Apple has unveiled its most powerful chip yet, the M2 Ultra. Debuting in the 2023 Mac Studio and Mac Pro, the M2 Ultra is designed to deliver unparallel performance with faster CPU and GPU, more unified memory, and more.
M2 Ultra: specs and performance
The new M2 Ultra has completed the M2 series Apple Silicon which now consists of M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra. Here is everything you need to know about the new powerful chip:
- Built on an advanced 5nm process, the new M2 Ultra is basically two M2 Max chips connected through the UltraFusion technology, its custom-built packaging tech. It doubles the performance by providing over 2.5TB/s of low-latency interprocessor bandwidth.
- Up to 192GB of memory capacity.
- 24-core CPU is more powerful and 20 percent faster than M1 Ultra.
- GPU can be configured with 60 or 76 next-generation cores to deliver 30% faster
- A 32-core Neural Engine that’s up to 40 percent faster than M1 Ultra.
- A media engine 2x with twice the capabilities of M2 Max for blazing ProRes acceleration.
- 800GB/s of memory bandwidth.
- M2 Ultra consists of 134 billion transistors — 20 billion more than M1 Ultra.
- Supports 6 external display support
- Media engine has dedicated, hardware-enabled H.264, HEVC, and ProRes encode and decode, allowing M2 Ultra to play back up to 22 streams of 8K ProRes 422 video.
Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies said:
“M2 Ultra delivers astonishing performance and capabilities for our pro users’ most demanding workflows, while maintaining Apple silicon’s industry-leading power efficiency. 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.”