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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max Review - M3 Max challenges HX-CPUs from AMD & Intel

Massive CPU upgrade. The MacBook Pro 16 gets a massive performance boost thanks to the new M3 Max SoC and besides a more powerful GPU, the CPU offers the biggest gains. The SDR brightness of the 16-inch Mini-LED screen was increased as well. We review the high-end MacBook in the new Space Black color.

The MacBook Pro 16 is now available with Apple's new 3 nm chips M3 Pro as well as M3 Max and in addition to faster GPUs, it is the first time that the Max SoCs offer more CPU cores and therefore more CPU performance. Contrary to the five base models of the smaller MacBook Pro 14 (we already reviewed the entry-level model with the base M3 SoC), there are only three versions of the larger MBP 16. You can either get the highest spec M3 Pro or the two M3 Max options. In addition to the processor, Apple also increased the maximum SDR brightness from 500 to 600 nits, but that is it.

MBP 16 M3 Pro MBP 16 M3 Max MBP 16 M3 Max
CPU Apple M3 Pro
12-core CPU
(6P & 6E)
Apple M3 Max
14-core CPU
(10P & 4E)
Apple M3 Max
16-core CPU
(12P & 4E)
GPU 18-core GPU 30-core GPU 40-core
RAM 18 GB (36 GB) 36 GB (96 GB) 48 GB (64/128 GB)
SSD 512 GB (1/2/4 TB) 1 TB (2/4/8 TB) 1 TB (2/4/8 TB)
Memory bandwidth 150 GB/s 300 GB/s 400 GB/s
Ports 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 $2499 from $3499 from $3999

Our review unit is the MacBook Pro 16 with the faster of the two M3 Max chips, which features 16 CPU cores and 40 CPU cores. The base price with 48 GB RAM as well as a 1 TB SSD is $3999, but our review unit is equipped with all options including 128 GB RAM as well as a massive 8 TB SSD, which increases the price to $7199.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max (MacBook Pro 16 2023 Series)
Processor
Apple M3 Max 16-Core 16 x 2.7 - 4.1 GHz, 56 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, 60 W TDP
Memory
128 GB 
, LPDDR5-6400, Dual-Channel, onboard
Display
16.00 inch 16:10, 3456 x 2234 pixel 257 PPI, Mini-LED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
Apple SSD AP8192Z, 8192 GB 
, 8161 GB free
Connections
3 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 3 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, 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): 16.9 x 355.7 x 248.1 ( = 0.67 x 14 x 9.77 in)
Battery
99.6 Wh 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, 140W PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.147 kg ( = 75.73 oz / 4.73 pounds), Power Supply: 347 g ( = 12.24 oz / 0.77 pounds)
Price
8529 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
93.2 %
11/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, M3 Max 40-Core GPU
2.1 kg16.9 mm16.00"3456x2234
93.7 %
03/2023
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max, M2 Max 38-Core GPU
2.2 kg16.8 mm16.20"3456x2234
91.2 %
02/2023
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
2.4 kg21.99 mm16.00"2560x1600
88.4 %
08/2023
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
2.2 kg18.2 mm16.00"3200x2000
86.1 %
06/2023
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
2.4 kg23.9 mm16.00"3200x2000
87.9 %
10/2023
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
2.6 kg19.9 mm16.00"2560x1600

Case - MacBook Pro 16 in Space Black

Apple keeps the familiar chassis we know from the two previous models, but the colors have changed. You can still get the MacBook in Silver, but instead of Space Gray, the second color is now Space Black. The laptop looks very good in black, and the color appears brighter or darker depending on the ambient lighting, but there is always a visible difference to the black keyboard, which is noticeably darker. The smaller MacBook Air in the color Midnight was a pure fingerprint magnet and you had to clean it all the time, but the new black model is better in this regard, but you will still see fingerprints faster compared to the silver model. Apple uses a chemical process, which is part of the anodizing and not a coating.

The quality of the chassis is still excellent and the aluminum chassis just feels premium and very stable. 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 wrist when you use the keyboard for longer periods. Like on the smaller MacBook Pro 14, the base unit is not tapered at any side, but due to the larger footprint, the larger MBP 16 does not feel as bulky.

The MBP 16 M3 Max is the lightest device within our comparison group at 2.147 kg and also one of the most compact devices. If you are traveling frequently, however, you should take a look at the smaller MacBook Pro 14, which is noticeably more compact and also half a kilogram lighter. The 140W power adapter including the black MagSafe cable (2 meters) only tips the scale at 347 grams.

