The short version? The MacBook Pro 14-inch 2023 is the fastest laptop we've tested in a wide range of benchmarks. Yes, the M2 Pro chip inside is that powerful. And the optional (but quite expensive) M2 Max chip really takes graphics performance up a notch.
We just tested the MacBook Pro M2 Max chip for our MacBook Pro 14-inch 2023 review, and we have access to the M2 Pro benchmarks thanks to our sister site Laptop Mag. Here are the two configurations we tested and the full results in Geekbench, photo editing, video editing, 3DMark and more.
MacBook Pro 14-inch 2023 benchmarks: What we tested
The MacBook Pro 14-inch starts at $1,999 / £2,149 / AU$3,199 and includes a 10-core M2 Pro CPU, a 16-core GPU, 16GB of unified memory and 512GB of SSD storage.
The M2 Max model we tested takes everything to the extreme. That $4,099 / £4,349/ AU$6,499 configuration packs a 12-core CPU, 38-core GPU, 64GB of memory and 2TB of storage.
Thanks to our sister site Laptop Mag (opens in new tab), we also have the test results for the M2 Pro version, although this is a pricier configuration than the entry-level model. It offers a 12-core CPU, 19-core GPU, 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage for $3,299.
We will follow up with results for the entry-level M2 Pro MacBook Pro once we get it in for testing.
For comparison we tested a Dell XPS 15 with a 12th gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, plus Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics for $2,299. We also tested an HP EliteBook 840 G9 business laptop with a 12th gen Core i7 VPro CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD and Intel Iris X graphics for $2,868.
Note that Intel 13th gen laptops will offer faster performance, but those are not yet available for testing.
Geekbench (overall performance)
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|Single-core score||Mutli-core score|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro||1,941||14,965|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Max||1,926||14,939|
|Dell XPS 15||1,757||11,258|
|HP EliteBook 840 G9||1,728||10,578|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro||1,768||12,477|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch M2||1,898||8,911|
On Geekbench 5, which measures CPU performance, the MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro version notched a single-core score of 1,941 and the M2 Max version hit a similar 1,926. Both models cleared 14,900 on the multi-core test.
Overall, the MacBook Pro 14-inch is about 9% faster in single-core performance versus the previous M1 Pro and 17% faster in multi-core.The 2022 MacBook Pro 13-inch with M2 registered 1,899 and 8,911, so it's well behind on multi-core speed.
The Dell XPS 15 and HP EliteBook 840 G9 were both below 1,800 on single-core and below 12,000 on mulit-core. To be fair, the Core i9 version of the XPS 15 should be faster, but that wasn't available for testing.
Handbrake (video transcoding)
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|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro||4:03|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Max||4:06|
|Dell XPS 15||5:42|
|HP EliteBook 840 G9||6:58|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro||4:51|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch M2||6:51|
For this test we use the Handbrake app to transcode a 6.5GB 4K video to 1080p. The new MacBook Pro 2023 with M2 Pro took just 4 minutes and 3 seconds to complete the task. Oddly, the M2 Max version was a tad slower at 4:06.
The Dell XPS 15 was over a minute and a half slower with 5:42, and the HP EliteBook was nearly 3 minutes behind at 6:58.
The MacBook Pro M1 Pro needed 4 minutes and 51 seconds to complete the same task, so the new MacBook Pro M2 is about 18% faster.
PugetBench Photoshop test
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|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro||988||4:20|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Max||1,199||3:57|
|Dell XPS 15||962||5:42|
|HP EliteBook 840 G9||920||5:16|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro||806||4:54|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch M2||817||4:54|
The PugetBench PhotoShop test assigns a score based on how effectively a system uses scripts to apply a series of filters and other adjustments to a number of high-res photographs. The test also times how long each system takes.
The MacBook Pro 14-icnch 2023 scored 988 with the M2 Pro chip and took 4:20 to complete the test. The M2 Max version scored 1,199 and was even faster at 3:57.The M1 Pro MacBook Pro scored a much lower 806.
The Dell XPS 15 (962, 5:42)) and HP EliteBook 840 G9 (929, 5:16) were not too far behind in terms of the overall score, but were considerably slower.
