min: 1.73 - max: 21.07 ∆E

Maintenance

It is simple to remove the pentalobe screws with the according tool and then you have to push the bottom panel towards the front before you can lift it. You can clean the two fans, but lal the other components cannot be replaced or upgraded.

Internal layout
Internal layout

Warranty

Apple still ships the 2023 MacBook Pro 16 with a one-year warranty. It is possible to extend this period via Apple Care+, either for three years for 399 Euros or 149 Euros per year (no time limit), which means the costs are even higher compared to the MBP 14 (299 or 109 Euros, respectively).

Input Devices - Good keyboard, perfect trackpad

We can refer to the previous model for the input devices. The keyboard offers a decent typing experience, but there is still room for improvements compared to expensive business laptops. However, Apple still offers the best keyboard illumination, which is automatically adjusted via brightness sensor in very fine steps. There are some Windows laptops that can activate the illumination based on the ambient lighting, but there are usually only two or three intensity levels.

The large trackpad is still the benchmark in terms of functionality and handling, because the implementation with macOS just works extremely well.

Input devices
Input devices
Keyboard illumination
Keyboard illumination

Display - 120 Hz Mini-LED

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Apple did not change the specs of the Mini-LED panel in the MacBook Pro 16, but we are happy to see that Apple now advertises the maximum SDR brightness of 500 nits. The resolution of the 16.2-inch screen is 3456 x 2234 pixels (254 ppi) and it is basically a 16:10 aspect ratio screen with additional vertical pixels next to the display notch. The notch still does not look very nice, but we did not experience any functional issues. The subjective picture impression is still impressive with completely black contents and there is no backlight bleeding along the edges. However, there is blooming around bright objects on dark backgrounds (like logos) since the whole dimming zone of the panel is illuminated. This is very noticeable in demo videos or previously mentioned screens with logos, but it is not really an issue in practice where you enjoy rich colors and smooth movements thanks to the 120 Hz refresh rate.

Maximum HDR brightness
Maximum HDR brightness

As advertised, we measure a maximum SDR brightness of 500 nits; higher values are reserved for HDR contents. However, our test device did not reach the advertised maximum of 1600 nits since we only managed to measure 1470 nits on a small bright area and still little more than 1100 nits on an almost completely white picture. We recently tested the MSI Titan GT77 with the 4K Mini-LED screen and we just have to mention the great HDR implementation in macOS. The display will just increase the brightness when you have corresponding contents on the screen. It does not require any setting changes and there are no problems with the color profiles – it does not get more comfortable than this. Other comfort features include the precise automatic regulation of the display brightness and the automatic adjustment of the color temperature (True Tone).

489
cd/m²
478
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
498
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
489
cd/m²
488
cd/m²
485
cd/m²
476
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 504 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 486.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 504 cd/m²
Contrast: 504000:1 (Black: 0.001 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.5 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
88.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.25
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Liquid Retina XDR, Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
LP160UQ1-SPB1, IPS, 3840x2400, 16.00
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Samsung SDC415D, OLED, 3840x2400, 16.00
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
N160QDM-NZ1, IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Samsung 160YV03, OLED, 3840x2400, 16.00
Display
-0%
-2%
0%
-18%
4%
Display P3 Coverage
99
99.1
0%
84.6
-15%
99.84
1%
68.7
-31%
99.9
1%
sRGB Coverage
100
100
0%
99.2
-1%
99.99
0%
96.7
-3%
100
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
88.5
88
-1%
97.7
10%
88.9
0%
70
-21%
98.1
11%
Response Times
-16%
51%
31%
82%
31%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
80.5 ?(38.5, 42)
42.8 ?(19.6, 23.2)
47%
46 ?(21.2, 24.8)
43%
2 ?(1, 1)
98%
14.3 ?(6.8, 7.5)
82%
1.84 ?(0.92, 0.92)
98%
Response Time Black / White *
47.2 ?(20.6, 26.6)
91.6 ?(76, 15.6)
-94%
19.2 ?(6, 13.2)
59%
2 ?(1, 1)
96%
8.6 ?(3.9, 4.7)
82%
1.92 ?(0.92, 1)
96%
PWM Frequency
14880 ?(100, 500)
14880
0%
59 ?(80)
-100%
59.52 ?(100)
-100%
Screen
-247%
-4387%
-23%
-3804%
-70%
Brightness middle
504
514
2%
476
-6%
346
-31%
364
-28%
325.2
-35%
Brightness
487
497
2%
470
-3%
354
-27%
347
-29%
328
-33%
Brightness Distribution
94
95
1%
90
-4%
96
2%
89
-5%
97
3%
Black Level *
0.001
0.02
-1900%
0.35
-34900%
0.3
-29900%
Contrast
504000
25700
-95%
1360
-100%
1213
-100%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.5
1.4
7%
1.9
-27%
2.28
-52%
3.3
-120%
4.59
-206%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.3
2.8
15%
4.7
-42%
4.94
-50%
6.6
-100%
7.65
-132%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.1
2.3
-10%
2.4
-14%
1.64
22%
5.2
-148%
2.5
-19%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.27 97%
2.24 98%
2.37 93%
2.14 103%
2.1 105%
CCT
6882 94%
6792 96%
6377 102%
6384 102%
6331 103%
6541 99%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.3
2.16
2.5
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-88% / -145%
-1446% / -2692%
3% / -3%
-1247% / -2332%
-12% / -26%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN Grayscale (reference color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale (reference color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (reference color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (reference color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (reference color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (reference color space P3)