Size Comparison

362.5 mm / 14.3 inch 245 mm / 9.65 inch 18.2 mm / 0.717 inch 2.2 kg4.91 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 271 mm / 10.7 inch 23.9 mm / 0.941 inch 2.4 kg5.37 lbs359.5 mm / 14.2 inch 273 mm / 10.7 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.6 kg5.64 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 244 mm / 9.61 inch 21.99 mm / 0.866 inch 2.4 kg5.34 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 254 mm / 10 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs355.7 mm / 14 inch 248.1 mm / 9.77 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 2.1 kg4.73 lbs355.7 mm / 14 inch 248.1 mm / 9.77 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity - MBP 16 with Thunderbolt 4

The port situation did not change compared to the previous model and you still get three USB-C ports including Thunderbolt 4 as well as a modern HDMI 2.1 output. The MBP 16 with the M3 Max can drive up to four external displays simultaneously (3x 6K @60 Hz via Thunderbolt and 1x 4K @ 144 Hz via HDMI) and the maximum resolution via HDMI is 8K @60 Hz or 4K @240 Hz. In addition to the MagSafe connector, you can also charge the large MBP via USB-C and it works with a 65W power adapter (you obviously cannot use the full performance in this case).

Left side: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort-ALT mode 1.4, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm stereo
Left side: MagSafe, 2x USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort-ALT mode 1.4, Power Delivery), 3.5 mm stereo
Right side: Card reader, USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort-ALT mode 1.4, Power Delivery), HDMI 2.1
Right side: Card reader, USB-C 4.0 w/ Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps, DisplayPort-ALT mode 1.4, Power Delivery), HDMI 2.1

SD Card Reader

The SDXC card reader on the right side is still very fast, and we determined up to 226 MB/s with our reference card (Angelbird AV Pro V60) and still 163 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 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
196 MB/s +20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
163.3 MB/s
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
125 MB/s -23%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H
94.21 MB/s -42%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
86 MB/s -47%
Average of class Multimedia
  (17.6 - 205, n=61, last 2 years)
85.3 MB/s -48%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
74.6 MB/s -54%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
73.7 MB/s -55%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
226.7 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
222 MB/s -2%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
207.6 MB/s -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.8 - 266, n=57, last 2 years)
111 MB/s -51%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
90 MB/s -60%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H
84.15 MB/s -63%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
83.1 MB/s -63%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
82.9 MB/s -63%

Communication

Apple still uses last year’s Wi-Fi 6E module including Bluetooth 5.3 and the overall performance is very good with stable transfer rates in combination with our reference router from Asus. We did not experience any problems with large downloads or bad reception during our review period. Apple does not offer Wi-Fi 7 modules yet.

Networking
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1726 (min: 1684) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1752 (min: 1702) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1730 (min: 1700) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1803 (min: 1749) MBit/s ∼100%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1155 (min: 495) MBit/s ∼67%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1328 (min: 1093) MBit/s ∼76%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1371 (min: 1036) MBit/s ∼79%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1494 (min: 1283) MBit/s ∼83%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1618 (min: 1527) MBit/s ∼94%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1547 (min: 1409) MBit/s ∼88%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1612 (min: 1550) MBit/s ∼93%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1735 (min: 1691) MBit/s ∼99%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
648 (min: 538) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
908 (min: 791) MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1392 (min: 207) MBit/s ∼80%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1507 (min: 1467) MBit/s ∼84%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1386 (min: 708) MBit/s ∼80%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1714 (min: 1696) MBit/s ∼98%
0501001502002503003504004505005506006507007508008509009501000105011001150120012501300135014001450150015501600165017001750Tooltip
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1725 (1684-1758)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1752 (1702-1776)

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
11.6 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
21.7 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
7 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max: 11.19 ∆E min: 2.47 - max: 21.71 ∆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
Internal layout
Four of the eight SSD chips
Four of the eight SSD chips

Warranty

The base warranty for the MacBook Pro is one year. You can purchase a warranty extension (Apple Care+) for three years, which costs $399. 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 $149.99 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 improvement compared to the best business laptops, but it is no problem to type for longer periods. The keystrokes 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. Apple does not integrate a dedicated numeric keypad but uses the space next to the keyboard for the speakers instead.

Input Devices
Input Devices
Keyboard illumination
Keyboard 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 higher SDR brightness

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The basic specs of the Mini-LED panel inside the MacBook Pro 16 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 3456 x 2234 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
Maximum HDR brightness

Apple increased the maximum SDR brightness from 500 to 600 nits and we can even measure up to 630 nits in the center of our review unit (604 nits on average) and the contrast ratio is extremely high thanks to the low black value. The maximum HDR brightness is 1625 nits for small portions of the screen and up to 1241 nits when for a completely white image in full-screen mode. The Mini-LED panel of the Windows rival Yoga Pro 9i 16 cannot keep up with up to 1100 nits in HDR mode. Apple also still has the edge over its Windows rivals when it comes to the handling of HDR content because the display just increases the brightness when corresponding contents are shown and you do not have to do anything.

