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High Power Mode for Intensive Workloads to be Included in New 16-Inch MacBook Pro With M1 Max

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The new 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max Apple Silicon chip will feature a new High Power Mode for intensive, sustained workloads, according to Apple.

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High Power Mode was mentioned in the macOS Monterey beta, according to MacRumors contributor Steve Moser. This new option is the polar opposite of “Low Power Mode,” which lowers system performance in order to extend battery life. The new model will be available only on the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip, not the 14-inch or M1 Pro models.

The text in the macOS Monterey beta reads as follows: “Your Mac’s performance will be optimized to better support resource-intensive tasks. This could result in increased fan noise.” The new model is more likely to be used when users are rendering larger files or performing graphically intensive tasks that require an extra boost of performance.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros have improved thermal architecture, but Apple claims that most users will not use the new and improved fans in everyday use. Geekbench scores show that Apple’s new high-end M1 Max Apple Silicon chip is over 3x faster in GPU tasks than the M1 chip in the MacBook Pro. The M1 Max is up to 2x faster than the M1 in multi-core performance.

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