Introduced: Apple M1 Pro and Apple M1 Max

Apple has introduced two new chip systems for the new models of the MacBook Pro as well as for the demands of the users. The first SoC (System on Chip) is called M1 Pro and offers either an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU or a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU. The second SoC is the Max M1, which offers either 10 or 24 cores for the GPU with 32 CPU cores. In addition to other elements, both models have integrated a 16-core neural engine. Up to 64 GB of RAM can also be used. 

Here you can find a few details about the Apple M1 Pro Chip and Apple M1 Max Chip. The new SoC models for the MacBook Pro ensure the fastest laptop performance with little power consumption.

Here you can find a few details about the Apple M1 Pro Chip and Apple M1 Max Chip. The new SoC models for the MacBook Pro ensure the fastest laptop performance with little power consumption.

Apple M1 Pro

The Apple M1 Pro is a powerful further development of the M1 chip introduced last year. The new MacBook Pro models can access over 1 billion transistors when using the M33,7 Pro, more than twice as many as on the M1. The SoC, which combines the processor, graphics unit, neural engine, ProRes acceleration and other components, is compatible with 16 GB and 32 GB of RAM. This is used as "Unified Memory", ie shared memory for all elements, which is quick and efficient. 

The M1 Pro also offers a memory bandwidth of up to 200 GB / s for extremely fast data exchange and an undisturbed workflow. Whether video editing, music creation, programming or other computationally intensive tasks - with the M1 Pro Apple has once again expanded the mobile options for professional users. Thanks to the eight high-performance cores and two highly efficient cores of the CPU, the SoC is up to 70% faster than the M1.

The Apple M1 Pro chip for the MacBook Pro 2021 offers significantly more processor and graphics performance than the M1 chip. Thanks to up to 32 GB RAM and 200 GB / s data transfer, it is great for pro tasks that have to be done on the go.

The Apple M1 Pro chip for the MacBook Pro 2021 offers significantly more processor and graphics performance than the M1 chip. Thanks to up to 32 GB RAM and 200 GB / s data transfer, it is great for pro tasks that have to be done on the go.

"Compared to the latest 8-core chips for PC notebooks, the M1 Pro delivers 1,7 times more CPU performance with the same power consumption and achieves the top performance of PC chips with 70 percent less power consumption“, It also says in the official press release on the subject. And also during the Apple October Event 2021 Many comparisons were made on Monday that show that the new MacBook Pros with the new M1 versions are far superior to the mobile Windows machines. 

The M1 Pro can be used with up to 16 cores in the GPU, which are up to twice faster than those in the M1 chip and seven times faster than the fastest integrated graphics in an 8-core chip in a PC notebook. The M1 Pro delivers more power with much less power consumption. In conjunction with up to 32 GB of RAM and a memory bandwidth of 200 GB / s, even 3D art and game development can be realized, and that in battery mode. 

The M1 Pro and the M1 Max ensure a much better performance with significantly less power consumption (compared to PC notebooks).

The M1 Pro and the M1 Max ensure a much better performance with significantly less power consumption (compared to PC notebooks).

Apple M1 Max

According to the manufacturer, the new Apple M1 Max is "the world's most powerful chip for a pro notebook". This SoC uses the same powerful 10-core CPU as the M1 Pro and also a huge 24-core or 32-core GPU for up to four times faster graphics performance than the M1 chip. With 57 billion transistors, 70% more than the M1 Pro and 3,5 times more than the M1, the M1 Max is the largest chip from Apple. 

"The performance is comparable to that of the high-end graphics processor in the largest PC notebooks, while the M1 Max consumes 100 watts less power“, It says in the press release linked above. This not only means that you can work on the wildest film effects, the new 3D video game or extensive picture compositions for longer in battery operation. It also ensures less heat generation and rarely used or quiet fans.

The Apple M1 Max chip for the MacBook Pro models from 2021 offers the best processor and graphics performance for mobile computers. With up to 64 GB of RAM and 400 GB / s data transfer, even the most professional projects are possible on the go - even in battery mode.

The Apple M1 Max chip for the MacBook Pro models from 2021 offers the best processor and graphics performance for mobile computers. With up to 64 GB of RAM and 400 GB / s data transfer, even the most professional projects are possible on the go - even in battery mode.

Oh yes, the new M1 Max also offers twice as fast a data bandwidth as the M1 Pro, namely 400 GB / s. That's almost six times the M1 chip. This speed enables the use of either 32 or even 64 GB RAM memory. In addition, both chips (M1 Pro and M1 Max) offer an efficient media engine that can handle multiple 4K and 8K videos in ProRes. The M1 Max offers twice as fast video coding as the M1 Pro.

The 16-core neural engine on both chips also accelerates machine learning and works to improve camera performance. A special display engine ensures that up to four external, extremely high-resolution screens can be connected and used without restricting the performance of the MacBook Pro. An integrated Thunderbolt 4 controller results in more I / O bandwidth. Further details can be found in the linked press release from Apple.

Compared to high-end graphics in a PC notebook, the M1 Max delivers the same performance with 100 watts less consumption.

Compared to high-end graphics in a PC notebook, the M1 Max delivers the same performance with 100 watts less consumption.

Is the M1 Max faster than the PlayStation 5?

