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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Review - The base model now comes without a Pro SoC

Debut for Apple's M3 SoC. Apple launched its new MacBook Pro models and the old MacBook Pro 13 is not longer available. Instead, there is a new entry-level model of the MacBook Pro 14 with the base M3-SoC and 8 GB RAM for $1599. However, there are some compromises, especially in terms of connectivity as well as the cooling performance.

Around 9 months after the launch of the MacBook Pro models with the M2 Pro as well as M2 Max processors, Apple just announced new versions of its Pro laptops including their new 3 nm SoCs M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max. The outdated 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar is finally cancelled and instead we get a new entry-level model of the MacBook Pro 14 with the base M3 SoC. The starting price is also lower at $1599, but you only get 8 GB RAM by default. An upgrade to 16 GB RAM increases the price to $1799, which is not far away from the previous entry-level MacBook Pro 14 with the M2 Pro. Our review unit with the M3 SoC, 16 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD storage is priced at $1999.

The MacBook Pro 14 with the new M3 Pro starts at $1999 (18 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD with a slimmed-down M3 Pro chip (11 CPU cores, 14 GPU cores) and the full M3 Pro version with all performance cores and the faster 19-core GPU starts at $2399 (18 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD). The MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 Max starts at $3199 (14 CPU cores, 30 GPU cores, 36 GB RAM) and the fastest M3 Max (16 CPU cores, 40 GPU cores, 48 GB RAM) starts at $3699. If you check all the option boxes (128 GB RAM, 8 TB SSD), you can raise the price to $6899. It is also the first time that the Max versions offer higher CPU performance compared to the Pro SoCs.

MBP 14 M3 MBP 14 M3 Pro MBP 14 M3 Pro MBP 14 M3 Max MBP 14 M3 Max
CPU Apple M3
8-core CPU
(4P & 4E)
Apple M3 Pro
11-core CPU
(5P & 6E)
Apple M3 Pro
12-core
(6P & 6 E)
Apple M3 Max
14-core CPU
(10P & 4E)
Apple M3 Max
16-core
(12P & 4E)
GPU 10-core GPU 14-core GPU 18-core 30-core 40-core
RAM 8 GB (16/24 GB) 18 GB (36 GB) 18 GB (36 GB) 36 GB (96 GB) 48 GB (64/128 GB)
SSD 512 GB (1/2 TB) 512 GB (1/2/4 TB) 1 TB (2/4 TB) 1 TB (2/4/8 TB) 1 TB (2/4/8 TB)
Memory Bandwidth 100 GB/s 150 GB/s 150 GB/s 300 GB/s 400 GB/s
Ports 2x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 3
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
3x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4
HDMI, SD card reader
Price from $1599 from $1999 from $2399 from 3199 from $3699

We will also review the other versions of the new MacBook Pro 14 & 16 soon and also have a closer look at the performance as well as the efficiency of the new M3 processor in our analysis article, which will be published soon. It will also include a preview of the new MacBook Air models, which will also be updated with the M3 SoC.

Right now, the main rival for the new entry-level MacBook Pro 14 is the MacBook Pro 14 with the M2 Pro, which is actually similarly priced with the same memory (16 GB). There are also Windows rivals like the Huawei MateBook X Pro or the Schenker Vision 14, but also multimedia devices like the Gigabyte 14 Aero OLED or the Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i 14 with a Mini-LED screen, and both of them are equipped with discrete GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPUs.

Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 (MacBook Pro 14 2023 Series)
Processor
Apple M3 8 x 2.7 - 4.1 GHz, 20 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
16 GB 
, LPDDR5 6400, dual channel, onboard
Display
14.20 inch 16:10, 3024 x 1964 pixel 254 PPI, Mini LED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP1024Z, 1024 GB 
, 966 GB free
Connections
2 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Stereo, Card Reader: SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.5 x 312.6 x 221.2 ( = 0.61 x 12.31 x 8.71 in)
Battery
70 Wh, 6068 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Apple macOS 14 Sonoma
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 6 Speakers, 3D Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 70W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.525 kg ( = 53.79 oz / 3.36 pounds), Power Supply: 236 g ( = 8.32 oz / 0.52 pounds)
Price
2459 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Rivals

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90.4 %
11/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3, M3 10-Core GPU
1.5 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
93.4 %
03/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 10-Core, M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
1.6 kg15.5 mm14.20"3024x1964
91.9 %
06/2022
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2, M2 10-Core GPU
1.4 kg15.6 mm13.30"2560x1600
89.6 %
06/2023
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
i7-1360P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg15.6 mm14.20"3120x2080
89.8 %
07/2023
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
1.7 kg17.6 mm14.50"3072x1920
89.4 %
05/2023
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
1.4 kg17 mm14.00"2880x1800
88.9 %
10/2023
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
i7-13700H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.3 kg16.6 mm14.00"2880x1800

Case - Base MBP 14 still in Silver or Space Grey

Apple keeps the familiar chassis design of the two previous years and the new entry-level model is still available in silver or space grey – the new space black option is reserved for the more expensive M3 Pro & M3 Max SKUs. The quality of the chassis is still excellent and the aluminum case feels premium and sturdy. The display hinges also leave a good impression, only the maximum opening angle (135 degrees) could be larger.

