Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 Entry Review: Base model with cut-down M2 Pro, SSD downgrade, and slightly higher power draws
Apple M2 Pro 10-Core | Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU | 14.20" | 1.6 kg
The Apple M2 Pro 10-Core is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the early 2023 MacBook Pro 14 and Mac Mini entry level models. It offers 10 of the 12 cores available in the chip divided in six performance cores (P-cores) and four power-efficiency cores (E-cores). The E-cores clock with up to 3.4 GHz, the P-Cores up to 3.7 GHz (mostly 3.3 GHz in multi-threaded workloads and 3.4 GHz in single threaded).
The big cores (codename Avalanche) offer 192 KB instruction cache, 128 KB data cache, and 36 MB shared L2 cache (up from 24 MB in the M1 Pro). The four efficiency cores (codename Blizzard) 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 24 MB SLC (System Level Cache).
The unified memory (16 or 32 GB LPDDR5-6400) next to the chip is connected by a 256 Bit memory controller (200 GB/s bandwidth) and can be used by the GPU and CPU.
The performance of the M2 Pro 10-Core should be similar to the old M1 Pro with all 10 cores. The multi-threaded performance should be slower, as the M2 10-core has two p-cores less (and 2 e-cores more) but the single-threaded performance should be better due to the faster clock speed and architectural improvements. The old M1 Pro 8-core should be noticeably slower.
The integrated graphics card in the M1 Pro 10-core offers all 16 of the 19 cores.
Furthermore, the SoC integrates a fast 16 core neural engine (faster than M1 Pro), a secure enclave (e.g., for encryption), a unified memory architecture, Thunderbolt 4 controller, an ISP, and media de- and encoders (including ProRes).
The M2 Pro is manufactured in 5 nm at TSMC (second generation) and integrates 40 billion transistors.
|Series||Apple Apple M-Series|
Series: Apple M-Series
|Clock Rate||2424 - 3696 MHz|
|Level 1 Cache||7.3 MB|
|Level 2 Cache||36 MB|
|Level 3 Cache||24 MB|
|Number of Cores / Threads||10 / 10|
|Transistor Count||40000 Million|
|Manufacturing Technology||5 nm|
|Features||ARMv8 Instruction Set|
|GPU||Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU|
|64 Bit||64 Bit support|
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Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Pro: Apple M2 Pro 16-Core GPU, 16.20", 2.2 kg
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