Our display analysis with the professional CalMAN software (X-Rite i1 Pro 2) shows that the panel is already calibrated very well out of the box. Neither the grayscale, nor the colors show DeltaE 2000 deviations of more than 3 compared to the P3 reference color space, which is covered completely. Only the color temperature is slightly too cool and there is a minimal blue cast, but this is almost invisible with the naked eye. We cannot calibrate the panel with our tools, which means we cannot offer a corresponding display profile and the color space measurements were taken from CalMAN.

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

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
47.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.6 ms rise
↘ 26.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 99 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
80.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 38.5 ms rise
↘ 42 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 99 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (34 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

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

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

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

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

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18187 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

PWM ~25 % SDR brightness
PWM ~25 % SDR brightness
PWM ~50 % SDR brightness
PWM ~50 % SDR brightness
PWM ~75 % SDR brightness
PWM ~75 % SDR brightness
PWM ~100 % SDR brightness
PWM ~100 % SDR brightness

Similar to the smaller MBP 14 we can measure PWM at a frequency of 14.88 KHz, even at the maximum SDR brightness. However, the frequency is very high and should not cause problems for the majority of users. The PWM flickering makes it tricky to determine the response times, which also appear to be very slow. You can notice minor ghosting in practice (when you move the cursor, for example), but the higher refresh rate of 120 Hz helps with a smooth impression.

Outdoors (cloudy day)
Outdoors (cloudy day)
Outdoors (sunny day)
Outdoors (sunny day)
In the sun
In the sun

The MacBook Pro 16 uses a glossy screen, but it is not as reflective as many Windows laptops with glossy panels. You can also see the display contents very comfortably in brighter environments as long as you can avoid direct reflections from light sources or bright objects. There are also third-party apps like Vivid that let you use the maximum panel brightness even with SDR contents, which can also help outdoors. The viewing angle stability of the Mini-LED panel is very good.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - M2 Max with 38 GPU cores

Apple M2 Max (Source: Apple)
Apple M2 Max (Source: Apple)

The new M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs are still based on the same architecture as before and the chips are manufactured in an improved 5 nm process (N5P). The regular M2 chip, which was introduced last year with the new MacBook Air, already showed the general direction of the new SoCs. The number of performance cores is identical, but the number of efficiency cores was doubled from 2 to 4. The larger MacBook Pro 16 is only available with the full version of the M2 Pro (12 CPU cores & 19 GPU cores), while the base model of the MacBook Pro 14 uses a slower chip with two fewer P-cores.

SoC CPU cores GPU cores RAM additional price
M2 Pro 4 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 19 16 or 32 GB
M2 Max 4 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 30 32, 64 or 96 GB 230 Euros
M2 Max 4 Efficiency cores & 8 Performance cores 38 32, 64 or 96 GB 460 Euros

The choice of SoCs is pretty simple in terms of CPU performance, because all three models of the MacBook Pro 16 will be identical. In theory, the performance cores of the M2 Max can reach a higher single-core Turbo of 3.69 GHz instead of 3.5 GHz for the M2 Pro (multi-core turbo 3.264 GHz for both SoCs), but we never saw more than 3.4 GHz during our benchmarks and we did not see any performance differences between our test models. The choice of the SoC is therefore based on demands in terms of GPU performance and/or RAM (64 and 96 GB are only available with the M2 Max).

