Intel Core i7 13700K vs Apple M2 Max

We compared two CPUs: the 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 13700K (desktop) with 16-cores against the 3.5 GHz Apple M2 Max (laptop) with 12-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Multi-Core Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of power consumption
Integrated Graphics
iGPU capabilities for gaming and 3D-intensive tasks
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating
The "iGPU" and "Power Efficiency" have a minor impact on the NanoReview Score when comparing desktop CPUs.

Key Differences

What are the key differences between Max and 13700K
Advantages of Intel Core i7 13700K
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Has 4 more physical cores
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR5-5600 RAM
Advantages of Apple M2 Max
  • Around 320 GB/s (357%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
  • More modern manufacturing process – 5 versus 10 nanometers

Test in Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs across various tasks

Cinebench R23

Reputable cross-platform benchmark for high-performance processors
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

GeekBench v6

The new version of this benchmark emulates common operations often used in real-world apps
Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
M2 Max +2%
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
File compression 1680 MB/sec 1740 MB/sec
Clang compilation 159.6 Klines/sec 128.4 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 493.6 pages/sec 358.1 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 532.5 Mpixels/sec 385.8 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 278.3 pages/sec 262.5 pages/sec
Background blur 74.8 images/sec 54.1 images/sec
Photo processing 170.7 images/sec 143 images/sec
Ray tracing 36.6 Mpixels/sec 17.8 Mpixels/sec
Sources: GeekBench [1], [2]


Synthetic test that focuses on raw computational performance for low-level functions
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Integer math 156.5 GOps/sec 58.2 GOps/sec
Floating point math 116.5 GOps/sec 74 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 202M Primes/sec 363M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 64.8M Strings/sec 41.7M Strings/sec
Data encryption 33.9 GBytes/sec 15.8 GBytes/sec
Data compression 606.7 MBytes/sec 338.3 MBytes/sec
Physics 2731 Frames/sec 3846 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 37.3B Matrices/sec 12.1B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]

Value for money

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Full technical specification of Intel Core i7 13700K and Apple M2 Max


Vendor Intel Apple
Released September 27, 2022 January 17, 2023
Type Desktop Laptop
instruction set x86-64 ARMv8
Codename Raptor Lake Apple M2
Model number i7-13700K -
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics 770 Apple M2 Max GPU (38-core)


Performance Cores
P-Cores 8 8
P-Threads 16 8
Base Frequency (P) 3.4 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 5.3 GHz -
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 8 4
E-Threads 8 4
Base Frequency (E) 2.5 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 4.2 GHz -
Total Cores 16 12
Total Threads 24 12
Bus Frequency 100 MHz -
Multiplier 34x -
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 192K (per core)
L2 Cache 2MB (per core) 32MB (shared)
L3 Cache 30MB (shared) -
Unlocked Multiplier Yes No


Transistors - 67 billions
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm
TDP (PL1) 125 W 30 W
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) 253 W -
Socket LGA-1700 Apple M-Socket
Peak temperature 100°C -


Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 770 Apple M2 Max GPU (38-core)
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 450 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1600 MHz 1398 MHz
Shading Units 256 4864
TMUs 16 304
ROPs 8 152
Execution Units 32 -
TGP 15 W 70 W
Max. Resolution - 7680x4320 - 60 Hz

Memory Support

Memory types - DDR5-5600
- DDR4-3200
- LPDDR5-6400
Memory Size 128 GB 96 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 8
Max. Memory Bandwidth 89.6 GB/s 409.6 GB/s
ECC Support Yes No


Official site Intel Core i7 13700K official page -
PCI Express Version 5.0 -
PCI Express Lanes 20 -

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