[Preliminary] Apple M2 Max vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (Laptop) – Having around half of the power of a 3080 Ti feels pretty good

Benchmark websites are already filling up with scores of the new M2 Pro and M2 Max, both in terms of CPU and GPU performance. Apple is really proud of what they’ve created in terms of graphics, saying that you’d be able to comfortably tackle any Creator problem, as well as do a fair bit of gaming. To give you a sort of a preview of what’s about to come, we’re comparing the biggest and baddest GPU that Apple has to offer against NVIDIA’s most powerful laptop offering. Of course, we’re talking about the new 38-core GPU inside the M2 Max, which is going against the RTX 3080 Ti (Laptop).

Today we’re giving you a preliminary comparison between the M2 Max and the RTX 3080 Ti (Laptop).

Keep in mind that these are preliminary results so you should take them with a HUGE grain of salt. As always, we’d recommend you swing by us when we review the new MacBooks with the M2 Max, in order to get an accurate performance assessment. 

Full Specs: Apple M2 Max / NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (Laptop)

GPU benchmarks

Geekbench 5 OpenCL
Apple M2 Max GPU (38-core)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (Laptop)129734 (+80%)

The Apple M2 Max’s GPU is pretty powerful, and while it can’t catch up to the 3080 Ti, it offers enough punch for any type of work. Also having around half of the performance of the 3080 Ti in a MacBook feels great, especially when you factor in the other factors of the MacBook Pro, like the display and the efficiency that it provides.

What looks to be on the level of the Apple M2 Max’s GPU is the RTX 3060 (Laptop), as well as the RX 6700S from AMD. The AMD GPU is specifically made for thinner and more portable laptops, similar to MacBook Pro 14. On the other hand, the RTX 3060 comes in a lot of different TGP variants, so many MacBook competitors are likely to utilize lower TGPs.

Geekbench 5 OpenCL
Apple M2 Max GPU (38-core)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop)82448
AMD Radeon RX 6700S77632


Apple is stepping up big with its graphics, designing something with enough power for both computational work and some gaming on the side, which better rounds out the MacBooks as devices. Surely, there aren’t many people who would buy an Apple product strictly to play games, but having the option is great. However, you also have to keep in mind that this is the top M2 Max that we’re talking about and if you want a MacBook Pro outfitted with it, you’d have to pay a pretty penny for it. Below we have the current available pricing on the new MacBook Pro 14 and 16, which both come with the M2 Max.

All laptops with the Apple M2 Max:

All laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (Laptop):

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1 year ago

I am on the m2 max 14 inch, and I must say it is moving like hot garbage. we are on day 4 and its beginning to freeze on adobe illustrator textures, im considering returning this due to the fact I feel like I may be tasked with some 3d work that it is incapable of rendering.

11 months ago

apple laptops are just marketing, no worth it at all

8 months ago

I mean apple has always had retarded visions with their products. Scamming their clients with their own protocols, cables and what not. Fortunatelly, they started getting smart and implemented usb type C in their products as well as bringging HDMI back to their laptops. Not to mention the new laptops running on ARM architectures ( basically what you have in your phones) are blazing fast and run on battery power for 20 hours straight. Its a pretty cool feat what they achieved. Microsoft tried to achieve this with windows 8, but the tech was not ready at the time. With… Read more »