Apple’s M3 Max MacBook Pro Benchmarks Put The M2 Ultra Mac Pro In The Shade

If you’re looking at Apple’s new MacBook Pros, powered by the M3 series of chips, and wondering whether you should upgrade we might be about to make your mind up for you. That’s because early benchmarks are shaping up to be very impressive indeed.

The early benchmark that we’ve seen so far appears to be for the 16-inch MacBook Pro powered by the M3 Max and the numbers make for some very interesting reading.

9to5Mac was able to spot the Geekbench results online after, we presume, reviewers put their new machines through their paces before accidentally uploading the results to the Internet.

While the numbers are impressive in isolation, that only tells part of the story. It’s when you compare these numbers to the Mac Pro and Mac Studio running the current M2 Ultra that things get most interesting.

On the single-core test, M3 Max achieves an average score of ~2980. On multi-core, M3 Max hits around ~20800. This compares very favorably to the previous best Apple Silicon chip, the M2 Ultra, which scores ~2800 and ~21000 respectively.

That means that you can buy a new laptop from Apple today and you’ll get better performance than the biggest, best, and most expensive Apple desktop machines.

That of course makes the M3 Ultra chip one that could blow everything else out of the water. We don’t yet know when that will arrive, but we have to imagine that it will do sooner rather than later when Apple announces the updated Mac Studio and Mac Pro.

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