M1 MacBook Pro 16” vs. 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16

Here is a side by side comparison between M1 MacBook Pro 16” and 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

M1 MacBook Pro 16” image

M1 MacBook Pro 16”

2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 image

2021 ROG Zephyrus M16

Key FeaturesM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
At Glance
Released in Late
2021
16:10 XDR
16.2”
2234p 120Hz
Weight
4.7 lb
2.13 kg
Up to
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
10C/10T, 3.20 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,747
Single Core
Geekbench 5
12,185
Multi-Core
With integrated
Apple M1 Max iGPU
32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores
Configurable up to
64GB
Unified Memory
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
Released in Mid
2021
16:10 WQXVGA
16”
1600p 165Hz
Weight
4.19 lb
1.90 kg
Powered By
Intel Core i9-11900H
8C/16T, 2.50 → 4.90 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,430
Single Core
Geekbench 5
8,121
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® UHD Graphics
32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
Configurable up to
48GB
3200 MHz DDR4
2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 Ports
Up to Nvidia GeForce
RTX 3070
8GB GDDR6 80W TGP
AvailabilityM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
Released20212021
Release Info
  • Announced on October 18, 2021.
  • Available on October 26, 2021.
Announced on May 11, 2021
Pricing
  • $2,499
    M1 Pro 10-Core CPU 16-Core GPU 16GB 512GB
  • $2,699
    M1 Pro 10-Core CPU 16-Core GPU 16GB 1TB
  • $3,499
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 32GB 1TB
  • $3,899
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 1TB
  • $4,299
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 2TB
  • $4,899
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 4TB
  • $6,099
    M1 Max 10-Core CPU 32-Core GPU 64GB 8TB
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Generations
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Price
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
By Apple
$2,499.00
Was: $2,699.00
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
By Apple
$2,299.00
Was: $2,499.00
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$2,116.44
2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 Price
2021 ASUS Zephyrus M16 WQXGA 144Hz Gaming Laptop, 16'' 1920x1200, 11th Tiger Lake Core i7-11800H 8-Core,16-Thread, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, WiFi 6, RGB Backlit KB, Webcam, Win 10 (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
2021 ASUS Zephyrus M16 WQXGA 144Hz Gaming Laptop, 16'' 1920x1200, 11th Tiger Lake Core i7-11800H 8-Core,16-Thread, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, WiFi 6, RGB Backlit KB, Webcam, Win 10 (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
By ASUS
$1,459.90
ASUS Zephyrus M16 WQXGA 165Hz Gaming Laptop, 16'' 2560x1600, Intel Tiger Lake i9-11900H 8-Core, 16-Thread, RTX 3060, Fingerprint, WiFi 6, Webcam, Win 10 Home (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
ASUS Zephyrus M16 WQXGA 165Hz Gaming Laptop, 16'' 2560x1600, Intel Tiger Lake i9-11900H 8-Core, 16-Thread, RTX 3060, Fingerprint, WiFi 6, Webcam, Win 10 Home (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
By ASUS
$1,809.86
ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 15.6" QHD Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - Eclipse Grey - Eclipse Grey
ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 15.6" QHD Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - Eclipse Grey - Eclipse Grey
By ASUS
$1,772.97
ExteriorM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
Size Comparison
M1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
Dimensions
  • Height: 0.66 inch (1.68 cm)
  • Width: 14.01 inches (35.57 cm)
  • Depth: 9.77 inches (24.81 cm)
13.98” x 9.57” x 0.78” - 0.88” (355 x 243 x 19.9 - 22.3 mm)
Weight
  • 4.7 pounds (2.1 kg)
    M1 Pro models.
  • 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg)
    M1 Max models.
4.19 lbs (1.9 kg)
Colors
Space Gray Silver
Black
Keyboard and TrackpadBacklit Magic Keyboard with:
  • 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys including 12 full-height function keys and 4 arrow keys in an inverted-T arrangement
  • Touch ID
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Force Touch trackpad for precise cursor control and pressure-sensing capabilities; enables Force clicks, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures
  • Full-size backlit chicklet keyboard
    1.7 mm key travel Overstroke technology Aura Sync N key rollover
  • Hotkeys
    Volume up Volume down Microphone mute ROG Armoury Crate
  • Integrated Fingerprint Sensor
  • Trackpad - 20% larger and more accurate glass precision trackpad.
DisplayM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
Size16.2 Inches16 Inches
Info
  • Liquid Retina XDR display
    • 16.2-inch (diagonal) Liquid Retina XDR display;10 3456-by-2234 native resolution at 254 pixels per inch
  • XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range)
    • Up to 1000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness
    • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
    • Color
      1 billion colors Wide color (P3) True Tone technology
  • Refresh rates
    • ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
    • Fixed refresh rates: 47.95Hz, 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz, 60.00Hz
 