The hard front edge of the base unit can be an issue and cut into the skin when you use it for longer periods. The design of the base unit without any tapered edges also makes it feel quite bulky. It is also much bigger than the outgoing MacBook Pro 13 since it has a bigger screen, but the MBP 14 is actually slightly thinner at 15.5 vs. 15.6 millimeters.

MacBook Pro 14 M3 with both power adapters (70 & 96 Watts)
MacBook Pro 14 M3 with both power adapters (70 & 96 Watts)

At 1.525 kg, the base model of the new MacBook Pro 14 is one of the heavier devices in our comparison group and only the MacBook Pro M2 (like the new MBP 14 M3 Max) are slightly heavier at ~1.6 kg, just like the Lenovo Yoga Pro 9i at around 1,7 kg. The weight difference between the entry-level MBP 14 M3 and the more expensive M3 Pro & M3 Max SKUs is a result of the slimmed-down cooling solution with just one fan, the slightly smaller battery and the lack of the USB-C port at the right side.

The base model is shipped with a 70-Watt MagSafe power adapter (236 grams). The optional 96-Watt adapter is noticeably bigger and heavier at 366 grams. You can also charge the MacBook Pro via USB-C.

Size Comparison

327 mm / 12.9 inch 223.5 mm / 8.8 inch 17.6 mm / 0.693 inch 1.7 kg3.72 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 inch 221.2 mm / 8.71 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.5 kg3.36 lbs312.6 mm / 12.3 inch 221.2 mm / 8.71 inch 15.5 mm / 0.61 inch 1.6 kg3.54 lbs311 mm / 12.2 inch 220.8 mm / 8.69 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.4 kg3.1 lbs310 mm / 12.2 inch 221 mm / 8.7 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs308.8 mm / 12.2 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16.6 mm / 0.654 inch 1.3 kg2.8 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.4 kg3.02 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity - No Thunderbolt 4 for the base MBP 14

Looking at the port situation, the new base model of the MacBook Pro 14 is actually closer to the MacBook Air since the two USB-C ports on the left side support USB 4, but only Thunderbolt 3 and the USB-C port on the right side is gone. It’s not all bad news though, because the new Pro offers HDMI as well as the SDXC card reader compared to the MacBook Air. Like on previous M2 based MacBooks, the new MacBook Pro M3 only supports one external screen (up to 6K @ 60 Hz) and the HDMI output is limited to 4K at 120 Hz. For comparison: The M3 Pro MBP 14 can drive two external screens and the HDMI port supports 8K at 60 Hz or 4K at 240 Hz, respectively; the M3 Max can drive up to four external screens.

Left side: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort-Alt mode, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm audio
Left side: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort-Alt mode, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm audio
Right side: SDXC card reader, HDMI 2.0
Right side: SDXC card reader, HDMI 2.0

SD Card Reader

The SDXC card reader on the right side is still very fast and we determined up to 230 MB/s with our reference card (Angelbird AV Pro V60) and still 146 MB/s when we copied image files from the card, which is a good result as well. Inserted cards protrude by around 1.5 cm.

SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro (AV Pro V60)
181 MB/s +23%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
177.9 (155.77min - 183.27max) MB/s +21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 (Angelibrid AV Pro V60)
146.9 MB/s
Average of class Multimedia
  (17.6 - 205, n=61, last 2 years)
85.3 MB/s -42%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
75.2 MB/s -49%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
22.7 MB/s -85%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 (Angelibrid AV Pro V60)
230.6 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro (AV Pro V60)
208 MB/s -10%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
186.02 MB/s -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.8 - 266, n=57, last 2 years)
111 MB/s -52%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
83.4 MB/s -64%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
27.8 MB/s -88%

Communication

Apple still uses last year’s Wi-Fi 6E module including Bluetooth 5.3 and the overall performance is very good, even though there were some fluctuations of the transfer rates in combination with our reference router from Asus. However, there are no limitations and we did not experience any problems with large downloads or bad reception. Apple does not offer Wi-Fi 7 modules yet.

Networking
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1605 (min: 1474) MBit/s ∼98%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1700 (min: 1599) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
797 (min: 751) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
828 (min: 753) MBit/s ∼49%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
591 (min: 549) MBit/s ∼36%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
938 (min: 925) MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1353 (min: 1192) MBit/s ∼76%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1682 (min: 868) MBit/s ∼97%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1479 (min: 744) MBit/s ∼91%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1449 (min: 1255) MBit/s ∼85%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1574 (min: 1478) MBit/s ∼96%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1679 (min: 1641) MBit/s ∼99%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1594 (min: 1492) MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1667 (min: 1652) MBit/s ∼96%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1777 (min: 1685) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1741 (min: 1650) MBit/s ∼100%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1633 (min: 1588) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1681 (min: 1584) MBit/s ∼99%
05010015020025030035040045050055060065070075080085090095010001050110011501200125013001350140014501500155016001650170017501800Tooltip
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1603 (1474-1704)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1700 (1599-1824)

Webcam

The image quality of the 1080p webcam is still good, but not comparable to front cameras on iPads. Face-ID or Center Stage are still not available, either.

