The first performance test results for Apple’s new M2 Ultra chip have been published on the Geekbench 6 website, giving us a more intuitive look at the chip’s CPU performance improvements, which will be available on the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro computers that will go on sale next week.
The test results show that the Mac Studio computer with the M2 Ultra chip has single-core and multi-core scores of around 2800 and 21700 respectively, confirming that the M2 Ultra chip offers a 20 percent increase in CPU performance over the M1 Ultra chip, which, as Apple advertises, means that the M2 Ultra chip is the fastest chip Apple has ever made.
These scores also confirm that the new Mac Pro computers should deliver overall CPU performance that is twice as fast as the fastest Intel-based Mac Pro computers with 28-core Xeon W processors. This achievement is all the more impressive because the new Mac Pro computers start at $6,999, while the 28-core Intel-based model starts at $12,999, almost twice as much. During the WWDC keynote, Apple said the new Mac Pro computers are three times faster than the Intel-based models, but that only applies to some “real-world professional workflows like video transcoding and 3D simulation.
If you don’t need six PCIe expansion slots, there’s no need to consider a Mac Pro, but rather a Mac Studio computer, which can also be configured with the M2 Ultra chip and is $3,000 cheaper than a Mac Pro computer.