Apple MacBook Pro 16 M2 Pro test: another champion in all categories

It is obviously this part that interests us the most, because it marks the real demarcation with the M1 Pro chip. On the MacBook Pro 16 (2023), the M2 Pro chip is only available in a single model consisting of 12 CPU cores and 19 GPU cores, i.e. two and three additional cores respectively. Our test model is equipped with 2 TB of SSD and 32 GB of unified memory.

According to our CPU test index, the M2 Pro is one of the best processors of the moment. It provides about 20% more performance compared to the M1 Pro, almost at the level of the excellent Intel Core i9-12900H and Core i7-12700H embedded in the Asus Strix Scar 17 and Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. This new chip from Apple outpaces the Ryzen 9 6900HS in the Zephyrus G14, but it’s a thin computer with a limited thermal envelope (TDP). As with each of our comparisons, let’s also highlight the fact that each processor does more or less well depending on the software used and the optimization they benefit from. On the other hand, the 13th generation of Intel processors is fast approaching, as is AMD’s Ryzen 7000. The balance of power is likely to be different.

The MacBook Pro M2 Pro can tackle any computationally intensive task, and it does it quietly. Now that Blender is optimized for Apple chips, the M2 Pro can take on excellent graphics cards, such as the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro’s RTX 3070 Ti. It’s also faster in Photoshop, but Nvidia GPUs bury it in Adobe Premiere, which is better optimized for them. Mac users will probably prefer DaVinci Resolve or Final Cut.

Like every year, we launched Shadow of the Tomb Raider to observe the evolution of the in-game performance of the homemade chips, even if they are clearly not dedicated to this use. In 1920 x 1200 pixels, the MacBook Pro M2 Pro, well helped by the 19 GPU cores, managed to maintain an average of 58 i / s, a little more than the 47 i / s of the M1 Pro (+ 23%). This good score in absolute terms allows you to take advantage of the catalog of games (admittedly limited) available on Mac.

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