Thursday, Mar 10, 2022, 12:41 Mac: Hardware

M1 Ultra – The First GeekBench Values Have Surfaced

Apple released a new Mac at the Peek Performance event – the Mac Studio, a new desktop Mac which stands somewhere between the Mac mini and Mac Pro in terms of its ranking in the intended Mac lineup. The device can be ordered with either the MacBook Pro's M1 Max or the new M1 Ultra – a combination of two M1 Max chips capable of communicating with one another and working as one unified processor thanks to Apple's new "Ultra Fusion" technology. Deliveries aren't supposed to start until March 18th, however, a performance measurement from GeekBench has still managed to pop up a little bit early. According to the test, the device was a Mac Studio with M1 Ultra and 128 GB of RAM.

Multi-Core Performance Doubled
The values from GeekBench certify that the M1 Ultra's dual-core performance is double that of the M1 Max's. With 24,055 points, the device easily beats out the M1 Max's score of 12,000. However and as expected, the new chip's single-core performance values remain the same as that of a normal M1's.

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Take a quick look at the Mac Studio's performance in comparison to other Macs here:

Model Single-Core Multi-Core
Mac Studio 2022, M1 Ultra, 3.2 GHz, 16/4 Cores 1,793  24,055
MacBook Pro 2021, M1 Max, 3.2 GHz, 8/2 Cores 1,765  11,996
MacBook Air 2020, M1, 3.2 GHz, 4/8 Cores  1,687  7,433
Mac mini 2018, i3, 3.6 GHz, 4 Cores  ~910  ~3,400
MacBook Air 2020, i5, 1.1 GHz, 4 Cores ~1,120 ~3,400
MacBook Pro 2019, i9, 2.3 GHz, 8 Cores  ~1,130  ~7,200
Mac Pro 2019, Xeon W-3275M, 2.5 GHz, 28 Cores  1,024  20,799
Mac Pro 2019, Xeon W-3235, 3.3 GHz, 12 Cores  ~1,170  ~12,000
Mac Pro 2019, Xeon W-3223, 3.5 GHz, 8 Cores  1,074 7,989


Faster Than The 28 Core Intel Mac Pro
Apple indicated that the new Mac Studio with M1 Ultra is faster than 2019's Mac Pro with 28 core Intel-Xeon processor. The first GeekBench test appears to confirm this – the W-3275M Xeon achieved a multicore score of 20,799 in comparison to the M1 Ultra's 24,055. These are extremely impressive values, especially considering the device's price. The base model Intel Mac Pro with 28 cores costs US$13,499.00, where as the Mac Studio with M1 Ultra starts at US$3,999.

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Authenticity Questionable
Although the values do seem plausible, it's not yet apparent whether the values in this test stem from reality or simply a falsified entry into the GeekBench database. Verifiable results aren't to be guaranteed until the date that the first Mac Studio desktops arrive at customers' homes on March 18th. However, there have frequently been cases in the past where preliminary values posted to GeekBench for future, unreleased Apple devices posted to the GeekBench database were able to be confirmed after the device was officially released.

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