Hackintosh vs M1 Pro: The Results Blew My Mind

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Almost a year ago I made a comparison video between my Hackintosh and the M1 Macs, it was received well by you guys and the Reddit community.

Now it’s time for another comparison of the Hackintosh vs the M1 Pro.

Intro

The Hackintosh is 2 years old with a Core i9 9900K, an AND 5700XT, 2TB Samsung Evo plus nvme and 32Gb of ram. The 16inch Macbook Pro comes with the M1 Pro [ 10 Core Cpu, 16 Core Gpu ], 32GB Ram and a 512GB SSD. In all the tests the Macbook Pro was plugged into power and low power mode was disabled.

In this big comparison we will mostly focus on Pure Performance, so you can make your buying decision based on your needs and specific workflow.

It took me a long time to compile these benchmarks for you guys, so I would appreciate it if you liked this video. If you wanna similar content then subscribe.

Alright, Let’s get to it. Here are the results from 32 Benchmarks.

Benchmarks

1. GeekBench 5

[ CPU Score Single : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 1188

M1 Pro : 1768

[ CPU Score Multi : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 8796

M1 Pro : 12 574

[ GPU Score OpenCL : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 64 547

M1 Pro : 36 664

[ GPU Score Metal : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 64 595

M1 Pro : 41 914

2. Novabench

[ Total Score : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 3148

M1 Pro : 2567

3. Blackmagic Disk Speed

[ Write Speed MB/s : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 3004

M1 Pro : 4508

[ Read Speed MB/s : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 3010

M1 Pro : 5004

4. Blackmagic Raw Speed

[ 8K CPU FPS : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 60

M1 Pro : 30

[ 8K METAL FPS : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 190

M1 Pro : 158

5. GFXBench Metal

[ High Level Test Aztec Ruins FPS : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 225

M1 Pro : 163

6. Cinebench R23

[ CPU Score Single : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 1300

M1 Pro : 1536

[ CPU Score Multi : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 12 740

M1 Pro : 12 390

7. Speedometer 2.0

[ Total Score Chrome : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 120

M1 Pro : 271

8. Unigine Heaven 4

[ Total Score FPS : Higher is Better]

Hackintosh : 200

M1 Pro : 85

9. CPU Stress Test

[ 100% Load Average Temp °C : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 83

M1 Pro : 90

10. Blender Benchmark

[ Render Time in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 157

M1 Pro : 240

11. Basemark GPU

[ Total Score 4K High : Higher is Better]

Hackintosh : 7820

M1 Pro : 4700

12. Xcode Homebrew : Firefox

[ Build Time in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 80

M1 Pro : 1100

13. XcodeBenchmark

[ Build Time in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 90

M1 Pro : 115

14. Android Studio: Firefox Fenix

[ Build Time in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 40

M1 Pro : 55

15. Parallels 17: Windows 11

[ Startup Time in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 12

M1 Pro : 10

16. Unity: Platformer Micrograme

[ Open Project Time in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 44

M1 Pro : 92

17. Archive Utility: Zip File

[ Time To Decompress 7GB Zip in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 8

M1 Pro : 10

[ Time To Compress 12GB Zip in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 150

M1 Pro : 120

18. Final Cut Pro X 10.6.4

[ BruceX Test 5K in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 10

M1 Pro : 8

[ Export 6min 4k H.265 in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 300

M1 Pro : 220

19. Compressor 4.6.3

[ Transcode 4K H.265 to ProRes 422 in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 90

M1 Pro : 70

20. Logic Pro X 10.7.4 : Benchmark Test

[ Tracks to be handled : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 128

M1 Pro : 128

21. Davinci Resolve 17

[ Export 2min 4K H.265 in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 80

M1 Pro : 60

22. Premiere Pro 2023

[ Export 2min 4K H.265 in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 180

M1 Pro : 100

23. Media Encoder 2023

[ Transcode 4K H.265 to ProRes 422 in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 160

M1 Pro : 120

24. Lightroom Classic 2023

[ Time to Export Multiple JPEGS in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 42

M1 Pro : 20

[ Time to Merge Panorama in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 22

M1 Pro : 10

[ Time to Merge HDR in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 11

M1 Pro : 8

25. After Effects 2023 : Logo Reveal

[ Time to Render 1080p File in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 12

M1 Pro : 20

26. Illustrator 2023 : Infographic Pack

[ Time to Open File in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 7

M1 Pro : 5

27. Photoshop 2023 : Infographic Pack

[ Time to Open File in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 8

M1 Pro : 6

28. Character Animator 2023

[ Time to Open Project in Seconds : Lower is Better ]

Hackintosh : 11

M1 Pro : 11

29. Affinity Photo 1.10.4

[ Total Score Combined Multi CPU : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 797

M1 Pro : 940

[ Total Score Combined Single GPU : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 8091

M1 Pro : 14 550

30. CSGO

[ Average FPS : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 185

M1 Pro : 65

31. Road Redemption

[ Average FPS : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 100

M1 Pro : 50

32. War Thunder

[ Average FPS : Higher is Better ]

Hackintosh : 245

M1 Pro : 70

Verdict

So after seeing these results, we start to see a pattern here. Anything related to pure cpu performance is better on the M1 Pro however graphic intense programs do better on the Hackintosh.

Having said that, the results of Programming software are a bit weird, I’m not sure if this is related to bad optimization but they are doing better on the Hackintosh.

My conclusion from this is like this: If you do any kind of Software Programming and 3D Intense Work then go with a Hackintosh. If you are Graphic Designer or Video Editor then the M1 Pro is so well optimized for that, specially with its Media Engines.

Keep in mind that I’m using a 2 years old Hackintosh. If you have one with the newest Intel i9 12900K CPU with 16 Cores and maybe an AMD 6900XT, it will completley destroy the M1 Pro as I have seen from other benchmarks.

Now, for someone like me that loves to game on the weekends using windows, the Hackintosh is a perfect compromise for both work and play . When it comes to software updates, we only have few years left in Hackintoshing which is tied to the support the Mac Pro will get.

If you want peace of mind and you are not a technical person, I don’t recommend Hackintoshing. Get yourself a nice Macbook or Mac Studio, trust me you will be more than happy with it for years to come.

I will still make videos about my Hackintosh, because first I love tinkering around and it’s a fun project. Plus I love using multiple Oses [ Linux, Windows , Mac OS ].

You can watch my Hackintosh vs M1 by clicking here or in the description below.

Thanks for watching and see you in the next one.

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