Apple’s new M1 processors are finally here, and as expected, they are much more powerful than the current Intel-based Macs.

What was unexpected, though, is how much more powerful they actually are. Depending on your usage, you could expect 5 to 10 times better performance and better battery life.

Apple made good on its promise that their M1 processors would revolutionize the Mac. But if you’re here, you’re probably wondering: What about gaming?

The community has been hard at work this past week, performing and sharing as many benchmarks as possible.

When it comes to Mac gaming on M1 processors,  Thomas Schranz has been doing an excellent job compiling benchmarks on several games. You can find the Google Sheet here, for reference. Below, I highlight some of the most relevant (and verified) benchmarks available.


Mac M1 games: How well do they run

The results speak for themselves, but if you just want the main takeaways, there are 2 things to keep in mind:

  1. Macs with M1 processors are head and shoulders above Macs with integrated Intel graphics
  2. Macs with beefy dedicated graphics cards (such as iMacs and 16-inch MacBook Pros) remain better at playing video games

These are some of the top benchmarks performed so far:

GamesCompatibilityResolutionFPSSettingsSpecs
Batman Arkham City Mac artBatman: Arkham CityRosetta1920x108060 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Bioshock 2 Remastered Mac artBioshock 2: RemasteredRosetta1920x108060 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Borderlands 2 Mac art V5Borderlands 2Rosetta1920x108045 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Borderlands 3 Mac artBorderlands 3Rosetta1920x108022.97Highest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Civilization 5 Mac artCivilization 5Rosetta2560x144060 FPSDefaultMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Cuphead Mac artCupheadRosetta1920x108060 FPSDefaultMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Deus Ex Mankind Divided Mac artDeus Ex: Mankind DividedRosetta1920x108024 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Dirt Rally Mac artDiRT RallyRosetta2560x160030 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Dota 2 Mac artDOTA 2Rosetta1920x108045 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Dying Light Mac artDying LightRosetta1920x108045 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Firewatch Mac artFirewatchRosetta2560x144045-50 FPSLow QualityMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
House Flipper Mac art NEWHouse FlipperRosetta2560x144025 FPSDefault (Medium-ish)MacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Inside Mac artInsideRosetta2560x144060 FPSN/AMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
League of Legends Mac artLeague of LegendsRosetta2560x160060 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Air M1 8GB
League of Legends Mac artLeague of LegendsRosetta1440x900100+ FPSMedium Quality PresetMacBook Air M1 8GB
Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorRosetta1920x108030 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Minecraft Mac artMinecraftRosetta1920x1080100+ FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Monument Valley Mac artMonument ValleyNative1920x108060 FPSDefaultMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Prison Architect Mac artPrison ArchitectRosetta2560x160060 FPSHigh DPIMacBook Air M1 8GB
Rocket League Mac artRocket LeagueRosetta2560x144060-65 FPSQualityMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Rust Mac art NEWRustRosetta1920x108020 FPSHighest SettingsMacBook Air M1 8GB
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Mac artShadow of the Tomb RaiderRosetta1920x120020 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Air M1 16GB
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Mac artShadow of the Tomb RaiderRosetta1920x108025 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Mac artShadow of the Tomb RaiderRosetta1920x120038 FPSLowest Quality PresetMacBook Air M1 16GB
Stardew Valley Mac artStardew ValleyRosetta1920x108060 FPSDefaultMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
The Pathless Mac artThe PathlessRosetta1920x108040-60 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
Total War Three Kingdoms Mac artTotal War: Three KingdomsRosetta2560x108025-30 FPSMacBook Pro 13" M1 16GB
World of Warcraft Mac artWorld of WarcraftNative1920x108045 FPSHighest Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB
World of Warcraft Mac artWorld of WarcraftNative1920x108060 FPSMedium Quality PresetMacBook Pro 13" M1 8GB

Your Turn

Are you interested in purchasing one of the new M1 Macs? Perhaps you already have one? If you do, let us know in the comments section! We’ll be compiling our own benchmarks soon too. If you want to be a part of it, let me know!