Apple launched its M1 Max SoC the other night with a 10-core CPU and a 32-core GPU the other night for its MacBooks, removing Intel SKUs from the last of its devices. A Geekbench 5 benchmark of the M1 Max was spotted earlier today, and that means it’s time to see just how much faster it really is compared to contemporary Intel and AMD offerings.
Well, right off the bat we don’t have an apples-to-apples comparison as the existing MacBooks all use older Intel processors. All the Tiger Lake-H and Cezanne-H benchmarks are from Windows systems which generally perform worse than Mac in Geekbench.
Either way, the M1 Max is slightly faster, but the delta is small enough to attribute it to the different OSes. In the end, Apple’s first proper PC silicon is more or less on par with Intel and AMD’s fastest offerings.
The M1 Max is still a fair bit slower than AMD’s desktop offerings, including the Ryzen 5 5600X, but it consumes much less power than them, so that’s hardly a fair comparison.