Hot Take Impressive Power Consumption figures for Macs running on Apple M1, M2 vs Intel

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Source: Mac mini power consumption and thermal output (BTU) information
Mac mini (desktop)IdleCPU Max
2023 - M2 Pro chip, 32GB unified memory, 8TB SSD7 W100 W
2023 - M2 chip, 24GB unified memory, 2TB SSD7 W50 W
2020 - M1 chip, 16GB unified memory, 2TB SSD6.8 W39 W
2018 - 3.2GHz 6-core Intel i7, 64GB 2666MHz DDR4, 2TB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 63019.9 W122 W


Source: iMac power consumption and thermal output
iMac (desktop)IdleCPU Max
2021 - 24-inch, 4.5K display, M1 8-Core CPU & 7-Core GPU, 16GB unified memory, 1TB SSD43 W80 W
2021 - 24-inch, 4.5K display, M1 8-Core CPU & 8-Core GPU, 16GB unified memory, 2TB SSD43 W84 W
2020 - 27-inch, 5K display, 3.6GHz 10-Core i9, 128GB 2666MHz DDR4 SDRAM,
8TB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT with 16GB memory
74 W295 W


Source: Mac Pro power consumption and thermal output (BTU/h) information
Mac Pro (desktop)IdleCPU Max
2023 - M2 Ultra 24-Core CPU & 76-Core GPU, 192GB unified memory, 8TB SSD49 W330 W
2023 - M2 Ultra 24-Core CPU & 60-Core GPU, 64GB unified memory, 1TB SSD47 W300 W
2019 - 2.5GHz 28-core Intel Xeon W, 2x Radeon Pro Vega II Duo MPX Modules with Infinity Fabric Link
1.5TB RAM (12x 128GB 2933MHz DDR4 ECC DIMMs), Afterburner card, 4TB SSD
302 W902 W
 

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