The M1 MacBook Pro is the basic model, with 8GB RAM, an M1 chip with 8-core CPU and GPU, and a 256GB SSD, with a single-core Geekbench score of 1722 and a multi-core score of 7535.
In comparison, the Intel MacBook Pro scored 871 for single core and 3786 for multi-core, so the M1 MBP performance is almost twice that of the latter. OpenCL scores also showed significant differences, with M1 score of 19305 and Intel chip score of 6962.
The M1 MacBook Pro has a faster SSD. In the test, the read speed is 2800MB/s and the write speed is 2300MB/s. The SSD in the Intel MacBook Pro has a read speed of 1600MB/s and a write speed of 1100MB/s.
When transferring files larger than 40GB, M1 completed the task in 27 seconds, while the Intel Mac took 90 seconds. The transfer speed was the same at first, but soon after, the Intel Mac fell behind.
4K video export
Exporting 10 minutes of 4K video from Final Cut Pro to the M1 MacBook Pro took 4 minutes and 53 seconds, while the Intel MacBook Pro took 6 minutes and 47 seconds.
Startup and shutdown
With the new instant wake-up feature, the startup speed of the M1 MacBook Pro is significantly faster, and when you open the lid, it can run normally. Shutdown is also faster.
There are twelve YouTube tabs open in Safari on both Macs, and the CPU load on the M1 Mac is much lower. The M1 Mac can play every video without any problems, and the fan never even rang, but the Intel Mac fan spins harder.
Each application is open in the application folder on both Macs, and there are about 50 applications. M1 performed well, and it took longer for the Intel Mac to open all applications, especially Final Cut Pro.
On M1 Mac, you can quickly open a single application every time you open it.
The test of a single application is closer. M1 won when opening applications such as Safari, Maps, Apple Music and Final Cut Pro, but the Intel Mac is not far behind.