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A look at the GPU inside Apple’s latest mini PC

The Mac Studio is said to offer incredible performance in an unassuming little package, but can it really outperform gaming rigs twice its size?

The mac studio It is said to offer incredible computing performance in a tiny, unassuming package. Despite its tame exterior, its internal specs alone seem powerful enough to outperform gaming rigs twice its size, but there are other factors to consider as well. If Apple merged the Mac Pro and the mini, then increased its capabilities to eleven, the result would be the Mac Studio.

The Mac Studio was officially announced at Apple’s March 8 event, with the company saying it can far exceed most of its high-end models. The Mac Studio runs on what Apple considers the “most powerful chip in a personal computerexplaining that it’s not only capable of delivering top-notch performance, but also using less power than most desktop PCs. This all adds up to a very attractive gaming picture, but can it actually be the best purpose-built monstrous desktop PC even without a dedicated GPU?


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In terms of performance, the Mac Studio uses Apple’s M1 Max chip, which is a 10-core processor with an integrated 24-core GPU and 400 GB/s of maximum memory bandwidth, according to official specifications. Apple is also giving buyers the option to choose the more powerful M1 Ultra chip, which essentially doubles those numbers to a 20-core processor with massive 800GB/s memory bandwidth. For comparison, most high-end desktop PCs use an Intel Core i9 processor, which comes with 16 cores and a maximum memory bandwidth of 76.8 GB/s. These numbers dictate the amount of processing power and operations running concurrently, as well as the amount of data it can read at any given time. In other words, higher numbers usually translate to better performance.

How will the Mac Studio behave in real game scenarios?

Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra chip

Apple says its tests allowed the Mac Studio’s M1 Max chip alone to show GPU performance similar to that of an Intel Core i9 desktop using Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti, at just a third of its performance. energy consumption. Plus, its more powerful M1 Ultra chip, at peak performance, would have outpaced even a rig running Nvidia’s beastly BFGPU. Sure, it sounds promising on paper, but when applied to an actual game scenario, things are rarely that simple given the various factors at play.

Since some dedicated GPUs come with their own CPU-independent power and cooling systems, they will already have the advantage of generating more horsepower in computing output, compared to the Mac Studio running all the graphics processing power. and the cooling system on a single chip. . Then there’s the case for software, as some games are better optimized to run GPUs and dedicated operating systems like Windows. The Mac Studio, on the other hand, will have to rely on programs like Boot Camp for games that don’t natively support macOS, which is usually the case with the latest PC titles. While the mac studio will undoubtedly be better at gaming than previous Macs, consumers won’t really know if it competes with actual gaming PCs until they’re able to make the comparisons themselves, and they can do from March 18.

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Source: Apple, Intel

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