A new video takes a look at the new M1 Max-equipped MacBook Pro’s ability to run some of the most popular video games on the market right now.
For decades, Apple has used third-party graphics processors in many of its laptops and desktops, from the humble Nvidia GeForce 9400M in early MacBooks to the muscular AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT in the latest 27-inch iMac.
The newest MacBook Pro laptops, by contrast, use Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max, custom-designed SoCs that combine CPU and GPU duties and share a pool of memory, to handle graphics output and acceleration.
However, seeing how well they perform on CPU-intensive workflows got YouTuber MrMacRight thinking: Are these seriously powerful new processors equally adept at running graphics-intensive AAA games?
Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently the best native ARM AAA game available on the M1 right now, allowing the game to run comfortably at 120 frames per second in 1440p most of the time, with slightly lower rates seen during very intense graphics work like combat scenes.
Metro Exodus, running with Rosetta, was able to hit 40-50fps at native resolution, while it was able to hit 96fps at 1080p, which MrMacRight says still looks great.
Another popular game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, also running under Rosetta, achieved the same 96fps at 1080p on High graphics settings.
Check out all 25 games on the video above.