Yesterday the first benchmarks of the MacBook Pro M2 were leaked, hinting at a performance improvement of almost 20% compared to the M1 chip. But there is another detail, simple but overwhelming, that demonstrates the abysmal difference in efficiency between the high-performance Intel chips and that new M2: they perform more than a Mac Pro.
The end of the road for Intel at Apple is increasingly evident
In more concrete data, the M2 chip in the 13-inch MacBook Pro (that is, at full power thanks to that laptop’s fans) is more powerful than the entry-level Mac Pro with the 8-core Intel Xeon W. A €1,619 laptop versus a €6,499 professional desktop computer.
The multi-core benchmark on the MacBook Pro gives 8,929 points, while the entry-level Mac Pro gives 8,027 points in that same test. Granted, the Mac Pro can become much more powerful if we add the 28-core Intel Xeon W (20,029 points), but it’s quite a milestone for a laptop chip to exceed the input range of that desktop. It demonstrates the evolutionary difference between the architectures and why Apple decided to make the switch.
It has already been shown that if you want the most powerful Mac, you should no longer look at Mac Pro, but rather at Mac Studio. Its M1 Ultra chip scores 23,366 on the same multi-core test, putting it ahead of any other Mac. Or put another way, the Mac Pro needs to leave Intel as soon as possible to maintain its prestige. Let’s see what this fall has in store for us.
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