PC vs. Mac
In the real-world, a PC with an 11th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processor offers users more and we’ve got real research and test results that prove it. Many Apple M1 claims don’t translate to real-world usage and appear questionable. When compared to a PC with the 11th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processor, the M1 MacBook features just don’t stack up.
See the Difference
There’s no comparison between the Mac and the PC with the Intel Core processor when it comes to design innovation. PCs can be personalized to fit a user’s specific hardware and software needs so they work how the user likes to work. The bottom line is a PC offers users choice, something users don’t get with a Mac.
A PC Gives Users a Complete Touch Screen vs. the Constrained Mac Touch Bar
A PC offers more intuitive interactions with a full touchscreen —in brilliant 4K and OLED options. The keyboard is the only area that provides versatile functionality on an M1 Mac and the screen has a 2k option only.
A PC Offers Users 2 for 1 Form Factor Options vs. Paying Apple for Multiple Devices and Gear
Many PCs offer 2-in-1 PC tablet and laptop capabilities in a single device and include a bundled stylus. If a user wants a tablet with their Mac laptop they have to purchase yet another device from Apple.
Dig into Data
At Intel, we push the boundaries by testing performance with a real-world approach based in research. Data transparency is important when choosing hardware that meets the demands of day in and day out usage. We believe it is a best practice to disclose testing information sufficient to enable intended audiences to understand the bases of our performance and power claims. We challenge Apple to do the same.
Content Creation Performance vs. an M1 Mac
New AI-based content creation tools from Topaz Labs perform up to 3.5x faster with the new 11th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processors than on an M1 Mac. And when using native versions of Adobe Premier Pro, the PCs revealed up to 1.36x performance advantages in some export functions. Our tests also reported 1.62x performance advantages when using Lightroom’s Photo Merge HDR Panorama workloads.
Productivity Performance vs. an M1 Mac
A PC powered by a new 11th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processor delivers faster web productivity than on an M1 Mac. Comparing the most popular web browser (Chrome), running native versions on both systems, the 11th Gen system performs up to 41% faster across subtests like organize album using AI, online photo enhancements, and creating sales graphs. And comparing Microsoft Office 365 on both systems, a PDF export is up to 2.4x faster than on an M1 Mac.
Battery Life Reality
Apple boasts their new M1 laptop has an 18hr battery life. But the truth behind the claim reveals that the screen brightness does not represent what a user would do in the real world (Apple had the brightness set low at 150 nits). We ran a parity test with an M1 Mac against an Acer Swift 5 with an Intel Core i7 processor. We didn’t change the test to win, we changed it to make it real. The truth is that both systems delivered roughly the same 10hr battery life.
Everything Just Works
A PC is built for the user. They can run whatever software and games users want to run and accommodate all plug-ins you love. The possibilities are endless with a PC versus Apple’s rigidly controlled walled garden.
A PC Supports as Many as Three 4K Screens vs. Only One with an M1 Mac
A PC enables connection to as many as three 4K monitors when you have Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. The M1 Mac is limited to a singular external display even when using a Thunderbolt™ dock.
A PC Lets Users Plug in What They Want vs. the Non-Native Uncertainty with a Mac
A PC is compatible with most of the popular apps and plug-ins—especially in music creation such as Abelton and Serato. With an M1 Mac users have to check to see if their current headset or favorite app will work.
A PC Supports Hundreds of Games That Won’t Even Run on a M1 Mac
Cyberpunk, Grand Theft Auto V, EA FIFA, Halo MCC, Apex Legends and countless more games are all supported on a PC but will not run on an M1 Mac. In fact, the M1 Mac supports an extremely limited number of game titles.
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Performance results are based on testing as of dates shown in configurations and may not reflect all publicly available updates. See footnotes for configuration details.
Intel contributes to the development of benchmarks by participating in, sponsoring, and/or contributing technical support to various benchmarking groups, including the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community administered by Principled Technologies.
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