To recall, Apple recently launched the M1 Pro and the M1 Max chips alongside MacBook Pro. Now, the company is taking things to a whole new level with the new M1 Ultra chip. As we know already, Apple’s very own M1 chip holds a place in the market due to its ability to turn MacBook Air, Mac Mini and other computers into portable powerhouses. Moreover, according to the company, it is the next giant leap for Apple silicon and the Mac.
Furthermore, the company claims it is the most powerful variant of the original M1 chip that launched a couple of years ago. The new M1 Ultra chip is going to be powering the new Mac Studio desktop computer. Let us look at the details of the chip below:
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Apple’s M1 Ultra: All You Need To Know
Featuring UltraFusion — it is essentially two M1 Max chips put together. Meaning, this makes it even better suited to intensive creative applications like video editing and 3D rendering. This new chip from Apple is essentially a combination of two M1 Max chips offering 128GB of unified memory.
Meaning, the M1 Ultra chip packs 114 billion transistors and features 800GB/s of memory bandwidth and 2.5TB/s interprocessor bandwidth. The M1 Ultra, in case you are wondering, is a 20-core processor with 16 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores.
Moreover, it also has a 32 core Neural engine and a 64-core GPU to power through even the most demanding tasks. Apple says the new chip offers up to eight times faster GPU performance compared to the M1 chip.
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During its launch event today, Apple revealed that the M1 Max chips housed a secret feature: a die-to-die interconnect, dubbed “UltraFusion,” that allows it to connect multiple chips. Conceptually, it’s similar to AMD’s Infinity Fabric, which ensures speedy communication between the CPU, GPU and other components.
Furthermore, Apple says the UltraFusion interconnect can handle bandwidth up to 2.5 terabytes per second. So, it shouldn’t lead to any performance slowdowns between the two M1 Max dies.
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The new M1 Ultra chip also features support for hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW. All that is being handled by two video decode engines, four videos encode engines, and four separate ProRes encode/decode engines. M1 Ultra also offers industry-leading performance per watt. The new M1 Ultra chip can deliver more performance while using as much as 100W less power.
When it will launch?
According to the company, it will debut in a Mac Studio desktop that Apple is announcing alongside the new chip. We expect this new chip to eventually make its way to other devices, though. In addition to the new chip and the Mac Studio, Apple has also announced the new iPad Air with M1 chip, and a couple of other interesting products.