Apple claims that a Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra is 1.9 times quicker than an Intel-powered Mac Pro with a 16-core Intel Xeon processor and 1.6 times faster than a Mac Pro with a 28-core Xeon, however, it doesn’t specify whose performance tests it employed. Apple unveiled its most powerful M1 Mac processor to date on Tuesday, a model that combines two M1 Max CPUs into a single box with 20 processing cores, 64 graphics cores, and up to 128GB of memory support. The CPU, which has a staggering 114 billion transistors, was unveiled at Apple’s March product launch event and powers the new Mac Studio desktop computer’s high-end $3,999 configuration.
Mac Studio Has 114 Billion Transistors
According to Apple, the chip leverages specific circuitry from the M1 Max from last year, together with a high-speed silicon interface dubbed UltraFusion, to marry the two processors together without a convoluted architecture that would cause complications for programmers. It’s typical of the semiconductor industry’s growing ambition to leverage packaging technologies to connect smaller chip parts into a single bigger processor.
The Mac Studio’s great performance comes with a hefty cost, but creative professionals who need to deal with large video files or programmers developing new software may be ready to pay for it.
The M1 Ultra represents a new high-water mark for Apple’s processor family, but it’s still a step behind the M2 processor, which is projected to overhaul the core engines in Apple’s Mac processors. Although Apple claims the new Mac Studio is quicker than the current Intel-powered Mac Pro, the company also stated that a new Mac Pro built on Apple silicon is still in the works.
Apple’s Mac chips, which are more powerful versions of the A-series processors found in its iPhones and iPads, have proven to be a hit.
In November 2020, Apple introduced the M1 CPU in MacBook Air laptops and small Mac Minis, followed by a new 24-inch iMac in early 2021.
Then, in October, Apple released the M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, which had more processing cores, better graphics horsepower, and support for 32GB and 64GB of memory instead of simply 16GB.