PugetBench Premiere Pro test (video)
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|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro||942|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Max||1,009|
|Dell XPS 15||616|
|HP EliteBook 840 G9||378|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro||Did not run|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch M2||552|
The PugetBench Premiere Pro test involves taking a 4K clip and applying a Lumetri Color effect and adding 12 clips across four tracks in a multi-camera sequence.
The MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro scored 942, which handily beats the Dell XPS 15 (616) and HP EliteBook 840 G9 (378). The M2 Max model hit an even higher 1,009.
Unfortunately, the MacBook Pro M1 Pro couldn't run this test when we ran it in 2021, but the MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 turned in a score of 552. So the M2 Pro MacBook Pro is 52% faster than the 13-inch model.
Blackmagic disk speed test (SSD)
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|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro||5,293 / 6,168|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Max||5,319 / 6,402|
|Dell XPS 15||4,045 / 4,468|
|HP EliteBook 840 G9||4,784 / 5,207|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro||5,321 / 5,377|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch M2||2,794 / 2,953|
The Blackmagic disk speed test gauges SSD performance by measuring both read speed and write speed in MBps. The MacBook Pro 14-inch with M2 Pro hit 5,293 MBps reads and 6,168 Mbps writes, and the M2 Max version was a bit faster at 5,319 / 6,402 Mbps.
The Windows competition was once again well behind. Note that the MacBook Pro 13-inch M2 was about half as fast as the new MacBook Pro 14-inch. The M1 Pro MacBook Pro had similar read speeds to the M2 Pro version but the newer MacBook has faster writes.
We look forward to testing the entry-level MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro to see if the SSD is as fast as pricier configurations from Apple.
3DMark Wild Life (graphics)
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|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro||47,844 / 287 fps||12,939 / 77.5 fps|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Max||89,902 / 538 fps||21,420 / 128.3 fps|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro||38,406 / 230 fps||10,386 / 62.1 fps|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch M2||24,892 / 149 fps||6,819 / 40.83 fps|
3DMark Wild Life Unlimited measures graphics performance, delivering an overall score and frame rate (fps). It is not available on Windows, which is why we're only comparing Macs in this case.
The MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro scored 47,844 and 287 frames per second. But the M2 Max chip nearly doubled those results, hitting 89,902 and 538 fps. On the more demanding Extreme test, the M2 Max model was nearly 9,000 points higher and 50 fps higher.
The MacBook Pro M1 Pro scored 38,406 and 230 fps, so that's a pretty big jump of about 20% for the M2 Pro.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (gaming)
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|1920 x 1200||3024 x 1964|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Pro||48.6 fps||20. 9 fps|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Max||73 fps||34 fps|
|Dell XPS 15||38.4 fps*||11.04 fps**|
|MacBook Pro 14-inch M1 Pro||39.3 fps||17.1 fps|
|MacBook Pro 13-inch M2||24.9 fps||12. 2 fps|
* 1920 x 1080 resolution ** At 3,456 x 2,160 resolution
We ran the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark to see how well the MacBook Pro 14-inch 2023 can handle mainstream games, although this is an older title. The M2 Pro MacBook Pro hit 48.6 fps at 1920 x 1200 resolution, compared to 39.3 fps for the 2021 model with M1 Pro.
The M2 Max version with 38-core GPU delivered a much higher 73 fps at 1920 x 1200 pixels and a playable 34 fps at the higher 3024 x 1964 resolution.The M2 Pro model mustered only 20.9 fps at that resolution, which is not really playable.
The Dell XPS 15 with its Nvidia GeForce 3050 Ti GPU delivered a fairly smooth 38.4 at 1920 x 1080 resolution but only 11 fps at 3,456 x 2,160 pixels.
The MacBook Pro with M2 Pro largely lives up to the hype with Apple's new silicon. It's not a quantum leap ahead of the M1 Pro, but it is notably faster in multiple benchmarks. We saw a pretty big jump in photo editing performance and video transcoding speed, and the M2 Max chip provides a huge GPU boost. And it should with the 38-core GPU we tested.
One thing is for sure. Windows laptops have some catching up to do.
