Apple M2 vs M1, M1 Professional and M1 Max

Apple M2 vs M1, M1 Professional and M1 Max

Apple’s M2 is right here…or it will likely be shortly, when the 13-inch MacBook begins transport on June 24. As anticipated, the M2 is a pleasant improve over the M1, however not revolutionary. There are enhancements in each a part of the system-on-chip; the CPU, GPU, reminiscence system, Neural Engine, and media engine.

Clearly, the M2 is superior to the M1, nevertheless it now begs the query: Is it value shopping for a Mac with the M1 Professional, M1 Max, or M1 Extremely anymore? Simply because the second era of Apple silicon is right here, does that imply the primary era has reached the top of the road?

We don’t have benchmarks but, however usually, the reply to that’s going to be sure, with the variations changing into starker as you progress up the efficiency stack. If something, it’s these contemplating the M1 Professional merely to get extra reminiscence or GPU efficiency that is perhaps tempted by the M2. Right here’s how the merchandise stack up.

M2 vs M1 Professional

The M1 Professional has a CPU with as much as eight efficiency cores (twice that within the M2) and two effectivity cores (half that of the M2). It’s 10 cores for the M1 Professional vs. 8 cores for the M2, however with the M1 Professional leaning extra closely towards efficiency cores.

The M1 Professional usually supplied CPU efficiency extra about 60 p.c larger than the M1. Apple says the M2’s CPU is eighteen p.c quicker than the M1 (and not too long ago leaked benchmarks again up these numbers), so there’s nonetheless a fairly substantial hole there. When the benchmarks arrive, we suspect the M1 Professional will nonetheless ship multi-core efficiency that’s round 35 p.c larger than the M2.


The M2’s GPU is 35 p.c quicker than that of the M1, in line with Apple. However the M1 Professional, with as much as 16 GPU cores and far more reminiscence bandwidth, is about twice as quick because the M1. So anticipate the M1 Professional to nonetheless are available in round 40 p.c quicker than the M2.

Equally, the M2 provides extra most reminiscence (24GB) and reminiscence bandwidth (100GB/sec) than the M1. However the M1 Professional permits as much as 32GB of reminiscence and 200GB/sec of reminiscence bandwidth.

Curiously, the M2’s improve to the media engine truly appeared within the M1 Professional. You get improved H.264 and HEVC encode and decode efficiency and ProRes assist within the M1 Professional, whilst you didn’t within the M1. So far as we are able to inform, it’s the identical media engine–it simply landed within the M1 Professional first.

The one space the place the M2 has a transparent efficiency benefit over the M1 Professional is within the Neural Engine–Apple’s customized {hardware} to speed up machine studying and AI software program. They each characteristic a 16-core Neural Engine, however the M1 Professional has the identical Neural Engine because the M1 (and A14), able to 11 trillion operations per second. The M2’s newer-generation 16-core Neural Engine can deal with a reported 15.8 trillion ops, making it greater than 40 p.c quicker.

In sum, anticipate a Mac with the M1 Professional to be an excellent 30 p.c to 40 p.c quicker than the M2 in each approach, with the the exception of the media engine (which seems the be the identical) and the Neural Engine (through which the M2 is 40 p.c quicker).

M2 vs M1 Max

If the M1 Professional is quicker than the M2 in most methods, the M1 Max definitely shall be. It has the identical CPU, so efficiency there gained’t change–nonetheless seemingly about 35 p.c quicker than the M2.

Apple’s M1 Max has the identical CPU because the M1 Professional however provides extra graphics energy.

The GPU is twice as massive, and it provides twice the utmost reminiscence with twice the reminiscence bandwidth because the M1 Professional. Anticipate GPU efficiency roughly 2.5x that of the M2. The M1 Max has two media engines, giving it related options however double the efficiency of the M1 Professional or M2.

However the M1 Max solely has one 16-core Neural Engine, of the identical era as that within the M1 and M1 Professional, which implies the M2’s Neural Engine is probably going 40 p.c quicker.

M2 vs M1 Extremely

The M1 Extremely is basically two M1 Max chips sewn along with a super-fast interconnect, so you possibly can take all the pieces concerning the M1 Max and double it. You truly get 20 CPU cores, so it’ll be greater than 2.5x quicker than the M2’s CPU. The GPU is as much as 64 cores, and is probably going 5x quicker than the M2. There are 4 media engines, too.

In reality, the M1 Extremely will truly beat the M2 in each approach, together with the Neural Engine, as a result of it has two 16-core Neural Engines. Whereas they every do 11 trillion ops, the mixed 22 trillion ops remains to be about 40% quicker than the next-generation Neural Engine within the M2.

M2: Exterior Show assist

If you happen to actually care about hooking your MacBook as much as a number of exterior shows, it’s best to know that the primary merchandise to incorporate the M2–the brand new MacBook Air and the up to date 13-inch MacBook Professional–solely assist a single exterior show with a decision as much as 6K at 60Hz. On this respect, it is rather like the M1. You’ll be able to work across the limitation with DisplayLink adapters and drivers, however you possibly can’t merely plug in two displays.

It’s unclear if this can be a limitation of the chip itself or the merchandise it’s utilized in to this point. A hypothetical up to date Mac mini or different product with multiple pair of Thunderbolt ports may assist extra shows, however such a product may by no means exist. The present M1 Mac mini has one pair of Thunderbolt ports that assist a single 6K show and one HDMI port that helps as much as 4K at 60Hz.

The M1 Professional helps two exterior 6K shows and the M1 Max helps three 6K shows and one 4K show on the MacBook Professional. The Mac Studio helps 4 6K shows and one 4K show over HDMI wither you have got the M1 Max or M1 Extremely.

Must you look forward to M2 Professional, M2 Max, or M2 Extremely?

We definitely don’t know precisely what to anticipate from the M2 Professional, Max, and Extremely. It appears affordable to anticipate that Apple will observe the identical technique it did with the M1, growing CPU and GPU core counts, reminiscence bandwidth, and media engines whereas maintaining the Neural Engine the identical (save for the M2 Extremely).

However we don’t actually anticipate these chips to return quickly. It’s going to seemingly be at the very least late 2022 earlier than an M2 Professional and/or M2 Max is introduced, and at the very least one other six months after that earlier than we get the M2 Extremely. It’s potential that we don’t see any of these chips till mid-2023.

And naturally, they may seem in dearer Macs, whereas the M2 Extremely, just like the M1 Extremely, will seemingly not seem in any laptop computer. In case you are pondering of shopping for the entry-level $1,999 14-inch MacBook Professional, with an M1 Professional that has an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU, together with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, you may need to severely think about the upcoming M2 MacBook Air as a substitute. Equally configured it could price $1,699, and also you’d solely surrender a few ports, a tiny little bit of display screen measurement, and a tiny little bit of efficiency. It may nicely be well worth the cheaper price, to not point out measurement and weight.

If you would like a MacBook Professional with the complete 10/16-core M1 Professional setup, or something extra highly effective than that, you in all probability shouldn’t let the existence of the M2 concern you simply but. It’s solely when the M2 Professional, Max, and Extremely hit the scene that it’s going to actually matter, and that’s in all probability at the very least six months away.