Apple M1 Pro Vs Apple M1 Max: What’s Different


At its unveil event yesterday, Apple announced two new chips in the M1 lineup called the M1 Pro and M1 Max. These two new chips are powering the newly launched MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch. You must be wondering what is the main difference between these two chips. It is clear that the M1 Max is more powerful than the M1 Pro, but by what difference. In this article, I will try to explain all those differences.

M1 Pro vs M1 Max Chip

Apple M1 Pro vs Apple M1 Max

Apple doesn’t usually reveal much about its chips but that’s not the case with the M1 Pro and M1 Max. The Cupertino giant has talked a lot about these chips. The comparison is based on revealed specs and claims made by Apple. MacBooks powered by these chips are not yet available. Its shipping will start from October 26.


In comparison, both the M1 Pro and M1 Max are made on the same 5nm process. There is no difference in the processing technique. The real difference is in the transistor count. The M1 Pro has 33.7 billion transistors while the M1 Max has 57 billion transistors.

Compared to last year’s Apple M1 these numbers are just insane. The M1 Pro has 2x more transistors than the M1. On the other hand, the M1 Max has 70% more transistors than the M1 Pro and 3.5x more transistors than the M1. The M1 Max is the biggest chip ever made by Apple.


Coming to the CPU, both the M1 Pro and M1 Max have a 10-core CPU. The main distribution is in the form of eight high-performance cores and 2 high-efficiency cores. As claimed by Apple, the CPU performance is up to 70% faster than the M1. Compared to the latest 8-core PC laptops, the M1 Pro is 1.7x faster while consuming the same amount of power. It can achieve the same level of performance as a PC chip by using up to 70% less power.


Moving to GPUs, this is the segment where the differences start to widen. The Apple M1 Pro has a 16-core GPU while the M1 Max has a 32-core GPU. The GPU of the M1 Pro is 2 times faster than the old M1. Compared to the integrated graphics of the latest eight-core PC laptop chip, the M1 Pro is said to be 7x faster. In terms of discrete GPU, the M1 Pro is capable of delivering more GPU performance with up to 70% less power.

The performance of the M1 Max GPU is comparable to a high-end GPU in a compact Pro PC laptop while consuming about 40% less power. And it uses 100 watts less power when it comes to achieving the same level of performance as a similar compact Pro PC laptop. When it comes to timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro. The M1 Max is 13 times faster than the previous generation’s 13-inch MacBook Pro.


The M1 Pro has 200GB/s memory bandwidth and supports 32GB of unified memory. In comparison, the M1 Max packs double the memory interface to 400GB and 64GB of fast unified memory.

Same features in both chips

Comparing the M1 Pro and M1 Max is enough now, let’s talk about the features that have in common. Both have an Apple-designed Media Engine accelerator for video processing. They have the same 16-core neural engine to accomplish AI tasks. These new chips also feature a new Display Engine to support up to 3 Pro Display XDR on the Max variant.

There is also a new Apple-designed custom ISP that adds support for the 1080p HD camera to the newly launched MacBook Pros. On the security front, both the chips feature a security enclave, Hardware Verified Secure Boot, runtime anti-exploit technology.

Last word

The Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max are the next versions of Apple Silicon. With 10 core CPU and up to 32 core GPU performance has gone crazy high. Let’s not forget that Apple has maintained power efficiency while improving its performance. While the M1 Pro is fine for most users, the M1 Max is for users who are looking for a lot more performance out of their notebooks. What are your thoughts on the M1 Pro and M1 Max? Do let us know in the comments.

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