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Apple M1 Ultra chip takes things to the next level; literally!

By Roland Udvarlaki March 8, 2022, 1:41 pm
Apple M1 Ultra chip Source: Apple

Apple today announced a brand new Silicon that is joining the already existing M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chipsets. The new M1 Ultra brings even more power and efficiency to the Apple lineup. The new Apple Silicone blows the competition away with up 64 GPU cores and a 20 core CPU. The new chip will power the latest Apple Mac Studio computer.

The new M1 Ultra has a die-to-die connection capability that's called Ultra Fusion. The M1 Ultra is double the size of the M1 Max, hence why it’s able to perform such ridiculously powerful tasks with ease. The chip is built on the 5nm process and supports Thunderbolt 4, and it has 2.5TB/s interprocessor bandwidth. The new architecture reduces the latency, and it has 114 billion transistors. The memory bandwidth has been increased to 800GB/s.

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The new M1 Ultra brings a 20-core CPU, that contains 16 high-performance, and 4 high-efficiency cores. The chip supports up to 128GB of unified memory. AI also took the spotlight, and the new chip features 32 Neural Engine Cores. The GPU is where it gets absolutely mind-blowing as it comes equipped with 64 GPU cores. That’s twice the cores of the maxed-out M1 Max. Artists working in huge 3D environments will see significant improvements, and previously impossible scenes will now be possible to render on a single computer. Apple says that “video professionals who can transcode video to ProRes up to 5.6x faster than with a 28-core Mac Pro with Afterburner.”
Apple M1 Ultra Source: Apple

“M1 Ultra is another game-changer for Apple silicon that once again will shock the PC industry. By connecting two M1 Max die with our UltraFusion packaging architecture, we’re able to scale Apple silicon to unprecedented new heights,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies. “With its powerful CPU, massive GPU, incredible Neural Engine, ProRes hardware acceleration, and huge amount of unified memory, M1 Ultra completes the M1 family as the world’s most powerful and capable chip for a personal computer.”

Apple compared the performance of the M1 Ultra to a “16-core PC desktop”, which is typical Apple, but the company says that the new chip can deliver 90-percent higher multi-threaded performance than the competition. The new M1 Ultra can reach its peak performance using 100 fewer watts, which is impressive, and given the less wattage, it also produces less heat, meaning that the computer is also quieter than other devices.

The Mac Studio, powered by the new M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 48-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine will start at $3,999 in the US, and that will get you 64GB of memory, and 1TB of SSD storage. The device also packs two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and one SDXC port. The fully maxed out version with 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine, 128GB of memory, and 8TB of SSD will go for a pocket change of $7,999. You can order now, and the device will be available from March 18.

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