ColorChecker
12.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3: 10.8 ∆E min: 2.77 - max: 19.57 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by Pentalobe screws (P5) as well as small metal hooks at the back, which means you have to push the cover towards the front once you removed all the screws. There are also two clamps in the middle of the sides that require some force (we recommend a suction cup). There is not much to do once you are inside, only the fan can be cleaned by the user. All other components are soldered and you cannot upgrade any components.

Internal layout MacBook Pro 14 M3
Internal layout MacBook Pro 14 M3
Internal layout MacBook Pro 14 M3 Max
Internal layout MacBook Pro 14 M3 Max

A direct comparison to the MacBook Pro 14 M3 Max (also M3 Pro) immediately shows the massive difference of the internal layout since the second fan is missing on the new base model. Everything looks nice and is hidden underneath covers, but Apple wastes a lot of space here and we do not see the reason for the smaller battery compared to the more powerful MBP 14 models. 

Warranty

The base warranty for the MacBook Pro is one year. You can purchase a warranty extension (Apple Care+) for three years, which costs $279. This also includes costs for accidental damage (each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other accidental damage). It is also possible to pay $99 per year for AppleCare+.

Input Devices - Perfect trackpad

The input devices are unchanged and the black keyboard still offers a comfortable and precise typing experience despite the comparatively shallow travel. There is still room for improvements compared to the best business laptops, but it is no problem to type for longer periods. The key strokes could also be a bit quieter and the arrow keys are very small. The MacBook is still superior to Windows laptops in terms of keyboard illumination, even after all these years. The brightness can be adjusted very precisely and both the automatic activation as well as intensity based on the ambient lighting work perfectly.

Input devices
Input devices
Background illumination
Background illumination

The trackpad has been the benchmark for years and the implementation with macOS is just excellent. The clicking experience is also completely identical anywhere you touch since there are no moving parts. macOS also offers plenty of customization.

Display - Mini-LED now with increased SDR brightness

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The basic specs of the Mini-LED panel inside the MacBook Pro 14 did not change. The camera notch in the middle still does not look very good, but does not take any space from the 16:10 panel. The vertical area next to the notch (which is used for menu elements) has been added on top, which results in a resolution of 3024 x 1964 pixels. This means you have slightly more room compared to a regular 16:10 panel. The subjective picture quality is still excellent and benefits from the high refresh rate (120 Hz), which is dynamically applied by the system if necessary. Black contents are also pure black (like OLED screens), which creates an extremely high contrast ratio. The only drawback is clouding when bright objects appear on dark backgrounds. This is mainly noticeable when logos are shown and you can obviously provoke this issue, but is usually not noticeable in practice. Both the brightness as well as the color temperature (True Tone) can automatically be adjusted based on the ambient lighting, which works flawlessly. There are no scaling issues in macOS, either.

Maximum HDR brightness: 1676 nits
Maximum HDR brightness: 1676 nits

Apple claims the maximum SDR brightness was raised from 500 to 600 nits and we can confirm that with a maximum brightness of 631 nits (605nits on average) on our test model. The black value is 0, so the contrast ratio is extremely high. Apple has a big advantage over most Windows devices in terms of maximum HDR brightness (up to 1676 nits with a 10 % window, full-screen 1156 nits) as well as the implementation of HDR content. The panel simply increases the brightness when display contents require it and users do not have to change any settings. Windows users can only dream of this right now. The Mini-LED rival Lenovo Yoga 9i can keep up nicely (~700 nits SDR brightness, up to ~1400 nits HDR brightness) and even covers the wider AdobeRGB color gamut. 

597
cd/m²
610
cd/m²
587
cd/m²
622
cd/m²
631
cd/m²
589
cd/m²
611
cd/m²
611
cd/m²
588
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 631 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 605.1 cd/m² Minimum: 2.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 631 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.9 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5.1, calibrated: 2
ΔE Greyscale 3.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.2% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.44
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
IPS, 2560x1600, 13.30
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
TMX1422, IPS, 3120x2080, 14.20
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
CSOT T3 MNE507HZ2-1, Mini-LED, 3072x1920, 14.50
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Samsung SDC4192 (ATNA40YK14-0), OLED, 2880x1800, 14.00
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
CSOT T3 MNE007ZA1-3, IPS, 2880x1800, 14.00
Display
0%
0%
-9%
-7%
1%
-25%
Display P3 Coverage
99.2
99.2
0%
98.8
0%
89.8
-9%
92
-7%
99.8
1%
74.7
-25%
sRGB Coverage
100
99.4
99.7
100
99.6
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
87.9
84.2
96.9
88.7
75.8
Response Times
38%
265%
370%
36%
32%
67%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
69 ?(29.6, 39.4)
35.2 ?(12.8, 22.4)
49%
42 ?(19.9, 22.1)
39%
20 ?(6, 14)
71%
12.7 ?(4.6, 8.1)
82%
2.4 ?(1.4, 1)
97%
32.2 ?(14.9, 17.3)
53%
Response Time Black / White *
75.2 ?(51.8, 23.4)
26.4 ?(11.2, 15.2)
65%
27.8 ?(14.1, 13.7)
63%
7 ?(2, 5)
91%
11.4 ?(3.7, 7.7)
85%
2.4 ?(1.4, 1)
97%
15.4 ?(5.6, 9.8)
80%
PWM Frequency
14878 ?(100)
14880 ?(100, 500)
0%
117780 ?(56)
692%
156000 ?(50)
949%
6000 ?(70, 330)
-60%
300
-98%
Screen
20%
28%
4%
-2%
32%
8%
Brightness middle
631
500
-21%
514
-19%
595
-6%
670
6%
423
-33%
402
-36%
Brightness
605
489
-19%
497
-18%
550
-9%
680
12%
427
-29%
371
-39%
Brightness Distribution
93
94
1%
93
0%
85
-9%
89
-4%
98
5%
86
-8%
Black Level *
0.02
0.31
0.25
0.19
0.1
0.27
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.9
1.2
59%
1.1
62%
2.01
31%
4
-38%
0.55
81%
1.8
38%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.9
2.6
47%
2.3
53%
6.9
-41%
4.5
8%
1.15
77%
3.6
27%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2
0.6
70%
1.22
39%
1.3
35%
1.15
42%
1.5
25%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.6
1.7
53%
1.8
50%
2.74
24%
4.9
-36%
0.69
81%
1.8
50%
Gamma
2.44 90%
2.24 98%
2.23 99%
2.4 92%
2.22 99%
2.42 91%
2.27 97%
CCT
6964 93%
6791 96%
6764 96%
6319 103%
5735 113%
6479 100%
6695 97%
Contrast
25000
1658
2380
3526
4230
1489
Total Average (Program / Settings)
19% / 23%
98% / 90%
122% / 103%
9% / 8%
22% / 29%
17% / 17%

