The first benchmarks of M3 Max chip that Apple presented on October 30, are giving very interesting results, especially if we compare them with one of Apple’s most powerful processors to date: the M2 Ultra chip. A test carried out through Geekbench on a Mac with the company’s aforementioned new SoC has revealed some virtually identical results to the model included in the Mac Pro.
According to the results, shared by Luke Miani on X (Twitter), the M3 Max chip achieves a multi-core score of 21,231 in a 16-inch MacBook Pro. The M2 Ultra, on the other hand, has a multi-core score of 20,950 in a test done on a Mac Pro. And 21,231 in the same test on a Mac Studio. That is, based on these tests, Apple’s new SoC is equal to or even more powerful than the M2 Ultra.
We must bear in mind, however, that the benchmarks they do not always offer the same score. The results, in fact, depend on multiple factors. For example, a benchmark may offer a different score depending on cache or RAM consumption. In any case, this test on the M3 Max chip reveals that the processor has achieved a new record, making the MacBook Pro Apple’s most powerful Mac to date.
The M3 Max chip: just as powerful and in a cheaper Mac
Apple’s new M3 Max chip is a processor manufactured on a 3-nanometer architecture, and includes a 16-core CPU divided into 12 performance cores and another four efficiency cores. It also has a GPU up to 40 coresas well as with a unified memory of up to 128 GB.
At the moment, the M3 Max chip It is available on 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. The model with a more powerful processor configuration is priced at 6,049 euros. The Mac Studio in its highest configuration, on the other hand, costs about 7,838 euros.
The standard M3 chip has also been seen in its first benchmark with a multi-core score of 11,700, as well as a 3,000 in single-core tests. This reveals that the processor It is 20% more powerful than its predecessor, the M2 chip. With this soc you can get a score of 9700 and 2600 on multi-core and single-core respectively.