595
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
603
cd/m²
605
cd/m²
630
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
599
cd/m²
601
cd/m²
598
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 630 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 603.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 630 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.2 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5.1
ΔE Greyscale 1.9 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.2% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.29
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.00
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
CSOT T3 MNG007DA4-1, IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
LEN160-3.2K, Mini-LED, 3200x2000, 16.00
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
ATNA60BX01-1, OLED, 3200x2000, 16.00
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
ATNA60BX01-1, OLED, 3200x2000, 16.00
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
BOE CQ NE160QDM-NZ1, IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Display
0%
-1%
-2%
0%
1%
-30%
Display P3 Coverage
99.2
99
0%
98.5
-1%
97
-2%
99.6
0%
99.93
1%
69.4
-30%
sRGB Coverage
100
100
99.8
100
100
98.2
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
88.5
89.7
95.1
89.4
97.48
70.1
Response Times
-9%
81%
32%
33%
32%
82%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
66.9 ?(29.4, 37.5)
80.5 ?(38.5, 42)
-20%
6.6 ?(3.4, 3.2)
90%
14 ?(7.5, 6.5)
79%
0.59 ?(0.29, 0.3)
99%
1.4 ?(0.6, 0.8)
98%
12.2 ?(5.9, 6.3)
82%
Response Time Black / White *
43.6 ?(13.6, 30)
47.2 ?(20.6, 26.6)
-8%
12 ?(6.8, 5.2)
72%
9.2 ?(2.2, 7)
79%
0.79 ?(0.34, 0.45)
98%
2 ?(1, 1)
95%
7.7 ?(4, 3.7)
82%
PWM Frequency
14877
14880 ?(100, 500)
0%
5800 ?(100)
-61%
240 ?(100)
-98%
250 ?(100)
-98%
Screen
-16%
-74%
-5%
-37%
-49%
-66%
Brightness middle
630
504
-20%
456.8
-27%
539
-14%
349
-45%
331.8
-47%
349
-45%
Brightness
604
487
-19%
437
-28%
546
-10%
350
-42%
334
-45%
348
-42%
Brightness Distribution
94
94
0%
83
-12%
96
2%
95
1%
98
4%
93
-1%
Black Level *
0.001
0.35
0.18
0.02
0.07
0.32
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.2
1.5
-25%
3.7
-208%
1.4
-17%
2.1
-75%
1.58
-32%
1.98
-65%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.8
3.3
-18%
6.42
-129%
2.1
25%
5.5
-96%
4.23
-51%
7.56
-170%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.9
2.1
-11%
2.6
-37%
2.2
-16%
1.2
37%
4.25
-124%
3.3
-74%
Gamma
2.29 96%
2.25 98%
2.3 96%
2.19 100%
2.19 100%
2.206 100%
2.137 103%
CCT
6812 95%
6882 94%
6108 106%
6479 100%
6545 99%
6249 104%
6672 97%
Contrast
504000
1305
2994
17450
4740
1091
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.66
2.1
6.66
1.45
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-8% / -12%
2% / -31%
8% / 7%
-1% / -12%
-5% / -20%
-5% / -29%

* ... smaller is better

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)
P3 coverage: 99.2 percent
P3 coverage: 99.2 percent

We analyzed the panel with the professional CalMAN software (X-Rite i1 Pro 2) and the factory calibration is already very good. Neither the colors nor the grayscale show a DeltaE-2000 deviation higher than 3 compared to the P3 reference color space. There is no color cast, either, only the color temperature is a bit too cool. We were not able to improve the image quality with our own calibration, so we do not offer a corresponding profile to download at this point. The panel covers 99.2 percent of the P3 reference.

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
43.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.6 ms rise
↘ 30 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. » 98 % 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
66.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 29.4 ms rise
↘ 37.5 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 14877 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 14877 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 14877 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 % brightness)
PWM flickering (25 % brightness)
PWM flickering (50 % brightness)
PWM flickering (50 % brightness)
PWM flickering (75 % brightness)
PWM flickering (75 % brightness)
PWM flickering (100 % brightness)
PWM flickering (100 % brightness)

Like on the previous model, we can once again measure a constant flickering at 15 kHz on the new MacBook Pro 16, but there should not be any problems due to the high frequency. The constant flickering makes it harder to determine accurate response times and we determine rather slow values for the IPS panel with Mini-LED backlighting. You can see some ghosting with special tests, but it is usually not visible in everyday use and the increased frequency of 120 Hz definitely helps.

In the sun (direct sunlight)
In the sun (direct sunlight)
Sunny day (no direct sunlight)
Sunny day (no direct sunlight)

The MacBook Pro 16 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 - M3 Max now with more CPU cores

We already mentioned that the new M3 Max SoCs are equipped with additional CPU cores compared to the M3 Pro models for the first time. While the M3 Pro offers up to six performance and six efficiency cores, the M3 Max throws out two efficiency cores and offers more performance cores instead. The base M3 Max has 10 performance cores and the optional high-end version even has 12 performance cores.

Review Settings

The MacBook Pro 16 with the M3 Max offers three energy settings on mains and battery power: Low Power, Automatic, High Power. The profile Low Power limits the chip consumption to 24 Watts, but we did not notice a performance difference between the other two modes, but the fans were much louder in the High Power mode. We performed the following benchmarks and measurements with the default Automatic mode.

Processor - M3 Max with 12 Performance cores

Apple M3 Max (Picture: Apple)
Apple M3 Max (Picture: Apple)

The M3 Max is manufactured in an advanced 3 nm process and the high-end model features four additional performance cores (total of 12) over the M2 Max. In addition to the four efficiency cores, the CPU can execute up to 16 threads simultaneously. The higher number of cores also results in a significant increase in power consumption because the M2 Max consumed up to 36 Watts in CPU benchmarks, and the new M3 Max consumes up to 56 Watts.