Review Settings

MacBook Pro models with the M2 Max SoCs once again offer an additional High Performance mode, but it does not increase the performance and only increases the fan speed instead. However, the temperatures are not critical by any means, so we performed all the following benchmarks and measurements with the default Automatic mode. The mode Low Charge limits the SoC performance to 22 Watts, but the fans will stay turned off.

Processor - 12 CPU cores

We already mentioned that the CPU performance of the new M2 Max does not differ from the M2 Pro we already reviewed in the smaller MacBook Pro 14. However, we can observe a slightly higher power consumption of 35-36 Watts (~34W for the M2 Pro). Apple managed to improve the performance both in emulated tests like Cinebench R15 as well as native benchmarks like Cinebench R23. We see an improvement of 6 % in R23 single and 20 % in the multi test.

The smaller MBP 14 performed well compared to the AMD and Intel competitors with comparatively low TDP values, but the 16-inch rivals generally offer more CPU performance thanks to higher power limits. Geekbench is the exception and the M2 Max is actually faster than the rivals in this benchmark.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max Apple M2 Max: Ø2074 (2068.47-2081.27)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max Apple M1 Max; Rosetta 2: Ø1687 (1667.29-1693.05)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø2653 (2599.09-2777.97)
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W Intel Core i9-12900H: Ø2600 (2458.81-2626.74)
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti Intel Core i7-12700H; Turbo: Ø2613 (2537.11-2763.96)
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø2013 (2001.6-2029.74)
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance Intel Core i9-12950HX: Ø2311 (2236.26-2768.74)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Apple M2 Pro: Ø2069 (2052.12-2075.23)

Our Cinebench R15 multi loop is emulated, but the test still shows that the performance is completely stable when you stress all cores. The biggest advantage over Windows rivals is that the CPU performance is not reduced on battery power (until the battery level drops to 3 %). More CPU benchmarks are listed in our tech section.

CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
CPU Performance Rating
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
95.7 pt
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
94.6 pt
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
92.9 pt
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
86.4 pt
Average of class Multimedia
 
84 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
82.6 pt
Average Apple M2 Max
 
82.6 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
81.6 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
69.6 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
17876 Points +21%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
16691 (16019.4min - 16691.2max) Points +13%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
16277 (14241.1min - 16276.6max) Points +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14787 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
14767 Points
Average Apple M2 Max
  (14738 - 14767, n=2)
14753 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3127 - 30789, n=96, last 2 years)
13872 Points -6%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
12979 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12385 Points -16%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
1810 Points +11%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
1802 Points +11%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
1718 Points +6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (878 - 2110, n=93, last 2 years)
1696 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1647 Points +1%
Average Apple M2 Max
  (1625 - 1662, n=2)
1644 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
1625 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1530 Points -6%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
1465 Points -10%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
6860 Points +70%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
6625 Points +64%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
6060 Points +50%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1192 - 11768, n=93, last 2 years)
5198 Points +29%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
4994 Points +23%
Average Apple M2 Max
  (4044 - 4085, n=2)
4065 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
4044 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
4044 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
2735 Points -32%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
704 Points +53%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
703 Points +53%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
699 Points +52%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
680 Points +48%
Average of class Multimedia
  (341 - 812, n=93, last 2 years)
635 Points +38%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
460 Points
Average Apple M2 Max
  (451 - 460, n=2)
456 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
447 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
390 Points -15%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
2777.97 (2599.09min - 2777.97max) Points +34%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
2769 (2236.26min - 2768.74max) Points +34%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
2756 (2001.6min - 2029.74max) Points +33%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
2030 (2001.6min - 2029.74max) Points -2%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
2627 (2458.81min - 2626.74max) Points +27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (580 - 4703, n=102, last 2 years)
2267 Points +9%
Average Apple M2 Max
  (2074 - 2094, n=2)
2084 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
2074 (2068.47min, 2068.57P1 - 2081.27max) Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
2069 (2052.12min, 2054.58P1 - 2075.23max) Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1693 (1667min - 1693max) Points -18%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
266 Points +11%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
264 Points +10%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
245 Points +3%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
261 Points +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
260 Points +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (142.6 - 308, n=95, last 2 years)
248 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
239 Points
Average Apple M2 Max
  (233 - 239, n=2)
236 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
230 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
197 Points -18%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Average Apple M2 Max
  (15348 - 15444, n=3)
15388 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
15348 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14859 Points -3%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
14197 Points -7%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
13547 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12708 Points -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
11727 Points -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3307 - 23059, n=96, last 2 years)
11062 Points -28%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
10846 Points -29%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
1978 Points
Average Apple M2 Max
  (1965 - 1978, n=3)
1970 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1961 Points -1%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX
1914 Points -3%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H
1821 Points -8%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H
1820 Points -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H
1820 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1782 Points -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2342, n=96, last 2 years)
1733 Points -12%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
2074 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
147.5 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
239 Points
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System Performance

