[Preliminary] Apple M1 Max vs Apple M1 – A very serious piece of hardware

The new M1 Max is truly an astonishing chip. It brings proper performance to the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops, which definitely need it, as they are Apple’s flagship mobile devices. Today we will put the M1 Max against the OG M1, which will give us a clearer picture of how the new SoC performs.

Keep in mind that these are still preliminary results, so don’t put your trust in them as of now. We will update the comparisons as soon as we get the new MacBooks in for a review.

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You can learn more about both CPUs here: Apple M1 Max / Apple M1

Specs table

M1M1 Max
Process Node5nm5nm
Transistors16 billion57 billion
CPU Cores810
GPU Cores7 or 824 or 32
Memory Bandwidth68.25 GBps400 GBps
Maximum Memory16GB64GB

CPU benchmark

As expected, the M1 Max beats the M1 by a surprisingly low amount in the Single-core test but does wonders in the Multi-core part of the benchmark, where it has a lead of 55%.

Geekbench 5Single-coreMulti-Core
Apple M1 Max1749 (+4%)11542 (+55%)
Apple M116877433

Next, we move on to Apple’s results that they showed during their launch event. Once again, this is done by Apple themselves, so don’t make any assumptions based solely on it. As the M1 Pro and M1 Max share the same 10-core CPU in the tests below, they have the same scores.


In conclusion, the new M1 Max chip is looking out to be a serious player in the mobile computing scene. Once again, we hope that we get them for ourselves ASAP, so we can provide insightful information about the real performance of these new processors. Stay tuned for more preliminary coverage of the M1 Pro and M1 Max.

All laptops with the Apple M1 Max:

All laptops with the Apple M1:

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