16” WQXVGA 165Hz Display
16:10 Aspect Ratio 2560 x 1600 IPS 165Hz refresh rate 3ms response time Patone Validated 100% DCI-P3
PortsM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
M1 MacBook Pro 16” Ports
Image Source: Apple
Left (4)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4
    USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x MagSafe 3
  • 1 x headphone jack
    Headphone/Microphone
Right (3)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, Charging
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x full-size SD card slot
2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 Ports
2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 Ports
Image Source: ASUS
Left (6)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 4
    USB 4.0 (40 Gbps), DisplayPort, 100W Power Delivery
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort, 100W Power Delivery
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1 x HDMI
    v2.0b
  • 1 x RJ-45
    1 Gbps
  • 1 x headphone jack
Right (3)
  • 1 x USB-A
    USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1 x microSD card slot
    v4.0
  • 1 x lock slot
Internal SpecsM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
Processor
  1. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  2. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    10 cores, 10 threads, 3.20 GHz,
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H
    8 cores, 16 threads, 2.50 → 4.90 GHz, 24MB SmartCache, 45W
Geekbench 5 Single Core
M1 MacBook Pro 16”1
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)1,73799.43%
2
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)1,747100.00%
2021 ROG Zephyrus M161
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H1,43081.85%
01,747
Geekbench 5 Multi Core
M1 MacBook Pro 16”1
Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)11,98898.38%
2
Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)12,185100.00%
2021 ROG Zephyrus M161
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H8,12166.65%
012,185
Integrated Graphics
  1. Apple M1 Pro (10C, 16G)
    Apple M1 Pro iGPU
    16 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  2. Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G)
    Apple M1 Max iGPU
    32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores,
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900H
    Intel® UHD Graphics
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1450 MHz
Memory
16GB 32GB 64GB
Unified Memory
Up to 48GB DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM
1 x 16GB on-board memory and 1 x SO-DIMM slot up to 32GB of DDR4 SDRAM.
Discrete Graphics-
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Ti
    Supports ROG Boost up to 1585MHz at 60W (75W with Dynamic Boost).
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 - 6GB GDDR6
    Supports ROG Boost up to 1525MHz at 80W (95W with Dynamic Boost).
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 - 8GB GDDR6
    Supports ROG Boost up to 1390MHz at 80W (100W with Dynamic Boost).
Storage
512GB 1TB 2TB 4TB 8TB
SSD
  • Single
    • 512GB 1TB
      M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
  • Dual
    • 512GB+512GB 1TB+1TB
      M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
      Supports RAID 0.
ConnectivityM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax)
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technologyBluetooth 5.2
Ethernet- Gigabit LAN
Speed: 10/100/1000 Mbps.
BatteryM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
Size100 Wh lithium‑polymer battery90 Wh
4-cell Li-ion battery
Battery Life
  • Up to 14 hours wireless web
  • Up to 21 hours of Apple TV app movie playback
Up to 10 hours
Video Playback.
Power Supply140W USB‑C Power Adapter 
Charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with included USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable.
  • 240W power adaptor
    Propriety charger.
  • Supports charging via USB-C
    Supports USB Type-C PD 3.0 up to 10W.
SoftwareM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
