Benchmarks Claim Apple M2 Max Chip Performance before 2023 Macbook Pro Upgrade

Apple M2 Max: A supposed benchmark test of Apple’s yet-to-be-released M2 Max chip was posted to the Geekbench website last week, revealing noticeable gains in performance over the M1 Max chip. Now, a second purported benchmark test of M2 Max has appeared online, and its results are more encouraging.

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Another test from a machine called “Mac14.6,” like the last one. Of course, Apple has yet to release such a Mac model. The central processing unit is the same 12-core Apple M2 Max as in the previous model, but its 3.68 GHz clock speed is significantly faster. Also, the testing system has 96 GB of RAM.

Single-core scores from the Geekbench 5 benchmark tests were 2027, while multi-core results were 14888. While the leaked M2 Max benchmark test only managed a single-core score of 1853, it achieved a multi-core score of 13855. The M1 Max CPU, included in the base model Mac Studio, has 10 cores running at 3.2GHz and achieves single-core scores of 1746 and multi-core scores of 12154.

The most recent benchmark test shows a 22% improvement in multi-core performance when comparing the M2 Max chip to the M1 Max, while earlier findings indicated a 14% improvement. The results veracity and the reasons for their discrepancies remain questionable.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the M2 Max isn’t significantly quicker than the M1 given that the M2 CPU that drives the 2022 MacBook Air and the newest iPad Pro are only 11% faster than the M1.

New M2 Macs Rumored to Be Coming in 2023

It has been speculated that Apple would release a slew of new Macs in 2023. The new Mac Pro, powered by Apple Silicon, joins the existing Mac Studio and 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

The new MacBook Pro’s top tier and the Mac Studio’s base model are anticipated to be powered by the M2 Max chip, with the latter also rumored to be available in a more powerful iteration with the M2 Ultra chip. A new Mac mini featuring M2 and M2 Pro CPUs is also under development at Apple.

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