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The first benchmark from Apple’s M1 Ultra chip just leaked and it isn’t even fair

Mar 8, 2022

The first benchmark from Apple’s M1 Ultra chip just leaked and it isn’t even fair

The news: Apple’s just-announced M1 Ultra chip was poised to be unlike any of the M1 chips before it…and a new benchmark first spotted by MacRumors confirms it is even more powerful than we could have imagined.


  • With a CPU single-core score of 1,793 and multi-core score of 24,055, the Mac Studio with M1 Ultra inside beats Apple’s most expensive Mac Pro (a 2.5GHz 28‑core Intel Xeon W chip) with 40% more single-core performance and nearly 15% additional multi-core performance
  • Apple is also promising wild graphics performance with the M1 Ultra’s new 64-core GPU…but real-world benchmarks for that haven’t leaked yet

Sam’s take: Am I the only one sitting here in a bit of shock? Apple’s M1 Ultra is not just the most powerful Apple Silicon ever, it’s the most powerful chip they’ve ever put inside a Mac. And sure, base pricing of 5 grand to get this performance might seem like a lot…until you consider that the base Mac Pro starts at 6 grand. How does this make any sense?