Apple has unveiled a new update for the Mac Studio that further improves the already powerful computer. The Mac Studio, which launched last year with the M1 Ultra chip, will now feature the M2 Max and the brand new M2 Ultra.
M2 Ultra: A giant among chips
The M2 Ultra is an impressive technical achievement. It consists of two M2 Max processors that are connected via UltraFusion. This allows the M2 Ultra to deliver up to 24 CPU cores and up to 76 GPU cores. Manufactured in a 5nm process, the M2 Ultra contains 134 billion transistors and delivers CPU performance that is 20 percent faster than the M1 Ultra. For GPU performance, the increase is as much as 30 percent. The Mac Studio can now be ordered with up to 192 gigabytes of unified memory, which is 50 percent more than before. The memory is connected at 800 GB/s, twice as fast as the M2 Max.
Improvements in connectivity and ports
In addition to the impressive improvements in performance, Apple has also made some updates to the Mac Studio’s connectivity. The device is now equipped with HDMI 2.1, which allows for 8K video output at up to 240 Hz. In addition, the Mac Studio now supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, which brings it up to speed in these areas. The number of Thunderbolt 4 ports has been increased to six, and there is still a 10Gbit Ethernet port, two USB-A ports, and an SDXC card slot.
Availability and Price
The new Mac Studio is available for pre-order now, with prices starting at $2,399 for the variant with M2 Max. The new units are expected to start shipping next week.
Overall, the new Mac Studio update represents a significant step forward in Apple computer development. With the M2 Ultra chip, the Mac Studio offers impressive performance that should appeal to both professional users and demanding home users.