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Apple Mac Studio 2023 review - The M2 Max also impresses in a desktop device

Quiet and expensive. Apple has updated its desktop computer, the Mac Studio, which is now fitted with the faster M2 Max or M2 Ultra SoCs. We have tested the base model with the M2 Max and the 30-core GPU as well as 32 GB RAM.

Aside from the compact Mac Mini (from US$599, reviewed here), Apple also offers a more powerful Mac Studio desktop computer. This device uses only the fastest SoCs made by the manufacturer, beginning with the M2 Max which we already know from the current MacBook Pro models. Today, we will be taking a closer look at the base model of the Mac Studio with the M2 Max SoC featuring a 30-core GPU, 32 GB RAM as well as a 512-GB SSD. This configuration has an MRSP of US$1,999. If you select all options (M2 Ultra with a 76-core GPU, 192 GB RAM, 8 TB SSD), then you will be looking to spend a maximum of US$8,799.

Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Processor
Apple M2 Max 12 x 2.4 - 3.7 GHz, 36 W PL1 / Sustained
Graphics adapter
Memory
32 GB 
, LPDDR5-6400, Dual-Channel, onboard
Storage
Apple SSD AP0512Z, 512 GB 
, 470 GB free
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 4 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 4 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 4 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Stereo, Card Reader: SDXC (UHS-II)
Networking
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 95 x 197 x 197 ( = 3.74 x 7.76 x 7.76 in)
Operating System
Apple macOS 13 Ventura
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.76 kg ( = 97.36 oz / 6.08 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
2399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Well-known aluminum

Nothing has changed about the Mac Studio's design - which means you will continue to receive a relatively compact desktop computer with a high-quality aluminum case. The corners are rounded and the compact cube is quite heavy, weighing almost 2.8 kg (the M2 Ultra even weighs 3.6 kg) - which, as a result, gives the device a high-quality feel. Its footprint is identical to the Mac Mini but the Mac Studio is, of course, much taller. The computer should fit under most monitors on your desk. The power supply is already integrated into the device and the power cable is nice and long, measuring more than 180 cm.

Its build is, as expected, excellent and the compact cube is also extremely stable. The Mac continues to have no maintenance options, which is a massive disadvantage on a desktop computer. The base model's 32 GB RAM is okay but its internal SSD capacity can only be expanded via external drives after purchasing. 

Size comparison

197 mm / 7.76 inch 197 mm / 7.76 inch 95 mm / 3.74 inch 2.8 kg6.08 lbs197 mm / 7.76 inch 197 mm / 7.76 inch 95 mm / 3.74 inch 2.7 kg5.94 lbs197 mm / 7.76 inch 197 mm / 7.76 inch 36 mm / 1.417 inch 1.2 kg2.59 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity - Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6E

The Mac Studio offers a whole range of connectivity options including four modern USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4. Depending on the chosen configuration, both of the USB-C ports on the front support either USB 3.2 Gen.2 (M2 Max) or USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4 (M2 Ultra). The connectivity options on the front eliminate a point of critique we had about the Mac Mini, as you can now quickly and easily connect accessories. The Mac Studio with the M2 Max supports a maximum of five external displays; models with the M2 Ultra even support up to eight monitors.

Front: 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen.2 (10 Gbit/s), SDXC card reader (source: Apple)
Front: 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen.2 (10 Gbit/s), SDXC card reader (source: Apple)
Back: 4x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbit/s, DisplayPort ALT mode), Ethernet (10 Gbit/s), power, USB-A 3.2 Gen.1 (5 Gbit/s), HDMI 2.1, 3,5 mm audio, power button
Back: 4x USB-C 4.0 with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbit/s, DisplayPort ALT mode), Ethernet (10 Gbit/s), power, USB-A 3.2 Gen.1 (5 Gbit/s), HDMI 2.1, 3,5 mm audio, power button

SD card reader

The SD card reader on the front almost completely takes in SD cards and could achieve good transfer rates in our test using our reference card (Angelbird AV Pro V60) - about on the same average as the current MacBook Pro 16 M2 Max. We measured peaks of over 200 MB/s.

SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
196 MB/s +5%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
187 MB/s
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
121 MB/s -35%
Average of class Desktop
  (19.9 - 187, n=7, last 2 years)
90.5 MB/s -52%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
222 MB/s +3%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
215.1 MB/s
Average of class Desktop
  (20.6 - 215, n=6, last 2 years)
105.1 MB/s -51%

Communication

Apple has fitted the Mac Studio with a standard 10-Gbit/s Ethernet connection. Furthermore, the computer uses the current WLAN module from the current MacBook Pro 16, which, apart from the modern WiFi 6E standard, also supports Bluetooth 5.3. In combination with our reference router from Asus, we measured high and stable transfer rates. We also never had any issues with wireless connection in our test.

Networking
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1478 (min: 1427) MBit/s ∼82%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1734 (min: 1713) MBit/s ∼98%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1730 (min: 1700) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1803 (min: 1749) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
864 (min: 825) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
957 (min: 935) MBit/s ∼53%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1776 (min: 1740) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1796 (min: 1738) MBit/s ∼100%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Broadcom 0x14E4, 0x4388 WiFi 6E AirPort
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1777 (min: 1685) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1741 (min: 1650) MBit/s ∼97%
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Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz: Ø1734 (1713-1757)
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max; iperf3 receive AXE11000: Ø1478 (1427-1530)

Performance - The Apple M2 Max with 30 GPU cores

Processor

The processor part of the M2 Max is the same as the smaller M2 Pro - just its bigger cache can offer slight advantages in certain uses. It has 12 CPU cores in total which are split into three clusters. The efficiency core cluster consists of four cores which can reach a maximum of 2.4 GHz and both performance clusters have four cores each which can reach a maximum of 3.7 GHz. Similar to other Apple products, its maximum TDP is 36 watts and the results we measured are practically the same as on the MacBook Pro 16 M2 Max and the MacBook Pro 14 M2 Pro. Our Cinebench R15 multi loop showed that its performance remained completely stable. Its advantage over the old Mac Studio with the M1 Max is 8 % (single-core) and 20 % in multi-core uses, which, aside from the higher clock, is also thanks to both of the additional E-cores. 

Cinebench R15 Multi continuous test

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Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max Apple M2 Max: Ø2094 (2084.53-2099.63)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max Apple M2 Max: Ø2074 (2068.47-2081.27)
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max Apple M1 Max: Ø1691 (1678.91-1695.2)
Apple Mac Mini M2 Apple M2: Ø1241 (1235.48-1243.47)
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro Apple M2 Pro: Ø2069 (2052.12-2075.23)

The competition from AMD and Intel offer better CPU performance in total but they also use a bit more power. We are talking about mobile processors which are also used in mini PCs. True desktop PCs are, of course, on a completely different performance level but in turn, they also have higher TDP values.

CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
CPU Performance Rating
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
95.6 pt
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
85 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
83.8 pt
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
83.7 pt
Average Apple M2 Max
 
83.7 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
82.8 pt
Average of class Desktop
 
