Apple Unveils Powerful Upgrades: Mac Studio Gets a Boost with M2 Ultra and M2 Max Processors
Apple has introduced upgraded versions of its desktop system, Mac Studio, featuring the new M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips. The compact Mac Studio PC retains the same design as last year’s M1-based device, but now houses significantly more powerful processors.
The highlight of the update is the M2 Ultra, which Apple describes as a “beastly chip.” Essentially, it combines two M2 Max chips using Apple’s Ultra Fusion technology. The processor boasts a 24-core CPU and a 76-core GPU, delivering a 30% performance boost compared to the M1 Ultra. Apple claims that a system equipped with this GPU can handle AI tasks that discrete GPUs struggle with due to memory constraints.
The M2 Ultra supports up to 192 GB of unified memory, a 50% increase over the M1 Ultra. It offers a memory bandwidth of 800 GB/s, along with a 32-core neural engine and a staggering 134 billion transistors. The M2 Ultra replaces the M1 Ultra, which supported up to 128 GB of memory. It features a 20-core graphics processor with 16 high-performance cores and four efficiency cores, marking a significant leap from the original M1 model.
As for the M2 Max-based Mac Studio, it comes with a 12-core CPU, a 38-core GPU, and up to 96 GB of unified memory with a 400 GB/s memory bandwidth. These specifications are expected to deliver impressive performance gains in video and photo editing applications. According to Apple, Octane 3D rendering will be three times faster on the M2 Ultra compared to the M1 Ultra, while video processing speed in DaVinci Resolve for color correction will increase by 50%.
The Mac Studio version powered by the M2 Ultra also supports up to six Pro Display XDR monitors and features Wi-Fi 6E for faster downloads and Bluetooth 5.3 for the latest accessories. On the rear panel, there are four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 10Gb Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and two USB-A ports. Additionally, there are two USB-C ports and an SD card slot on the front.
Apple last updated the Mac Pro in 2019, and now the company has finally introduced the new Mac Pro based on its proprietary processor.
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