Just before Christmas, PetaPixel published its review of the M1 Macbook Pro, praising the new computer and saying that it was “much further ahead than anyone expected.” This review is not alone: in this 17.5-minute video, Linus Tech Tips finds even better performance.
Linus ran several tests and showed that the M1 Macbook Air and Pro performed very well, but made sure to include Geekbench as well, since “that’s what all the cool kids drive.” The result? Extremely impressive.
“The only processor with any hope of matching the M1’s multi-threaded performance is a Ryzen 7, 8-core,” he says.
Especially for commercials, the M1 Macbooks performed insanely well against competitors in Adobe Creative Cloud. Below are references in Photoshop from Linus:
Compared to the Photoshop references published in the PetaPixel Review:
Remember, PetaPixel tested the M1 Macbook Pro against an Intel MacBook Pro which cost $ 700 more and had 2x RAM. Plus PetaPixel uses an older version of PugetBench that includes a photo merge test, which can explain the differences between Linus’ results and the results of the review.
“Even when I run in Rosetta – this is a non-native code – both M1 Macbooks managed to smoke the competition,” reports Linus. “The only potential answer to the M1, at least in its class, is in LuxMark, where the XPS 13’s XE Graphics core gives better numbers across the board, with the others failing at about half the performance or even less.”
Below are two additional reference tests:
Initially, in Linus’ tests, the only computer that consistently surpassed the M1 Macbooks was a much thicker, thicker, dedicated gaming laptop.
The battery life was also very impressive: it broke 20 hours of continuous use, eight hours more than the nearest competitor. These eight extra hours are longer than some laptops last in total.
“We did not think it would work in the real world,” says Linus. “And this can not be overstated: we’re looking at iPad – like endurance on a laptop running a full operating system. In theory, you can use this thing for days at a time without smearing it, depending on what you do with it. “
Anyone who doubts the performance or battery numbers of the Macbook Pro published here should enjoy this confirmation of performance. Linus managed to get over 20 hours of battery life using optimized settings (PetaPixel did not use optimized settings on purpose while browsing the Macbook Pro and still clocked almost 16 hours of battery life) and their performance values are even more impressive than what was published in PetaPixel’s review.
It has been easy to run Apple for years for over-promising and under-delivery, so skepticism about performance in reviews is to be expected. But with repeated reviews saying how amazing the M1 Macbook Pro performs, it may be time to just accept reality: it really is that good.