Apple Unveil M3 Series Chip – M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max

Apple’s Scary fast launch event was centered around the new M3 family of computer chips and new Mac products – MacBook Pro and iMac. The new chips – the M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max – are manufactured using the 3nm process and offers performance improvements along with more unified memory and faster Neural engine. For this launch, a lot of emphasis was focused on how the new chips are faster than the M1 Series and other non-Mac based devices.

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Apple M3 Apple M3 Pro Apple M3 Max
3nm 3nm 3nm
8-core CPU 12-core CPU 16-core CPU
10-core GPU 18-core GPU 40-core GPU
25 billion transistors 37 billion transistors 92 billion transistors
24GB of unified memory 36GB of unified memory 128GB of unified memory

Apple has included new technology called Dynamic Caching (plus hardware-accelerated ray tracing and hardware-accelerated Mesh shading), which delivers rendering features (up to 2.5x faster rendering speed than the M1 series). Continuing the comparison with the M1 series, the performance and efficiency cores in the CPU are respectively up to 30-percent and 50-percent faster and the neural engine is up to 60-percent faster.

Together, both cores combine to deliver a power-efficient performance (half as much as the M1 required for the same multithreaded performance) and up to 35-percent faster than the M1 at peak power. There is also a new custom media engine with support for AV1 decode.

The M3 Max will only be available on the 16-inch MacBook Pro while the M3 Pro and M3 will be available on both models of the MacBook Pro (14- and 16-inch). The M3 will power the refreshed 24-inch iMac and 14-inch MacBook Pro.