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High Power Mode, which is only available on the M1 Max on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, can boost performance for graphics-intensive activities.

Because to Apple Silicon’s efficiency, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros have the same chip choices, with the highest-end M1 Pro and M1 Max configurations available in both sizes.

However, there is one distinction: High Power Mode is only available on the 16-inch model. Apple may raise the heat envelope even more with the bigger 16-inch MacBook Pro chassis, allowing the M1 Max to optimize its performance output.

According to a support page, High Power Mode can boost performance for demanding graphics-intensive activities. The fans may now run at greater speeds thanks to High Power Mode. The M1 Max processor can be pushed to its limits thanks to the bigger laptop’s improved cooling.

Most individuals, however, do not appear to be very concerned about missing out on some more juice. The improvement in High Power Mode is there, but it’s still minor and unique to certain workloads. To begin with, it does not appear that CPU-intensive activity will benefit. The greater power ceiling appears to be primarily employed to maximize the performance of the 32-core GPU processors.

For example, Apple says that customers who color grade 8K video at high data rates can benefit from High Power Mode. In High Power Mode, general video exports and 3D programs may perform somewhat quicker. We’ll hopefully see some real-world testing and benchmarking shortly to see how big of a difference it makes.

Of course, this increased performance comes at the expense of more fan noise and faster battery consumption. (When on the road or connected to a power charger, High Power Mode is accessible.)

How to enable High Power Mode on MacBook Pro

  • On a 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip, open System Preferences.
  • Open the Battery preference pane.
  • Select the ‘Battery’ or ‘Power Adapter’ option in the sidebar and change the ‘Energy Mode’ setting to ‘High Power’, as appropriate.

You can check if you’re in High Power Mode by opening the Battery section in macOS Control Center.

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