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Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU

Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU

The Apple M2 Max 38-Core-GPU is an integrated graphics card by Apple offering all 38 cores in the M2 Max Chip.

The graphics card has no dedicated graphics memory but can use the fast LPDDR5-6400 unified memory with a 512 bit bus (up to 400 GBit/s).

Thanks to the additional cores and architectural improvements, the M2 Max GPU should clearly best the old M1 Max GPU with 32 cores and therefore be the fastest iGPU currently available.

The GPU is intended to use Apple Metal 2 API and could still be based on the older PowerVR architectures (last used in the Apple A10). A new feature in the MacBook Pro 14 and 16 of 2023 is the support for HDMI 2.1 and 8k output.

The Apple M2 Max is manufactured in the second generation 5nm process at TSMC. According to the internal powermetrics tool, the GPU uses up to 53.6 Watt (performance mode) and the whole chip (including the CPU) up to 89 Watt.

Apple M2 Series

M2 Max 38-Core GPU 38
M2 Max 30-Core GPU compare 30
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU compare 19 @ 0.44 - 1.4 GHz
M2 Pro 16-Core GPU compare 16
M2 10-Core GPU compare 10 @ 1.4 GHz
M2 8-Core GPU compare 8 @ 1.4 GHz
Pipelines38 - unified
Memory TypeLPDDR5-6400
Shared Memoryno
Power Consumption53 Watt
technology5 nm
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement17.01.2023
CPU in M2 Max 38-Core GPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Apple M2 Max12 x 2424 MHz, 79 W? MHz? MHz


Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 +
Emissions Witcher 3 Fan Noise +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

med. 1920x1080
72  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
60.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
48.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
330  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
147  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
96  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
71  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
47  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
182  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
131  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
122  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
109  fps    + Compare
QHD 2560x1440
78  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
high 1920x1080
83  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
76  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.


low 1024x768
84  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
81  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
57  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Borderlands 37260.248.6
Total War: Three Kingdoms330147967147
Shadow of the Tomb Raider18213112210978
The Witcher 38376
GTA V848157
< 30 fps
< 60 fps
< 120 fps
≥ 120 fps






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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2023-01-24)