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MacBook Pro M3 test review: From light to very intense

MacBook Pro M3 test review: From light to very intense

Should we rush to the Apple Store tomorrow to buy a MacBook Pro M3? Many of the media reviewed by Apple answer this question with their just published tests.

MacBook Pro 16-inch M3 Max Space Black. Image Ars Technica.

Aesthetically, the only new feature of the MacBook Pro M3 Pro and M3 Max is the new Space Black color, in addition to the already existing Silver color. Jason Snell Six colors Note that this finish is darker than the gray it replaces, but it’s not really black.

The question focused mainly on the extent to which this color tends to show fingerprints. According to the blogger, you can still show your fingerprints on the chassis, but Apple’s promise is honored, namely that it’s more discreet than other finishes, including the very dirty MacBook Air M2 Midnight. The MacBook Pro 14″ M3″ for short, which is the successor to the MacBook Pro 13″, remains available in space gray and silver.

Maximum screen brightness in SDR (when your Mac isn’t displaying HDR content) has been increased to 600 nits from 500. According to Ars TechnicaThis makes reading SDR content a little easier in bright sunlight, but otherwise the difference isn’t stark.

The falling MacBook Pro M3 Max

The real reason behind the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro is the M3 chipset family. Apple distributed two configurations to early testers: 14-inch M3 MacBook Pros and 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pros with the more powerful M3 Max (16 CPU cores/40 GPU cores). As for the M3 Pro tests, we’ll have to wait a few days (we’ll receive a copy tomorrow). ​​This choice on the part of Apple is certainly not a coincidence when we note that the M3 Pro does not develop frankly as much as other devices, or even that it regresses – our future benchmarks will tell us.

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M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max: how Apple is further splitting its range and weakening the M3 Pro

Without analyzing the M3 Pro yet, we don’t yet have a complete picture of the balance or imbalance of the new SoC family. As for the M3 Max, the power does not disappoint, quite the opposite.

Petapixel For example, the 16-inch MacBook Pro M3 Max tested (48GB memory, 1TB storage) outperforms the Mac Studio M1 Ultra (20 CPU cores, 64 GPU cores, RAM 128GB) in several areas, although the latter seems much more muscular.

Beta pixel drawing.

The M3 Max can achieve single-core and multi-core performance very close to that of high-end desktop CPUs, e.g Core i9-14900K from Intel (24 cores, up to 6 GHz), which is really impressive for a processor built into a laptop, and on its part confirms Ars Technica. Same satisfaction for the GPU, which is about 50% faster than the M1 Max unit.

Something a little new for the MacBook Pro 14″ M3 Max: it also has a Performance mode that allows you to harness all its power during long periods of processing. Until now, this mode was reserved for the MacBook Pro 16″ M1/M2 Max .

MacBook Pro M3 with short memory

In contrast to the MacBook Pro M3 Max is the MacBook Pro M3, a new entry-level model priced at €1,999 that loses a Thunderbolt port, RAM, an external display, and reduced weight and power compared to the M3 Pro (from €2,499). according to the edgeApple has done well by replacing the MacBook Pro 13″ Touch Bar with this one, but it’s unfortunate that it only has 8GB of memory by default. This review is shared (logically) by Engadget And other sites that may have tried this computer.

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See you in the coming days for our own tests of the MacBook Pro M3. Until then, if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.