In the Geekbench benchmark database showed up the results of performance measurements of the upcoming Apple M2 Max processor, which has not yet been officially announced, but the test data looks quite plausible. The novelty has impressive characteristics: 12 cores, a clock speed of 3.54 GHz and 96 GB of RAM.
The Geekbench report lists a specific Mac14.6 machine running macOS 13.2, which has also not yet been announced. The chip scored 1853 points in a single-core test and 13,855 in a multi-core test. This result is somewhat disappointing, since the MacBook Pro on the 8-core Apple M2 shows 1899 points in a single-core test and Compared to the M1 Max in the Mac Studio, the performance of the novelty is not impressive – the latter scores 1755 and 12,333 points, respectively, in the same tests.
Apple’s M2 chip will be manufactured in TSMC’s 5nm facility, but M2 Pro will use 3nm technology, the Taiwanese publication claims DigiTimes. There have not yet been any official announcements from the American company, but the manufacturer reportedly reserved the necessary TSMC capacities last summer.
Apple M1 processors were released in four versions: Basic, Pro, Max and Ultra. Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, and some MacBook Pro and iPad Pro received base versions. Most MacBook Pros offer a choice of M1 Pro and M1 Max, and the Mac Studio can come with the M1 Ultra, which is a pair of M1 Max. The M1 chips are available in 8- and 10-core configurations (the Ultra model has 20 cores), and the main differences between the models are expressed in the number of cores of the graphics subsystem and the amount of RAM.
It is possible that the manufacturer will repeat this path with the M2 generation. So far, the M2 processor has appeared in the 2022 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and the latest iPad Pro. It is logical to assume that the new family will be registered in the entire Apple family of computers – perhaps even in the Mac Pro, where only Intel chips are present to date.