Apple M1 Pro vs Apple M1 Pro Max. What’s the Difference?
Apple recently latched their latest series of Apple MacBook Pros loaded with their latest M1 Chipsets. However, these are not the M1 chips we saw in the MacBook Air and Mac desktops. The new MacBook Pros come bearing a more powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chip capable of taking on any task you put in front of it. But what’s the difference between them? Let’s take a look.
The M1 Pro and M1 Max have 10 CPU cores, making them very powerful. Out of the 10 cores, 8 are Performance cores, and the remaining 2 are Efficiency cores. The 8 Performance cores help the processor run through most heavy processing tasks requiring more CPU performance. It includes video editing, audio editing, and rendering large files.
The 2 Efficiency cores take care of all the other day-to-day tasks and don’t require much power to function. These tasks could include your everyday office work in Docs and Exel, or even your general web browsing, emails, or even creating PowerPoint presentations. These 2 Efficiency cores take care of all the lighter tasks, so the 8 Performance cores can take care of the heavy tasks.
The M1 Pro has 33.7 billion transistors, while the M1 Max has 57 billion transistors, allowing both these chips to perform tasks at unbelievable speeds.
The GPU is different in both. The Pro has a 16 core GPU, while the Max has a GPU that can go up to 32 cores. The GPU is extremely powerful and hence useful for gamers. The GPU’s ability is showcased when dealing with 3D-based tasks such as highly intensive game graphics.
It is also useful when working with 3D-based software as well as the rendering aspect takes a lot out of the GPU components. Hence the larger the number of GPU cores, the more Graphic intensive content can be rendered or viewed on the laptop. This is especially helpful when rendering 4K videos in FCP as well.
The M1 series of laptops don’t have normal RAM; they have Unified Memory, making it much faster. It is just one unified pool of information from which transfers happen, thus increasing speed Pro has up to 32GB of Unified Memory while the Max can support up to 64GB.
The chipset’s neural engine is quite advanced; it has a 16 core neural engine with accelerated machine learning. All three chips are equipped with this machine learning-based chip element to assist with tasks such as computational photography. ML accelerators in the CPU allow the Neural Engine to assist with computations that aren’t necessarily best for CPUs.
These new chips also have a dedicated Media Engine, a section devoted to video processing while preserving battery life. In effect, its hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding engines are built to handle video more in a much more efficient manner.
Thanks to these decoding and encoding engines, the Media Engine can handle H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW content. It also has dedicated encode and decode engines for ProPres to take footage used with professional settings.
Lastly, there is a difference you can see physically as the M1 Pro is smaller in size when compared to the Apple M1 Pro Max. It could be because Apple has a lot to pack on to the Max compared to the Pro chip.
Apart from that, the overall design and spec of the chip are the same. If you are planning to get the new Apple MacBook Pro with the Pro and Max chips, head over to the Official Poorvika Website to have a look at our range of Apple M1 MacBook Pro’s.
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