Apple launches M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in new Mac mini and MacBook Pro models; benchmarks show good performance.
Today, Apple launched the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, debuting in the new M2-series MacBook Pro and Mac mini models. The Mac mini comes in two versions, with the M2 Pro model having four Thunderbolt 4 ports while the M2 model has two. Both models have two USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
In order to compare the new M2 Pro Mac mini to the M1 Max MacBook Pro, we conducted a series of benchmarks. The M1 Max has a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU, while the M2 Pro Mac mini has a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU. The results showed that the M2 Pro was close in performance to the M1 Max, with the M1 Max having the advantage in GPU performance due to the double GPU cores.
The M2 Pro Mac mini starts at $1299, and is a great option for those looking for a desktop machine that is affordable but still able to handle video editing, 3D rendering, and other tasks. Our video above showcases the full suite of benchmarks, and we will have an M2 Max MacBook Pro video coming soon.
Overall, the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips offer great performance for the price. The M2 Pro Mac mini is an affordable option for those looking for a desktop machine that can handle a variety of tasks, while the M2 Max MacBook Pro will offer even more power. With the benchmarks we’ve conducted, we can see that the M2 Pro Mac mini is close in performance to the M1 Max, and is a great value for the money.