The performance cores can reach up to 4.056 GHz and around 3.6 GHz when you use all cores simultaneously. The four efficiency cores reach up to 2.567 MHz (2.418 GHz under full load) and are slower than the efficiency cores of the base M3 SoC. The performance is significantly better compared to the old M2 Max, and we see an advantage of 63 % in the Cinebench R23 Multi test. This means Apple overtakes Intel's regular H45 CPUs as well as the HS CPUs from AMD (Zen4) - only AMD's HX-CPUs as well as Intel's Core i9 HX-CPUs have an advantage. The Core i7-13700HX, on the other hand, is slower. The Geekbench Multi tests even put Apple's new high-end chip ahead of all rivals.

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
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
34521 (32987.6min - 34521.3max) Points +44%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX
30789 Points +28%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
26876 (25414.3min - 26876.4max) Points +12%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX
26736 (22394.1min - 26736.1max) Points +11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
24024 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core
  (24020 - 24024, n=2)
24022 Points 0%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
22420 Points -7%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H
20237 Points -16%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
19675 Points -18%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H
17706 Points -26%
Asus ROG Flow X13 GV302XV
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
16285 Points -32%
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 Core i7
Intel Core i7-13620H
15176 Points -37%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
15102 Points -37%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
14767 Points -39%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3127 - 30789, n=95, last 2 years)
13377 Points -44%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12385 Points -48%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2110 Points +7%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H
2030 Points +3%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2029 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
1968 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core
 
1968 Points 0%
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
1940 Points -1%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H
1927 Points -2%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
1879 Points -5%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
1875 Points -5%
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 Core i7
Intel Core i7-13620H
1860 Points -5%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
1852 Points -6%
Asus ROG Flow X13 GV302XV
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
1774 Points -10%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
1761 Points -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (819 - 2110, n=91, last 2 years)
1648 Points -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
1625 Points -17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1530 Points -22%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Multi Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
1612 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core
 
1612 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (712 - 1612, n=3, last 2 years)
1117 Points -31%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
853 Points -47%
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 Core i7
Intel Core i7-13620H
691 Points -57%
Cinebench 2024 / CPU Single Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
139 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core
 
139 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (122 - 140, n=3, last 2 years)
133.7 Points -4%
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 Core i7
Intel Core i7-13620H
110 Points -21%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
103 Points -26%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
22816 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core
 
22816 Points 0%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX
20053 Points -12%
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
19583 Points -14%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX
18152 Points -20%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
15850 Points -31%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
15348 Points -33%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
15068 Points -34%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
14521 Points -36%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H
13707 Points -40%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H
13072 Points -43%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12708 Points -44%
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 Core i7
Intel Core i7-13620H
11430 Points -50%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
11288 Points -51%
Asus ROG Flow X13 GV302XV
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
11207 Points -51%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3307 - 22816, n=94, last 2 years)
10460 Points -54%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
2331 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core
 
2331 Points 0%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX
2137 Points -8%
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
2132 Points -9%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
2008 Points -14%
Asus ROG Flow X13 GV302XV
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
1981 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
1978 Points -15%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
1939 Points -17%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
1899 Points -19%
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 Core i7
Intel Core i7-13620H
1865 Points -20%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H
1861 Points -20%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX
1805 Points -23%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
1791 Points -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1782 Points -24%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H
1685 Points -28%
Average of class Multimedia
  (843 - 2342, n=94, last 2 years)
1671 Points -28%
Geekbench 6.2 / Multi-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
21243 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core
 
21243 Points 0%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
15022 Points -29%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
14502 Points -32%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H
14212 Points -33%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H
14090 Points -34%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10405 - 21243, n=11, last 2 years)
13859 Points -35%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
12598 Points -41%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
12585 Points -41%
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 Core i7
Intel Core i7-13620H
12557 Points -41%
Asus ROG Flow X13 GV302XV
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
12005 Points -43%
Geekbench 6.2 / Single-Core
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core
3096 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core
 
3096 Points 0%
Alienware m16 R1 AMD
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX
2729 Points -12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2437 - 3099, n=11, last 2 years)
2670 Points -14%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H
2645 Points -15%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14APU G8
AMD Ryzen 7 7840S
2605 Points -16%
MSI Raider GE68 HX 13VG, i7-13700HX
Intel Core i7-13700HX
2593 Points -16%
Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 Core i7
Intel Core i7-13620H
2592 Points -16%
Asus ROG Flow X13 GV302XV
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
2591 Points -16%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H
2588 Points -16%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H
2404 Points -22%
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 single-core performance is also around 20 % better compared to the M2 Max and Apple can keep up with Intel's H45 CPUs. The HX models still have an advantage thanks to their extremely high turbo clocks, but they still require much more power.

During our analysis of the AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, we checked the multi-core performance of the current HX processor from AMD and Intel at lower TDP levels, and the results once again show the impressive performance of the M3 Max. At 55 Watts, only the Ryzen 9 7945HX offers slightly more multi-core performance but uses 32 threads. Intel's HX CPUs do not stand a chance though, including the top model Core i9-13980HX (a 55-Watt processor in theory, but up to 157 Watts).