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You compared it to an i7 Dell XPS 15 when there's an i9 available. And there's a better nVidia card on the XPS 17.
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MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021) review: Performance
On the Geekbench 5 general performance benchmark's multi-core test, the 14-inch MacBook Pro earned a whopping 12,477. The M1 Max-based 16-inch MacBook Pro (a 10-core CPU configuration, with 64GB of RAM) did a little better, at 12,683.
13.6-inch display with 60Hz refresh rate.How fast is the MacBook air M2? ›
The new 2022 model starts at $1199/£1249, with an 8-core M2 processor running at 3.5GHz, an 8-core integrated GPU, 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD.Does the M2 MacBook Pro overheat? ›
According to recent reports, both devices equipped with Apple M2 chip — MacBook Air M2 and Pro M2 — face severe overheating issues. Reviewers and enthusiastic customers have shown their disappointment at how quickly and frequently their MacBook Air and Pro devices heat up.Which MacBook Pro is fastest? ›
The MacBook Pro M2 is one of the fastest laptops ever made, and for some, that'll be enough to justify its $1,299 starting price.Is MacBook Pro 14 inch good for gaming? ›
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 has the hardware to run graphically intensive games, especially the top-end M1 Max model with 32 GPU cores. However, the gaming experience can vary significantly depending on whether the game runs natively or through Rosetta 2.Is M2 better than M1 Pro? ›
With its powerful CPU, M2 Pro can compile code up to 25 percent faster than M1 Pro, and up to 2.5x faster than MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9 processor.Does M2 MacBook Pro have 120Hz? ›
Apple's new MacBook Pro with the M2 chipset is reportedly not going to feature the 120Hz refresh rate display. The reason could be to differentiate the premium and more powerful MacBook Pros with the entry-level MacBook Pros.Is MacBook Air M2 better than MacBook Pro M1? ›
While the standard memory offered by both the M1 and M2 MacBook Pro is the same: 8GB Unified Memory, the performance is not the same. According to Apple, the M2 delivers 50 percent more memory bandwidth compared to M1 (100GB/s memory bandwidth) so there should be some noticeable improvements.Is M2 faster than i7? ›
The 12-core-based Core i7 outperforms the M2 chipset in terms of performance but falls short in terms of power efficiency. Apple admits that the 12-core Core i7 processor is faster than the M2 chipset.
The M2 also beats the entire M1 range in single-core performance, largely as a result of the new high-performance cores. However, it still sits behind the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra in multi-core performance.Is MacBook Pro M2 worth it? ›
Verdict. If you're after an ultra-portable, yet high-performing laptop that can take on pretty much any image or video editing task you could throw at it, the M2 MacBook Pro is well worth considering.Does M2 have heating issue? ›
The new MacBook Air is thinner than its predecessors, and while it has received positive reception, there have been reports of users complaining that their MacBook Air is suffering from overheating and throttled performance.How much faster will M2 Mac be? ›
M2 Pro is up to 40% faster than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro chip. M2 Pro is up to 80% faster than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the Intel Core i9 processor.Does M2 chip overheat? ›
Because of the higher temperatures, the M2 needs to slow itself down more aggressively to prevent overheating. Especially for people editing and exporting high-resolution photos and videos, it means that the M2 in the Air can have trouble running faster than the M1 it replaces.Which is faster M1 Pro or Max? ›
In our testing, the M1 Max unsurprisingly outperformed the lower-end M1 Pro chip, but what was a bit of a surprise was how well even the base M1 Pro chip did in our tests. 14" M1 Pro vs 16" M1 Max MacBook Pro Performance Benchmarks!What is the difference between M2 Pro and M2 Max? ›
The M2 Pro starts with 16GB of unified memory by default and has just one upgradeable option to 32GB. The M2 Max, on the other hand, has three memory options – 32GB, 64GB, and 96GB, although it's worth noting that the latter is only available if you spec up the chip to the 38-core GPU version.Why is MacBook Pro so fast? ›
Apple uses memory, which is designed to serve both large chunks of data and do it very quickly. It is called 'low latency and high throughput'. This removes the need to have two different types of memory and all the copying of data between them, making the M1 faster.Is it worth buying a MacBook Pro 14? ›
Every new Mac is always the best Apple has ever made, but the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro is a gigantic leap both over the prior model and in the history of the MacBook Pro, and we think you'll be very pleased with your purchase. We do recommend that you get as much storage and memory as you can afford.How long will a MacBook Pro 14 inch last? ›
Based on operating system support, the limit is between eight and ten years – after which time Apple will not support the software and it's probably a good time to replace your Mac. But it's not just software updates that are important.
