October 18, 2021
Introducing M1 Pro and M1 Max: the most powerful chips Apple has ever built
Powering the new MacBook Pro, the new chips feature a 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64 GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration and industry-leading power efficiency
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced M1 Pro and M1 Max, the next advanced chips for Mac. By scaling M1’s transformation architecture, M1 Pro offers extraordinary performance with cutting-edge energy efficiency in the industry, while M1 Max brings these capabilities to new heights. The CPU in M1 Pro and M1 Max provides up to 70 percent more CPU performance than M1, so skills like compiling projects in Xcode are faster than ever. The GPU in M1 Pro is up to 2x faster than M1, while M1 Max is up to an amazing 4x faster than M1, allowing professional users to fly through the most demanding graphics workflows.
M1 Pro and M1 Max introduce a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture to pro systems for the first time. The chips feature fast unified memory, industry-leading performance per watt, and incredible energy efficiency, with increased memory bandwidth and capacity. M1 Pro offers up to 200 GB / s of memory bandwidth with support for up to 32 GB of unified memory. M1 Max provides up to 400GB / s of memory bandwidth – 2x that of M1 Pro and almost 6x that of M1 – and supports up to 64GB of unified memory. And while the latest laptops for PCs exceed 16 GB of graphics memory, having this huge amount of memory allows for graphics-intensive workflows unimaginable before on a notebook. The efficient architecture of M1 Pro and M1 Max means that they provide the same level of performance whether your MacBook Pro is plugged in or using the battery. M1 Pro and M1 Max also feature advanced media engines with dedicated ProRes accelerators specifically for pro video processing. M1 Pro and M1 Max are by far the most powerful chips Apple has ever built.
“M1 has transformed our most popular systems with incredible performance, customized technologies and cutting-edge energy efficiency in the industry. No one has ever applied a system-on-a-chip design to a pro system to date with M1 Pro and M1 Max, “said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technology.” With huge gains in CPU performance and GPU, up to six times the memory bandwidth, a new media engine with ProRes accelerators, and other advanced technologies, M1 Pro and M1 Max take Apple’s silicon even further, and are unlike anything else in it. a pro quaternion. “
M1 Pro: A New Level of Performance and Capacity
Using the industry’s leading 5-nanometer processing technology, M1 Pro packs in 33.7 billion transistors, more than 2 times the amount in M1. A new 10-core CPU, including eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, is up to 70 percent faster than M1, resulting in incredible CPU performance. Responding to the latest 8-core PC laptop chip, M1 Pro offers up to 1.7x more CPU performance at the same power level and achieves the top performance of the PC chip by using up to 70 percent less power .1 Even the most demanding tasks, such as high-resolution photo editing, are easily managed by M1 Pro.
The M1 Pro has an up-to-16-core GPU that is up to 2x faster than the M1 and up to 7x faster than the graphics integrated on the latest 8-core laptop PC chip.1 Responding to a powerful discrete GPU for notebook PCs, M1 Pro offers more performance while using up to 70 percent less power.2 And M1 Pro can be configured with up to 32 GB of fast unified memory, with up to 200 GB / s of memory bandwidth, allowing creatives like 3D artists and game developers to do more on the go than and never.
M1 Max: The World’s Most Powerful Chip for a Notebook Pro
M1 Max features the same powerful 10-core CPU as M1 Pro and adds a massive 32-core GPU for graphics performance up to 4x faster than M1. With 57 billion transistors – 70 percent more than M1 Pro and 3.5 times more than M1 – M1 Max is the largest chip Apple has ever built. In addition, the GPU offers performance comparable to a high-end GPU in a compact laptop PC pro while consuming up to 40 percent less power, and performance similar to that of the top GPU in larger laptop PCs while using up to 100 watts menu power.2 This means less heat is generated, fans run quieter and less often, and battery life is amazing on the new MacBook Pro. M1 Max transforms graphics-intensive workflows, including up to 13 times faster complex timeline rendering in Final Cut Pro compared to the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro.
M1 Max also offers higher bandwidth on the chip fabric, and doubles the memory interface compared to M1 Pro up to 400GB / s, or almost 6x the memory bandwidth of M1. This allows M1 Max to be configured with 64 GB of fast unified memory. With its unparalleled performance, M1 Max is the most powerful chip ever built for a pro notebook.
