New impressive benchmark results for M1 Max

Most reviews of the new Macbook Pro have gone through a bunch of benchmark tests, but it’s almost always the same crowd: Geekbench, Cinebench, any of the Tomb Raider games and Handbrake, or another test of video compression or export.

Bare Feats has now published a set of tests that goes a little deeper and also makes a direct comparison with the 2019 Mac Pro with 12-core Xeon processor, 96 gigabytes of memory and a Pro Vega 2 Duo graphics card with the same resolution and settings in the games and others programs where it matters.

The results show how far Apple has come in the development of its chips.

  • In the Basemark GPU test with 4k resolution, the M1 Max gets 96 frames per second while the Pro Vega 2 Duo only comes up to 86 (with 1080p, the Mac Pro wins with 746 against 676 frames per second).
  • In the GFX Bench Aztec High Tier offscreen, the M1 Max gets 311 frames per second, compared to 254 for the Pro Vega 2 Duo.
  • In Browserbench Motion Mark, the Mac Pro gets 889 points while the M1 Max gets an incredible 2,077 points. In the Jetstream 2 test that tests javascript and webassembly, the results are 253 and 171, respectively.
  • Mac Pro is faster in games: 52 at 33 frames per second in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and 54 at 45 frames per second in Total War Warhammer 2 (both with 4k resolution and the “high” setting).
  • Mac Pro also won both Geekbench tests for cpu and Metal.
  • In DaVinci Resolve, the Mac Pro won at 32 to 30 frames per second in a test that adds noise reduction to a 4k project.

Admittedly, the Mac Pro is a couple of years old now, and the graphics card is not the latest (with a Radeon RX 6900 XT, for example, the Mac Pro gets significantly higher results in all graphics tests). But considering that only the graphics card in the Mac Pro draws several times more power than the entire Macbook Pro, the results are still very impressive.