Apple contrasts its M2 Max SOC with the MacBook Pro’s four-year-old Intel Core i9 processor.


The top processor in Apple’s recently disclosed M2 Pro and M2 Max SOCs was contrasted with an outdated Intel Core i9 CPU from 2019.

Apple demonstrated the most recent MacBook Pro, powered by the M2 Pro and M2 Max SOCs, during the presentation. In terms of these new processors’ technical details, the M2 Pro has 10/12 cores with up to 32 GB of low latency unified memory systems, 40 billion transistors, and a 5nm process technology. With 67 billion transistors and 12 Cores with 96 GB of the same unified system memory, the M2 Max scales things up. The GPU configurations are where the main variation exists.

The Apple M2 Pro’s GPU is 30% faster than the GPU in the M1 Pro and boasts up to 19 GPU cores with a larger L2 cache. With 38 GPU cores, a larger cache, and 30% more speed than the M1 Max, the M2 Max is twice as quick.

The M2 Max and M1 Max, as well as an Intel Core i9 CPU, operating on the 2019 MacBook Pro, are compared in some strange benchmarks that Apple presented in the presentation (as usual). According to the results of the Cinema 4D benchmark, the M2 Max is 6 times quicker than Apple’s top M2 Max part, but this is mostly a GPU-intensive test. It appears that Apple utilised an 8-core Intel CPU to compare against its top M2 Max part.

To be clear, the 8th and 9th Gen Core families of Intel’s CPUs featured the Core i9 processors, which were originally released in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Apple presently offers 12th Gen CPUs, and at the time of writing, its MacBook Pro notebooks were powered by Intel’s 8th and 9th generation CPUs.

To be clear, Intel’s Core i9 CPUs were originally released in 2018 and 2019, respectively, as part of the 8th and 9th Gen Core families. Apple presently offers 12th Gen CPUs, with 13th Gen CPUs going on sale in stores next month. Back when they first started selling MacBook Pro computers, Apple used both Intel’s 8th and 9th generation CPUs to power them.

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The M2 Max, according to Apple, can “take on graphics-intensive tasks that competitor systems couldn’t even execute.” Results from a test workload that required 40 GB of graphics RAM were particularly utilised. A GeForce-RTX 3080 Ti GPU and an RTX 6000 GPU were used in the comparison systems. Despite the fact that neither of these laptop GPUs has the necessary VRAM pool, this shouldn’t prevent them from functioning properly.

Apple also used to make a lot of noise about how efficient they were compared to other PC components, but this generation seems to have lost that. Apple is likely making even more sloppy marketing claims to deceive the audience into thinking that these advances genuinely mean a lot. We have already pointed out how problematic Apple’s own benchmarks may be.

  • Results are contrasted with those obtained using 16-inch MacBook Pro systems with Radeon Pro 5600M graphics, 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processors, 64GB of RAM, and 8TB SSD.
  • In November and December 2022, Apple conducted testing using preproduction 16-inch MacBook Pro systems with Apple M2 Max, 12-core CPU, 38-core GPU, 96GB of RAM, and 8TB SSD, as well as a production Intel Core i9-based PC system with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics with 24GB GDDR6 and the most recent version of Windows 11 Pro available at the time of testing, and a production Intel Core i9-based PC system with NVIDIA At the time of testing, the home was available. A scene requiring more than 40GB of GPU RAM was used to test OTOY Octane X 2022.1 on preproduction 16-inch MacBook Pro systems and OTOY OctaneRender 2022.1 on Windows systems. Performance evaluations are carried out utilising particular computer systems and represent a rough representation of MacBook Pro’s performance.
  • Apple tested preproduction 16-inch MacBook Pro systems featuring an Apple M2 Pro, a 12-core CPU, a 19-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD in November and December 2022. When watching HD 1080p material with the display brightness set to eight clicks from the bottom, the Apple TV software runs a battery life test. According to use and settings, battery life varies. For further details, go to

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