The new MacBook Pro 16 2023 with the M2 Max is once again an extremely responsive laptop, and the good performance is also shown by the benchmarks. Emulated apps usually run without any problems, either, even though many apps (including full Adobe suite, DaVinci Resolve, Microsoft Office) are available as native apps by now, and they are really fast. Subjectively, Photoshop even runs better on the MBP compared to the current MSI Titan GT77 with the Core i9-13950HX and the GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop, pretty the much the best mobile hardware you can currently get. The PugetBench results below are no representative for the actual performance since they only work with the emulated Intel versions of the apps, but we still include the results for comparison purposes.

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
Photoshop PugetBench: Overall Score
Premiere Pro PugetBench: Overall Score 0.9
Jetstream 2: Total Score
Speedometer 2.0: Result
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total
WebXPRT 3: Overall
WebXPRT 4: Overall
CrossMark / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1910 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
1910 Points 0%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
1801 Points -6%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1789 Points -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1706 Points -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1009 - 2146, n=87, last 2 years)
1675 Points -12%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1648 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1586 Points -17%
CrossMark / Productivity
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
1684 Points +4%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1677 Points +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1659 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1618 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
1618 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (971 - 2064, n=87, last 2 years)
1602 Points -1%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1582 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1361 Points -16%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
2505 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
2505 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
2102 Points -16%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
2042 Points -18%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2032 Points -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (933 - 2865, n=87, last 2 years)
1858 Points -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1841 Points -27%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1829 Points -27%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
1514 Points +9%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1486 Points +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
1477 Points +6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2171, n=87, last 2 years)
1450 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1395 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
1395 Points 0%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
1363 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1080 Points -23%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
222 fps
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
222 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
202 fps -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (67 - 294, n=8, last 2 years)
176.9 fps -20%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 68, n=8, last 2 years)
46.4 fps +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
43 fps
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
43 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
29 fps -33%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1218 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
1218 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (737 - 1442, n=12, last 2 years)
1115 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
809 Points -34%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score 0.9
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1118 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
1118 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1080 Points -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (413 - 1118, n=5, last 2 years)
798 Points -29%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
279.807 Points +14%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
267.3 Points +8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (150.6 - 337, n=59, last 2 years)
259 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
246.4 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
246 Points 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
233.7 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
214.5 Points -13%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
424 runs/min
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
424 runs/min 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (153.9 - 562, n=35, last 2 years)
341 runs/min -20%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
324 runs/min -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
272 runs/min -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
268 runs/min -37%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 / Total
Average of class Multimedia
  (363 - 1016, n=93, last 2 years)
559 ms * -30%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
525 ms * -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
520 ms * -21%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
510 ms * -19%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
502 ms * -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
430.2 ms *
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
430 ms * -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
404.3 ms * +6%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
407 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
407 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
350 Points -14%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
311 Points -24%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
307 Points -25%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
306 Points -25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (171.4 - 432, n=90, last 2 years)
291 Points -29%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
279 Points -31%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
272 Points +5%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
264 Points +2%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
260 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
258 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
258 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (133.2 - 348, n=64, last 2 years)
246 Points -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
237 Points -8%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Our review unit is equipped with the 2 TB SSD, which is realized with four 512 GB chips. The other side of the mainboard has four more spaces for SSD chips, which allows up to 4 TB with 512 GB chips. Only the 8 TB model of the MacBook Pro will utilize 1 TB chips. The performance of the PCIe 4.0 SSD is very good; more SSD benchmarks are listed here.

