Apple's powerful new M1 chips explained in 5 key stats

The M1 Pro and M1 Max are poised to bring a lot more power to Apple's new MacBook Pros.

Apple’s M1 chip has already made its way into a lot of new products, but arguably no M1-carrying device has seen a performance boost quite as dramatic as the new MacBook Pros.

While Apple has already peppered us with a lot of figures on just how substantial the impact of its new and improved M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are, these five stats tell you pretty much everything you need to know...


The M1 Pro and M1 Max boast 70 percent faster CPU performance.

Compared to the original M1, Apple says the M1 Pro and M1 Max deliver up to 70 percent faster CPU speeds, thanks primarily to a 10-core CPU that consists of eight performance cores and two efficiency cores.


That's how much of a GPU performance boost the M1 Pro and M1 Max represent, respectively.

The GPU will also get a boost, with a 2x performance from the M1 Pro and a 4x improvement on the M1 Max. While the M1 Pro has a 16-core GPU, the M1 Max has a 32-core option that packs in a whopping 57 billion transistors.


The amount of memory bandwidth in the M1 Pro and M1 Max.

The M1 Pro will offer up to 200GB of memory while the M1 Pro will deliver up to 400GB. Respectively, that gives the new chips 2x and 6x more memory than the original M1 chip and a lot more juice for intensive video editing and the like.

33.7 bn

That's how many transistors are in the M1 Pro.

Using the M1 chips’ 5-nanometer architecture, the M1 Pro fits 33.7 billion transistors into a single chip. The M1 Max eclipses that number, cramming in 57 billion transistors on what Apple has categorized as, “the largest chip Apple has ever built.”

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The new M1 chips will use 70 percent less power than a PC at peak performance.

Apple says the M1 Pro has a 70 percent faster CPU while also using up to 70 percent less power than a comparable laptop PC. Apple notes in its claim that the M1 Pro and M1 Max were tested against “8-core PC laptop chip performance” on an MSI GP66 Leopard laptop.

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