More modes for macOS: In addition to the power-saving mode familiar from iOS, Apple also integrates a high-performance mode in macOS 12 Monterey, which, however, should be reserved for the new 16 “MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Max processor. The” High Power Mode “can be used by customers According to an Apple document, activate it in the system settings in order to provide “extreme performance.” The manufacturer cites the color post-processing of 8K videos recorded in the ProRes codec as an application example.
High-performance mode makes fans sound
It is still unclear exactly what adjustments the high-performance mode makes and whether it actively increases the processor and GPU – or mainly delays the throttling, which is used to protect against overheating, by increasing the air supply. The high-power mode could lead to “louder fan noises”, it says in the code of macOS Monterey, as was already known in advance. Specific details on the adjustments are not yet available. The special mode does not seem to be intended for the 14 “MacBook Pro – even if the M1 Max can also be configured there as a processor option.
The power-saving mode, which is also new in macOS 12, also regulates the processor: It is supposed to reduce the clock frequency of the processor in order to extend the battery life of MacBooks, as Apple explains. The screen brightness is also reduced.
Apple promises a significant increase in performance
Apple has promised considerable increases in performance for its new ARM processors M1 Pro and M1 Max. According to the company, they should be up to 70 percent faster than the M1 introduced a year ago. According to the first unconfirmed Geekbench benchmarks, the single-core values of the new processors are barely higher than the M1, and the M1 Pro and Max only show their strengths in multi-core tasks. The M1 Max consists of a huge graphics unit that, according to Apple, should compete with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 – activation of the high-performance mode could also be necessary for this. Detailed benchmarks follow in a detailed Mac & i test of the new MacBook Pros.