AmorphousDiskMark
AmorphousDiskMark
The 2 TB version uses four 512 GB chips.
The 2 TB version uses four 512 GB chips.
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5379 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s 0%
Average Apple SSD AP2048Z
  (5294 - 5379, n=3)
5344 MB/s -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
5340 MB/s -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
5334 MB/s -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple SSD AP0512
5146 MB/s -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2877 - 5666, n=9, last 2 years)
4638 MB/s -14%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6602 MB/s
Average Apple SSD AP2048Z
  (6389 - 6699, n=3)
6563 MB/s -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
6243 MB/s -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple SSD AP1024R
5888 MB/s -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2993 - 8271, n=9, last 2 years)
5440 MB/s -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple SSD AP0512
4437 MB/s -33%

GPU Performance

Apple changed the core configuration for the processor as well as the GPUs and increased the number of cores. The M2 Max SoCs are available with 30 or 38 GPU cores clocked at up to 1.4 GHz. We can see an improvement of 24-28 % over the old  M1 Max with 32 GPU cores in most benchmarks, but the power consumption also increased from 44 up to 64 Watts. However, we only recorded this GPU consumption in the Novabench GPU tests, all other benchmarks topped out at 54W and we usually saw between 46-48W in most tests, so the overall efficiency is better than before. But it also shows that it is not easy to utilize the full potential of the GPU.

Native benchmarks like 3DMark Wildlife Extreme Unlimited show that the M2 Max GPU can even compete with RTX 3080 (Lenovo Legion 7 16) or RTX 3080 Ti laptops (Alienware x15), while the Geekbench performance is roughly on par with the RTX 3060.

The graphics performance is stable under sustained workloads and even on battery power, which is definitely an advantage over Windows laptops with discrete GPUs.

3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12950HX
26982 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
25103 Points
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
25103 Points 0%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
24304 Points -3%
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
22308 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20228 Points -19%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
18372 Points -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
14493 Points -42%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1867 - 31403, n=34, last 2 years)
12919 Points -49%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
179.9 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
179.9 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
139.6 fps -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 204, n=11, last 2 years)
103.3 fps -43%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
398 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
397.6 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
310.3 fps -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.8 - 446, n=11, last 2 years)
232 fps -42%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
950 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
950 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
752 fps -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (160 - 950, n=11, last 2 years)
555 fps -42%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
585.2 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
585 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
424.2 fps -28%
Average of class Multimedia
  (125 - 585, n=11, last 2 years)
400 fps -32%
Geekbench 5.5
OpenCL Score
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12950HX
151633 Points +111%
Alienware x15 R2 P111F
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
134841 Points +88%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
NVIDIA RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12950HX
134150 Points +87%
Lenovo Legion 7 16ACHg6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
127545 Points +78%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
107009 Points +49%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
93591 Points +30%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
86350 Points +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
71726 Points
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
71726 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
60482 Points -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9849 - 120093, n=95, last 2 years)
56028 Points -22%
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
86678 Points
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
86678 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
67868 Points -22%
Average of class Multimedia
  (34398 - 100376, n=9, last 2 years)
63778 Points -26%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom METAL
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds * -89%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 132, n=8, last 2 years)
75.6 Seconds * -48%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
51.2 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
51.2 Seconds * -0%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom OPTIX/RTX
Average of class Multimedia
  (22 - 99, n=41, last 2 years)
42.9 Seconds *
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
39 Seconds *
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
37 Seconds *
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
27 Seconds *
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
NVIDIA RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12950HX
25 Seconds *
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CUDA
Average of class Multimedia
  (35 - 152, n=43, last 2 years)
76.9 Seconds *
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
63 Seconds *
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
62 Seconds *
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
45 Seconds *
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
NVIDIA RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12950HX
38 Seconds *
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
459 Seconds * -41%
Average of class Multimedia
  (190 - 1374, n=75, last 2 years)
448 Seconds * -37%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
NVIDIA RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12950HX
337 Seconds * -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds * -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
327 Seconds * -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
326 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
326 Seconds * -0%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
315 Seconds * +3%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

The gaming performance of the new M2 Max with 38 GPU cores is very good, but the biggest limitation is still the small number of native titles for Apple’s own M1/M2 silicon and the limited compatibility with other titles that are emulated via Rosetta 2 or run via additional applications like CrossWare, which allows you play some Windows games.