81.8 pt
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
70.8 pt
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
65.9 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
16105 (15785.6min - 16105.2max) Points +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14787 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
14767 Points 0%
Average Apple M2 Max
  (14738 - 14767, n=2)
14753 Points 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
14738 Points
Average of class Desktop
  (277 - 38314, n=34, last 2 years)
13663 Points -7%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12396 Points -16%
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
12155 Points -18%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
8772 Points -40%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
1878 Points +13%
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
1774 Points +7%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
1662 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1647 Points -1%
Average Apple M2 Max
  (1625 - 1662, n=2)
1644 Points -1%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
1638 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
1625 Points -2%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1536 Points -8%
Average of class Desktop
  (439 - 2210, n=31, last 2 years)
1518 Points -9%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
6344 Points +55%
Average of class Desktop
  (285 - 14891, n=31, last 2 years)
5340 Points +31%
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
4687 Points +15%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
4085 Points
Average Apple M2 Max
  (4044 - 4085, n=2)
4065 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
4044 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
4044 Points -1%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
2753 Points -33%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
2416 Points -41%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
723 Points +60%
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
698 Points +55%
Average of class Desktop
  (174 - 853, n=31, last 2 years)
564 Points +25%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
460 Points +2%
Average Apple M2 Max
  (451 - 460, n=2)
456 Points +1%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
451 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
447 Points -1%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
446 Points -1%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
395 Points -12%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
2565 (2511.62min - 2564.76max) Points +22%
Average of class Desktop
  (128 - 6236, n=35, last 2 years)
2528 Points +21%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
2094 (2084.53min, 2085.55P1 - 2099.63max) Points
Average Apple M2 Max
  (2074 - 2094, n=2)
2084 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
2074 (2068.47min, 2068.57P1 - 2081.27max) Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
2069 (2052.12min, 2054.58P1 - 2075.23max) Points -1%
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
1990 Points -5%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1691 (1678.91min, 1679.66P1 - 1695.2max) Points -19%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
1243 (1221min - 1243max) Points -41%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
283 Points +21%
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
267 Points +15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
239 Points +3%
Average Apple M2 Max
  (233 - 239, n=2)
236 Points +1%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
233 Points
Average of class Desktop
  (76 - 319, n=35, last 2 years)
233 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
230 Points -1%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
229 Points -2%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
200 Points -14%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
15444 Points
Average Apple M2 Max
  (15348 - 15444, n=3)
15388 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
15348 Points -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
14859 Points -4%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12697 Points -18%
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
11423 Points -26%
Average of class Desktop
  (844 - 24033, n=30, last 2 years)
10348 Points -33%
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
10269 Points -34%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
8994 Points -42%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Beelink SER7
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS
1983 Points +1%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
1978 Points +1%
Average Apple M2 Max
  (1965 - 1978, n=3)
1970 Points 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max
1967 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro
1961 Points 0%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2
1953 Points -1%
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Intel Core i7-1360P
1832 Points -7%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1795 Points -9%
Average of class Desktop
  (556 - 2241, n=30, last 2 years)
1564 Points -20%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
2094 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
233 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
145.7 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.5 %
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System performance

The Mac's system performance is great in everyday use and inputs are implemented immediately. Even complex programs such as DaVinci Resolve or Adobe Photoshop (for which the ARM chips were optimized) run extremely fast and smoothly on the current Apple products. Older apps for Intel Macs can be emulated thanks to Rosetta 2, which also works just fine. Its performance is a little less here than when running native apps.

CrossMark: Overall | Productivity | Creativity | Responsiveness
Jetstream 2: Total Score
WebXPRT 3: Overall
WebXPRT 4: Overall
Speedometer 2.0: Result
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test: 12:1 8K Metal | 12:1 8K CPU
CrossMark / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1910 Points +9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1812 Points +3%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1759 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
1759 Points 0%
Average of class Desktop
  (481 - 2495, n=23, last 2 years)
1750 Points -1%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1621 Points -8%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1538 Points -13%
CrossMark / Productivity
Average of class Desktop
  (518 - 2292, n=23, last 2 years)
1666 Points +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1618 Points +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1562 Points +1%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1544 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
1544 Points 0%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1441 Points -7%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1385 Points -10%
CrossMark / Creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
2505 Points +13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
2330 Points +5%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
2218 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
2218 Points 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
2153 Points -3%
Average of class Desktop
  (434 - 2793, n=23, last 2 years)
1918 Points -14%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1793 Points -19%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
Average of class Desktop
  (469 - 2297, n=23, last 2 years)
1563 Points +21%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1395 Points +8%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
1333 Points +3%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1296 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
1296 Points 0%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
1182 Points -9%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
1107 Points -15%
Jetstream 2 / Total Score
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
247 Points 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
246.5 Points
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
246.4 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
239 Points -3%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
238.8 Points -3%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
215 Points -13%
Average of class Desktop
  (90.1 - 295, n=7, last 2 years)
189.6 Points -23%
WebXPRT 3 / Overall
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
407 Points +1%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
402 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
402 Points 0%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
387 Points -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
386 Points -4%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
366 Points -9%
Average of class Desktop
  (89.2 - 402, n=31, last 2 years)
265 Points -34%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
260 Points
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
260 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
258 Points -1%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
256 Points -2%
Average of class Desktop
  (63.2 - 335, n=13, last 2 years)
256 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
253 Points -3%
Speedometer 2.0 / Result
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
424 runs/min 0%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
424 runs/min 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
422 runs/min
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
422 runs/min 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
403 runs/min -5%
Average of class Desktop
  (349 - 422, n=2, last 2 years)
386 runs/min -9%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
349 runs/min -17%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K Metal
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
222 fps +3%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
215 fps
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
215 fps 0%
Average of class Desktop
  (200 - 215, n=2, last 2 years)
208 fps -3%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
200 fps -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
169 fps -21%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
59 fps -73%
Blackmagic RAW Speed Test / 12:1 8K CPU
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
46 fps
Average Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
46 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
43 fps -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
43 fps -7%
Average of class Desktop
  (30 - 46, n=2, last 2 years)
38 fps -17%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
30 fps -35%
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
26 fps -43%

