It is often said that Cinebench brings meaningful results because it examines CPU performance, GPU performance and the performance of the entire system. The new MacBook Pro 13 “with an M1 chip achieves a value of in Cinebench R23 7508 points (Single Core: 1498). Compared to the 2020 MacBook Pro 13 “with Intel chip, the performance has almost doubled. The top model of the MacBook Pro 16” with 2.3 GHz Core i9 and dedicated graphics card is just around 20 percent higher than the new one with 8818 points Entry-level model. The base model of the 16 “device with 6912 points is clearly below the performance of the MacBook Pro 13” with M1. To take a look at the current record holders: The fastest Intel chip with 28 cores at 3.1 GHz and a TDP of 255 watts enables up to 31,000 meters. The i9 currently has 17,000 points, which requires 10 cores with 3.7 GHz and a TDP of 125 watts. Mind you: in a desktop computer.
- 8816 points: MacBook Pro 16 “Core i9, 8 cores
- 7508 points: MacBook Pro 13 “M1
- 6912 points: MacBook Pro 16 “Core i5, 6 cores
- 4329 points: MacBook Air, previous top model
Final Cut Pro
Ordinarily, no one would buy an entry-level Mac to render large movie projects on. In the current intermediate state, which consists of the new M1-based and the older Intel variants, the boundaries are blurred. A test project (format: H.264 Sony 10 bit 422) was exported on a MacBook Pro with M1 and 8 GB RAM in 10 minutes and 20 seconds. The iMac Pro with 128 GB of RAM, on the other hand, took 11 minutes and 30 seconds. Various other tests with different formats consistently showed a performance advantage of around 25 percent for the new MacBook Pro. The M1 demonstrated its strengths most impressively with the h265 export: 2:47 minutes for the iMac Pro, 62 seconds for the MacBook Pro.
- 11:30 minutes H264: iMac Pro
- 2:47 minutes 265: iMac Pro
- 10:20 minutes H264: MacBook Pro (M1)
- 1:02 minutes H265: MacBook Pro (M1)
SSD: read and write speed
Next discipline: How fast does the SSD work? The first tests also showed significant increases here. Write rates of 2.1 GB per second could be determined with the MacBook Air, reading even takes place at up to 2.7 GB per second. For comparison: The last Intel-based MacBook Air achieved a maximum of 1 GB / s (write) and 1.3 GB / s (read). The MacBook Air is roughly on par with the current MacBook Pro 16 “.
- 2.7 GB / s read: MacBook Air M1
- 2.6 GB / s write: MacBook Pro 16 “2019
- 2.5 GB / s read: MacBook Pro 16 “2019
- 2.1 GB / s write: MacBook Air M1
- 1.3 GB / s write: MacBook Air 2020 Intel
- 1 GB / s read: MacBook Air 2020 Intel
With the Intel switch 15 years ago, the term “lap” top was put into perspective, because the faster variants in particular quickly caused red spots on the thighs. This is another aspect in which the M1 offers almost breathtaking values. The last Intel-based MacBook Air did not reach the values of the new M1-based device in Cinebench, but it did achieve a case temperature of up to 80 degrees. The M1? Even under heavy loads, it was never more than body temperature. In the case of the MacBook Air, the Tester maximum 37.4 degrees, the MacBook Pro was a bit cooler at 36 degrees.