* ... smaller is better

We analyzed the Mini-LED panel with the professional CalMAN Ultimate software (X-Rite i1 Pro 2, CalMAN Patterns) and the factory calibration is worse compared to the previous MacBook Pro 14. Both the grayscale as well as the colors show deviations of more than 3 compared to the P3 reference color space. We also see a minor clue cast in combination with a slightly cool color temperature. You will not notice when you use True Tone though.

CalMAN Grayscale (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Grayscale calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (target color space P3)
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated (target color space P3)
P3 coverage: 99.2 percent
P3 coverage: 99.2 percent

We were able to calibrate the Mini-LED panel and improve the image quality, but there are still individual colors with deviations bigger than 3. Our calibrated profile can be downloaded for free in the display box above. We are already eager to see if there is a difference compared to the more expensive MBP 14 models with M3 Pro/M3 Max. The panel still covers the P3 color gamut (99.2 %). The panel is not perfect for image calibration since you cannot deactivate the individual lighting zones of the Mini-LED screen.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
75.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 51.8 ms rise
↘ 23.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 100 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (21.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
69 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 29.6 ms rise
↘ 39.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 98 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (34.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 14878 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 14878 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 14878 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18716 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

PWM flickering (minimum brightness)
PWM flickering (minimum brightness)
PWM flickering (25 % SDR brightness)
PWM flickering (25 % SDR brightness)
PWM flickering (50 % SDR brightness)
PWM flickering (50 % SDR brightness)
PWM flickering (75 % SDR brightness)
PWM flickering (75 % SDR brightness)
PWM flickering (100 % SDR brightness)
PWM flickering (100 % SDR brightness)

Like on the previous model, we can once again measure a constant flickering at 15 kHz on the new MacBook Pro 14, even at the highest brightness. However, flickering on mini-LED screens is not comparable with typical PWM flickering and the high frequency should not cause any issues.

Sunny day (no direct sunlight)
Sunny day (no direct sunlight)
Sunny day (direct sunlight)
Sunny day (direct sunlight)
Cloudy day
Cloudy day

The MacBook Pro 14 uses a glossy screen, but it is not as reflective as many other glossy panels. The high values for the brightness as well as the contrast ratio obviously help as well. Our sample images show that you can even use the MacBook outdoors on sunny days as long as you avoid direct sunlight. There are no limitations in terms of the viewing angle stability.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - New 3 nm chip, but no PCIe 4.0

Processor - Apple M3

The new Apple M3 processor is one of the first chips manufactured in a 3 nm process. The core configuration does not differ from the previous M2 processor and you still get one performance cluster with four cores as well as an efficiency cluster with four cores. The clock of the cores is now higher at up to 4.056 GHz (M2 max. 4.38 GHz) for the performance cores, at least in theory. We only observed up to 3.78 GHz (usually 3.7 GHz) in single-core tests as well as 3.63 GHz in multi-core tests. The efficiency cores can now reach up to 2.748 GHz (previously up to 2.4 GHz).

We will take a closer look at the efficiency in our comprehensive analysis article of the new Apple M3, but the power consumption is pretty much identical to the Apple M2, which means the efficiency is better. We see consumption figures of around 20 Watts in multi-core tests as well as slightly more than 5 Watts in single-core tests.

Apple managed to increase the performance and we see an advantage of around 20 % over the M2 both in multi-core as well as single-core benchmarks. The multi-core performance is sufficient to beat the old M1 Pro SoC with 8 CPU cores, but the base model M2 Pro is still faster (~13 %). Intel’s U-series like the Core i7-1355U is beaten, but the P-series chips like the Core i7-1360P (at more than 30 Watts) as well as the Ryzen 7 7840U (at 24 Watt) are still a bit faster.

Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench 2024: CPU Multi Core | CPU Single Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
17855 Points +71%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
15102 Points +44%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14802 Points +42%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14787 Points +41%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
14325 (12974.5min - 14324.9max) Points +37%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3127 - 30789, n=95, last 2 years)
13377 Points +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G11 21HNS54T00
Intel Core i7-1370P
12778 (5618.54min - 12777.5max) Points +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12370 Points +18%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
12275 Points +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11811 Points +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
11797 Points +13%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
11571 Points +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
10454 Points
Average Apple M3
 
10454 Points 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4 21F6005GGE
Intel Core i7-1355U
10251 (7046.16min - 10251.4max) Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9581 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
8745 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
8569 Points -18%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
1912 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
1904 Points
Average Apple M3
 
1904 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
1869 Points -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4 21F6005GGE
Intel Core i7-1355U
1851 Points -3%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
1848 Points -3%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
1840 Points -3%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
1761 Points -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G11 21HNS54T00
Intel Core i7-1370P
1750 Points -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
1742 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1648 Points -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (819 - 2110, n=91, last 2 years)
1648 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1647 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1643 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
1589 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
1581 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1534 Points -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1531 Points -20%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Multi Core
Average of class Multimedia
  (712 - 1612, n=3, last 2 years)
1117 Points +57%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1028 Points +44%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
853 Points +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
824 Points +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
712 Points
Average Apple M3
 
712 Points 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
609 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
513 Points -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G11 21HNS54T00
Intel Core i7-1370P
366 Points -49%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Single Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
140 Points
Average Apple M3
 
140 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (122 - 140, n=3, last 2 years)
133.7 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
122 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
121 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
112 Points -20%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
103 Points -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
97 Points -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G11 21HNS54T00
Intel Core i7-1370P
90 Points -36%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
15010 Points +39%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14859 Points +38%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
14124 Points +31%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12499 Points +16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
12189 Points +13%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
11288 Points +5%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
10955 Points +2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
10774 Points
Average Apple M3
 
10774 Points 0%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
10515 Points -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3307 - 22816, n=94, last 2 years)
10460 Points -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G11 21HNS54T00
Intel Core i7-1370P
10353 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
9942 Points -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
9644 Points -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4 21F6005GGE
Intel Core i7-1355U
9022 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
8962 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
8961 Points -17%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
8909 Points -17%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
2342 Points
Average Apple M3
 
2342 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1961 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1957 Points -16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
1939 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2
1937 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
1926 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
1917 Points -18%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
1891 Points -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G11 21HNS54T00
Intel Core i7-1370P
1887 Points -19%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H
1869 Points -20%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
1830 Points -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4 21F6005GGE
Intel Core i7-1355U
1815 Points -23%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P
1792 Points -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
1775 Points -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Pro Entry
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
1769 Points -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
1768 Points -25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (843 - 2342, n=94, last 2 years)
1671 Points -29%
Geekbench 6.2 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14568 Points +22%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
14547 Points +22%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
14067 Points +18%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10405 - 21243, n=11, last 2 years)
13859 Points +16%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G11 21HNS54T00
Intel Core i7-1370P
12891 Points +8%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
12598 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
12440 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
11966 Points
Average Apple M3
  (11863 - 11966, n=2)
11915 Points 0%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
11176 Points -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
10893 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
10093 Points -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4 21F6005GGE
Intel Core i7-1355U
9421 Points -21%
Geekbench 6.2 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3
3099 Points
Average Apple M3
  (3076 - 3099, n=2)
3088 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2437 - 3099, n=11, last 2 years)
2670 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
2663 Points -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G11 21HNS54T00
Intel Core i7-1370P
2644 Points -15%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
2613 Points -16%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
2566 Points -17%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H
2610 Points -16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
2605 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2
2593 Points -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4 21F6005GGE
Intel Core i7-1355U
2505 Points -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro
2409 Points -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T14s G4-21F8002TGE
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
2399 Points -23%
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench 2024: CPU Multi Core | CPU Single Core
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 6.2: Multi-Core | Single-Core

The situation changes in the single-core benchmarks and the performance is sufficient to keep up with Intel’s Performance cores, but they require much more power. AMD’s current Zen4 mobile processors do not stand a chance, either, and fall behind by around 10 %, despite higher consumption figures. This is a very impressive result considering the low consumption.

As per usual, the processor performance is not reduced on battery power until the battery capacity drops to 3 %. More CPU benchmarks are listed in our Tech section and we also recommend our analysis article for more information about the efficiency, which will be published soon.

We also performed our Cinebench R15 Multi loop, but you have to keep in mind that this benchmark is emulated, which affects the performance. However, it clearly shows that the CPU performance is rock steady even under sustained workloads.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3 Apple M3: Ø1499 (1472.81-1506.48)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry Apple M2 Pro 10-Core: Ø1658 (1642.58-1664.45)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2 Apple M2: Ø1229 (1226.62-1232.55)
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023 Intel Core i7-1360P: Ø1613 (1476.83-1993.62)
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8 Intel Core i7-13705H: Ø2547 (2497.81-2750.09)
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF Intel Core i7-13700H: Ø2029 (1995.31-2490.5)
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023 Intel Core i7-13700H: Ø1949 (1907.49-1999.5)

System Performance

AmorphousMemoryMark
AmorphousMemoryMark

All MacBooks with Apple’s own silicon are very responsive and fast system and native apps in particular run very smoothly, even complex applications like Adobe Photoshop or DaVinci Resolve. The MacBook can also emulate Intel apps via Rosetta 2, which also works very well, but the performance usually takes a hit, especially in complex apps. We included the Pugetbench benchmark scores for Adobe Photoshop as well as Premiere Pro, but keep in mind that these tests use the emulated Intel versions of the apps. The native version for Apple silicon are noticeable smoother.

