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Apple announces the M2 Ultra SoC at WWDC23

by on05 June 2023

Coming to new Mac Studio and Mac Pro

At its WWDC23 event that kicked off earlier today, Apple announced its latest M2 Ultra SoC, and just like the last year with M1 Ultra, Apple has combined two M2 Max chips with UltraFusion to boost up the performance, giving it more cores, and equip it with 192GB of unified memory and 800GB/s of bandwidth. It will be coming to the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro systems.

Manufactured on 2nd generation 5nm manufacturing process and packing 134 billion transistors, the M2 Ultra promises 20 percent faster CPU performance from its 24-core CPU and up to 30 percent faster performance from the 68- or 76-core GPU, compared to the M1 Ultra. It also has a 32-core Neural Engine (NPU) which will give it a 40 percent boost. As noted, the M2 Ultra comes equipped with 192GB of unified memory, which is 50 percent more compared to the M1 Ultra, with 800GB/s of bandwidth.

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According to Apple, the M2 Ultra can do up to 50 percent faster video processing in DaVinci Resolve and can be up to 3x faster while rendering 3D effects in Octane. As expected, it 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, and it supports up to six Pro Display XDRs.

“M2 Ultra delivers astonishing performance and capabilities for our pro users’ most demanding workflows, while maintaining Apple silicon’s industry-leading power efficiency,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies. “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.”

As said, the new M2 Ultra SoC will be coming to the new Mac Pro and the new Mac Studio, which will be starting at $6,999 and $1,999, respectively.

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