Intel Core i9-14900HX vs Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)

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Intel Core i9-14900HX CPU1 vs CPU2 Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
Intel Core i9-14900HX Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Core i9-14900HX and the Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Core i9-14900HX 24 core processor released in Q1/2024 with the Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) which has 16 CPU cores and was introduced in Q4/2023.
Intel Core i9 (78) Family Apple M series (25)
Intel Core i 14000H (5) CPU group Apple M3 (6)
14 Generation 3
Raptor Lake H Refresh Architecture M3
Mobile Segment Mobile
Intel Core i9-13900HX Predecessor Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i9-14900HX is a 24 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.20 GHz (5.80 GHz). The processor can compute 32 threads at the same time. The Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) clocks with 0.70 GHz (4.06 GHz), has 16 CPU cores and can calculate 16 threads in parallel.

Intel Core i9-14900HX Characteristic Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
24 Cores 16
32 Threads 16
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
Yes Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
2.20 GHz (5.80 GHz)
8x Raptor Cove
A-Core 0.70 GHz (4.06 GHz)
12x P-Core
1.60 GHz (4.10 GHz)
16x Gracemont
B-Core 0.74 GHz (2.75 GHz)
4x E-Core

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

Intel Core i9-14900HX Characteristic Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
Intel AI engine AI hardware Apple Neural Engine
Intel Deep Learning Boost (Intel DL Boost) AI specifications 16 Neural cores @ 35 TOPS

Internal Graphics

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

Intel UHD Graphics 13th Gen (32 EU) GPU Apple M3 Max (40 Core)
0.40 GHz GPU frequency 0.39 GHz
1.65 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.40 GHz
13 GPU Generation --
10 nm Technology 3 nm
3 Max. displays 5
32 Compute units 640
256 Shader 5120
No Hardware Raytracing Yes
No Frame Generation No
64 GB Max. GPU Memory 128 GB
12.1 DirectX Version --

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel UHD Graphics 13th Gen (32 EU) GPU Apple M3 Max (40 Core)
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode
Decode Codec AV1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

Up to 192 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Intel Core i9-14900HX, while the Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) supports a maximum of 128 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 409.6 GB/s enabled.

Intel Core i9-14900HX Characteristic Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
DDR5-5600, DDR4-3200 Memory LPDDR5-6400
192 GB Max. Memory 128 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 4 (Quad Channel)
89.6 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 409.6 GB/s
No ECC No
32.00 MB L2 Cache 36.00 MB
36.00 MB L3 Cache --
5.0 PCIe version 4.0
20 PCIe lanes --
78.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i9-14900HX has a TDP of 55 W. The TDP of the Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) is 57 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Core i9-14900HX Characteristic Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
55 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 57 W
157 W TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
45 W TDP down --
100 °C Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The Intel Core i9-14900HX has 68.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 10 nm. The cache of Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) is at 36.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 3 nm.

Intel Core i9-14900HX Characteristic Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
10 nm Technology 3 nm
Monolithic Chip design Chiplet
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) Armv8-A (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+ ISA extensions Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation
BGA 1964 Socket --
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization Apple Virtualization Framework
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems macOS, iPadOS
Q1/2024 Release date Q4/2023
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i9-14900HX (97%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i9-14900HX (91%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
2161 (100%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
2150 (99%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 2.20 GHz
21560 (95%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
22736 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
2922 (94%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
3125 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 2.20 GHz
18313 (87%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
21045 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
Intel UHD Graphics 13th Gen (32 EU) @ 1.65 GHz
845 (6%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
Apple M3 Max (40 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
14200 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
141 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
1607 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
1968 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 2.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
24028 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
496 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 2.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
6311 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 2.20 GHz
45971 (100%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
266 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 2.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 3.60 GHz
3375 (100%)

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
2.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
24,028 CB R23 MC @ 57 W
422 (100%)

Performance for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Intel Core i9-14900HX Intel Core i9-14900HX
24C 32T @ 2.20 GHz
0 (0%)
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 0.70 GHz
35 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i9-14900HX Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
Unknown Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2023)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2023)

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