At maximum power, the advertised performance boost climbs to 35% over the best the M1 can do. That should translate into smoother, faster performance in games and other graphics-intensive apps for anyone using the new M2-powered MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.Is M2 Pro faster than M1 Pro? ›
With its powerful CPU, M2 Pro can compile code up to 25 percent faster than M1 Pro, and up to 2.5x faster than MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9 processor.Is Apple M2 faster than M1 Pro? ›
But when we compare the M2 chip vs. M1, some strikingly notable advancements exist. For starters, the M2 chip Apple MacBook Air and M2 13-inch MacBook Pro are much faster and deliver better power-efficient performance. Apple M2 chips are 1.4x faster than the M1 and 15x faster than Intel-based MacBook Air options.Is it worth upgrading to M2? ›
Not really. The M2 is basically just a slightly more improved M1 — it is an iterative upgrade. Nothing more, nothing less. If you already own an M1-based machine you shouldn't even think about upgrading as you're not going to notice any tangible difference.Is MacBook Pro 14 better than MacBook Air M2? ›
The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) is better than the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022). The MacBook Pro 14 has a brighter Mini LED display with a higher refresh rate, a wider port selection, a better webcam, and better-sounding speakers.Does MacBook Pro 14 have 120Hz display? ›
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models both feature ProMotion technology, allowing the display to run at as high as 120Hz, down to low as 24Hz, similar to the iPad Pro. The iPhone 13 Pro, which brought ProMotion to the iPhone for the first time, supports a refresh rate as low as 10Hz, and as high as 120Hz.Which one is better MacBook Pro or Air? ›
The Pro also has better speakers and a higher-end display than what you'll find on the MacBook Air. It uses MagSafe charging, like the 2022 MacBook Air, but it has a feature called Active Cooling that uses a pair of fans, which is an improvement over the Air.Is 8GB RAM enough for M2 MacBook Air? ›
8GB is for: Most M2 MacBook owners
I've never seen an out of memory error message, nor do I worry about swap file usage eventually destroying my SSD. If you're concerned about either of those things, or have received the mysterious 'out of memory' message on an M1 Mac, the 8GB version isn't for you.
The Apple M2 takes its single-thread score of 4,130 points and creates a very small gap of +0.93% between itself and the highly praised Intel Core i9-12950HX. This result leaves the M2 as the laptop CPU champion while also holding fourth position in the desktop chart.Is M2 the best processor? ›
The M2 is the latest and most efficient Apple Silicon, with an 18% faster CPU, a 35% faster GPU and a 40% faster neural engine than previous generations, as well as 50% more memory bandwidth.
