There are several reasons why publications such as The edge have called the 2021 MacBook Pro models with Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips “the most powerful laptops” they have ever tested.
In a recently published blog post, employees of the DataBase as a Service (DBaaS) provider Unum pit a 16 ″ 2021 MacBook Pro equipped with M1 Max with 64 GB of RAM, against a 16 ″ 2019 MacBook Pro powered by Intel with 16 GB of RAM and a $ 50,000 server with an AMD Threadripper Pro 3995WX and a whopping 1 TB of RAM, through a series of memory-intensive workloads.
All three candidates went through a number of tests, including the exchange of large chunks of sequential data between processor and memory and RAM-hungry hash table (HT) lookups.
The results were quite interesting: The 2021 MacBook Pro with an M1 Max beat its Intel-based predecessor in each of the tests – which, to be fair, we’ve seen time and time again, but has also come dangerously close to the 50. 000 $ USD server performance in a number of cases.
These results, coupled with everything we’ve seen of the MacBook Pro 2021 so far across all workloads, from development to 3D rendering, really confirms that Apple is moving in the right direction with its internal Silicon. We can’t wait to see the sequel to Apple’s next-generation processors.