The flagship Apple M1 Ultra with 20 cores has almost
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The flagship Apple M1 Ultra with 20 cores has almost caught up with the 64-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X in a multithreaded test

The Geekbench 5 database has the first Results Testing the new Apple M1 Ultra processor. The novelty turned out to be so productive that in multi-thread tests it almost caught up with the 64-core HEDT processor AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X – one of the most powerful desktop chips of the moment.

Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

Remember that the Apple M1 Ultra uses two M1 Max crystals connected by an UltraFusion bus. Thanks to this, the chip received 20 cores: 16 productive and 4 energy-efficient. The number of integrated graphics cores has increased to 64 pieces. In addition, the Apple M1 Ultra has a 32-core AI accelerator. The maximum amount of unified storage supported by M1 Ultra reaches 128GB. The memory bandwidth is 800 GB/s.

In the Geekbench 5 multi-threaded test, the Apple M1 Ultra processor scored 24,055 points. For comparison, the 64-core Ryzen Threadripper 3990X on the Zen 2 architecture scores 25,133 in the same test, which is just 4.5% better than the Apple chip. Compared to the 28-core Intel Xeon W-3275M processor currently being marketed as the ultimate choice for Apple Mac Pro workstations, the new Apple M1 Ultra processor is approximately 20% faster. The Intel Xeon W-3275M achieves 19,951 points in the same test.

Image source: Tom's Hardware

Image source: Tom’s Hardware

Taking into account the proven performance indicators, the energy efficiency of the new M1 Ultra chip looks impressive against the background of the same Ryzen Threadripper 3990X. Apple claims a nominal TDP of 60W for this, compared to 280W for an AMD processor, which is almost 4.7 times higher.

The Apple M1 Ultra certainly pales in comparison to the 16-core consumer flagship Core i9-12900K, which lags the new Apple by 40% in a multi-threaded test. AMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 5950X is even slower in the same test, with the Apple chip beating it by 45%.

However, the x86-compatible Intel processor retaliates in single-thread tests – the Core i9-12900K is 11.4% faster than the M1 Ultra. The Ryzen Threadripper 3990X and Ryzen 9 5950X processors cannot do anything here. The first lags behind Apple’s solution by 47.8%, the second by 6.3%.

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