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Apple M3 Max 16-Core

Apple Apple M3 Max 16-Core

The Apple M3 Max (16 Core) is a system on a chip (SoC) from Apple for notebooks that was launched towards the end of 2023. It integrates a new 16-core CPU with 12 performance cores with up to 4.06 GHz and 4 efficiency cores with 2.8 GHz. There is also a slimmed-down 14-core variant with a 30-core GPU.

Thanks to the higher clock rates and architectural improvements, the processor performance is also significantly better than the M2 Max in benchmarks and can keep up with the fastest mobile CPUs (such as a Core i9-13900HX).

The M3 also integrates a new graphics card with dynamic caching, mesh shading and ray tracing acceleration via hardware. In the top model, all 40 cores of the chip are used and support up to 5 displays simultaneously (internal and 4 external).

GPU and CPU can jointly access the shared memory on the package (unified memory). This is available in 48, 64 and 128 GB variants and offers 400 GB/s maximum bandwidth (512 bit bus).

The integrated 16-core Neural Engine has also been revised and now offers 18 TOPS peak performance (compared to 15.8 TOPS in the M2 but 35 TOPS in the new A17 Pro). The video engine now also supports AV1 decoding in hardware. H.264, HEVC and ProRes (RAW) can still be decoded and encoded. Like its predecessor, the Max chip offers two video engines and can therefore encode and decode two streams simultaneously.

Unfortunately, the integrated WLAN only continues to support WiFi 6E (no WiFi 7), unlike the small M3 SoC thunderbolt 4 is also supported (max 40 Gbit/s).

The chip is manufactured in the current 3nm process (N3B) at TSMC and contains 92 billion transistors (+37% vs. Apple M2 Max). Under load, the CPU part consumes up to 56 watts, the chip can use a total of 78 watts.

SeriesApple Apple M3

Series: Apple M3

Apple M3 Max 16-Core « 2.75 - 4.06 GHz16 / 16 cores
Apple M3 Max 14-Core compare2.75 - 4.06 GHz14 / 14 cores
Apple M3 Pro 12-Core compare2.75 - 4.06 GHz12 / 12 cores
Apple M3 Pro 11-Core compare2.75 - 4.06 GHz11 / 11 cores
Apple M3 compare2.75 - 4.06 GHz8 / 8 cores
Clock Rate2748 - 4056 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads16 / 16
12 x 4.1 GHz Apple M3 P-Core
4 x 2.7 GHz Apple M3 E-Core
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)78 Watt
Transistor Count92000 Million
Manufacturing Technology3 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set
GPUApple M3 Max 40-Core GPU
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date10/30/2023
Product Link (external)www.apple.com

Benchmarks

Cinebench 2024 - CB24 CPU Single Core
min: 139     avg: 139.5     median: 139.5 (97%)     max: 140 Points
Cinebench 2024 - CB24 CPU Multi Core
min: 1532     avg: 1572     median: 1572 (29%)     max: 1612 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 24020     avg: 24022     median: 24022 (22%)     max: 24024 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1950     avg: 1959     median: 1959 (83%)     max: 1968 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 492     avg: 494.5     median: 494.5 (55%)     max: 497 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 5920     avg: 6124     median: 6123.5 (15%)     max: 6327 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 3225     avg: 3297     median: 3264 (21%)     max: 3401 Points
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Blender - Blender 3.3 Classroom CPU *
min: 194     avg: 195     median: 195 (2%)     max: 196 Seconds
Geekbench 6.2 - Geekbench 6.2 Single-Core
min: 3096     avg: 3127     median: 3126.5 (95%)     max: 3157 points
Geekbench 6.2 - Geekbench 6.2 Multi-Core
min: 21243     avg: 21254     median: 21253.5 (84%)     max: 21264 points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 2318     avg: 2325     median: 2324.5 (98%)     max: 2331 points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 22816     avg: 22938     median: 22937.5 (41%)     max: 23059 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 379.2     avg: 385.5     median: 385.5 (0%)     max: 391.7 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 94770     avg: 96363     median: 96362.5 (87%)     max: 97955 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 416     avg: 421     median: 421 (88%)     max: 426 Points
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 91.8     avg: 92.3     median: 92.3 (17%)     max: 92.7 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 3.81     avg: 5.2     median: 5.2 (3%)     max: 6.49 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
min: 4.63     avg: 6.3     median: 6.3 (7%)     max: 7.91 Watt
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
min: 35.1     avg: 35.9     median: 35.9 (27%)     max: 36.7 Points per Watt
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Other CPUs of the series Apple M3

» Apple M3 Max 16-Core
   16x 2.75 GHz - 4.06 GHz
» Apple M3 Max 14-Core
   14x 2.75 GHz - 4.06 GHz
» Apple M3 Pro 12-Core
   12x 2.75 GHz - 4.06 GHz
» Apple M3 Pro 11-Core
   11x 2.75 GHz - 4.06 GHz
» Apple M3
   8x 2.75 GHz - 4.06 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

+ Intel Core i7-14700HX
   20x 3.9 GHz - 5.5 GHz
+ AMD Ryzen 9 7840HX
   12x 2.9 GHz - 5.1 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-13850HX
   20x 1.5 GHz - 5.3 GHz
+ Intel Core i9-12950HX
   16x 1.7 GHz - 5 GHz
+ Intel Core i9-12900HX
   16x 1.7 GHz - 5 GHz
» Apple M3 Max 16-Core
   16x 2.75 GHz - 4.06 GHz
- Intel Core i7-14650HX
   16x 1.6 GHz - 5.2 GHz
- Intel Core i7-13700HX
   16x 1.5 GHz - 5 GHz
- Intel Core i9-13900HK
   14x 1.9 GHz - 5.4 GHz
- Intel Core Ultra 9 185H
   16x 3.8 GHz - 5.1 GHz
- Intel Core i9-13905H
   14x 1.9 GHz - 5.4 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2023-12-10)