Early M2 Ultra Mac Pro Benchmarks Make The Intel Model Look Terrible

The M2 Ultra Mac Pro was announced during the WWDC 2023 event on June 5 and it’s now available for sale for the first time.

That also happens to coincide with the first M2 Ultra Mac Pro benchmarks appearing on Geekbench 6, and they’re just as impressive as you’d expect.

Early M2 Ultra Mac Pro Benchmarks Make The Intel Model Look Terrible

The M2 Ultra Mac Studio was benchmarked recently and that scored extremely well. Now, the Mac Pro appears to score almost identically, offering up a single-core score of 2,794 and a multi-core score of 21,453. That’s impressive, but doubly so when you compare that to the 1,378 and 10,390 scores achieved by the highest-end Intel-based Mac Pro with a 28-core Xeon W processor in tow.

The result is that anyone with even the fastest Intel Mac Pro should see huge speed improvements when moving to the M2 Ultra Mac Pro.

They can do that for a price started at $6,999, whereas the 28-core Xeon mentioned earlier sold for $12,999.

However, if you’re looking to add a new GPU or upgrade the RAM on your new Mac Pro, you’re going to be left disappointed. That simply isn’t possible thanks to Apple silicon, so you’re out of luck.

The Mac Pro’s huge chassis still allows other PCIe cards and expansion modules to be added, but they’re most likely to be used by professional video or music businesses. For everyone else, the Mac Studio may be the better bet thanks to a smaller chassis and cheaper price — the M2 Ultra Mac Studio starts at $3,999.

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