Apple M1 Max GPU has outperformed the beast; GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU in a recently performed GFXBench 5.0 test.
The test results should be taken with a pinch of salt as GFXBench 5.0 is a mobile device focused benchmark. However, the company that introduced the test claims it to be a platform independent benchmark. Regardless of that, the new 32 core GPU in Apple’s M1 Max SoC is definitely offering some pretty amazing performance in order to compete with the GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU.
However, this is a median score for the GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU and many of the tests that make up GFXBench 5.0 aren’t using DirectX, which is one likely reason for Apple’s M1 Max GPU beating the Nvidia card. Moreover, all tests support Metal, which is Apple’s 3D API. The Nvidia card, on the other hand, is forced to use OpenGL which offers a much weaker performance in games than DirectX.
In most of the performance tests, less than 10% of results on average are in the favor of Apple. Because GPU business has never been Apple’s cup of tea, these results are very impressive.
Contrarily, a Geekbench OpenCL test has reportedly chosen GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU over that of M1 Max, that too by a considerable margin.
We can’t pick any test result from the two as neither of them was based on a real world scenario. We will have to wait a little bit more to judge the true performance of the Flagship chip of the M1 series.