On January 2023, Apple announced the next-generation M2 Pro and M2 Max chips powering the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini. For gaming, both the M2 Pro and M2 Max work perfectly for AAA game, however, the M2 Max chip provides much smoother gameplay with better visuals and performs extremely well in terms of performance, graphics, rendering, and smooth gameplay on high settings.
Enjoy your games on Macs with an M2 Max chip
YouTuber MrMacRight tested 25 games on an M2 Max chip to see how well it performs when gaming. The YouTuber tested 25 games and these games stood out as they have great graphics and gameplay.
These games include Resident Evil Village, Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Minecraft. In the test, the YouTuber also showed how much Ram, GPU, and CPU a game uses.
Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village is the perfect example of the GPU gaming power of M2 Max as it supports ARM64 architecture, RE Engine, and MetalFX upscaling to improve performance and high resolution and support for HDR.
The game was played at 1440p resolution at max settings with VSync on, and it reached about 50-100 FPS while using 8GB memory, 100% GPU, and 462% CPU. While there were some FPS drops, the game still worked very smoothly.
4k resolution is also achievable with near-max graphics thanks to Mental FX. At 2160p resolution with capped 60 FPS, and VSync on, it provides the smoothest experience while using 9.1GB memory, 99.8% GPU, and 309.3% CPU.
The next game tested was Metro Exodus. At 1440p high settings, it reached around 60-120 FPS and at 1440p ultra settings it hovered around 50-60 FPS. It performed really well while looking great while VSync was enabled.
At 2160p high settings, it hovered around 50-60 FPS. The only downside is that this game does not support the impressive Ray Tracing from Windows PC and current generation consoles.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The next tested game is one of the best AAA games to play on Mac and it became even better with HDR support. At 1080p at high settings the game runs on average 107 FPS while using 8GB memory, 98% GPU, and 841.5% CPU. Enjoy the game at 1080p with over 120 FPS by turning off motion blur and keeping the Pure Hair option on low.
At 1440p with the highest settings is enjoyable averaging 75 FPS, the game looks beautiful with a stable FPS. However playing 4k on this game will start causing issues and at 2160p with medium settings, it only gives 43 FPS on average while using 12GB memory, 100% GPU, and 332.2% CPU.
Last but not least, Minecraft was also put to test. In May 2022, Minecraft officially became native to Apple Silicon Macs. The game was tested with the popular mods installed like Sodium, Iris Shaders, and FPS – Display. At 2160p at high graphics it reaches up to 60 FPS while it uses 3.1GB memory, 100% GPU, and 337% CPU.
M2 Max is a solid chip and it has impressive performance in terms of gaming. Have you tried any of these games on a Mac with an M2 Max chip? Let us know in the comments below.
You can check out the full video by MrMacRight below.
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