Keyword “Teraflops” - this value is used again and again when it comes to the processor and graphics performance of computers or other devices, for example video game consoles or new components for gaming PCs. A FLOP denotes the value "Floating Point Operations Per Second", ie the floating point number operations per second. 

Put simply, this value is composed of the clock frequency, CPU socket, CPU cores per socket, commands per clock, data words per calculation register and numerical operations per command (Source). The example given by Wikipedia for 2,5 GHz, 2 sockets, 24 cores, 2 commands per clock, 8 data words and 2 numerical operations should provide a value of 7,68 teraflops. So much for orientation ...

Now, after the M1-Pro and M1-Max presentations, I have one Post found by the Macerkopf, in which a few related data and information from various sources have been summarized. The following overview was created for the different versions of the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max (the latter with their different numbers of GPU cores):

  • M1 chip with 8-core GPU: 2,6 teraflops
  • M1 Pro with 14-core GPU: 4,5 teraflops
  • M1 Pro with 16-core GPU: 5,2 teraflops
  • M1 Max with 24-core GPU: 7,8 teraflops
  • M1 Max with 32-core GPU: 10,4 teraflops
Apple chips from 2020 and 2021 in comparison: the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max.

Apple chips from 2020 and 2021 in comparison: the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max.

The comparison with the PlayStation 5, currently the newest game console model from Sony, became one Tweet Taken from @ZONEofTECH. It compares three values ​​of the M1 Max and the PS5. The M5 Max comes close to the PS1 in terms of data bandwidth: the Apple M1 Max offers 400 GB / s and the Sony PS5 achieves 448 GB / s. The iPhone manufacturer triumphs in the other two values. Its Max chip offers 10,4 teraflops, while the PS5 comes to 10,3 teraflops. And finally the SSD speed: 7,4 GB / s with Apple, 5,5 GB / s with Sony. 

As is written in the linked Macerkopf source, so "[...] these claims are only on paper. Proper performance and speed tests will certainly follow shortly after the new MacBook Pros are shipped to customers in the next week". What do you think about it? Are you power users buying one of the new MacBook Pro models? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic.

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8 comments

  1. coloredwolf says:

    I got the MBP 16 with M1Max with 24 core GPU. The latter because of the higher bandwidth, but above all because of the 64 GB unified memory. It will replace my MBP15 from mid-2017, with a 3,1 GHz Quad Core i7 replacing 16 GB and Radeon Pro 560 replacing 4 GB, the second best MacBook at the time. I had already got the MacMini M1 with 16 GB in February because my MBP15 went to its knees during certain tasks - while the m1 didn't give me enough time to get fresh coffee - the colorful beach ball only came very rarely .
    I will then possibly sell the MacMini, as well as the MBP15. Actually a very good workhorse, but you can tell that the silicone chips from Apple are in a different universe than the Intel chips.

    BTO takes time, but with a lot of luck I will have the new MBP in three weeks

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hi wolf! But since you got yourself a fast device. I guess the M1 MacMini will surpass that multiple times. 😂 I "only" have the MacBook Pro 14 "with 32 GB and M1 Max. I hardly need the 16" because I work in clamshell mode most of the time. I'm curious how nice it will be to work with the device ... probably everything I will get in the future will be way too fast. 😂

  2. coloredwolf says:

    Hi Jens, yes, I treated myself to a fast racehorse. I only saved on storage, so I use an external SSD or HDD - I usually don't need that high speed here. But I am assuming that there will be no application that is important to me in the next 5 years that will be slowed down by the computer. And the unified memory in particular gives it all the power. That's why the small M1Max, because you can order the 64 GB with it. And since I mainly use it for work, it costs me relatively little - net, it's only € 1.900 after deduction of sales tax, trade tax and income tax. Then the surcharges are also bearable.
    I'm just - usually - on the road a lot, 16 ″ is pretty good there. And in the office I still have a 40 ″ on it, but use the MBP's keyboard and the screen as an extension. And in the home office the same thing with a 32 ″ and the MBP screen as a secondary screen.

    And I'm really looking forward to it - I will report in the forum as soon as I have had the first experience.

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      It would be great if you reported about it. I'm starting to wonder whether I shouldn't have taken the 64 GB too. :) But you still have 2 weeks to give back if he's still bitchy about the RAM. But I can hardly imagine it ... But another question: Which 40 inch monitor do you have ??? I'm considering upgrading my monitor again. But at the moment there are also increasing rumors that Apple is still bringing out an external monitor for "normal" people. That would interest me too ...

  3. Wolf says:

    It was a 40 “TV, 4K, got it very cheaply from a friend of ours 4 years ago (transport packaging was damaged and there was a small impression in the plastic in the area of ​​the bracket).
    Is from Panasonic, ie very good color rendering. I got it mainly for use at trade fairs.
    I'm not rushing to find the invoice online, and I won't be able to find out the exact type until next week.
    However, no USB-C PD connection, I got it this spring for the home office monitor - Philips 4K 32 "

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Thanks for the feedback! I don't think I would do a television to my eyes. : D But I saw there is one 40 inch monitor from Dell - maybe that would be an alternative. But unfortunately it costs over 1600 euros.

      • coloredwolf says:

        Is a very good one from Panasonic, 4K UHD, with a very good panel. I also have it at a slightly greater distance than with my monitor at home. And looks very good, the picture, I mean. It was primarily intended for an exhibition stand, but so good that I use it in the office!

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