Apple Debuts Powerful New M1 Pro, M1 Max Chips for the Mac

Apple has just announced its next breakthrough chips for the Mac, the M1 Pro and the M1 Max, promising industry-leading performance and power efficiency. Both M1 Pro and M1 Max introduce a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture to pro systems for the first time.

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The CPU in M1 Pro and M1 Max delivers up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than M1, whereas the GPU in M1 Pro is up to 2x faster than M1, and 4x faster in M1 Max. 

M1 Pro offers up to 200GB/s of memory bandwidth with support for up to 32GB of unified memory. M1 Max delivers up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth — 2x that of M1 Pro and nearly 6x that of M1 — and support for up to 64GB of unified memory.

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Utilizing the industry-leading 5-nanometer process technology, M1 Pro packs in 33.7 billion transistors, more than 2x the amount in M1. A new 10-core CPU, including eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, is up to 70 percent faster than M1.

M1 Max features the same powerful 10-core CPU as M1 Pro and adds a massive 32-core GPU for up to 4x faster graphics performance than M1. With 57 billion transistors — 70 percent more than M1 Pro and 3.5x more than M1 — M1 Max is the largest chip Apple has ever built.

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M1 Pro also includes dedicated acceleration for the ProRes professional video codec, allowing playback of multiple streams of high-quality 4K and 8K ProRes video while using very little power. M1 Max goes even further, delivering up to 2x faster video encoding than M1 Pro, and features two ProRes accelerators.

More than 10,000 apps and plug-ins, are new available to take advantage of the powerful new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors.

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