Storage devices

AmorphousDiskMark
AmorphousDiskMark

The SSD is one of the weaknesses of our base configuration, as despite its high entry price, Apple has only given the Mac Studio a 512-GB SSD. Aside from its limited capacity, the drive also can't fully achieve great transfer rates - at 3-3.5 GB/s, they are only on the upper end of the PCIe 3.0 standard. You can only properly make use of the PCIe 4.0 connection with larger SSDs from 1 TB. Further SSD benchmarks can be found here.

Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
98.9 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
97.1 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
95.8 pt
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
94 pt
Average of class Desktop
 
72 pt
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
 
60.4 pt
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple SSD AP0512Z
50.3 pt
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP0512Z
50 pt
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
5GB Read
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
5498.6 MB/s +90%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5379 MB/s +86%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
5359.8 MB/s +85%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
5340 MB/s +84%
Average of class Desktop
  (2896 - 5499, n=2, last 2 years)
4197 MB/s +45%
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (2896 - 4756, n=5)
3620 MB/s +25%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2902.4 MB/s 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP0512Z
2895.6 MB/s
5GB Write
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6602 MB/s +111%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple SSD AP2048Z
6388.9 MB/s +105%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
6243 MB/s +100%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple SSD AP2048R
5808.3 MB/s +86%
Average of class Desktop
  (3123 - 5808, n=2, last 2 years)
4466 MB/s +43%
Average Apple SSD AP0512Z
  (3123 - 4199, n=5)
3631 MB/s +16%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3152.1 MB/s +1%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple SSD AP0512Z
3123.3 MB/s

Graphics card

The base model of the Mac Studio uses the M2 Max SoC with the weaker 30-core GPU but it still offers considerable performance growth compared to the old M1 Max GPU with 24 cores. In the synthetic tests, the new 30-core GPU only came around 30 % ahead of the old 24-core model and was about on par with the old 32-core version. The optional 38 core version is about 20 % faster still. 

We have to continue to rely on emulated games for the gaming benchmarks, as they offer an integrated benchmark. For native games such as Resident Evil Village (which runs completely smoothly in 1080p and with maximum details), we still don't have any way to record the FPS numbers to then evaluate. The results from the emulated games allow us to compare between the Macs but they aren't representative of the computer's full performance when running native games. During the gaming benchmarks, the 30-core version of the M2 Max was able to do better than the old 32-core GPU from the M1 Max and came considerably closer to the current top-of-the-range model with 36 GPU cores.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
89.7 pt
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
79.6 pt
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
79.6 pt
Average of class Desktop
 
