Apple’s M1 Max Nearly Doubles the Multi-Core Performance of M1 in Early Benchmarks


by in Technology | Oct, 20th 2021

Apple wasn’t lying: its M1 Max SoC is — by far — the most powerful chipset this venerable tech giant has ever created and, based on early benchmarks, it will deliver twice the multi-core performance of Apple’s (already mind-blowing) M1.

And that, in short, is simply astounding. 

Apple had shared many jaw-dropping graphs during its “Unleashed” event. Still, we weren’t sure whether it was (at least partially) smoke and mirrors or if this Cupertino-based behemoth had truly pushed the envelope to such a staggering degree. Well, as it turns out, it’s the latter.

The first Geekbench 5 run of the M1 Max gives us a very good understanding of what Apple has been working on. It’s every bit as spectacular as most of us had hoped. It’s also the first of many benchmarks that will naturally start surfacing the web as we inch ever closer to the release of Apple’s latest MacBook Pros.     

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With 1,749 in single- and a whopping 11,542 in multi-core, it’s fair to say that the M1 Max is an absolute behemoth. Heck, it’s on par with AMD’s Ryzen 5800X, a feat that is worthy of the highest praise and commendation, seeing how Apple’s ARM-based SoC won’t draw nearly as much power and will run a lot cooler, too.

And, well, it’ll be housed within a thin and light notebook, rather than a full-blown desktop enclosure accompanied with a beefy aftermarket cooler.

This is just the first M1 Max run registered on Geekbench — subsequent ones have scored even higher (12,575). Apple’s M1 SoC was always a beast in single-core workloads, but its multi-core performance left a bit to be desired, especially when compared to AMD’s current offerings. That, however, will now change completely.

These are some truly astounding results. We can’t wait for the first reviews to come out early next week!

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