 

Resident Evil Village is certainly the best example for a native Apple silicon title right now, which runs completely smooth in 1080p and maximum details (100-140 fps) and the performance is roughly comparable to a GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile. Apple also advertises an optimized version of No man’s Sky for quite a while, but there is still no release date.

Popular Windows titles like Grand Theft Auto or The Witcher 3 also runs smoothly with high details, but you have to be careful with some settings. For example, we were not able to use our Ultra preset for GTA V and the same applies for Witcher 3, because the game crashes when Nvidia HairWorks is active. HBAO also creates a problem where areas are too dark, so you can only use SSAO. Once you have these two settings turned off, the game runs extremely well at 70-80 fps and the performance is very stable. We cannot record the fps numbers and the number of titles with integrated benchmarks is limited, so we only have a small number of results.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
122 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
122 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
97 fps -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38 - 146, n=12, last 2 years)
87.3 fps -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
72 fps -41%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 (45min) fps -53%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
109 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
109 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
87 fps -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 153, n=13, last 2 years)
83.5 fps -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
63 fps -42%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
50 (37min) fps -54%
GTA V - 1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
173.5 (3.89min, 125P1) fps +204%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
167.8 (4.48min, 125P1) fps +194%
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX, NVIDIA RTX A5500 Laptop GPU
166.2 (5.47min, 100P1) fps +192%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
146.8 (5.15min, 83.3P1) fps +158%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.8 - 181.9, n=85, last 2 years)
96.9 fps +70%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
57 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
57 fps 0%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX, NVIDIA RTX A5500 Laptop GPU
205.4 (192min) fps +147%
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
172 fps +107%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
126 fps +52%
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
111 fps +34%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 290, n=89, last 2 years)
89.2 fps +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
83 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
83 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
57 fps -31%
Borderlands 3 - 1920x1080 High Overall Quality (DX11)
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX, NVIDIA RTX A5500 Laptop GPU
110.4 fps +83%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
60.2 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
60.2 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
47.6 fps -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38 - 60.2, n=5, last 2 years)
45.2 fps -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps -34%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
34.8 fps -42%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
71 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
71 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
59 fps -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (24 - 84, n=8, last 2 years)
51.5 fps -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps -44%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
31.8 fps -55%
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
96 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
96 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
80 fps -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (33 - 113, n=8, last 2 years)
69.8 fps -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
54 fps -44%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
43.8 fps -54%

Compared to the M1 Max with 32 GPU cores, the new M2 Max is around 25 % faster in emulated titles. You can play games like GTA V and Witcher 3, but you clearly notice that they are not optimized. They run very well (especially Witcher 3), but GeForce GPUs are just superior.

A look at the power consumption shows that the M2 Max is very efficient, because the CPU only consumes around 6W and the GPU between 19-24W in Witcher 3. This means the MacBook Pro 16 is 65-79% more efficient than the two comparison devices Schenker Vision 16 Pro and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5. (Note: Due to the slightly changed settings, the results are not perfectly comparable and the advantage of the MBP would be a bit smaller at identical settings, but it still gives us a good idea of the efficiency).

Package Power CPU & GPU Witcher 3 (1920 x 1200, Ultra-Preset, SSAO, HairWorks Off)
Package Power CPU & GPU Witcher 3 (1920 x 1200, Ultra-Preset, SSAO, HairWorks Off)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra Efficiency (external Monitor)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1.028 fps per Watt +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
0.942 fps per Watt
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
0.57 fps per Watt -39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
0.525 fps per Watt -44%
low med. high ultraQHD
GTA V (2015) 84 81 57
The Witcher 3 (2015) 83 76
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 182 131 122 109 78
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 330 147 96 71 47
Borderlands 3 (2019) 72 60.2 48.6

Emissions - Warm keyboard under load

System Noise

Two fans and one large heat pipe
Two fans and one large heat pipe

The two fans are usually deactivated when you only perform daily tasks and Apple still uses a very defensive fan curve, so short peak load scenarios do not result in fan activity, either. As soon as you stress the laptop for longer periods, the fans will gradually start spinning faster, but the fan murmur is hardly noticeable at the lowest fan speeds. The overall fan speeds are also lower compared to the smaller MacBook Pro 14. Full CPU load will result in 28 dB(A) at 2800 rpm and our stress test in 43.2 dB(A) at 3600 rpm. There are differences while gaming and we measure between 35.1 dB(A) in Witcher 3 and 43.2 dB(A) in Resident Evil Village and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The maximum fan speed is 5570 rpm, which results in 56.2 dB(A), but we only managed to trigger this level manually and not during our benchmarks and tests. This means the cooling solution still has some headroom for more powerful components.

