The new Apple Silicon Mac Studio features the previously released M1 Max found in the 16″ MacBook Pro or the newly announced M1 Ultra. Mac Studio with M1 Max is 3.4x faster than Mac Pro and Mac Studio with M1 Ultra is up to 60% faster than the 28 Core Intel Xeon-equipped Mac Pro all in a 7.7-inch x 3.7-inch chassis.
M1 Ultra is made up of two M1 Max chips that use its secret UltraFusion architecture to fuse both M1 Max chips together resulting in a 20-core CPU with up to 128GB unified memory, a 64-core GPU that is 8x faster than M1. The secret UltraFusion feature is present on the M1 Max but not until M1 Ultra is utilized. The UltraFusion connection has a fast 2.5TB/s inter-processor connection within the M1 Max SoC to make the magic happen.
On back, Mac Studio features four Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A, one HDMI, pro audio 3.5mm jack, and an ethernet port.
Mac Studio features 3x USB-C ports, speeds up to 10Gb/s. Mac Studio with M1 Max starts at $1999 or with M1 Ultra at $3999. For anyone wondering how the M1 Ultra-equipped Mac Studio stacks up to a 28 core Intel Xeon-equipped Mac Pro in the real world, here it is below. It has already been benchmarked. Quick take away from the benchmark is jaw dropping.
One thing is for sure, Intel has to be quaking in their boots, let’s just hope Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek and others can compete. Qualcomm in particular may have an answer with their Nuvia acquisition, but the company is likely 3-4 years behind where Apple is now. Apple did confirm that in fact a new Mac Pro is coming at the end of the event since it is currently the only Intel powered mac left in the lineup. If this Mac Studio is any indication, the next Mac Pro will be the next undisputed heavy-weight champion of the world.
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