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Apple M1 Max

Apple M1 Max

The Apple M1 Max is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the late 2021 MacBook Pro 14 and 16-inch models. It offers all 10 cores available in the chip divided in eight performance cores (P-cores with 600 - 3220 MHz) and two power-efficiency cores (E-cores with 600 - 2064 MHz). There is no Turbo Boost for single cores or short burst periods. The cores are similar to the cores in the Apple M1.

The big cores (codename Firestorm) offer 192 KB instruction cache, 128 KB data cache, and 24 MB shared L2 cache (up from 12 MB in the M1). The four efficiency cores (codename Icestorm) are a lot smaller and offer only 128 KB instruction cache, 64 KB data cache, and 4 MB shared cache. CPU and GPU can both use the 48 MB SLC (System Level Cache). The efficiency cores (E cluster) clock with 600 - 2064 MHz, the performance cores (P cluster) with 600 - 3228 MHz.

The unified memory (32 or 64 GB LPDDR5-6400) next to the chip is connected by a 512 bit memory controller (200 GB/s bandwidth) and can be used by the GPU and CPU. This is the main difference to the M1 Pro and the CPU performance is quite similar.

The biggest difference to the M1 Pro is the bigger integrated GPU with 24 or 32 cores (up from 16).

Furthermore, the SoC integrates a fast 16 core neural engine, a secure enclave (e.g., for encryption), a unified memory architecture, Thunderbolt 4 controller, an ISP, and media de- and encoders (including two ProRes engines).

The M1 Pro is manufactured in 5 nm at TSMC and integrates 57 billion transistors. The peak power consumption of the chip was advertised around 30W for CPU intensive tasks. 

SeriesApple Apple M-Series

Series: Apple M-Series

Apple M2 Max compare2.42 - 3.7 GHz12 / 12 cores48 MB L3
Apple M2 Pro compare2.42 - 3.5 GHz12 / 12 cores24 MB L3
Apple M1 Max « 2.06 - 3.22 GHz10 / 10 cores48 MB L3
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core compare2.42 - 3.7 GHz10 / 10 cores24 MB L3
Apple M1 Pro compare2.06 - 3.22 GHz10 / 10 cores24 MB L3
Apple M1 Pro 8-Core compare2.06 - 3.22 GHz8 / 8 cores16 MB L3
Apple M2 compare2.42 - 3.48 GHz8 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Apple M1 compare2.06 - 3.22 GHz8 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Clock Rate2060 - 3220 MHz
Level 1 Cache2.9 MB
Level 2 Cache28 MB
Level 3 Cache48 MB
Number of Cores / Threads10 / 10
Transistor Count57000 Million
Manufacturing Technology5 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set
GPUApple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date10/18/2021

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1689     avg: 1691     median: 1691 (17%)     max: 1693 Points
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Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 404.3     avg: 459.2     median: 482.3 (1%)     max: 491.1 ms
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 350     avg: 358.7     median: 360 (91%)     max: 366 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Other CPUs of the series Apple M-Series

» Apple M2 Max
   12x 2.42 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Apple M2 Pro
   12x 2.42 GHz - 3.5 GHz
» Apple M1 Max
   10x 2.06 GHz - 3.22 GHz
» Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
   10x 2.42 GHz - 3.7 GHz
» Apple M1 Pro
   10x 2.06 GHz - 3.22 GHz
» Apple M1 Pro 8-Core
   8x 2.06 GHz - 3.22 GHz
» Apple M2
   8x 2.42 GHz - 3.48 GHz
» Apple M1
   8x 2.06 GHz - 3.22 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i7-13620H
   10x 1.8 GHz - 4.9 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 6950H
   8x 3.3 GHz - 4.9 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
   8x 3.3 GHz - 4.9 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-13450HX
   10x 1.8 GHz - 4.6 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-12650H
   10x 1.7 GHz - 4.7 GHz
» Apple M1 Max
   10x 2.06 GHz - 3.22 GHz
- Apple M2 Pro 10-Core
   10x 2.42 GHz - 3.7 GHz
- Apple M1 Pro
   10x 2.06 GHz - 3.22 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 9 6980HS
   8x 3.3 GHz - 5 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
   8x 3.3 GHz - 4.9 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 9 PRO 6950HS
   8x 3.3 GHz - 4.9 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2021-11-27)