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I think you're probably being intentionally dense, but I'll go along. I'm not saying that rendering is a bad test, it's just the main one they focus on - and frankly for a huge amount of people it's irrelevant. Most people don't work off a Macbook Pro and render 8K RED RAW footage, or PRO RES footage, and then sit or as MKBHD in his latest video 'need to be able to edit 8K on the move' - I've worked with huge companies who do this, they have render farms for this reason. It's not a requirement for the editor to sit and wait whilst their laptop does it. I dare say the YouTubers test their video editing workloads well, but it's a tiny percentile of what people use it for. What about complex compilations, how does it compare compiling huge software libraries in comparison of the previous gen, what about ML/DL advantages in a real world environment in comparison to the graphs Apple provide.
There's hundreds of other scenarios which never get a mention, but if you want to think that YouTubers who exist only to get views, subscriptions and likes do a thorough test of devices and what they're capable of and actually resemble real-world Pro Users then feel free.
What do you want them to test it on? Honest question, what would you like the benchmark be?
Word and Minecraft? Spotify whilst talking to your friends on Discord?
Surely, rendering is probably the hardest test because it max the system out constantly, as oppose to nano second spike of the CPU/GPU.
Anything else, like say....using it in a vitual desktop, or coding, or typing, or zoom. It's just not scratching the surface, and the CPU and GPU load will just go up and down. Allowing the laptop to cool itself and catch up.
Which is not "worst-case" scenario. You just need to take the worst case scenario and extrapolate. If you think your work flow is more intensive than rendering non-stop...then extrapolate that and take 20% off the battery life or something.
The reason they use rendering is because they make videos, so that's their work. If you watch a more music centric channel they will try bench it running Logic with lots of tracks. the M1 can do something like 90...which is insane. Most songs have a dozen.