Apple has recently announced two new chips in the M1 family that will arrive to reimagine the MacBook Pro. The M1 Pro and the M1 Max are Cupertino’s first Pro chips designed specifically for the Mac. The M1 Pro comes with a system-on-a-chip design achieved by scaling up M1’s architecture to create a far more powerful chip. This processor started by “rearchitecting the chip fabric to enable the SoC to scale while doubling the width of the memory interface and using faster DRAM”. In other words, these changes will allow the CPU to deliver up to 200 Gb/s of memory bandwidth, almost three times as much as the original M1.
The M1 Pro’s custom package also supports up to 32GB of unified memory, and it was created using the industry-leading 5nm process technology, featuring 33.7 billion transistors, which is twice what you get in the original M1 chip. Plus, its 10-core CPU packs eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency core, making it 70 percent faster than the M1. It also sports 16GPU cores for graphics, eight more than the M1, meaning it gets to be twice as fast as its predecessor. The new processor features ProRes, which allows it to play multiple streams of 4K and 8K ProRes Video with a fraction of the power to make things better.
The M1 Max is even better and more powerful than the M1 Pro. It will deliver up to 400 Gb/s, which is twice as much as what you get with the Pro and six times more potent than the first iteration of Apple Silicon. It will also support up to 64GB of unified memory. It features 57 billion transistors, which makes it the largest chip ever built by Apple. It packs the same ten-core CPU complex and a 32GPU core, making it four times faster than the GPU on the M1. Its Media engine will also allow for two times faster video encoding. It also comes with two ProRes accelerators.
The difference in CPU performance vs power of the new M1 Pro and M1 Max will get you 1,7 times better results than your regular 8-core PC laptop chip. However, things get more interesting when you realize that the new Apple Silicon will deliver the same performance at 70 percent less power. And when you focus on GPU, you will get seven times faster performance from Apple’s latest Pro chip.