Intel’s New Core i9 Chip Outperforms Apple’s M1 Max, When Drawing 100 watts

Early Geekbench 5 results have confirmed that Intel’s latest 12th-generation Core i9 processor found in MSI’s new GE76 Raider is faster than Apple’s M1 Max chip found in the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to Macworld (via MacRumors).

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According to the benchmarks, the GE76 Raider with the Core i9-12900HK processor has an average multi-core score of 12,707, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip has an average multi-core score of 12,244.

While the Core i9 processor appears to be around 4% faster than the M1 Max chip, one of its biggest drawbacks is power efficiency. Intel’s Core i9 chip consumes much more power than Apple’s M1 Max, with the battery life also taking a significant hit.

“PCWorld measured the new GE76 Raider’s power draw from the wall while running a CPU-only Cinebench R23 benchmark and found the Core i9 was consistently in the 100-watts range, and even briefly spiked to 140 watts. By comparison, when running the same Cinebench R23 benchmark on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, AnandTech found the M1 Max chip’s power draw from the wall to be around 40 watts.”

MSI’s new GE76 Raider is found to achieve only six hours of offline video playback, whereas Apple’s latest 16-inch MacBook Pro offers up to 21 hours of battery life for offline video playback.