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M1 MacBook Pro vs 2019 Mac Pro

February 12th, 2021 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

How does the Apple M1 MacBook Pro compare to the 2019 Mac Pro 12-core?


GRAPH LEGEND

2019 Mac Pro Duo = 2019 Mac Pro, 3.3GHz 12-Core Xeon W CPU, 96GB RAM, Pro Vega II Duo GPU, macOS Big Sur 11.2.1
M1 MacBook Pro = 2020 Apple M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch, 8-Core CPU, 16GB RAM, 8-core GPU, macOS Big Sur 11.2.1

The first Four Tests Below used the Vega II Duo GPU to render. The rest of the Tests only used a single Vega II to render.

Final Cut Pro X (Universal)
Convert BruceX to ProRes 4444 XQ. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

Compressor (Universal)
Convert BruceX to HEVC 10-bit. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

DaVinci Resolve 17 (Universal)
Playback the Candle 1080p project using triple noise reduction. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

PhotoZoom Pro 8 (Intel, Rosetta)
Upscale an image by 400%. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

The Four Tests Above used the Vega II Duo GPU to render. The rest of the Tests used a single Vega II to render.

Motion (Universal)
Preview 600 frame KT Project. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

After Effects (Intel, Rosetta)
Render Sample Project. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

Lightroom Classic (Intel, Rosetta)
Enhance 12 Images. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

Lightroom Classic (Intel, Rosetta)
Export 100 Images and Full-Sized JPEG. (
LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

GFXBench Metal (Universal)
Aztec High Tier OFFscreen. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

Warhammer II (Intel, Rosetta)
Ran Skaven built-in benchmark. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

X-Plane 11 (Intel, Rosetta)
Playback 2 minute flight. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)

M1 MacBook Pro

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

The 8-core M1 MacBook Pro beat or tied the 2019 Mac Pro 12-core in two tests (Motion and Lightroom). The 2019 Mac Pro was superior in all other tests.

The "Universal" and "Intel, Rosetta" notation indicates the state of the apps running in the M1 MacBook Pro.

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