Cinebench R23 Multi
Power Limit Core i9-13900HX Core i9-13950HX Core i9-13980HX Ryzen 9 7945HX Apple M3 Max 16-core CPU
170 Watts 31,958 31,903
150 Watts 30,655 30,623
130 Watts 28,239 29,141 29,281 34,202
115 Watts 27,369 28,199 28,073 33,361
100 Watts 25,942 26,653 26,507 32,947
80 Watts 23,216 23,950 23,766 30,907
55 Watts 18,843 19,772 19,478 26,045 24,024

As per usual, the processor performance is not reduced on battery power until the battery level drops to 3 %. More CPU benchmarks are listed in our tech section and we also recommend our analysis article of the M3 Pro/M3 Max 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. The performance is still very good and the loop clearly shows that the CPU performance is rock steady even under sustained workloads.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max Apple M3 Max 16-Core: Ø3354 (3260.25-3391.27)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max Apple M2 Max: Ø2074 (2068.47-2081.27)
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023 Intel Core i9-13950HX: Ø4512 (4463.29-4528.99)
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8 Intel Core i7-13705H: Ø2816 (2725.35-2987.08)
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604 Intel Core i9-13980HX: Ø4477 (4374.45-4604.05)
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W Intel Core i9-13905H: Ø2785 (2594.71-2930.83)
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23) Intel Core i9-13900H: Ø2574 (2525.07-2739.09)
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
3401 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
138.52 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
269 Points
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System Performance

AmorphousMemoryMark
AmorphousMemoryMark

All MacBooks with Apple’s own silicon are very responsive and fast systems 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 versions for Apple silicon are noticeably smoother.

CrossMark / Overall
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
2114 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
2051 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
2051 Points 0%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1993 Points -3%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1955 Points -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1910 Points -7%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1835 Points -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (970 - 2146, n=80, last 2 years)
1656 Points -19%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1592 Points -22%
CrossMark / Productivity
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
1950 Points +7%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1884 Points +3%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1834 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
1828 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
1828 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1698 Points -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1618 Points -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (921 - 2064, n=80, last 2 years)
1587 Points -13%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1509 Points -17%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
2564 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
2564 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
2505 Points -2%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
2414 Points -6%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2325 Points -9%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2104 Points -18%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
2028 Points -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (933 - 2865, n=80, last 2 years)
1826 Points -29%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1780 Points -31%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
1952 Points +31%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
1811 Points +22%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1614 Points +9%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1535 Points +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
1486 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
1486 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (926 - 2234, n=80, last 2 years)
1452 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1395 Points -6%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1342 Points -10%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
293 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
293 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
222 fps -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (67 - 293, n=5, last 2 years)
182 fps -38%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
68 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
68 fps 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 68, n=5, last 2 years)
44 fps -35%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
43 fps -37%
Photoshop PugetBench / Filter Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
122.4 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
122.4 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
107.5 Points -12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (81.8 - 122.4, n=10, last 2 years)
92 Points -25%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
86.2 Points -30%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
82.6 Points -33%
Photoshop PugetBench / General Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
162.6 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
162.6 Points 0%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
147 Points -10%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
146.3 Points -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
136.1 Points -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (56.4 - 162.6, n=10, last 2 years)
115.9 Points -29%
Photoshop PugetBench / GPU Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
145.1 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
145.1 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
122.8 Points -15%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
102.3 Points -29%
Average of class Multimedia
  (67.3 - 145.1, n=10, last 2 years)
99.8 Points -31%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
99.2 Points -32%
Photoshop PugetBench / Overall Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
1425 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
1425 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1218 Points -15%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1166 Points -18%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
1145 Points -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (726 - 1425, n=10, last 2 years)
1040 Points -27%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Overall Score 0.98
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
770 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
760 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
760 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (295 - 760, n=3, last 2 years)
534 Points -30%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / LongGOP 0.98
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
101.4 Points +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
85.4 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
85.4 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (38.7 - 85.4, n=3, last 2 years)
65.2 Points -24%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / Intraframe 0.98
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
121.3 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
121.3 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (58.7 - 121.3, n=3, last 2 years)
100.4 Points -17%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
98.5 Points -19%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / RAW 0.98
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
58.5 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
55.9 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
55.9 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (23.1 - 55.9, n=3, last 2 years)
38.7 Points -31%
Premiere Pro PugetBench / GPU Effects 0.98
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
60.1 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
57.6 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
57.6 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (14.5 - 57.6, n=3, last 2 years)
33.2 Points -42%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
322.3 Points +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
309 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
309 Points 0%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
285.401 Points -8%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
284.1 Points -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (145.6 - 322, n=58, last 2 years)
249 Points -19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
246.4 Points -20%
WebXPRT 3 /
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
426 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
426 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
407 Points -4%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
332 Points -22%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
320 Points -25%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
299 Points -30%
Average of class Multimedia
  (146 - 432, n=88, last 2 years)
280 Points -34%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
269 Points -37%

Storage Devices

AmorphousDiskMark
AmorphousDiskMark

Our review unit of the MacBook Pro 16 is equipped with the highest SSD capacity you get: 8 TB. You can also clearly see all eight memory chips in the maintenance section above. The MacBook is one of the few devices that can be equipped with that much storage in the first place, but Apple charges a premium for that. You have to pay $2200 for the upgrade from 1 TB to 8 TB. For comparison: The 4 TB version of the Samsung 990 Pro (M.2-2280) costs $280. The performance of the Apple SSD (AP8192Z), however, is excellent with transfer rates of up to 8 GB/s. More SSD benchmarks are listed here.

Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple SSD AP8192Z
100 pt
Average Apple SSD AP8192Z
 
100 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
87.4 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
85.9 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
84.9 pt
Average of class Multimedia
 
73 pt
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP0512Z
44.4 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
43.5 pt
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Average Apple SSD AP8192Z
 
5666 MB/s 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple SSD AP8192Z
5665.9 MB/s
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5379 MB/s -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
5340 MB/s -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2877 - 5666, n=7, last 2 years)
4543 MB/s -20%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2895.6 MB/s -49%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2876.6 MB/s -49%
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple SSD AP8192Z
8271 MB/s
Average Apple SSD AP8192Z
 
8271 MB/s 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6602 MB/s -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
6243 MB/s -25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2993 - 8271, n=7, last 2 years)
5438 MB/s -34%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3123.3 MB/s -62%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M3
Apple SSD AP1024Z
2992.9 MB/s -64%

GPU Performance

The high-end M3 Max chip is equipped with a 40-core GPU, which means there are two additional cores compared to the previous 38-core unit. We also suspect the core clock is higher. The performance is between 13-25 % higher depending on the test, but the maximum power consumption dropped from 64 to 60 Watts. The big advantage of the GPU is still the shared memory, especially during video editing. We edit our review videos for YouTube with DaVinci Resolve and occasionally run into the 16 GB VRAM limit on the RTX 4090 during editing.

Compared to current laptop GPUs from Nvidia, the M3 Max GPU can clearly beat the RTX 4070 Laptop in the cross-platform 3DMark Wildlife Unlimited test and is only 9 % behind the GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop at 125 Watts and 23 % the 4090 Laptop at 175 Watts, respectively. The GFXBench test shows a deficit of 4 % for the M3 Max compared to the RTX 4080 Laptop at 175 Watts. The OpenCL performance is worse and the faster RTX GPUs are clearly ahead, but the RTX 4070 Laptop at comparable 60 Watts TGP (Galaxy Book3 16 Ultra) is 11 % slower in Geekbench.

The GPU performance is completely stable during longer workloads as well as on battery power, which is not the case for the powerful GeForce GPUs. More GPU benchmarks are listed in our tech section.

3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
40668 Points +30%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
34519 Points +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
31268 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
31268 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
25103 Points -20%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13980HX
22642 Points -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20228 Points -35%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
19185 Points -39%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1867 - 31268, n=32, last 2 years)
12662 Points -60%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13950HX
212 fps +4%
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
204 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
203.7 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
179.9 fps -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
139.6 fps -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (29.6 - 204, n=8, last 2 years)
96.4 fps -53%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13950HX
485 fps +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
446 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
446 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
397.6 fps -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
310.3 fps -30%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.8 - 446, n=10, last 2 years)
210 fps -53%
Geekbench 5.5
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
99672 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
99672 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
86678 Points -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
67868 Points -32%
Average of class Multimedia
  (34398 - 99672, n=6, last 2 years)
62041 Points -38%
OpenCL Score
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13905H
181763 Points +99%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
181222 Points +98%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13950HX
173311 Points +90%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
120585 Points +32%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13980HX
120093 Points +31%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
100573 Points +10%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
91362 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
91362 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16, i9-13900H RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
81519 Points -11%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
71726 Points -21%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
60482 Points -34%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9849 - 130419, n=93, last 2 years)
57238 Points -37%
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
6841 Points -93%
Geekbench 6.2
GPU Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
155752 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
155752 Points 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (47494 - 155752, n=3, last 2 years)
95127 Points -39%
GPU OpenCL
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13905H
175141 Points +92%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
120852 Points +32%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
91413 Points
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
91413 Points 0%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
87488 Points -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (27345 - 92806, n=11, last 2 years)
70708 Points -23%
Blender
v3.3 Classroom METAL
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 132, n=5, last 2 years)
86.6 Seconds * -171%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
51.2 Seconds * -60%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core
32 Seconds *
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
32 Seconds * -0%
v3.3 Classroom OPTIX/RTX
Average of class Multimedia
  (22 - 99, n=39, last 2 years)
42.8 Seconds *
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16, i9-13900H RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
26 Seconds *
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
25 Seconds *
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13980HX
22 Seconds *
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
21 Seconds *
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13905H
18 Seconds *
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13950HX
15 Seconds *
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
13 Seconds *
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
13 Seconds *
v3.3 Classroom CUDA
Average of class Multimedia
  (35 - 152, n=41, last 2 years)
77 Seconds *
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16, i9-13900H RTX 4070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
45 Seconds *
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-13705H
44 Seconds *
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13980HX
36 Seconds *
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13900H
34 Seconds *
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13905H
24 Seconds *
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
23 Seconds *
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-13950HX
22 Seconds *
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
20 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, and 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, and we do not always see the expected differences compared to the base M3-SoC. Sometimes the emulation cannot utilize the full performance of the hardware, and GTA V, for example, shows almost no GPU load while the main load is taken by the CPU.

