The new MacBook Pro in 14.2 and 16.2 inches with the M1 Pro and M1 Max are the first notebooks to be upgraded from last year's M1. Twice as many performance cores meet clearly drilled graphics units. There are also more RAM and SSD options, more connections, MagSafe and mini-LED displays with 120 Hz.
So far, Apple has not been there Silicon for professionals
The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in 13.3 & quot; With only two Thunderbolt connections, Apple had already switched to its own SoCs with the M1, but Intel was still available in the MacBook Pro 13.3 & quot; with four Thunderbolt ports and in the MacBook Pro 16 & quot; for use. So far, Apple did not have the right chips to deliver the necessary performance in this segment. The M1 lacked additional CPU cores, a stronger graphics unit and expansion stages for RAM and SSD. The M1 could be ordered with a maximum of 16 GB RAM and 2 TB SSDs, but more is required in the professional segment. The new M1 Pro and M1 Max now remove these restrictions.
Up to 10-core CPU for the M1 Pro
While the M1 previously had 4 performance and 4 efficiency cores, the new M1 Pro has up to 8 performance and 2 efficiency cores. Apple has also tripled the memory bandwidth to 200 GB/s and doubled the maximum amount of memory supported to 32 GB according to the newer LPDDR5 standard. The up to 7.4 GB/s fast SSDs can be selected with up to 8 TB. The new CPU is supported by a GPU doubled from 8 to 16 cores, which has up to 2,048 execution units and a performance of up to 5.2 TFLOPS. The M1 Pro also offers a new media engine for hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of H.264, HEVC, ProRes and ProRes RAW. There is a decoding and an encoding engine as well as a ProRes encoding and decoding engine. The M1 Pro comes from the 5-nm production and has 33.7 billion transistors.
Small variant with 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU
A smaller version of the M1 Pro with only 8 CPU and 14 GPU cores was not mentioned in the stream, but which does not match the technical data of the MacBook Pro 14.2 & quot; can be found. This chip is thanks to the binning of the SoCs, as not every M1 Pro has the quality for full expansion. Instead of not using these chips, Apple uses them in the smallest base model. The manufacturer takes a similar approach in the MacBook Air with the M1, which is offered in configurations with 7 and 8 core GPUs.
M1 Max as a graphic monster with up to 32 cores
But Apple doesn't stop there with the M1 Pro. Above the M1 Pro, the company positions the M1 Max with 57 billion transistors from 5 nm production. The CPU is the same as the full configuration of the M1 Pro, but the additional die area flows into a GPU that has been doubled to up to 32 cores with up to 4,096 execution units and up to 10.4 TFLOPS. The memory bandwidth of the chip is at 400 GB/s six times the level of the M1 and up to 64 instead of 32 GB LPDDR5 come next to the die. The media engine, which in the M1 Max still has one decoding, but two encoding and two ProRes encoding and decoding engines, was also drilled out further.