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Apple M3

Apple M3

The Apple M3 is a system on a chip (SoC) from Apple for notebooks that was introduced in late 2023. It integrates a new 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores with up to 4.06 GHz and 4 efficiency cores withup to 2.75 GHz. Apple claims that the CPU is up to 20% faster than in the old Apple M2 (3.5 GHz)

Due to the higher clock speeds and architecture improvements, the processor performance is also significantly better than the M2 in benchmarks (see e.g. Geekbench below) and can keep up with the fastest CPUs in short single-core tests (like the Raptor Lake i9-13950HX).

The M3 also integrates a new graphics card with dynamic caching, mesh shading and ray tracing acceleration. According to Apple, it is 20% faster than the GPU in the M2. The chip integrates again 10 GPU cores, but the cheaper variant only offers 8 cores (e.g. in the entry iMac). Furthermore, the GPU only supports 2 displays (an additional 6K60 display to the internal one).

Both GPU and CPU can access the unified memory on the package together. It is still available in 8, 16 and 24 GB variants and offers the same 100 GB/s maximum bandwidth (unlike the Pro models that feature a reduced memory bandwidth). 

The integrated 16-core Neural Engine has also been revised and now offers 18 TOPS peak performance (versus 15.8 TOPS in the M2 but 35 TOPS in the new A17 Pro). The video engine now supports AV1 decoding in hardware. H.264, HEVC and ProRes (RAW) can still be decoded and encoded.

Unfortunately, the integrated wireless-LAN only supports Wi-Fi 6E (no Wi-Fi 7) and due to the support of only a single external monitor, the chip is also denied Thunderbolt 4 (Thunderbolt 3/USB4 support officially with 40 Gbit/s).

The chip is manufactured in the current 3nm process (N3B most likely) at TSMC and contains 25 billion transistors (+25% vs. Apple M2). The 3nm process should also contribute to the excellent efficiency of the chip. Under load, the M3 CPU is using approximately 20 Watt.

SeriesApple Apple M3

Series: Apple M3

Apple M3 Max 16-Core compare2.75 - 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 « 2.75 - 4.06 GHz8 / 8 cores
Clock Rate2748 - 4056 MHz
Level 2 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 8
4 x 4.1 GHz Apple M3 P-Core
4 x 2.7 GHz Apple M3 E-Core
Transistor Count25000 Million
Manufacturing Technology3 nm
FeaturesARMv8 Instruction Set
GPUApple M3 10-Core GPU
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date10/30/2023
Product Link (external)www.apple.com

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
1499 Points (9%)
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Geekbench 6.2 - Geekbench 6.2 Single-Core
min: 3076     avg: 3088     median: 3087.5 (94%)     max: 3099 points
Geekbench 6.2 - Geekbench 6.2 Multi-Core
min: 11863     avg: 11915     median: 11914.5 (47%)     max: 11966 points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
2342 points (99%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
362.8 ms (0%)
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
2.6 Watt (2%)
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
4.4 Watt (5%)
00.20.50.70.91.21.41.71.92.12.42.62.83.13.33.63.844.34.5Tooltip
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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 i9-9980HK
   8x 2.4 GHz - 5 GHz
+ Intel Core i7-10870H
   8x 2.2 GHz - 5 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-13420H
   8x 1.5 GHz - 4.6 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-12450HX
   8x 1.8 GHz - 4.4 GHz
+ Intel Core i5-12450H
   8x 1.5 GHz - 4.4 GHz
» Apple M3
   8x 2.75 GHz - 4.06 GHz
- Intel Core i5-1350P
   12x 1.4 GHz - 4.7 GHz
- AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
   8x 2.9 GHz - 4.2 GHz
- Intel Core i9-9880H
   8x 2.3 GHz - 4.8 GHz
- Intel Xeon W-11855M
   6x 3.2 GHz - 4.9 GHz
- Intel Core i5-11500H
   6x 2.9 GHz - 4.6 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2023-11- 2)