Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) vs Pro 16 (2021)

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Review

Evaluation of Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023) and Pro 16 (2021) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Portability
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)
  • Can run popular games at about 17-23% higher FPS
  • Around 24% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test

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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 2.15 kg (4.74 lbs) 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs)
Dimensions 355.7 x 248.1 x 16.8 mm
14 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches
355.7 x 248.1 x 16.8 mm
14 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches
Area 882 cm2 (136.8 inches2) 882 cm2 (136.8 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~86.2% ~86.2%
Side bezels 3.4 mm 3.4 mm
Colors Silver, Gray Silver, Gray
Material Aluminum Aluminum
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° 135°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Liquid metal No -
Number of fans 2 2
Max. fan speed (RPM) 6000 RPM -
Noise level (max. load) 43.2 dB 37.4 dB

Display

Size 16.2 inches 16.2 inches
Type Mini LED Mini LED
Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
PPI 254 ppi 254 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 3456 x 2234 pixels 3456 x 2234 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, Dolby Vision
Sync technology No No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy (Antireflective)
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Display tests
Contrast 504000:1 25700:1
sRGB color space 100% 100%
Adobe RGB profile 88.5% 88%
DCI-P3 color gamut 99% 99.1%
Response time 63 ms 67 ms
Max. brightness

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time 1:25 hr 1:25 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left, Right Left, Right
Charge power 140 W 140 W
Cable length 2 meters 2 meters
Weight of AC adapter 353 grams 353 grams

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 3.5 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores 12 (8P + 4E) 10 (8P + 2E)
Threads 12 10
Integrated GPU Apple M2 Pro GPU (19-core) Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core)
Fabrication process 5 nm 5 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 35 W 30 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 5 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 450 MHz 450 MHz
GPU boost clock 1398 MHz 1296 MHz
FLOPS 6.8 TFLOPS 5.2 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory bus 256 bit 256 bit
Memory speed 6.4 Gbps 6.4 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2432 2048
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 152 128
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 76 64
GPU performance
6.8 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 4x4 GB 4x4 GB
Clock 6400 MHz 6400 MHz
Type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Upgradable No No

Storage

Storage size
Bus Custom Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 2x256 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable No No
NVMe - Yes

Sound

Speakers 4.2 (4 tweeters and 2 woofers) 4.2 (4 tweeters and 2 woofers)
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness ~86.1 dB ~84.7 dB
Microphones 3 3

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6E v6
Bluetooth v5.3 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Infrared sensor No No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Ports
USB-A No No
USB Type-C 3x USB 4.0 3x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 4
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.1 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader Yes Yes
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1 mm 1 mm
Touchpad
Size 15.5 x 9.9 cm 15.5 x 9.9 cm
Surface Glass Glass
Windows Precision No No
Further details
Notes on MacBook Pro 16 (2023):
    - Entry-level configuration includes a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, contrasting the 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU we tested, resulting in roughly a 15% multi-core performance reduction.
    - Entry-level configuration featuring 512 GB storage uses slower single-channel SSD, whereas 1 TB or larger versions incorporate dual-channel SSDs.
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can vary depending on the laptop's specific configuration or region.

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