The Apple M1 Ultra chips GPU was much slower than
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The Apple M1 Ultra chip’s GPU was much slower than the GeForce RTX 3090 – Apple said they were the same

The integrated graphics performance of the Apple M1 Ultra processor, which debuted last week in Apple’s compact desktop Mac Studio, was noticeably lower than advertised by the manufacturer. This has been shown by independent tests of the portal The edge.

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Image source: VideoCardz

Remember that the Apple M1 Ultra consists of two M1 Max chips connected together. Thanks to this, the processor has 20 cores on board (16 powerful and 4 energy-efficient). In addition, it uses a very powerful 64-core graphics processor with a performance of 21 teraflops. The graphics chip has direct access to Unified RAM up to 128 GB. During the announcement, Apple said that the integrated graphics performance of the M1 Ultra chip is comparable to the GeForce RTX 3090 discrete graphics card, while consuming 200W less power than the competitor.

Description of Apple M1 Ultra.  Image source: Apple

Description of Apple M1 Ultra. Image source: Apple

Today the manufacturer lifted the ban on publishing reviews of the new Mac Studio PC. Overview of new resources The edge showed that Apple’s statements are very far from reality. In the Geekbench 5 compute benchmark, which assesses graphics performance, the M1 Ultra more than doubled a PC with a GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card.

Image Source: The Edge

Image Source: The Edge

The GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card was also significantly faster than the M1 Ultra processor graphics in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming test. At 1080p, the average frame rate was 142 FPS on the NVIDIA graphics card and 108 FPS on the Apple computer. At the same time, the journalists from The Verge emphasize that during tests on Mac Studio, there were noticeable slowdowns, regardless of the resolution.

Image Source: The Edge

Image Source: The Edge

In retrospect The edge used the most expensive version of Mac Studio at $6199. This system uses the Apple M1 Ultra with twenty processing and 64 graphics cores and also comes with 128GB of RAM.

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