CrossMark / Overall
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1876 Points +2%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1867 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1847 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
1847 Points 0%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1842 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1812 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1797 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1772 Points -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (970 - 2146, n=80, last 2 years)
1656 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1556 Points -16%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1548 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1520 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1507 Points -18%
CrossMark / Productivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1829 Points +6%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1793 Points +4%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1739 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1729 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
1729 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (921 - 2064, n=80, last 2 years)
1587 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1562 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1543 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1537 Points -11%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1500 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1418 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1382 Points -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1342 Points -22%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
2338 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
2330 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2239 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
2183 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
2183 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2143 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
2054 Points -6%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1925 Points -12%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1917 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1841 Points -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (933 - 2865, n=80, last 2 years)
1826 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1777 Points -19%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1620 Points -26%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P
1899 Points +39%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
1725 Points +26%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1529 Points +12%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1484 Points +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2234, n=80, last 2 years)
1452 Points +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1367 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
1367 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1333 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1329 Points -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1306 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1171 Points -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1069 Points -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
1055 Points -23%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Average of class Multimedia
  (67 - 293, n=5, last 2 years)
182 fps +172%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
169 fps +152%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
163 fps +143%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
159 fps +137%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
85 fps +27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
67 fps
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
67 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
59 fps -12%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 68, n=5, last 2 years)
44 fps +38%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
43 fps +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
34 fps +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
32 fps
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
32 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
27 fps -16%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
25 fps -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
24 fps -25%
Photoshop PugetBench / Filter Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
94.8 Points +4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (81.8 - 122.4, n=10, last 2 years)
92 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
91.4 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
91.4 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
83.1 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
81.9 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
81.8 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
69.1 Points -24%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
62.8 Points -31%
Photoshop PugetBench / General Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
120.2 Points +4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (56.4 - 162.6, n=10, last 2 years)
115.9 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
115.8 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
115.8 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
108.4 Points -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
106.2 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
86.6 Points -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
79.3 Points -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
69.7 Points -40%
Photoshop PugetBench / GPU Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
109.1 Points +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
101.8 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
101.8 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (67.3 - 145.1, n=10, last 2 years)
99.8 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
94.6 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
93.6 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
83.8 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
78.8 Points -23%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
75.6 Points -26%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1075 Points +4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (726 - 1425, n=10, last 2 years)
1040 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
1036 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
1036 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
951 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
947 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
806 Points -22%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
747 Points -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
694 Points -33%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / GPU Effects 0.98
Average of class Multimedia
  (14.5 - 57.6, n=3, last 2 years)
33.2 Points +129%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
27.6 Points +90%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
23.3 Points +61%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
14.6 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
14.5 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
14.5 Points 0%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / RAW 0.98
Average of class Multimedia
  (23.1 - 55.9, n=3, last 2 years)
38.7 Points +68%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
37.2 Points +61%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
29.5 Points +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
23.4 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
23.1 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
23.1 Points 0%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Intraframe 0.98
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
121.1 Points +106%
Average of class Multimedia
  (58.7 - 121.3, n=3, last 2 years)
100.4 Points +71%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
82.5 Points +41%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
61.2 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
58.7 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
58.7 Points 0%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / LongGOP 0.98
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
71.4 Points +84%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38.7 - 85.4, n=3, last 2 years)
65.2 Points +68%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
48.5 Points +25%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
42.3 Points +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
38.7 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
38.7 Points 0%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score 0.98
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024Z
546 Points +85%
Average of class Multimedia
  (295 - 760, n=3, last 2 years)
534 Points +81%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
384 Points +30%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
325 Points +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
295 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
295 Points 0%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
306.8 Points +1%
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
305 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
304.5 Points
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
291.6 Points -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (145.6 - 322, n=58, last 2 years)
249 Points -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
239 Points -22%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
238.9 Points -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
234.8 Points -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
227.4 Points -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
213.5 Points -30%
WebXPRT 3 /
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
M3 10-Core GPU, M3, Apple SSD AP1024Z
423 Points
Average Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
423 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple SSD AP0512Z
391 Points -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
386 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
382 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP1024Z
379 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, M1 Pro, Apple SSD AP1024R
342 Points -19%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
308 Points -27%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-13700H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
294 Points -30%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, i7-13700H, Gigabyte AG470S1TB-SI B10
287 Points -32%
Average of class Multimedia
  (146 - 432, n=88, last 2 years)
280 Points -34%