The M2 can't beat Intel's Core i7-1260P in performance, but it can definitely beat it in power efficiency. Obviously, it's not all just about raw performance, and Apple's main point is it can offer outstanding performance with the M2 at a fraction of the power consumption of an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU.What is the fastest Apple processor? ›
Not surprisingly, the A16 Bionic in the iPhone 14 Pro is the fastest. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 both have an A15 Bionic processor, but the iPhone 13 has one fewer GPU core than the iPhone 13 Pro, which gives it better graphics performance.Which is more powerful M1 or M2? ›
GPU. The M2 features two more GPU cores over the M1, resulting in a moderate boost in graphics performance. Apple says that the M2 has up to 25 percent higher graphics performance than M1 at the same power level, and up to 35 percent better performance at its max power.How much faster is M2 than Intel? ›
The M2 is then said to be 1.9× faster than the aforementioned Intel processor. The M2's GPU chip is 2.3x faster than the Iris Xe Graphics G7 96 EUs in the Core i7–1255U and can match its peak performance while consuming just a fifth of the power.When should I expect M2 max and pro? ›
The new MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max are available to order today, January 17, on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in 27 countries and regions, including the US.Is it worth waiting for M2 max? ›
The most obvious reason to wait for the new MacBook Pro laptops is for the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. The M2 Pro chip features a 10- or 12-core CPU with up to eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores, which Apple claims delivers 20 percent greater performance over M1 Pro.How long is the life expectancy of a MacBook Pro M2 last? ›
On average, your MacBook Pro is expected to last 7.2 years and a MacBook Air for 5-7 years. However, the lifespan of your MacBook depends on what tasks you use your MacBook for, how frequently it is used, and how well you care for your battery and its components.Why is my MacBook air M2 getting so hot? ›
Apple did, however, give it ample thermal paste and graphite tape. On the other hand, seeing as the M2 MacBook Air is even thinner than the previous generation, the components have even less room to breathe. The results of that are often mentioned by reviewers: The laptop tends to heat up when under pressure.Is it worth waiting for M2 Mac? ›
We still recommend that unless you're creating 3D content, making videos, writing apps, or doing other tasks that push the CPU, it's unlikely that you will notice the additional performance the 2023 MacBook Pro models will bring. But if you don't need a new Mac just yet, it sounds like you'll be rewarded for the wait.Is M2 better for gaming? ›
It's much faster than Intel's existing integrated graphics solutions, and totally blows away the 8th Gen Intel Core GPUs used in the last Intel-based MacBooks. But it's not going to be an awesome gaming solution.
The M2 chip is 1.4x faster than the M1, with an 18 percent faster CPU, a 35 percent more powerful GPU, and a 40 percent faster Neural Engine.Is M2 chip worth the extra money? ›
The new MacBook Air M2 is here. Like the recently released MacBook Pro M2, this new notebook is the latest to feature the Apple M2 chip — making it one of the most performant and overall best laptops you can buy. Despite its steep $1,199 starting price, it's arguably worth every penny due to the value it provides.Does the M2 Pro have a fan? ›
The Pro and the Air have the same M2 processor and run the same macOS operating system. But that doesn't mean they'll perform identically because the Pro has something inside it that the Air doesn't: a fan.Does MacBook Pro have heat issues? ›
Like any laptop, your MacBook is susceptible to overheating. A hot MacBook is not just uncomfortable to work with, but it can reduce your battery's lifespan and possibly even damage other internal components. Luckily, you can do a few things to cool it down and continue to enjoy using your MacBook.Does MacBook 14 have 120Hz? ›
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models both feature ProMotion technology, allowing the display to run at as high as 120Hz, down to low as 24Hz, similar to the iPad Pro. The iPhone 13 Pro, which brought ProMotion to the iPhone for the first time, supports a refresh rate as low as 10Hz, and as high as 120Hz.How fast is the MacBook Pro? ›
The M2, which runs at 3.49GHz compared to 3.2GHz for the M1, earned a single-core score of 1919, which is roughly 12 percent faster than the 1707 single-core score of the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro. The M2 earned a multi-core score of 8928, up about 20 percent from the 7419 score of the M1 model.How fast does a MacBook Pro run? ›
Powerful Performance Boost for Pro Workloads
The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, delivering Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.7 GHz.
Based on operating system support, the limit is between eight and ten years – after which time Apple will not support the software and it's probably a good time to replace your Mac. But it's not just software updates that are important.What's better M2 or M1 Pro? ›
The M2 levelled the playing field in some senses by adopting the capabilities of the M1 Pro's dedicated media engine and the chip is more powerful in single-core tasks with its higher 3.49GHz CPU clock speed, but the M1 Pro is considerably better in multi-core and graphics tasks.How do I get 120Hz on my MacBook Pro 14? ›
Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Displays. Click the Refresh Rate pop-up menu and choose a refresh rate.
Apple M2 chips feature Apple's next-generation custom technologies, which makes multitasking a breeze. It has a Neural Engine that can process up to 15.8 trillion operations per second. That's super-fast and over 40 percent more than M1 chips.Is A MacBook faster than a HP? ›
The Apple is better than the HP in nearly all aspects, like a sharper and brighter display, a more comfortable keyboard, a larger touchpad, and a webcam with better video quality. The Apple also has significantly better CPU and GPU performance, and its battery lasts much longer.