Apple's new M1 Max SoC: up to 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, on 5nm

Apple's new MacBook Pro laptop rocks new M1 Max or M1 Pro SoC: 5nm node, up to 10 CPU cores, up to 32 GPU cores, LPDDR5 RAM, more.

@anthony256
Published Mon, Oct 18 2021 7:07 PM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Nov 12 2021 5:13 PM CST

Apple has just unveiled their new MacBook Pro laptops and alongside the new MacBook Pro we have new M1 Max and M1 Pro SoCs inside of them.

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The new Apple M1 Max is the company's new flagship SoC, with both the new M1 Max and M1 Pro SoC featuring a totally new CPU and GPU architecture, all made on TSMC's latest 5nm process node. Apple's new M1 Max and M1 Pro feature a new chip architecture, packing up to 10 CPU cores (8 of them are high-performance cores, with an ultra-wide execution architecture, the other 2 are high-efficiency cores based on a wide execution architecture).

Apple is cramming an impressive 57 billion transistors onto the flagship Apple M1 Max SoC, while the Apple M1 Pro SoC has 33.7 billion transistors.

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Both are made on TSMC 5nm, but the flagship M1 Max is a beast: it packs a hefty 32-core GPU with 4096 execution units, and 10.4 TFLOPs of compute performance. We have 327 gigatexels/sec and 164 gigapixels/sec with the M1 Max SoC.

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In comparison, Apple's new M1 Pro has a 16-core GPU with 2048 execution units, and 5.2 TFLOPs of compute power. The M1 Pro has up to 164 gigatexels/sec and up to 82 gigapixels/sec.

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Apple's new flagship M1 Max SoC has 57 billion transistors, a 10-core CPU, up to 32-core GPU, 400GB/sec of memory bandwidth -- and up to 64GB of RAM at that -- support for not 1, or 2, but 4 external displays, industry-leading performance-per-watt, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and TSMC's fresh new 5nm process node.

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The slightly lower-end M1 Pro SoC has 33.7 billion transistors, up to a 10-core CPU, up to 16-core GPU, 200GB/sec of memory bandwidth -- and up to 32GB of RAM -- support for 2 external displays, the same industry-leading performance-per-watt, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and the same 5nm process node from TSMC.

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Apple is always a bit of a weirdo when it comes to performance and benchmark charts, where the new M1 Max and M1 Pro get teased for their performance chops -- but we really don't know how it'll perform in the real-world. Still, we should expect impressive things: Apple claims the new M1 Max and M1 Pro have up to 70% more performance over the M1 SoC.

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Not only that, but the new M1 Max and M1 Pro is faster than an 8-core laptop CPU and uses just 30W in comparison... a regular 4-core x86 processor uses around 40W, while an 8-core processor would use around 60W of power. Impressive stuff here so far, Apple.

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Apple's new 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max SoC is an insane 13x faster in GPU performance than the Core i7-powered previous-gen 13-inch MacBook Pro. The M1 Pro-powered 14-inch MacBook Pro packs 9x faster GPU performance over the previous-gen 13-inch MBP.

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CPU performance is up 3.7x in the new Apple M1 Max and M1 Pro powered MacBook Pro laptops, a big upgrade over the Core i7 processor in the 13-inch previous-gen MacBook Pro. We also can't leave out the machine learning side of things, with up to 5x more performance over the Core i9-powered 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple will be rolling out its next-gen 2021 MacBook Pro laptops over the coming weeks and months.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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