M1 Pro vs M1 Max: Which One You Should Buy?

M1 Pro vs M1 Max: Apple recently launched one of the most anticipated M1 Pro and M1 Max. But many people are still confused about which one they should buy and which should be worth their money for a more extended period.

We at Digital Phablet are here to solve this problem by answering the most asked question on the internet community.

So, let’s start the comparison of M1 Pro vs M1 Max!


Apple does not sell these two processors separately, so they come exclusively with their devices. According to the latest announcement, the price for a 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021 is $1,999 and for a 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 is $2,499.

m1 pro
m1 max

However, Apple hasn’t announced anything about the 13-inch MacBook Pro.


Both M1 Pro and M1 Max are built on the same architecture. SoCs (System-on-a-chips) combine RAM, CPU, and GPU altogether, drastically enhancing the performance, removing RAM to CPU latency, and leading them towards high efficiency.

M1M1 ProM1 Max
Maximum Memory16GB32GB64GB
Memory Bandwidth68.25 GBPS200 GBPS400 GBPS
CPU Cores88/1010
GPU Cores7/814/1624/32
Transistors16 billion33.7 billion57 billion
Process Node5nm5nm5nm

M1 Pro

M1 Pro can go to 16 graphical cores, best for 3D modeling and rendering or video editing. It supports 32 GB of RAM.

M1 Max

M1 Max goes as high as 32 graphic cores make it much powerful than M1 Pro, which clocks at 16 graphical cores. M1 Max also wins this race as it supports 64 GB of RAM.


Apple’s processors have kicked Intel out of the league as the latest benchmarks show Apple processors performing 70% faster than newly launched Intel’s Tiger Lake Chips. They are also perfect for external displays.

Apple M1 Pro M1 Max CPU Performance 10182021

M1 Pro

If we compare M1 Pro with the plain M1 processor, it is 60% faster than them. Having a memory bandwidth of 200Gbps.

M1 Max

M1 Max is still leading the race giving at least 91% faster speed, especially in 3D modeling, and providing more memory bandwidth than M1 Pro.

Battery Life

Apple does not disappoint when it comes to battery timings.

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M1 Pro

With the M1 Pro chip, the MacBook Pro can bear up to 17 hours of video playback and charge 50% in just 30 minutes!

M1 Max

While with the M1 Max chip, the battery life goes as high as 21 hours, which is a 25% increase in battery timing since the last release of MacBook Air M1 a few months back, which goes up to 15.5 hours.


Whether it is 3D Modeling, Gaming, or Rendering, all works like silk on M1 Pro and M1 Max. Apple is yet to show how the latest gameplay would look on these processors, but the benchmarks speak for themselves as they are more than enough to run any game at 4K resolution efficiently.

Apple M1 Pro vs M1 Max GPU Performance 1
Apple M1 Pro vs M1 Max GPU Performance 2

Apple is also pushing Apple Arcade to target more users after being highly profitable in the gaming section in Q1 2021 compared to Xbox and PlayStation. This paves the way for Apple to showcase more AAA games to their platform.

macOS Monterey will further change the software architecture to run games with more efficiency.

Which one is worth the money?

M1 Max is the clear winner!

After looking at the specifications, M1 Max seems to be the one you will buy once, and it would take years to get dominated by other technologies, but we think investing in M1 Max would be a wiser choice if the budget isn’t the problem.

Apple M1 Pro M1 Max Pro Res 10182021

However, M1 Pro is a good choice when you have a limited budget, especially getting MacBook Air M1 for $999.

But, If you’re a designer or a 3D Modeling expert, or a gamer, then you have to stick to at least M1 Pro or M1 Max.


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