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Apple's new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are so powerful that they're actually overpowered for most Mac users.
A new benchmark ranking shows how the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips score against every other Apple Silicon chip available today, from the A14 Bionic processor to the M1 Ultra.
The M2 Pro expands on the M2 architecture to offer up to 12 cores of CPU and up to 19 cores of GPU, plus up to 32GB of fast unified memory. The M2 Max builds on the features of the M2 Pro, including up to 38 cores of GPU, twice the unified memory bandwidth, and up to 96GB of unified memory, with industry-leading performance per watt making it the world's most powerful and power-efficient professional notebook chip. Both chips also feature enhanced custom technologies, including a faster 16-core neural engine and Apple's powerful media engine.
"Only Apple is building SoCs like the M2 Pro and M2 Max. They deliver incredible professional performance with industry-leading power efficiency," said Johny Srouji, Apple's senior vice president of hardware technology, "The M2 Pro and M2 Max represent amazing advances in Apple silicon with more powerful CPUs and GPUs, support for larger unified memory systems, and advanced media engines."
While these chips still use a 5-nanometer process, Apple says the M2 Pro packs 40 billion transistors, nearly 20 percent more than the M1 Pro and twice as many as the M2 chip. the M2 Max packs 67 billion transistors.
Apple says the M2 Pro is 40 percent faster than the M1 Pro and 80 percent faster than the high-end Core i9 chip in the previous generation of Intel-powered 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Macworld looked at how the M2 Pro compares to the M1 Pro chip against all the other Apple Silicon currently available. The fastest Mac is at the top of the chart, followed by the iPad and iPhone. The chart shows that the iPad Pro is arguably as fast as the MacBook Air, and the M1 Ultra is still the speed king. 48-core and 64-core versions both leave the M2 Max in the dust, with a Geekbench 5 multicore score of 23,369, while both M2 Max chips score 15,242. The M1 Max also sits between the two M2 Pros, with a score of 12,590.