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Comparing a M1 MacBook with Intel MacBookPro for Cheminformatics/CompChem

 

As some of you may have seen I've started the comparison of my new MacBook Pro Apple M1 max with my old Intel MacBook.

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I'm slowly working through a variety of cheminformatics toolkits and computational chemistry applications, I'm trying to run some "real world" workflows so you can see what kind of performance improvement you might expect.

The index page is here https://www.macinchem.org/reviews/MacBooks/m1macbookpromax.php and I'll update it as a test more applications

When possible I've used the latest builds for the M1 arm architecture. Both machines were connected to power and had no other applications running. To date I've looked at the following.

More to come.

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New MacBook Pros

 

The new MacBook Pros are out and they look fantastic, powered by M1Pro or M1Max chips they offer outstanding performance and retain low power consumption. As expected, Apple has added a HDMI port, and an SD card slot, AND has brought back MagSafe.

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Details on the chip design

You can also watch the promotional video here

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