Storage Devices

AmorphousDiskMark
AmorphousDiskMark

The SSD performance is also a step back compared to the previous model, because the base version of the new MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 SoC only uses a PCIe 3.0 interface instead of PCIe 4.0 on models with the M3 Pro or M3 Max, respectively. The performance is still sufficient for everyday tasks with transfer rates of up to 3 GB/s, but this performance is similar to the MacBook Air models. Our review unit is equipped with the optional 1 TB SSD (AP1024Z) and you can use 966 GB for your own files after the initial set-up. The MBP 14 with the M3 SoC can be configured with up to 2 TB SSD storage. More SSD benchmarks are listed here.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s +86%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2877 - 5666, n=7, last 2 years)
4543 MB/s +58%
Average Apple SSD AP1024Z
  (2797 - 4860, n=5)
3240 MB/s +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2901.3 MB/s +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2876.6 MB/s
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2847.5 MB/s -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2819.3 MB/s -2%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2796.5 MB/s -3%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
1475.8 MB/s -49%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s +113%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2993 - 8271, n=7, last 2 years)
5438 MB/s +82%
Average Apple SSD AP1024Z
  (2873 - 6126, n=5)
3609 MB/s +21%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3489.5 MB/s +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple SSD AP1024Z
3036.1 MB/s +1%
Apple MacBook Air M2 10C GPU
Apple SSD AP1024Z
3017.3 MB/s +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2992.9 MB/s
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2873.2 MB/s -4%
Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry
Apple SSD AP0256Z
1652.8 MB/s -45%

GPU Performance

The new Apple M3 is available with two different GPU version, but the MacBook Pro is always equipped with the faster 10-core unit. The updated iMac uses the slower 8-core model, which will most likely be used for the upcoming MacBook Air M3 models as well. The number of cores is once again identical to the previous M2 GPU, but we are not able to determine the GPU clock. We think the clock is once again higher (similar to the CPU clocks) compared to 1.4 GHz on the M2 GPU since the maximum power consumption is increased from 13.5 Watts to 15 Watts.

Our benchmarks show an advantage between 10-20 % compared to the M2 GPU with 10 cores, but the new M3 GPU does not stand a chance against the two 16-core GPUs of the M1 Pro and the M2 Pro. The cross-platform 3DMark WildLife Extreme Unlimited test shows a clear advantage for the M3 GPu over the rivals from AMD (Radeon 780M) as well as Intel (Iris Xe Graphics G7). The OpenCL performance on the other hand is comparable to the Radeon 780M. The discrete GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop in Lenovo’s multimedia laptop Yoga Pro 9i is noticeably faster.

The GPU performance is completely stable, bot under sustained workloads and on battery power. More GPU benchmarks are listed in our Tech section.

3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
15208 Points +83%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12968 Points +56%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1867 - 31268, n=32, last 2 years)
12662 Points +53%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
11224 Points +35%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
10352 Points +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
8302 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
8302 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6869 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6823 Points -18%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
5465 Points -34%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-13700H
4304 Points -48%
Geekbench 5.5
OpenCL Score
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
86275 Points +165%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
70438 Points +116%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9849 - 130419, n=93, last 2 years)
57238 Points +76%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
46941 Points +44%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
42483 Points +31%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
37867 Points +16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
36162 Points +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
32540 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
32540 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27696 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27602 Points -15%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1360P
20881 Points -36%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-13700H
20765 Points -36%
Metal Score
Average of class Multimedia
  (34398 - 99672, n=6, last 2 years)
62041 Points +80%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52054 Points +51%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
46834 Points +36%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42115 Points +22%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
34398 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
34398 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30166 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30149 Points -12%
Geekbench 6.2
GPU Metal
Average of class Multimedia
  (47494 - 155752, n=3, last 2 years)
95127 Points +100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
69083 Points +45%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
47494 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
47494 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
45460 Points -4%
GPU OpenCL
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
80435 Points +164%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
79601 Points +162%
Average of class Multimedia
  (27345 - 92806, n=11, last 2 years)
70708 Points +132%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
42189 Points +39%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Radeon 780M, AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
30585 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
30414 Points
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
30414 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27920 Points -8%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-13700H
16688 Points -45%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 204, n=8, last 2 years)
96.4 fps +84%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.1 fps +76%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
78.7 fps +50%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
71.7 fps +37%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
52.3 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
52.3 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
47.9 fps -8%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.4 fps +74%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.8 - 446, n=10, last 2 years)
210 fps +74%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
181.1 fps +50%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
166 fps +37%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
121 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
121 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
109.8 fps -9%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
107.7 fps -11%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
565.3 fps +72%
Average of class Multimedia
  (160 - 950, n=10, last 2 years)
509 fps +54%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
493 fps +50%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M1 Pro
436 fps +32%
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
330 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
329.6 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
295 fps -10%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
289 fps -12%
Blender
v3.3 Classroom METAL
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
237 Seconds * -96%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
132 Seconds * -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3 10-Core GPU, Apple M3
121 Seconds *
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
121 Seconds * -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds * +20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 132, n=5, last 2 years)
86.6 Seconds * +28%
v3.3 Classroom OPTIX/RTX
Average of class Multimedia
  (22 - 99, n=39, last 2 years)
42.8 Seconds *
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
34 Seconds *
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
28 Seconds *
v3.3 Classroom CUDA
Average of class Multimedia
  (35 - 152, n=41, last 2 years)
77 Seconds *
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13700H
62 Seconds *
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
50 Seconds *

