Last week, an alleged benchmark test of Apple’s unreleased M2 Max chip was shared on the Geekbench website, and it revealed subtle performance improvements over the current M1 Max chip. Now, another supposed M2 Max benchmark has also surfaced online, but this one shows better results.
Apple M2 Max chip
This new test also comes from a machine identified as “Mac14.6” just like the previous one. This is of course a previously non-existent Mac model. The CPU is also the Apple M2 Max with 12 cores, but this one has a frequency of 3.68 GHz instead of 3.54 GHz. The machine used in the tests also has 96 GB of RAM.
The benchmark test results, also run with Geekbench 5, show a single-core score of 2027 and a multi-core score of 14888. In comparison, the previously leaked M2 Max benchmark test scored 1853 on single-core and 13855 on multi-core . The M1 Max chip that powers the entry-level Mac Studio has 10 cores at 3.2GHz and scores 1746 single-core and 12154 multi-core.
Comparing the latest benchmark test of the M2 Max chip with the M1 Max, we have up to 22% better multi-core performance, whereas previous results showed the new chip to be 14% faster. It is uncertain whether the results are actually legitimate and, if so, why they differ from each other.
It’s worth noting that the M2 chip that powers the 2022 MacBook Air and latest iPad Pro is only 11% faster than the M1, so it should come as no surprise that the M2 Max isn’t a major upgrade over its predecessor .
New M2 Macs are rumored to arrive in 2023
Apple is reportedly planning to introduce several new Macs in 2023. This includes the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, the Mac Studio, and the long-awaited Apple Silicon-powered Mac Pro.
As for the M2 Max chip, it is likely to power the high-end versions of the new MacBook Pro and the entry-level Mac Studio model, which is also expected to have an even more powerful version with the M2 chip . . Apple also has a new Mac mini coming, which will have versions with M2 and M2 Pro chips.
H/T: James Atkinson
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