All in all, the fan noise is comparable to the old model, while the Windows competition is often much noisier under load. Our test unit did not have any problems with other electronic noises like coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
23.9 / 23.9 / 23.9 dB(A)
Load
36.6 / 43.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 23.9 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.127.827.8292728.728.72532.229.528.127.126.927.5303127.123.82723.722.72427.74032.432.628.728.929.128.3295025.425.825.625.123.625.926.16324.321.721.721.22221.7238031.721.42019.51818.520.210030.727.226.12623.623.625.312527.926.91920.517.51720.216030.919.916.218.515.215.82020027.723.821.222.319.819.12325026.725.219.122.518.216.624.431526.925.519.622.718.116.623.840027.226.916.523.213.410.523.850027.628.115.723.113.412.525.46302727.916.723.513.711.726.380029.230.515.926.112.49.628100029.332.314.826.912.310.228.6125030.132.414.826.311.210.129.6160033.134.613.628.811.910.432.4200033.836.412.92912.110.532.425003033.212.224.91311.128.931502628.712.120.812.811.524.240002529.112.117.613.111.923.9500021.626.812.515.313.712.319.7630019.821.512.814.713.812.416.6800016.118.212.813.513.312.514.5100001414.912.812.913.112.613.21250014.714.312.713.714.812.513.11600014.2131212.813.211.812.4SPL40.943.226.236.625.323.939.8N3.33.80.82.20.70.52.8median 27.2median 26.9median 14.8median 22.5median 13.4median 12.3median 23.9Delta54.52.35.11.22.55hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, i9-12950HX
Noise
-5%
-7%
-16%
-10%
-17%
off / environment *
23.9
24.2
-1%
23.2
3%
26
-9%
22.9
4%
23.9
-0%
Idle Minimum *
23.9
24.2
-1%
23.2
3%
26
-9%
24.3
-2%
24
-0%
Idle Average *
23.9
24.2
-1%
23.2
3%
26
-9%
24.3
-2%
24
-0%
Idle Maximum *
23.9
24.2
-1%
23.2
3%
26
-9%
24.3
-2%
38
-59%
Load Average *
36.6
42.9
-17%
45.5
-24%
48
-31%
38.5
-5%
46.3
-27%
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.1
39.5
-13%
45.5
-30%
51
-45%
41.9
-19%
Load Maximum *
43.2
42.9
1%
45.5
-5%
54.6
-26%
51
-18%
47.9
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The surface temperatures are not problematic and the chassis does not really warm up at all in light workloads. We can measure up to 42 °C at the bottom under load, which means you can still put it on your lap. The top of the base unit gets a little bit warmer and the center keyboard area warms up to ~44 °C, which is noticeable, especially when you play games. The old MacBook Pro 16 M1 Max was slightly cooler, but the other Windows rivals are usually warmer under load.

Max. Load
 42 °C
108 F
44.2 °C
112 F
41.5 °C
107 F
 
 36.7 °C
98 F
43.9 °C
111 F
37.9 °C
100 F
 
 29.4 °C
85 F
28 °C
82 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 37 °C = 99 F
41.8 °C
107 F
42.2 °C
108 F
42.9 °C
109 F
38.1 °C
101 F
40.7 °C
105 F
39.4 °C
103 F
29.6 °C
85 F
32.1 °C
90 F
30.2 °C
86 F
Maximum: 42.9 °C = 109 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.8 °C = 113 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37 °C / 99 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 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 36.9 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.9 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 39.1 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.1 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.1 °C / 86.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-1.3 °C / -2.4 F).
Surface temperature stress test (top)
Surface temperature stress test (top)
Surface temperature stress test (bottom)
Surface temperature stress test (bottom)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
Intel Core i9-12950HX, NVIDIA RTX A5500 Laptop GPU
Heat
-2%
-22%
-19%
-16%
-34%
Maximum Upper Side *
44.2
42.3
4%
52
-18%
32
28%
50.8
-15%
53
-20%
Maximum Bottom *
42.9
41.7
3%
56.4
-31%
41.6
3%
46.3
-8%
43.2
-1%
Idle Upper Side *
22.4
23.9
-7%
26.4
-18%
32.6
-46%
27.2
-21%
36.8
-64%
Idle Bottom *
22.3
23.9
-7%
27.2
-22%
36
-61%
26.6
-19%
33.8
-52%

* ... smaller is better

Stress test

The M2 max can consume almost 90W in extreme scenarios.
The M2 max can consume almost 90W in extreme scenarios.

