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|M2 Max surprisingly holds its own against M1 Ultra in ProRes video export test
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|January 24th, 2022 | 1:25 PM
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|When it launched the M2 Max MacBook Pro, Apple shared that it features even more powerful dedicated media engines for processing video footage.
M2 Max surprisingly holds its own against M1 Ultra in ProRes video export test With the M2, Apple uses four performance cores with a maximum clock speed of 3.49GHz, which, believe it or not, is faster than what you get in the 20-core M1 Ultra. That shows the power of the new high-performance cores in the M2 chip.
The release of Apple’s new Mac Studio wasn’t just exciting because of the form factor, or the fact that creatives have been asking Apple for a mid-range desktop tower for years. It was also exciting because it came hand-in-hand with the release of the M1 Ultra: the most powerful Apple Silicon system on a chip (SOC) yet.
The M1 Ultra is essentially two M1 Max chips fused together using a new “ultra-fusion” interconnect technology, delivering twice the CPU cores, twice the GPU cores, twice the Neural Engine cores, twice the dedicated media engines, and twice the RAM with twice the bandwidth.
That’s up to 20 CPU cores (16 performance, four efficiency), 64 GPU cores, 32 neural engine cores, four video encoding engines, four ProRes encode and decode engines, and up to 128GB of LPDDR5 unified memory with 800GB/s of memory bandwidth
M2 Max surprisingly holds its own against M1 Ultra in ProRes video export test
Apple said in its MacBook Pro unveiling video that the M2 Max’s media engine has “twice the ProRes support to dramatically accelerate media playback and transcoding” compared to the M1 Max.
Putting the M2 Max MacBook Pro through its paces, Brian Tong ran multiple tests against the Mac Studio with M1 Ulta, M1 Max MacBook Pro, and more.
Confirming Apple’s claim, the M2 Max’s dedicated dual ProRes encode and decode engines delivered impressive power. It was just shy of 2x faster than the M1 Max export. But it impressively even beat out the M1 Ultra by seven seconds.
Comparing the M1 Pro and M1 Max
The M1 Pro and M1 Max feature the same basic architecture based on the M1 chip, resulting in the same core functionality. Apple lists these identical features of the two SoCs:
- Up to 10-core CPU with eight performance cores and two efficiency cores
- 16-core Neural Engine
- Media engine for hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW
- Video decode engine
Apple’s breakdown shows that the two chips share most of their basic features, but they have several differing capabilities.
200GB/s memory bandwidth
Support for up to 32GB of unified memory
ProRes encode and decode engine
Video encode engine
Up to 32-core GPU
400GB/s memory bandwidth
Support for up to 64GB of unified memory
Two ProRes encode and decode engines
Two video encode engines
This is all amazing in theory—truly an engineering marvel, no matter how much you resent Apple for locking it inside a box with no upgradable components—but how does the M1 Ultra actually compare to the M1 Max in real-world photo and video-editing tasks?
Are any of the apps currently used by most creatives actually going to benefit from all this power, or are you better off saving the $3,000 it costs to upgrade to Apple’s most powerful Mac Studio configuration?
Today, we find out.
Shortly after we published our Mac Studio review using a configuration with M1 Max, Apple made good on their promise and sent us another unit with M1 Ultra inside.
It is, quite literally, twice as powerful as our M1 Max Mac Studio in every single way, and we ran both of these computers through all of the same benchmarks to see just how much of an impact all that hardware can really have on your photo and video editing workflow.
M2 Max surprisingly holds its own against M1 Ultra in ProRes video export test – FAQ
Which is better M2 or M1 Ultra?
Will the M2 outperform the M1 Pro?
Is M2 better than m1pro?
Is M1 Max faster than M2?
In terms of performance, the Apple M2 Max CPU scored 1,889 points in the single-core test and 14,586 points in multi-core benchmark, both of which are notably faster than the M1 Max
Is M2 slower than M1 pro?
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