Apple M1 Ultra appears in CPU benchmarks

At the “Peek Performance” spring new product launch held on March 8, Apple launched the new Mac Studio and the latest M1 series chip M1 Ultra. Through an innovative packaging architecture called UltraFusion, Apple has interconnected two M1 Max chips to create an SoC with unprecedented levels of performance and functionality, giving the Mac Studio incredible computing power.

As more users get Mac Studio, more information about performance and functionality becomes more specific. Recently, a user ran PassMark’s CPU benchmark on a Mac Studio equipped with an Apple M1 Ultra. It shows that the new chip has very good single-threaded performance, but overall, it still can’t compare with high-end workstation-class x86 processors.

In PassMark‘s CPU single-threaded benchmark, the Apple M1 Ultra’s score of 3896 was slightly lower than the Intel Core i7-12700’s 3918.

In PassMark’s CPU multi-threading benchmark test, the M1 Ultra’s score was 41306, slightly higher than the Intel Core i9-12900KF’s 40895, but it is much worse than the 108882 of the top AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX. Even the 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5945WX has a higher score (41578) than the M1 Ultra.

The M1 Ultra is composed of 114 billion transistors, configured with up to 128GB of high bandwidth (up to 800 GB/s), low-latency unified memory, plus the highest 20-core CPU (16 performance cores + 4 energy efficiency cores), 64 cores GPU and 32-core NPU. Like the previous M1 Max chip, each performance core has 192KB of instruction cache, 128KB of data cache, and a total of 48MB of L2 cache, each energy efficient core has 128KB of instruction cache, 64KB of data cache, and a total of 8MB of L2 cache.