With the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the new MacBook Pros, Apple is clearly playing in the big league in terms of performance. It is therefore not surprising to want to compare these chips with the new batch “Alder Lake” from Intel.
The temptation was strong to want to compare Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chips with the 12th generation of Intel processors dedicated to desktops, which the founder presented a few days ago. Of course, the latest chips from Apple power laptops, in this case the MacBook Pro 14 and 16 inches. But it is rumored that they could integrate future iMacs and Mac mini, thus office machines.
Intel does better, consuming more
The comparison therefore makes sense, and to believe the first benchmarks, it turns to the benefit of Intel. The results obtained with Geekbench 5 show that the new “Alder Lake” chips are overall 1.5 times more powerful than the M1 Pro and M1 Max in multi-core performance. The Core i9 version of this 12th generation thus posted a score of 18,500, against 12,500 on average for Apple chips.
Intel’s high-end is much faster than its Cupertino competitors. Nevertheless, and this is a very important nuance, the Core i9 needs a lot more energy to operate: from 125W to 241W with Turbo Boost, against 30W base for the CPU of M1 Pro / Max which can go up to ‘at 90W with CPU and GPU active, according to testing.
The first benchmarks for the Core i7 of this generation also show better results than the new M1 systems-on-chip, but again with higher power consumption. Apple has never said that its chips would go faster than the competition, on the other hand the manufacturer has committed to a peak performance / consumption ratio and for the moment, the bet has been successful. Intel will launch the marketing of its new generation of Core at the beginning of next year.