Why Apple’s New MacBook Pro Isn’t a Good Gaming Laptop

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techno.rentetan.com – It doesn’t matter how fast your computer is if you can’t play the latest games. Apple has officially unveiled its updated MacBook Pros, which have new proprietary M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. While I can’t help but be impressed by Apple’s high performance promises, many people are now questioning if the new MacBook Pros are suddenly decent gaming computers. We haven’t tried the new Pros yet, so I can’t say for sure, but I’d say no, not really.

The new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors each contain a 10-core CPU, with the Pro having a 16-core GPU and the Max having a 32-core GPU combined into the same SoC (system on a chip), allowing for improved performance and energy efficiency. In addition to the higher core counts, Apple’s new processors can share up to 32GB of unified memory between the CPU and GPU on the Pro and 64GB on the M1 Max, allowing for memory bandwidths of up to 200 GB/s (Pro) and 400 GB/s (M1 Max) (Max).

And, owing to these architectural improvements, Apple claims that the performance of its new MacBook Pros doesn’t suffer when used entirely on batteries, so you’ll receive the same blazing speed no matter where you are. That’s particularly pleasant coming from a lot of Windows laptops, which automatically switch to a more cautious performance profile while they’re not connected.

When compared to the newest 8-core computer portable computer chip, Apple says the M1 professional provides one.7 times the electronic equipment performance at a similar power level whereas mistreatment seven0% less power, and therefore the M1 Pro’s GPU is up to seven times quicker than a similar 8-core computer laptop’s integrated graphics, and delivers additional performance mistreatment seventieth less power compared to a separate GPU for computer notebooks.

Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are certainly impressive, but it’s important to read the fine print to get a better sense of context. 
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Until you read the tiny print, all of those performance promises sound remarkable. The 1.7 times faster CPU performance claim is based on comparing an M1 Pro to an MSI GP66 Leopard, which has a 10th-gen Intel chip that is a generation old and will be two generations old when Intel releases new Alder Lake laptop chips later this year.

When it comes to graphics, Apple uses an Nvidia 3050 Ti from a Lenovo Legion 5 as a comparative model (82JW0012US). I’m not trying to cast aspersions on the 3050 Ti, but it’s not exactly what I think of when it comes to strong discrete laptop GPUs. If you want to play games, you should need an RTX 3060 (or similar AMD GPU) or above.

But, more crucially, Apple’s benchmark system is a pre-production 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro CPU, a 16-core GPU, and 32GB of RAM, which costs $3,100 against $1,050 for the Lenovo Legion 5. While those figures are still remarkable, we aren’t comparing apples to apples.

There’s no doubt Apple’s new chips and MacBooks are powerful, but gaming machines they are not. 
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I don’t want to minimize the performance of Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors since what Apple has accomplished with its own ARM-based silicon is quite remarkable, particularly in terms of energy efficiency in portable workstations. But, as with so many Apple products, these aren’t cheap, starting at $1,999 for the cheapest new MacBook Pro.

Another, maybe more serious issue is that today’s resource-intensive AAA games simply do not run on Macs. Take a look at recent or forthcoming PC games like Far Cry 6, Deathloop, New World, and others—none of them work on Mac. So, unless you want to play one of the few games that work on M1 Macs, like as World of Warcraft, you’re out of luck when it comes to new games. Bootcamp isn’t compatible with M1 Macs, so don’t bother trying to install Windows on a brand-new M1 MacBook Pro.

While Apple’s M1 Max has a clear advantage in power efficiency, performance is actually pretty close. And once again, Apple’s benchmark machine costs slightly more than the comparison PC laptop. 
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Apple isn’t calling the new MacBook Pros gaming computers, but it did include a number of game elements in its presentation, as well as a number of developers who complimented the performance of Apple’s new hardware and laptops. To Apple’s credit, a Razer Blade Advanced 15 was used in some of the other comparison benchmarks. Though, once again, the graph above demonstrates Apple’s superiority in terms of power efficiency (which is critical), with actual performance being fairly close.

Because of OS restrictions, the new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros may be fantastic for creating and producing games but not so much for playing them. However, there is some hope for those who have wished to play AAA games on their MacBooks. Developers may be more eager to build games for Macs and macOS now that Apple’s new and more powerful hardware is available. Although it will be difficult to overcome Windows’ grip on PC gaming, Apple’s strong new CPUs are an important step toward making MacBooks more competitive gaming computers.