Apple M1 Ultra vs M1 Max vs M1 Pro vs M1 comparison

While the Apple M1 Ultra chipset raised the bar in the processor world, it naturally outshined Apple’s other M1 processors. So what are the differences between the Apple M1 series? 

Apple M1 Ultra vs M1 Max vs M1 Pro vs M1 comparison

Continuing to turn the chip world upside down, Apple has set the bar high with the Apple M1 Ultra chipsetWe’ve put together the M1 Ultra and other Apple M1 series chipsets, which have the highest transistor count ever seen in a PC chip.

What are the Ultra features?

Thanks to a special connection interface in the Max chip, the two chips come together to form the M1 Ultra chip. This connection technology, called the UltraFusion architecture, uses a silicon intermediary that connects circuit boards with over ten thousand signals. This way it offers a massive 2.5TB/s of low-latency bandwidth. In total, it turns out 114 billion transistors, 16 performance cores, 4 efficiency cores and 64 graphics cores.

With the M1 Ultra, Apple’s unified memory architecture has also leveled up. Memory bandwidth increased to 800 GB/s. Moreover, the M1 Ultra can also be configured with 128GB of combined memory. Compared to the most powerful PC graphics cards that can offer up to 48GB of memory, the Ultra chipset is quite remarkable, making heavy use of the graphics unit, such as high-end 3D geometry processing and rendering for huge scenes.

Apple M1 Ultra vs M1 Max vs M1 Pro vs M1 comparison

When we look at the comparisons, the performance per watt on the processor side is 90 percent higher than a computer with a 16-core Core i9-12900K , RTX 3090 and DDR5. It also consumes 100W less energy. The graphics unit is 200W lower. Thus, fanless structures are possible. Geekbench 5 scores also showed that Intel Xeon processors were compromised.

Apple M1 Ultra vs M1 Max vs M1 Pro vs M1 comparison

Thanks to a special connection interface in the Apple M1 Max chip, the two chips come together to form the Apple M1 Ultra chip.

The Apple M1 original chipset will now appeal to slightly more entry-level products, while the Apple M1 Pro and Apple M1 Max will target high-end products. Apple M1 Ultra, on the other hand, will take its place in performance-oriented premium products. We will see this chip frequently in Mac Pro and more powerful Mac models in the future.

Apple M1 Ultra vs M1 Max vs M1 Pro vs M1 comparison

FeaturesApple M1Apple M1 ProApple M1 MaxApple M1 Ultra
Production processTSMC 5nmTSMC 5nmTSMC 5nmTSMC 5nm
Number of transistors16 billion33.7 billion57 billion114 billion
Processor core4 efficiency + 4 performance2 efficiency + 8 performance2 efficiency + 8 performance4 efficiency + 16 performance
Graphics core8 cores16 cores32 cores64 cores
Unified memory16 GB32GB64GB128GB
Artificial intelligence core16161632
Memory bandwidth70GB/s200GB/s400GB/s800GB/s
Wattage39W maximum67W (MacBook value)96W (MacBook value)      –

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While the Apple M1 Ultra chipset raised the bar in the processor world, it naturally outshined Apple's other M1 processors. So what are the differences between the Apple M1 series?