Geekbench 6 has revealed the initial benchmark results for Apple's latest M2 Ultra chip, shedding light on the notable improvements in CPU performance. The high-end chip is set to debut in the upcoming Mac Studio and Mac Pro models, scheduled for release next week. While some slight variations exist in the reported results, the Mac Studio equipped with the M2 Ultra chip demonstrates impressive single-core and multi-core scores reaching approximately 2,800 and 21,700, respectively.
As anticipated, these benchmark scores confirm Apple's claims of up to a 20% increase in CPU performance compared to the previous M1 Ultra chip. Consequently, the M2 Ultra chip is now Apple's fastest chip ever released. Moreover, the scores indicate that the new Mac Pro is expected to offer an overall CPU performance that is approximately two times faster than the fastest Intel-based Mac Pro featuring a 28-core Xeon W processor.
This achievement becomes even more remarkable considering the price difference between the two models. The new Mac Pro, starting at $6,999, boasts such impressive performance while being nearly half the price of its Intel-based counterpart, which began at $12,999. Although Apple had claimed the new Mac Pro is up to three times faster than the Intel-based model for specific professional workflows like video transcoding and 3D simulation during its WWDC keynote, the Geekbench scores demonstrate its superior overall CPU performance.
When choosing between the Mac Pro and Mac Studio, customers should primarily consider the desktop tower's six available PCIe expansion slots as the differentiating factor. However, for those who do not require extensive expansion options, the Mac Studio offers a more cost-effective solution. With the ability to configure the Mac Studio with the M2 Ultra chip, customers can save $3,000 compared to the Mac Pro. For a comprehensive comparison, we recommend referring to our Mac Studio vs. Mac Pro Buyer's Guide.
Interested customers can now place their orders for the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro models, with shipments and in-store availability scheduled to commence on Tuesday, June 13. Apple's latest offerings promise substantial CPU performance upgrades and cost savings, providing an enticing choice for professional users seeking cutting-edge computing power.