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 Max is really impressive and both titles run completely smoothly (+100 fps) in QHD and maximum settings, which is also visible in the following video with gaming benchmarks.

The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
178.6 (172min, 173P1) fps +159%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
176.8 (159min) fps +156%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
172.4 (54.9P0.1, 96P1) fps +150%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
150.6 (142min, 145P1) fps +118%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
118.4 (103min) fps +72%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
107.1 (95min, 103P1) fps +55%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
90.8 (87min, 88P1) fps +32%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
76 fps +10%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16, i9-13900H RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
71 (33P0.1, 57P1) fps +3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
69 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
69 fps 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (7.9 - 143.2, n=92, last 2 years)
49.7 fps -28%
GTA V
1920x1080 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
140.7 (3.02min, 100P1) fps +165%
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
134 (7.27min, 90.9P1) fps +153%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
132.1 (4.13min, 100P1) fps +149%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
125.4 (4.46min, 83.3P1) fps +137%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
123 (8.87min, 83.3P1) fps +132%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
114 (8.13min, 83.3P1) fps +115%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
107.4 (4.68min, 66.7P1) fps +103%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16, i9-13900H RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
74.7 (3.95min, 41.7P1) fps +41%
Average of class Multimedia
  (4.24 - 123, n=81, last 2 years)
56.4 fps +6%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
53 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
53 fps 0%
2560x1440 Highest Settings possible AA:4xMSAA + FX AF:16x
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
125.2 (3.73min, 83.3P1) fps +145%
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
123.8 (0.3513min, 83.3P1) fps +143%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
115.3 (4.77min, 76.9P1) fps +126%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
108.9 (10.4min, 76.9P1) fps +114%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
94.5 (6.83min, 58.8P1) fps +85%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
93.2 (6.49min, 58.8P1) fps +83%
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
84.1 (6.59min, 52.6P1) fps +65%
Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra 16, i9-13900H RTX 4070
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
64.5 (5.16min, 38.5P1) fps +26%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8.23 - 97.6, n=38, last 2 years)
60.9 fps +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
51 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
51 fps 0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
208 fps +70%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
176 (117min) fps +44%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
176 fps +44%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
166 fps +36%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
153 fps +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
122 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
122 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
109 fps -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 153, n=11, last 2 years)
82.5 fps -32%
2560x1440 Highest Preset AA:T
Asus Zephyrus Duo 16 GX650PY-NM006W
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
175 fps +99%
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
154 (121min) fps +75%
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
142 fps +61%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402XY
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
135 fps +53%
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
103 fps +17%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
88 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
88 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
78 fps -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (20 - 134, n=8, last 2 years)
65.3 fps -26%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
84 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
84 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
71 fps -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (24 - 84, n=6, last 2 years)
48.7 fps -42%
2560x1440 Ultra (incl textures)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
58 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
58 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
47 fps -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (15 - 58, n=5, last 2 years)
33.4 fps -42%
Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 Phantom Liberty
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (FSR off)
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
109.17 (57.76min) fps +155%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
87.9 (48.6min) fps +105%
Average of class Multimedia
  (18.1 - 72.3, n=6, last 2 years)
44.7 fps +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
42.8 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
42.8 fps 0%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset (FSR off)
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
Intel Core i9-13905H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
71.31 (45.35min) fps +91%
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
57.1 (30.3min) fps +53%
Average of class Multimedia
  (37.4 - 42.4, n=2, last 2 years)
39.9 fps +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
37.4 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
37.4 fps 0%
Star Wars Jedi Survivor - 1920x1080 Epic Preset
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
60 fps +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
51 fps
Average Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
 
51 fps 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (12.3 - 67, n=8, last 2 years)
44.4 fps -13%
low med. high ultraQHD
GTA V (2015) 77 53 51
The Witcher 3 (2015) 87 69
Far Cry 5 (2018) 56 54 50 49
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 150 143 122 88
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 170 113 84 58
Star Wars Jedi Survivor (2023) 51
Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 Phantom Liberty (2023) 45 44 43.7 42.8 37.4
Total War Pharaoh (2023) 212 139 121 82

Emissions - MBP with excellent speakers

System Noise

Two fans
Two fans

The cooling solution still uses two large fans with different speeds. One fan runs with 1350-5349 rpm and the other one with 1458-5777 rpm. The MacBook Pro is usually completely silent in everyday situations and it is not audible even when you edit/export small video projects (like the 1080p video with the gaming benchmarks above).

The fan speed is increased smoothly and high loads (gaming, stress test) results in up to 42.8 dB(A) at ∼3600 rpm. The fan noise is very steady and obviously audible, but not really disturbing. We did not notice higher speeds during our tests, only when we used the High Performance mode the fan speed would increase to ∼5600 rpm, which results in a very loud noise of 55.2 dB(A). The fan speed drops to ∼1400 rpm in the Low Power mode, which is hardly audible at all (25.3 dB(A)). We did notice occasional coil whine (25.5 dB(A)) in some of our benchmarks.

