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macrumors 6502
Sep 4, 2011
what's interesting to me is that single core score is slightly higher than the M1 in 13.3 MBP, which you can compare here:
I presume that's due to the faster/bigger bandwidth memory and possibly larger cache

ETA: nvm, the difference is due to margin of error most likely. However, if the M1 Pro actually has lower clock speed, 3.06Ghz vs 3.20Ghz, then that *is* interesting.
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macrumors 6502
Dec 25, 2016
Nice, feeling better about my order now! Not that I could have spent a penny more.

Am I reading this right?


I think people here are overspecing just for the sake of it. This machines are very very powerful and much more capable compared to the 2016-2020 Macbook Pros.

The base M1 Pro is faster than an entry level CPU from a 2019 Mac Pro and 30% faster than the AMD Radeon 5500M from the MacBook Pro 16" 2019 (all of this presumably with better thermals and cooling). Long gone are the marginal and 10% incremental improvements from Intel chips.

Nobody should be worried about performance, only real profesionals that need an specific CPU or GPU configuration for their needs.
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macrumors 6502
Jan 20, 2012
I honestly don’t do much cpu intensive tasks. I mainly just prioritize keeping all of my applications/safari tabs open and doing it very zippy, almost all the time. My 2017 MBP does not keep up nowadays (maybe I move faster than it? Haha). The only *maybe* intensive task I run is a game, Teams, a VM. I am confident my base 14” can keep up.


macrumors regular
Jan 12, 2018
Now I feel better about my order. My use cases are simplistic, some light video editing, a bunch of safari tabs open and heavy use of word as well as video consuming. I had been going back and forth on the config, upgrade or the base? I went with1 16gb ram and 1 tb ssd and the better charger.

the only thing I am worried about is performance when attached to an external 4k monitot. Would I have been better off with the upgrade? Help!!!
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macrumors 68030
Dec 13, 2003
Those difference numbers make no sense... Single core is more that 100% faster, while multicore is < 10% faster. Instead, they're showing the old numbers as a percentage of the new.
I think the better comparison is the original M1 vs M1 Pro 8Core model:

M1 - M1 Pro Single Core - ~1740 - 1767: ~1.6% improvement
M1 - M1 Pro Multi Core - ~7700 - 9948: ~ 29.2% improvement

That change would make me want to either go for an M1 Max, or wait to see what the M2 looks like.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 5, 2012
2x single core, 3x multi core compared to the 2013 quad core 15" that I'll be upgrading from. Didn't realize how big the upgrade will be!


macrumors 6502
Jul 3, 2015
What will be interesting is the GPU benchmarks. The base model only has a measly 16 core GPU.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 28, 2016
It will score around 38000-40000 in Metal, 30% better than the AMD Radeon 5500M that came with the most expensive configuration of the latest 16” intel MacBook Pro from 2019.
Yeah. But it seems like Geekbench compute number isn't really reflecting the true power of the new GPUs. We'll have to see other benchmarks such as graphics (fps) and video editing when the unit arrives in reviewers hands. Then we'll see ?
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macrumors 604
Sep 29, 2009
I think most people will be ok with even an M1 MBA.
the base 14” already has a lot of headroom for most who wants the new MBP.
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