Apple introduced the M2 Max as its new high-performance chip for Mac. Although it promises 30% more graphics processing speed than the M1 Max with its GPU of up to 38 cores, the platform still appears to be below NVIDIA’s dedicated graphics cards, as suggested by a benchmark recorded last Thursday.
On Geekbench, a MacBook Pro with M2 Max at its maximum GPU configuration recorded 75,139 points in OpenCL, suggesting that the hardware has 35% lower performance than a notebook with Intel Core i9-13900HK and GeForce RTX 4070 from Samsung, which obtained 102,130 in a benchmark test done on the platform prior to its official release.
OpenCL is an API used in the development of several popular games, such as Minecraft and Doom (2016), as well as software for professional graphics editing, such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro, which are at the heart of the MacBook Pro strategy.
As we always emphasize, any benchmark test should be interpreted with caution, since it does not faithfully represent the overall performance of a PC. The scores indicate that a notebook with GeForce RTX 4070 is able to reach these numbers under certain conditions —such that they are not detailed by Geekbench.
Power consumption, generated heat, and software optimizations are just some of the factors that can directly influence a processor’s performance in benchmarks, so it’s possible that the GeForce RTX 4070 performs much better than the M2 Max GPU, but at the cost of battery life, for example.
It’s worth remembering that Apple has announced the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a promise of up to 22 hours of battery life on a single charge; a record for Apple’s laptop. Although Apple does not reveal the power consumption of the M2 Max, NVIDIA claims that the GeForce RTX 4070 has TGP of up to 115W.
Although Samsung has not yet announced this notebook, we are possibly talking about the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra, whose specifications were leaked on this recent past Monday.