OSShipped with macOS MontereyWindows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps
Photos iMovie GarageBand Pages Numbers Keynote Siri Safari Mail FaceTime Messages Maps News Stocks Home Voice Memos Notes Calendar Contacts Reminders Photo Booth Preview Music Podcasts TV Books App Store Time Machine Find My QuickTime Player
Armoury Crate 1M Xbox Game Pass GameVisual Scenario Profiles
Camera & AudioM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera 
Advanced image signal processor with computational video.
HD Front-facing camera
720p (1280 x 720) camera.
Audio
  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-canceling woofers
  • Wide stereo sound
  • Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking when using AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max
  • Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones
  • 2 x 2W tweeter
  • 4 x 2W woofer with Smart Amp Technology
  • Audio by Dolby Atmos
  • Built-in array microphone
  • AI mic noise-canceling
MiscM1 MacBook Pro 16”2021 ROG Zephyrus M16
SensorsTouch ID sensorFingerprint sensor on power button
Security
  • Touch ID sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • BIOS Administrator Password and User Password Protection
  • Kensington Lock
  • Fingerprint Authentication
In the box
  • 16‑inch MacBook Pro
  • 140W USB‑C Power Adapter
  • USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable (2 m)
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WarrantyYour MacBook Pro comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.-
More
  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and:
    • Up to two external displays with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Pro) or
    • Up to three external displays with up to 6K resolution and one external display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz at over a billion colors (M1 Max)
  • Thunderbolt 4 digital video output
    • Native DisplayPort output over USB‑C
    • VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
  • HDMI digital video output
    • Support for one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz
    • DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
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M1 MacBook Pro 16” Price
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
By Apple
$2,499.00
Was: $2,699.00
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
2021 Apple MacBook Pro (14-inch, Apple M1 Pro chip with 10‑core CPU and 16‑core GPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) - Space Gray
By Apple
$2,299.00
Was: $2,499.00
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
Late 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro chip (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) Space Gray (Renewed)
By Apple
$2,116.44
2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 Price
2021 ASUS Zephyrus M16 WQXGA 144Hz Gaming Laptop, 16'' 1920x1200, 11th Tiger Lake Core i7-11800H 8-Core,16-Thread, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, WiFi 6, RGB Backlit KB, Webcam, Win 10 (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
2021 ASUS Zephyrus M16 WQXGA 144Hz Gaming Laptop, 16'' 1920x1200, 11th Tiger Lake Core i7-11800H 8-Core,16-Thread, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, WiFi 6, RGB Backlit KB, Webcam, Win 10 (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
By ASUS
$1,459.90
ASUS Zephyrus M16 WQXGA 165Hz Gaming Laptop, 16'' 2560x1600, Intel Tiger Lake i9-11900H 8-Core, 16-Thread, RTX 3060, Fingerprint, WiFi 6, Webcam, Win 10 Home (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
ASUS Zephyrus M16 WQXGA 165Hz Gaming Laptop, 16'' 2560x1600, Intel Tiger Lake i9-11900H 8-Core, 16-Thread, RTX 3060, Fingerprint, WiFi 6, Webcam, Win 10 Home (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
By ASUS
$1,809.86
ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 15.6" QHD Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - Eclipse Grey - Eclipse Grey
ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 15.6" QHD Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - Eclipse Grey - Eclipse Grey
By ASUS
$1,772.97