74.9 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
70.1 pt
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max -2!
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
67.8 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU -1!
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
58.5 pt
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
53.2 pt
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
28.8 pt
3DMark - Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Desktop
  (2553 - 86227, n=13, last 2 years)
36625 Points +77%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
25103 Points +21%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
20692 Points
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
20692 Points 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20293 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
20228 Points -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
15730 Points -24%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
12968 Points -37%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
6987 Points -66%
GFXBench
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
179.9 fps +24%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
145.3 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
145.3 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
139.6 fps -4%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
92.1 fps -37%
Average of class Desktop
  (28.7 - 145.3, n=2, last 2 years)
87 fps -40%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
48 fps -67%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
397.6 fps +22%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
326.1 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
326 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
310.3 fps -5%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
308.5 fps -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
240 fps -26%
Average of class Desktop
  (62.7 - 326, n=3, last 2 years)
232 fps -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
210.4 fps -35%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
107.9 fps -67%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
950 fps +11%
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
853 fps 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
852.9 fps
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
752 fps -12%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
718.4 fps -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
636 fps -25%
Average of class Desktop
  (155.2 - 853, n=3, last 2 years)
576 fps -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
565.3 fps -34%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
289.5 fps -66%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
585.2 fps 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
585 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
585 fps 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
450.7 fps -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
434.4 fps -26%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
424.2 fps -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
416 fps -29%
Average of class Desktop
  (153.9 - 585, n=3, last 2 years)
397 fps -32%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
232 fps -60%
Geekbench 5.5
OpenCL Score
Average of class Desktop
  (1233 - 350353, n=33, last 2 years)
120624 Points +70%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
71726 Points +1%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
70890 Points
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
70890 Points 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
64407 Points -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
60482 Points -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
51568 Points -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
46941 Points -34%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
27965 Points -61%
Metal Score
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
86678 Points +12%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
77213 Points
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
77213 Points 0%
Average of class Desktop
  (last 2 years)
77213 Points 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
67868 Points -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU, Apple M1 Max
58191 Points -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
52054 Points -33%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2 10-Core GPU, Apple M2
30556 Points -60%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom METAL
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
97 Seconds * -17%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
83 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
83 Seconds * -0%
Average of class Desktop
  (last 2 years)
83 Seconds * -0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
51.2 Seconds * +38%
Blender / v3.3 Classroom CPU
Average of class Desktop
  (128 - 2940, n=15, last 2 years)
415 Seconds * -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple M2 Pro
331 Seconds * -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
326 Seconds * -0%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple M2 Max
326 Seconds *
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
326 Seconds * -0%

* ... smaller is better

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Average of class Desktop
  (8 - 315, n=26, last 2 years)
180.5 fps +57%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
122 fps +6%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
115 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
115 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
97 fps -16%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
97 fps -16%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
79 fps -31%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
72 fps -37%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
36 fps -69%
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Average of class Desktop
  (10.5 - 306, n=23, last 2 years)
191.5 fps +88%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
109 fps +7%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
102 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
102 fps 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
88 fps -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
87 fps -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
77 fps -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
63 fps -38%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
32 fps -69%
Total War: Three Kingdoms
1920x1080 High (incl textures)
Average of class Desktop
  (83 - 332, n=6, last 2 years)
221 fps +143%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
96 fps +5%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
91 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
91 fps 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
83 fps -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
80 fps -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
62 fps -32%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
54 fps -41%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
29.5 fps -68%
1920x1080 Ultra (incl textures)
Average of class Desktop
  (60 - 268, n=6, last 2 years)
163.5 fps +152%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
71 fps +9%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
65 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
65 fps 0%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
60 fps -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
59 fps -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
46 fps -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps -38%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
21.3 fps -67%
Borderlands 3
1920x1080 High Overall Quality (DX11)
Average of class Desktop
  (4.99 - 231, n=27, last 2 years)
131.2 fps +147%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
60.2 fps +13%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
53.2 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
53.2 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
47.6 fps -11%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
46.1 fps -13%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
40.7 fps -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
40 fps -25%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
28 fps -47%
1920x1080 Badass Overall Quality (DX11)
Average of class Desktop
  (5.32 - 201, n=26, last 2 years)
122 fps +170%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 38-Core GPU
48.6 fps +8%
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple M2 Max, Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
45.2 fps
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
45.2 fps 0%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
40.7 fps -10%
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 32-Core GPU
39.6 fps -12%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2021 M1 Max 24-Core GPU
Apple M1 Max, Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU
34.6 fps -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Pro 19-Core GPU
29 fps -36%
Apple Mac Mini M2
Apple M2, Apple M2 10-Core GPU
17.6 fps -61%
low med. high ultraQHD
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 115 102 69
Total War: Three Kingdoms (2019) 91 65 41.4
Borderlands 3 (2019) 53.2 45.2 35.1

Emissions - The Mac Studio almost always remains silent

Noise emissions

The Mac Studio uses two fans which transport warm air out of the case. These fans can pretty much never be heard, as even under full CPU/GPU load, we only measured a quiet whirring (25 dB(A)), so just above the ambient noise levels. You can only hear this whirring in an extremely quiet room. When running Resident Evil Village at maximum details, we actually only measured 24 dB(A) and when exporting our YouTube review video, the Mac Studio remained silent. We didn't note any other electrical noises.

