Apple’s Mac computers have never really been known for their gaming capabilities. Sure, some of them can game, but compared to a proper PC gaming rig and the limitations become slightly more obvious. However, it turns out that Apple’s newer Macs, especially those powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, are surprisingly good at games.
This is according to tests conducted by PCMag in which they tested out both the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets against the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition laptop, which has an Intel Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070. While the M1 chipsets did not beat the Razer laptop handily, it showed that it could more than hold its own.
For example, when playing the 2016 Hitman in Ultra settings, the M1 Pro with a 16-core GPU managed 104 fps, while the M1 Max with its 32-core GPU managed 106 fps, and the Razer Blade managed 103 fps.
When they tested it against Rise of the Tomb Raider, the M1 Pro managed 79 fps at “Very High” settings, 116 for the M1 Max, and 114 with the Razer Blade.
Before you get too excited and declare Macs as being on equal footing for games as Intel-powered PCs, keep in mind that the M1 Pro with the 16-core GPU configuration has a starting price of $2,299, while the M1 Max with a 32-core GPU is priced starting at $3,099. This is much more expensive than the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition, so that’s something to consider as well.