Apple M2 Pro vs M1 Max

We compared two laptop CPUs: the 3.5 GHz Apple M2 Pro with 12-cores against the 3.2 GHz M1 Max with 10-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
84
77
Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
69
56
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
98
96
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating
82
74

Key Differences

What are the key differences between Max and Pro
Advantages of Apple M2 Pro
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • 12% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 2003 vs 1785 points
Advantages of Apple M1 Max
  • Supports up to 64 GB LPDDR5-6400 RAM
  • Around 204.8 GB/s (100%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
M2 Pro +8%
1661
1539
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
M2 Pro +21%
14898
12311
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
n/a
3820
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
n/a
22004
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
M2 Pro +13%
1995
1772
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
M2 Pro +18%
14829
12594
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Specifications

Full technical specification of Apple M2 Pro and M1 Max

General

Vendor Apple Apple
Released January 17, 2023 May 7, 2022
Type Laptop Laptop
instruction set ARMv8 ARMv8
Codename Apple M2 Apple M1
Integrated GPU Apple M2 Pro GPU (19-core) Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core)

CPU

Performance Cores
P-Cores 8 8
P-Threads 8 8
Base Frequency (P) 3.5 GHz 3.2 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 4 2
E-Threads 4 2
Base Frequency (E) 2.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Total
Total Cores 12 10
Total Threads 12 10
L1 Cache 192K (per core) 192K (per core)
L2 Cache 32MB (shared) 24MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No No

Package

Transistors 40 billions 57 billions
Fabrication process 5 nm 5 nm
Socket Apple M-Socket Apple M-Socket
TDP 30 W 30 W

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Apple M2 Pro GPU (19-core) Apple M1 Max GPU (32-core)
GPU Base Clock 450 MHz 450 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1398 MHz 1296 MHz
Shading Units 2432 4096
TMUs 152 256
ROPs 76 128
TGP 35 W 60 W
Max. Resolution 7680x4320 - 60 Hz 6016x3384 - 60 Hz
iGPU FLOPS
6.8 TFLOPS
10.4 TFLOPS

Memory Support

Memory types LPDDR5-6400 LPDDR5-6400
Memory Size 32 GB 64 GB
Max. Memory Channels 4 8
Max. Memory Bandwidth 204.8 GB/s 409.6 GB/s
ECC Support No No

Misc

PCI Express Version 4.0 -

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Comments

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