Noise Level

Idle
23.1 / 23.1 / 23.1 dB(A)
DVD
0 / dB(A)
Load
23.1 / 25 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 23.1 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.333.841.338.42527.830.631.929.33124.727.526.226.14027.627.426.629.9502523.523.423.26323.923.521.622.98021.120.119.220.610020.519.719.320.61252118.318.220.216019.516.717.21820021.319.617.420.325021.919.815.819.931522.115.514.719.140021.215.114.117.450015.912.212.814.763014.910.512.713.48001511.412.413.8100013.910.811.312.6125013.910.210.915.3160010.49.29.110.6200010.29.68.910.525009.811.19.310.7315010.110.39.811.4400010.911.910.41250001112.410.511.1630011.413.110.511.5800011.412.810.411.41000011.313.410.611.41250012.41410.512.11600011.914.69.712.7SPL25.724.123.125.2N0.70.60.50.7median 13.9median 12.8median 10.9median 12.7Delta4.52.52.22.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseApple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 30-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max 38-Core GPU, M2 Max, Apple SSD AP2048Z
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max 32-Core GPU, M1 Max, Apple SSD AP2048R
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2 10-Core GPU, M2, Apple SSD AP0512Z
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, M2 Pro, Apple SSD AP2048Z
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1360P, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
Beelink SER7
Radeon 780M, R7 7840HS, Crucial P3 Plus CT1000P3PSSD8
Noise
-24%
-20%
-9%
-16%
-38%
-28%
off / environment *
23.1
23.9
-3%
23.8
-3%
24.7
-7%
23.9
-3%
25.2
-9%
24.5
-6%
Idle Minimum *
23.1
23.9
-3%
28.8
-25%
24.7
-7%
23.9
-3%
28.1
-22%
25.1
-9%
Idle Average *
23.1
23.9
-3%
28.8
-25%
24.7
-7%
23.9
-3%
28.2
-22%
25.1
-9%
Idle Maximum *
23.1
23.9
-3%
28.8
-25%
24.7
-7%
23.9
-3%
28.3
-23%
25.1
-9%
Load Average *
23.1
36.6
-58%
28.8
-25%
24.7
-7%
26
-13%
42
-82%
35.9
-55%
Load Maximum *
25
43.2
-73%
28.8
-15%
29.4
-18%
43.2
-73%
42.1
-68%
45.4
-82%
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.1
28.8
35.6

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Of course, surface temperatures aren't all too important on a desktop computer compared to a laptop but even so, the Mac Studio has nothing to worry about. In everyday use, the case practically remained unchanged and even after our one-hour stress test, we measured a maximum of 38 °C on the top and 42 °C at the fan outlet. These are totally unproblematic temperatures.

Stress test surface temperatures (top)
Stress test surface temperatures (top)
Stress test surface temperatures (back)
Stress test surface temperatures (back)

Speakers

The same as on the Mac Mini, Apple has installed one speaker into the Mac Studio, which doesn't even sound too bad. If you don't have any high expectations regarding the sound, then this speaker will be fully sufficient - although, the Mac Studio doesn't stand a chance compared to good laptop sound systems. We would always recommend connecting external speakers.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.3362531.935.43126.229.54026.629.35023.427.16321.627.98019.22710019.334.312518.247.416017.247.620017.448.825015.850.231514.753.940014.156.750012.85863012.75480012.463.6100011.364.6125010.966.816009.164.920008.968.125009.366.131509.862400010.468.1500010.568.2630010.565.6800010.461.51000010.659.81250010.559.6160009.760.2SPL23.177.3N0.539.4median 10.9median 60.2Delta2.26.626.325.821.422.12624.925.127.622.532.523.448.72655.818.860.922.167.2267019.372.317.674.217.774.319.575.31571.711.871.311.27410.574.21072.710.17210.67210.97511.374.811.671.71269.71269.612.371.112.669.61270.111.269.824.784.70.666.6median 12median 71.73.42.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple Mac Studio 2023 M2 MaxApple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 46%
Compared to all devices tested
» 17% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | bass is linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (4.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 45%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Power management - High stand-by consumption

