Extensive comparative testing is now finished, and the results are stunning in favor of the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max.
The few exceptions are when all 28 cores of high-end 2019 Mac Pro can be brought to bear. More standard Mac Pros (8/10/12/14 cores) would lose to the M1 Max, which is a stinkin' laptop consuming 1/10 the power—OMG. Just wait until we have a 20-core M1 Max!
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TESTED: Apple 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max
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Extensive comparative testing covering 19 pages details the amazing results.
The results are unbelievably fast. Intel has a lot of catching-up to do.
Take focus stacking as just one example: at best, the 28-core Mac Pro* ekes out about a 19% time reduction over the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max on the larger job (only 10% for the smaller one).The 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max is stunning! But most Mac Pros will have 8/10/12/16 cores and that means the MacBook Pro would easily BEAT them.
* A 28-core CPU is a $7000 (seven thousand) dollar upgrade from the 8-core CPU! Even the 12-core CPU is a $2000 upgrade! But the MacBook Pro M1 Max would crush the 8/12/16 core models here!