Fast, Efficient Media Engine, Now with ProRes
M1 Pro and M1 Max include a multimedia engine designed by Apple that accelerates video processing while maximizing battery life. M1 Pro also includes dedicated acceleration for the professional ProRes video codec, which allows playback of more streams of high-quality 4K and 8K ProRes video while using less power. The M1 Max goes even further, giving you 2x faster video encoding than the M1 Pro, and features two ProRes accelerators. With the M1 Max, the new MacBook Pro can transcode ProRes video into Compressor up to a noticeably 10x faster compared to the previous generation 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Advanced Technology for a Complete Pro System
Both M1 Pro and M1 Max are loaded with advanced custom technologies that help push pro workflows to the next level:
- A 16-core Neural Motor for in-device machine learning acceleration and better camera performance.
- A new display engine drives more external screens.
- Additional integrated Thunderbolt 4 controllers provide even more I / O bandwidth.
- Apple’s custom print signal processor, along with the Neural Engine, uses computational video to enhance image quality for sharper video and more natural-looking skin tones on the integrated camera.
- Best-in-class security, including Apple’s latest Secure Enclave, a secure boot verified by hardware and anti-exploitation runtime technologies.
A Huge Step in the Transition to Apple Silicon
The Mac is now a year away from its two-year transition to the Apple silicon, and the M1 Pro and M1 Max represent another huge step forward. These are the most powerful and capable chips Apple has ever created, and together with M1, they form a family of chips that will lead the industry in performance, custom technologies and energy efficiency.
macOS and Apps Unleash the Capabilities of M1 Pro and M1 Max
macOS Monterey is designed to unleash the power of M1 Pro and M1 Max, providing advanced performance, phenomenal pro capabilities, and incredible battery life. Conceiving Monterey for Apple’s silicon, the Mac wakes up instantly from sleep, and the whole system is fast and incredibly responsive. Developer technologies like Metal allow applications to take full advantage of new chips, and optimizations in Core ML use the powerful Neural Engine so that machine learning models can run even faster. The app’s workload data is used to help optimize how macOS assigns multi-threaded activity to CPU cores for maximum performance, and advanced power management features intelligently assign activity between cores. performance and efficiency for both incredible speed and battery life.
The combination of macOS with M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max also provides cutting-edge security protections in the industry, including hardware-verified secure booting, anti-exploitation runtime technologies, and fast online encryption for drivers. All of Apple’s Mac apps are optimized for – and run natively on – Apple Silicon, and there are more than 10,000 Universal apps and plug-ins available. Existing Mac apps that haven’t yet been updated to Universal will work seamlessly with Apple’s Rosetta 2 technology, and users can even manage iPhone and iPad apps directly on the Mac, opening up a huge new universe of possibilities.
Apple’s commitment to the environment
Today, Apple is carbon neutral for global business operations, and by 2030, it expects to have a zero net climate impact across its business, which includes supply chain manufacturing and all product life cycles. This also means that every chip Apple creates, from design to manufacture, will be 100% carbon neutral.
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- Tests conducted by Apple in August and September 2021 using 16-inch MacBook Pro pre-production systems with Apple M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 64 GB of RAM, and 16-inch MacBook Pro pre-production systems with Apple M1 Pro, 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, and 32GB of RAM. Performance measured with selected industry standard benchmarks. 8-core laptop PC chip performance data from MSI GP66 Leopard test (11UG-018). Performance tests are done with specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of the MacBook Pro.
- Tests conducted by Apple in August and September 2021 using 16-inch MacBook Pro pre-production systems with Apple M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 64 GB of RAM, and 16-inch MacBook Pro pre-production systems with Apple M1 Pro, 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU and 32GB of RAM. Performance measured with selected industry standard benchmarks. Laptop graphics performance data with discretion from Lenovo Legion 5 tests (82JW0012US). Discrete high-quality laptop performance data for PCs to test MSI GE76 Raider (11UH-053). Performance data of the laptop PC compact pro testing Razer Blade 15 Advanced (RZ09-0409CE53-R3U1). Performance tests are done with specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of the MacBook Pro.
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