Apple M1 Max MacBook Pro is three times faster than Mac Pro

Apple’s new M1 Max and M1 Pro chips have received nothing but high praise since their launch in the latest MacBook Pros. Now a recent benchmark compares them to the 2019 Mac Pro — and it’s not good news for the $6,000 desktop.

In a ProRes benchmark test, the new MacBook Pro was found to be up to three times faster than the Mac Pro. What does that mean for the future of the Mac Pro?

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There have been numerous benchmarks comparing the M1 Max and M1 Pro to Windows-based platforms, but Apple’s latest and greatest chips have rarely been tested against its previous high-end release, the Intel-based 2019 Mac Pro.

The purpose of the test was to measure how long it took the new MacBook Pro to perform ProRes video exports, and then to test how long it takes the Mac Pro to do the same. An additional test was conducted in which the Mac Pro was equipped with an Afterburner card, intended to increase video export speed.

In the ProRes export speed test, the M1 Max MacBook Pro took just 76 seconds to complete the task. The Mac Pro took much longer: 233 seconds. When equipped with the Afterburner card, the time was reduced to 153 seconds.

This means that the M1 Max-based MacBook Pro is up to three times faster than the Intel-based Mac Pro (at least in this scenario), and twice as fast compared to the Mac Pro with an Afterburner card. That’s an excellent result for the new M1 Max chip, especially when you consider that the Mac Pro has always been the best Apple has to offer.

The screen of the MacBook Pro 2021.

The test was conducted by Macworld. The best possible configuration of the 2019 Mac Pro, including the 28-core Intel Xeon W processor, is what it takes to try and match the Apple silicon in the MacBook Pro. It’s worth noting that using the Afterburner card equates to a single ProRes decoder, while the MacBook Pro includes two ProRes encoders and decoders, putting the Mac Pro at an immediate disadvantage.

While the MacBook Pros dominate right now, things could change in 2022. Many rumors indicate that Apple is gearing up to release two Mac Pro models in the coming year, one based on an Intel chip and one on Apple’s own silicon. Given that the Mac Pro has historically been Apple’s best offering, the 2022 version could potentially deliver unparalleled performance.

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