Similar to the previous model it and as we have shown in the GPU section, it is not easy to fully utilize the potential of the M2 Max GPU for longer periods. This means there are also periodic fluctuations during our stress test since the CPU power is linked to the GPU power. The maximum value we saw during all our benchmarks was 88W for the CPU and GPU combined, but the consumption quickly levels off at 65-70W. There are once again different possible explanations: Apple might want to avoid louder fans (since we saw that there is still plenty of headroom) or the manufacturer wants to make sure that you can use the same combined CPU/GPU performance on battery power.

051015202530354045Tooltip
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test GPU Power: Ø37.4 (25.203-49.077)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max; Cinebench R23 Multi + 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test CPU Power: Ø23.1 (16.454-34.678)

Speakers

Our speaker analysis only shows minor deviations from the predecessor MacBook Pro 16 2021, but the results are still within measurement tolerances. The sound system consisting of 6 speakers and woofers is still the best system you can currently get in a laptop and it is also slightly better compared to the smaller MacBook Pro 14.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.728.42527.529.23124254028.3365025.935.56321.750.28018.554.110023.664.11251766.816015.868.720019.172.825016.673.731516.675.240010.573.750012.573.563011.773.28009.674.9100010.274.3125010.175.7160010.475.3200010.576.4250011.176.2315011.574.2400011.972.2500012.370.9630012.470.4800012.570.51000012.669.31250012.568.21600011.867.4SPL23.986.1N0.573.8median 12.3median 73.5Delta2.52.326.325.821.422.12624.925.127.622.532.523.448.72655.818.860.922.167.2267019.372.317.674.217.774.319.575.31571.711.871.311.27410.574.21072.710.17210.67210.97511.374.811.671.71269.71269.612.371.112.669.61270.111.269.824.784.70.666.6median 12median 71.73.42.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 MaxApple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | bass is linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (1.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (1.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (4.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 45%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | bass is linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (4.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 45%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Energy Management - MBP 16 with long runtime

Power Consumption

The idle consumption is almost identical to the previous model and the bright 16-inch screen is once again the biggest consumer. We can measure almost 17W at the maximum SDR brightness and even up to 34W at the full HDR brightness of ~1100 nits. The results are also pretty similar under load. We can measure up to 145W at the beginning of our stress test and later ~130W, so the included 140W power adapter is still sufficient. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.25 / 0.43 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.2 / 16.5 / 16.8 Watt
Load midlight 113 / 145 Watt
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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 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max, M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP2048Z, Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP2048R, Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5-21DE003RGE
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH, IPS, 3840x2400, 16.00
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED UX7602ZM-ME115W
i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR, OLED, 3840x2400, 16.00
SCHENKER Vision 16 Pro RTX 3070 Ti
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW, IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Dell Precision 7000 7670 Performance
i9-12950HX, RTX A5500 Laptop GPU, , OLED, 3840x2400, 16.00
Average Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
Power Consumption
2%
-53%
-29%
-20%
-122%
0%
10%
Idle Minimum *
5.2
5.4
-4%
11.8
-127%
11.1
-113%
9
-73%
16.4
-215%
5.2
-0%
7.26 ?(2.2 - 34.6, n=93, last 2 years)
-40%
Idle Average *
16.5
16.4
1%
22.4
-36%
11.4
31%
13.3
19%
35.9
-118%
16.5
-0%
11.7 ?(4.6 - 43, n=93, last 2 years)
29%
Idle Maximum *
16.8
16.7
1%
23.1
-38%
14.4
14%
14.3
15%
47
-180%
16.8
-0%
14.6 ?(5.6 - 44.9, n=93, last 2 years)
13%
Load Average *
113
94
17%
138
-22%
137.4
-22%
107
5%
147.1
-30%
113
-0%
77 ?(14.3 - 147, n=92, last 2 years)
32%
Witcher 3 ultra *
92
104
-13%
129.9
-41%
136
-48%
155.2
-69%
158.8
-73%
Load Maximum *
145
135
7%
225.6
-56%
197
-36%
172