M1 MacBook Pro 16” vs. 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16: Comparison Review

Here is our comparison review between M1 MacBook Pro 16” and 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16.

M1 MacBook Pro 16” vs. 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16

Apple has released the M1 MacBook Pro 16”, a 16.2-inch machine, in late-2021. It is powered by up to 10-core Apple M1 Max (10C, 32G). The laptop has an integrated graphics option up to Apple M1 Max iGPU (32 GPU Cores, 16 Neural Engine Cores).

On the other hand, we have the 16-inch ROG Zephyrus M16 was introduced by ASUS around the same year in mid-2021. It comes with an octa-core Intel Core i9-11900H with a boost clock speed up to 4.90 GHz. It has a dedicated GPU option up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 with 8GB GDDR6 80W TGP.

The M1 MacBook Pro 16” has a 16.2-inch display which is quite similar size to the 16-inch 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16. In addition, the M1 MacBook Pro 16” weighs 4.7 lbs. about 12% heavier than the 4.19 lbs. 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16. Moreover, measured at 14.01” x 9.77” x 0.66”, the M1 MacBook Pro 16” is much more portable than the 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 at 13.98” x 9.57” x 0.88”.

There are a toal number of 7 ports and slots available on M1 MacBook Pro 16”. That includes three Thunderbolt 4 ports, a MagSafe 3, a headphone jack, an HDMI port, and a full-size SD card slot. With that said, it has two ports and slots fewer than the 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 that has a Thunderbolt 4 port, a USB-C port, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, an RJ-45 port, a headphone jack, a microSD card slot, and a lock slot.

Moving over to upgradability, Apple claims that the M1 MacBook Pro 16” supports up to 64GB Unified memory. However, it has an onboard memory module that is not upgradable by the users. It also has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion.

For 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16, it supports up to 48GB 3200 MHz DDR4 memory. Like M1 MacBook Pro 16”, it has an onboard memory module that is not upgradable by the users. Luckily, it has two M.2 slots that users can easily swap or add an extra SSD to get extra space when needed.

Here are some notable new features we found on the M1 MacBook Pro 16”.

  • All-New MacBook Pro Design - the new design focus on functionality and performance. It has a larger chassis that provides more room for an advanced thermal system that can move 50 percent more air than the previous generation.
  • New M1 Pro and M1 Max Chip - The new 16” MacBook Pro features the new M1 Pro, and M1 Max applies a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. Both processors feature fast unified memory and increased memory bandwidth up to 400GB/s, 8-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, and with best-in-class performance per watt and industry-leading power efficiency.
  • New Liquid Retina XDR with ProMotion Display - featuring mini-LED technology used in iPad Pro, the Liquid Retina XDR display delivers up to 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness, an incredible 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
  • Better Battery Life - It delivers up to 21 hours of video playback, which is seven additional hours compared to the previous-generation MacBook Pro.

For 2021 ROG Zephyrus M16, there are also some outstanding new features that we want to point out as well including:

  • Intel Core i9-11900H and Nvidia RTX 3070 - features the latest and most powerful processors with up to 48GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4 storage.
  • New 16-inch Display - the first ROG Zephyrus M series features the new taller 16:10 16-inch display with 94% screen-to-body ratio, WQHD resolution, 165Hz/3ms adaptive sync, and 100% DCI-P3 ideal for gamers who also create.
  • 180° Ergolift - Open up more viewing angles with the 180° ErgoLift hinge.
  • Built-in Webcam - On top of the super-slim screen bezel, the new ROG Zephyrus laptop now included
  • Better Charging Capability - Supports USB-C Charging up to 100W power delivery and Quick Charge from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes.
  • Intelligent Cooling - features thermal grizzly liquid metal thermal compound, 84-blade Arc Flow fans, customized self-cleaning cooling 2.0, and comprehensive 6 heat pipes coverage.
2021 ROG Zephyrus M16 image

2021 ROG Zephyrus M16: Key Features

Introduction Video

Launch Video

ASUS ROG Family

Here are all ASUS ROG devices we’ve covered on our site:

ROG Flow
ROG Mothershop
ROG Strix G15
ROG Strix G17
ROG Strix SCAR 15
ROG Strix SCAR 17
ROG Zephyrus
ROG Zephyrus Duo
ROG Zephyrus G14
ROG Zephyrus G15

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