Noise Level

Idle
23.7 / 23.7 / 23.7 dB(A)
Load
40.8 / 42.8 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: 23.7 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.442.338.637.941.92532.336.43031.734.63129.233.630.129.6334031.832.427.528.932.85027.327.725.525.528.46327.829.625.225.826.98022.923.923.62024.110023.122.322.519.323.612521.523.52419.723.516021.320.421.317.524.220020.722.520.717.123.325020.823.823.617.325.731516.125.523.413.624.640013.525.923.911.524.950014.527.92610.426.963013.628.5279.828.380012.230.328.79.630.3100012.930.929.69.729.512501232.5319.828.6160011.934.232.510.530.7200011.936.233.710.832.7250012.532.630.211.129.6315012.327.825.711.724.840001329.526.31222.7500012.72621.812.219.1630013.319.41812.416.380001316.416.112.5141000012.913.914.112.612.91250012.9131412.4131600012.512.314.312.113SPL25.342.840.823.739.8N0.73.73.10.52.9median 13median 25.9median 23.9median 12.1median 24.6Delta2.55.34.72.65.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
M3 Max 40-Core GPU, Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple SSD AP8192Z
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, i7-13705H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13980HX, Phison EM2804TBMTCB47
Asus Zenbook Pro 16X UX7602BZ-MY005W
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13905H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, i9-13900H, Samsung 990 Pro 1 TB
Noise
3%
-4%
-11%
-13%
-5%
-16%
off / environment *
23.7
23.9
-1%
23
3%
24.7
-4%
24.5
-3%
24.9
-5%
25
-5%
Idle Minimum *
23.7
23.9
-1%
23
3%
24.7
-4%
24.5
-3%
24.9
-5%
26
-10%
Idle Average *
23.7
23.9
-1%
23
3%
26.2
-11%
24.5
-3%
24.9
-5%
29
-22%
Idle Maximum *
23.7
23.9
-1%
23.6
-0%
26.2
-11%
24.5
-3%
24.9
-5%
34
-43%
Load Average *
40.8
36.6
10%
39
4%
39.7
3%
47.6
-17%
38
7%
43
-5%
Witcher 3 ultra *
42.8
35.1
18%
51.6
-21%
53.2
-24%
55.9
-31%
48
-12%
Load Maximum *
42.8
43.2
-1%
51.3
-20%
53.2
-24%
56.7
-32%
51
-19%
48
-12%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the MacBook Pro 16 are completely uncritical. The chassis does not really warm up at all during light workloads, and we can only measure up to 42 °C during gaming and our stress test. The keyboard also warms up to more than 40 °C at some spots, but there are no limitations for typing, and you can put the MBP 16 comfortably on your lap even under maximum load. The SoC temperature was also quite low at 78 °C during the stress test.

Max. Load
 40.5 °C
105 F
42.3 °C
108 F
39.8 °C
104 F
 
 37.3 °C
99 F
41.7 °C
107 F
38.2 °C
101 F
 
 28.3 °C
83 F
26.7 °C
80 F
28.3 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 42.3 °C = 108 F
Average: 35.9 °C = 97 F
41.8 °C
107 F
41.9 °C
107 F
42 °C
108 F
38.7 °C
102 F
40.8 °C
105 F
39.5 °C
103 F
31 °C
88 F
32.1 °C
90 F
30.6 °C
87 F
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 37.6 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.5 °C = 112 F | Room Temperature 20.2 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.9 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 31.2 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.3 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 36.9 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 39.2 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.4 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 36.9 °C / 98 F, compared to the device average of 31.2 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30 °C / 86 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (-1.1 °C / -2 F).
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (top)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Surface temperatures stress test (bottom)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M3 Max
Apple M3 Max 16-Core, Apple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
Razer Blade 16 Early 2023
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
Lenovo Yoga Pro 9 16-IRP G8
Intel Core i7-13705H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU
Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED H7604
Intel Core i9-13980HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
XMG Pro 16 Studio (Mid 23)
Intel Core i9-13900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
Heat
-1%
-17%
-15%
-29%
-47%
Maximum Upper Side *
42.3
44.2
-4%
40
5%
41.6
2%
44.1
-4%
55
-30%
Maximum Bottom *
42
42.9
-2%
37.6
10%
50
-19%
48
-14%
66
-57%
Idle Upper Side *
22.5
22.4
-0%
32.4
-44%
26.8
-19%
32.7
-45%
33
-47%
Idle Bottom *
22.9
22.3
3%
31.4
-37%
27.9
-22%
34.9
-52%
35
-53%

* ... smaller is better

Stress test

The system favors the GPU performance during the stress test and we can see a combined (CPU+GPU) consumption of 78 Watts at the start of the test. The GPU will quickly level off at around 37 Watts, but the processor drops to just 11 Watts after a couple of minutes, and the combined consumption is around 48 Watts.