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

Gaming on the Mac is getting more interesting and the new macOS 14 (Sonoma) also offers a Game mode when you play in full-screen mode. In addition to emulated titles (like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Total War: Three Kingdoms) you can also use CrossOver to play Windows games. Depending on the title, this works well (like GTA V, Far Cry 5), but sometimes you have to experiment a bit. Native games for Apple’s silicon obviously work much better and this includes titles like Resident Evil Village or No Man’s Sky. The performance of the new Apple M3 is remarkable and both titles run completely smoothly in 1080p and maximum settings, which is also visible in the following video with gaming benchmarks.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
166 fps +337%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 290, n=88, last 2 years)
87.4 fps +130%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
87 fps +129%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
57 fps +50%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
51 fps +34%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
50 fps +32%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
38 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
38 fps 0%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
36 fps -5%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35.7 fps -6%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
34 fps -11%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
74.7 (70min, 71P1) fps +167%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
71 fps +154%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
67.7 (63min, 65P1) fps +142%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
51 fps +82%
Average of class Multimedia
  (7.9 - 143.2, n=92, last 2 years)
49.7 fps +78%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
45 fps +61%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
29.8 (28min, 28P1) fps +6%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
28 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
28 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
28 fps 0%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
16.4 fps -41%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
14.8 (13min, 14P1) fps -47%
GTA V
1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
171.1 (3.26min, 111.1P1) fps +152%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
161.6 (5.35min, 111.1P1) fps +138%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.8 - 181.9, n=82, last 2 years)
96.9 fps +43%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
68 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
68 fps 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
63.6 (3min, 43.5P1) fps -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
46 fps -32%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
27.4 (14.1min, 20.8P1) fps -60%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.6 (8.96min, 19.6P1) fps -62%
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
90.7 (2.73min, 50P1) fps +106%
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED BMF
Intel Core i7-13700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
74.3 (2.72min, 47.6P1) fps +69%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4.24 - 123, n=81, last 2 years)
56.4 fps +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
44 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
44 fps 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
26.2 (4.04min, 17.9P1) fps -40%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
11.5 (6.52min, 7.87P1) fps -74%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
10.6 (5.85min, 8.55P1) fps -76%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Average of class Multimedia
  (38 - 146, n=10, last 2 years)
84.8 fps +107%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
72 fps +76%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
65 fps +59%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 (45min) fps +39%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
41 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
41 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
36 fps -12%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
27 fps -34%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
25.9 fps -37%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 153, n=11, last 2 years)
82.5 fps +129%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
63 fps +75%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
57 fps +58%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
50 (37min) fps +39%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
36 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
36 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
31 fps -14%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
23 fps -36%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
22.4 fps -38%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 Medium (incl textures)
Average of class Multimedia
  (52 - 170, n=6, last 2 years)
100.8 fps +94%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
84 fps +62%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
75 fps +44%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
69.6 fps +34%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
52 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
52 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
47 fps -10%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
39 fps -25%
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Average of class Multimedia
  (33 - 113, n=6, last 2 years)
66 fps +100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
54 fps +64%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Entry
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core, Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU
48 fps +45%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Apple M1 Pro, Apple M1 Pro 16-Core GPU
43.8 fps +33%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
33 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
33 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
29 fps -12%
Apple MacBook Air 15 2023 M2 16 GB
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
22 fps -33%
Far Cry 5
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
103 fps +145%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9 - 154, n=52, last 2 years)
72.5 fps +73%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
42 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
42 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
42 fps 0%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
29 (26min) fps -31%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
28 fps -33%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9-14IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU
94 fps +141%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11 - 145, n=51, last 2 years)
69 fps +77%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S, AMD Radeon 780M
40 fps +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple M3, Apple M3 10-Core GPU
39 fps
Average Apple M3 10-Core GPU
 
39 fps 0%
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2023
Intel Core i7-1360P, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
27 (24min) fps -31%
SCHENKER Vision 14 2023
Intel Core i7-13700H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
26 fps -33%
low med. high ultraQHD
GTA V (2015) 98 83 68 44
The Witcher 3 (2015) 38 28
Far Cry 5 (2018) 79 46 42 39 26
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 102 45 41 36 23
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 151 52 33 24 15
Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 Phantom Liberty (2023) 33 25.7 21.3 18.1
Total War Pharaoh (2023) 134 86 45 36 24

Emissions - M3 MacBook Pro with just one fan

System Noise

We already mentioned that the MacBook Pro 14 only uses one fan and it is usually always turned off in light to medium workloads. The initial fan stage at 2500 rpm is also basically inaudible. When you stress the CPU or both the CPU/GPU, however, the fan will quickly increase the speed and we can measure up to 48.5 dB(A) in our stress test. This is very loud and the fan noise is also a bit annoying (slight drone). The maximum speed of the fan is 6.800 rpm (50 dB(A)), but we had to select the speed manually. This fan stage might be used when the ambient temperatures are higher.

Pure CPU load will result in around 38 dB(A) and we noticed massive differences when you play games. We saw everything between 2500 rpm (almost inaudible, Total War: Three Kingdoms), 4000 rpm (33.7 dB(A), Far Cry 5) up to 6400 rpm (47.8 dB(A), Cyberpunk 2077) in emulated titles, while the native games Resident Evil Village or No Man’s Sky resulted in ~4500 rpm (37 dB(A)). We did not notice any electronic noises.

Noise Level

Idle
24.2 / 24.2 / 24.2 dB(A)
Load
25.1 / 48.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24.2 dB(A)
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