Wednesday, Mar 09, 2022, 16:10 Mac: Hardware

Apple Unveils The Mac Studio & Shows Off The Impressive M1 Ultra

Thus far, the 16" M1 Max-equipped MacBook Pro was the fastest M1 device in Apple's computer lineup. A notebook with the performance of a desktop PC that's able to stay cool without barely any fans is exceptionally uncommon in today's world. At its recent "Peek Performance" event yesterday, Apple unveiled a Mac with even more performance power. The device is not a Mac Pro, which is going to take considerably more time to see a release – although according to Ming Chi-Kuo, it could be coming in 2023. The new addition to the Apple ranks is called the "Mac Studio" – making reports from the last few days accurate.

M1 Ultra – The New Super Chip
The M1 Max doesn't differ from the normal M1 only in terms of clock and performance, but per the number of CPU and GPU cores that the SoC comes with. As far as the M1 Ultra is concerned, Apple will follow the same path and thus surpass the performance of the M1 Max in the MacBook Pro by relying on more cores again.



However, it's not only the presence of more cores that will make the M1 Ultra more powerful, but also that of a new technology – Ultra Fusion. The M1 Ultra exists out of a combination of two M1 Max chips capable of communicating with each other and thus benefiting from unified memory.

114 billion transistors and an 800 GB/s memory bandwidth are only the beginning of the Mac Studio's impressive specifications. In comparison to high-end Window's systems, Apple reports that the customer receives 90% more performance for the same amount of energy used – corresponding to about 100 watts less during the same tasks. The chip comes with 64 graphics cores, 16 "high performance" cores, 4 efficiency cores, and 32 neural engine cores with up to 128 GBs of unified memory available.

The Mac Studio – The New Top Model
The housing truly resembles that of a slightly beefier and taller Mac mini. The manufacturing method allows more heat dissipation, likely allowing for the large number of additional cores the device comes with. Despite its massive power, the device is supposed to run very silently and users shouldn't hear any screaming fans. The device comes with the following ports:

  • 4x: Thunderbolt 4
  • 1x: 10 GB/s Ethernet
  • 2x: USB
  • 1x: HDMI
  • 1x: Audio



The Mac Studio can also be connected to up to four Pro XDR Displays along with one other additional 4K monitor. Thanks to the extremely capable M1 Ultra, the new Mac Studio even outperforms the Intel-based Mac Pro. The current Intel Mac Pro variant with the most powerful graphics card still isn't capable of holding up against the Mac Studio and Apple states that the Mac Studio's graphical performance is up to 80% better than that of the Intel Mac Pro's. Even a Xeon processor with 28 cores can't keep up with the new, fastest Apple Silicon processor – as per the presentation, the M1 Ultra's CPU performance is 60% better. Cupertino revealed the following values:

  • Up to 3.8x faster CPU performance than the fastest 27" iMac with 10 Core Processor
  • Up to 90% faster CPU performance than the Mac Pro with 16 Core Xeon Processor
  • Up to 60% faster CPU performance than the 28 core Mac Pro
  • Up to 4.5x faster graphical performance than the 27" iMac and up to 80% faster than the fastest graphics cards currently available for Mac
  • Up to 12x faster than the 27" iMac and 5.6x faster than the 28 core Mac Pro during video transcoding

Mac Studio next to the new Studio display.

Pricing & Availability:
The Mac Studio and the Studio display will be available for order come this Friday, with receival after March 18th. The newest Apple desktop computer costs US$1,999 with an M1 Max and US$3,999 with an M1 Ultra. The Studio display costs US$1,599.

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