Apple announced the new M2 Ultra chip during its WWDC 2023 event on June 5 and while that’s what the first Apple silicon Mac Pro is powered by, the chip will also be used in another, much smaller Mac.
That’s because the old Mac Studio had an Apple M1 Ultra inside so the obvious question is just how much faster is that new chip when compared to the old one?
Faster, but not insanely great
We only have to look to early Geekbench scores to get our answer. According to M2 Ultra results running inside a new Mac Pro, the M2 Ultra manages a single-core score of around 2,800. The multi-core score comes in at around 21,500 depending on which set of results you happen to look at.
Compared to the same set of results for the M1 Ultra, it would appear that the new M2 Ultra Mac Studio can expect to be around the 20% faster mark in terms of multi-core speed. That’s what Apple had already told us to expect, but it’s always good to see that these things can be backed up by actual benchmark results rather than what one manufacturer claims to be the case.
All of this means that those who have an M1 Ultra Mac Studio now have a decision to make — is it worth upgrading, or not? As is always the case with these pro-level machines, that will depend on what you need your Mac to do. But the M1 Ultra is already very fast indeed, and we’d suggest that plenty of people will be just fine with that particular chip for years to come.
And if your workflow requires every little bit of performance you can get? You’ve probably already placed your order anyway. For you, the best Mac you can buy is whichever one is the fastest at all times. The only question left is whether you need that new M2 Ultra Mac Pro instead.