Apple M2 Ultra Chip Is The Most Powerful Yet

Apple’s M2 Ultra Chip Is The Most Powerful Yet

Apple has introduced the last member of the second generation of M series chips (M2) – the M2 Ultra. The chip was announced alongside the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro, making them the most powerful Mac desktops yet. It is built using a second-generation 5nm process and fabricated from the ultrafusion of two Apple M2 Max chips.

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The Apple M2 Ultra is fitted with 134 billion transistors – 2x the amount on the M2 Max and 20 billion more than the M1 Ultra. It has a 24-core CPU (16x high-performance cores and 8x high-efficiency cores), 60 or 70 configurable GPU cores, 32-core Neural Engine, and 800GB/s of system memory bandwidth with up to 192GB of memory capacity.

Comparison Apple M2 Ultra Apple M1 Ultra
Node 5nm (N4P) 5nm (N5P)
CPU 24-core (16x high performance + 8x efficiency cores) 20-core (16x high performance + 4x efficiency cores)
GPU 60 or 76 core GPU 48- or 64 core GPU
Transistor count 134 billion 114 billion
Neural Engine 32-core; 31.6 TLOPs 32-Core; 22 TLOPs
Memory Up to 192GB Up to 128GB
  Up to six Pro Display XDRs Up to four Pro Display XDRs

Performance-wise, the CPU is 20-percent faster than the M1 Ultra while the GPU is larger and faster by up to 30-percent. The Neural Engine is 40-percent faster than the M1 Ultra (up to 31.6 TLOPs) and the memory bandwidth is twice that of the M2 Max. The display engine supports up to six Pro Display XDRs and users can enjoy up to 22 streams of 8K ProRes video simultaneously.

Speaking at the launch, Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies, said:

“With huge performance gains in the CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine, combined with massive memory bandwidth in a single SoC, M2 Ultra is the world’s most powerful chip ever created for a personal computer.”