Apple M1 Max outperforms the RX 6800M and RTX 3080 Mobile in some tests

Apple M1 Max outperforms the RX 6800M and RTX 3080 Mobile in some tests
Apple M1 Max outperforms the RX 6800M and RTX 3080 Mobile in some tests

Apple announced the new ones last Monday MacBook Pro 14 and 16 inches, marking the debut of the new ones SoC owners M1 Pro e M1 Max. Although we have already seen what the M1 Max could be capable of, a Reddit user has identified a new benchmark, this time inherent to the graphics part. Apple M1 Max owns a 32-core GPU with 16 execution units each and each of these houses eight ALUs, carrying the total number of ALUs to 4,096. According to the Cupertino company, the GPU offers performance fino a 10,4 TFLOP and therefore, in theory, the M1 Max GPU should provide performance comparable to the GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile, which provides offers 10.91 TFLOP.

During its presentation, Apple said that the M1 Max’s GPU (60W) can be compared to the GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile (160 W) di NVIDIA. Apple’s SoC reportedly offers equivalent performance, but with a whopping 100W less power. The company also provided a comparison to the 100W variant of the GeForce RTX 3080 where the M1 Max showed 40% lower power consumption. For now, we should take Apple’s numbers with a grain of salt, as the company hasn’t provided any context, having only used “selected industry standard benchmarks“.

GFXBench was born as a benchmark for smartphones, so the tests are not suitable for modern graphics cards and for this reason, unlike 3DMark, we advise you to consider the results obtained with great caution. In addition, tests on the M1 Max were carried out on macOS With the’API Metal, while GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile e Radeon RX 6800M are systems Windows With the’API OpenGL. Apple said the M1 Max’s graphics performance is up to four times higher than the original M1, and scores showed Apple’s claims were mostly correct, though not in every workload.

Processor Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Aztec Ruins High Tier Car Chase 1440p Manhattan 3.1.1 Offscreen Manhattan 3.1 Manhattan T-Rex ALU 2 Driver Overhead 2 Texturing
Apple M1 Max 503.3 FPS 194.3 FPS 298.5 FPS 398.9 FPS 816.9 FPS 1,187.8 FPS 1,391.2 FPS 1,073.1 FPS 398.1 FPS 235,842 MTexel/s
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile 455.1 FPS 217.6 FPS 437.8 FPS 394.8 FPS 580.7 FPS 632.9 FPS 1,918.0 FPS 2,887.9 FPS 172.5 FPS 221,647 MTexel/s
AMD Radeon RX 6800M 390.9 FPS 242.0 FPS 298.7 FPS 363.5 FPS 389.5 FPS 404.1 FPS 1,298.2 FPS 2,650.4 FPS 115.8 FPS 234,201 MTexel/s
Apple M1 203.6 FPS 77.5 FPS 176.5 FPS 130.9 FPS 272.4 FPS 403.9 FPS 649.5 FPS 298.6 FPS 245.1 FPS 71,098 MTexel/s

M1 Max looks pretty competitive against the GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile or the Radeon RX 6800M. Apple’s chip outperformed NVIDIA and AMD GPUs in some workloads and lagged by a small margin in others. The energy efficiency of the M1 Max was certainly the most impressive feature, considering the GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile and Radeon RX 6800M meet TDP ratings of 160W and 145W, respectively.

Logically, Apple’s M1 Max will need to be tested in other tests as well to verify what the company claims. Obviously, remember that M1 Max is not a chip designed for gaming, but the 5nm SoC has been designed specifically for professionals, in order to offer excellent performance in both the CPU and GPU field on the go.

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