Power consumption

In our consumption measurements, the new Mac Studio has become a little more frugal in idle mode, but its stand-by consumption of 1.5 watts is a bit high. Even when switched off, the computer still uses 0.63 watts. Under load, you can expect the device to consume 85-90 watts when gaming and about 110 watts in extreme scenarios.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.63 / 1.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.2 / / 9.2 Watt
Load midlight 63.5 / 111.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max, M2 Max 30-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0512Z, , x,
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2023 M2 Max
M2 Max, M2 Max 38-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP2048Z, Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Apple Mac Studio 2022 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP2048R, , x,
Apple Mac Mini M2
M2, M2 10-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP0512Z, , x,
Apple MacBook Pro 14 2023 M2 Pro
M2 Pro, M2 Pro 19-Core GPU, Apple SSD AP2048Z, Mini-LED, 3024x1964, 14.20
Intel NUC 13 Pro Desk Edition Kit
i7-1360P, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ, , x,
Beelink SER7
R7 7840HS, Radeon 780M, Crucial P3 Plus CT1000P3PSSD8, , x,
Average Apple M2 Max 30-Core GPU
 
Average of class Desktop
 
Power Consumption
-41%
-17%
63%
15%
4%
-1%
0%
-101%
Idle Minimum *
7.2
5.2
28%
2.2
69%
2.4
67%
7
3%
6.7
7%
7.2
-0%
19.4 ?(4.1 - 78.5, n=16, last 2 years)
-169%
Idle Maximum *
9.2
16.8
-83%
11.6
-26%
2.6
72%
11.5
-25%
11.8
-28%
11.6
-26%
9.2
-0%
24.6 ?(4.6 - 96.7, n=17, last 2 years)
-167%
Load Average *
63.5
113
-78%
78.6
-24%
28.7
55%
59.6
6%
45
29%
64.1
-1%
63.5
-0%
85.2 ?(11.3 - 228, n=17, last 2 years)
-34%
Load Maximum *
111.5
145
-30%
114
-2%
51.5
54%
100
10%
97.2
13%
94.8
15%
111.5
-0%
150.2 ?(11.8 - 778, n=17, last 2 years)
-35%
Idle Average *
16.5
11.3
9.2
7.3
21.1 ?(4.1 - 80.1, n=15, last 2 years)
Witcher 3 ultra *
92
55.9
75.8

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption with external monitor

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Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max; Cinebench R23 Single (external Monitor): Ø19.4 (15.6-22.9)
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max; Cinebench R23 Multi (external Monitor): Ø50.7 (49-53.4)
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max; 1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra (external Monitor): Ø83.7 (79-86.4)
Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max; Idle 1min (external Monitor): Ø9.23 (7.67-10.5)

Pros

+ fast and efficient M2 Max SoC
+ Thunderbolt 4 & Wi-Fi 6E
+ barely audible even under high load
+ extensive software features
+ high-quality case
+ connectivity options on the front
+ integrated power supply

Cons

- no maintenance options
- high surcharges for RAM & SSD upgrades
- only 1-year warranty

Verdict - The Mac Studio is fast and quiet - but expensive

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Apple's Mac Studio left a great impression on us with its M2 Max SoC, too. The compact desktop computer offers great performance levels even when used for complex tasks such as video editing and native uses which have been optimized for Apple's ARM SoCs. At the same time, the compact device remains extremely quiet in every situation and even under load, the two fans only produce a barely audible whirring noise. We also have nothing negative to say about its connectivity options - it features a multitude of Thunderbolt 4 ports as well as a standard 10-Gbit/s Ethernet connection. In contrast to the small Mac Mini, this device is also kitted out with two USB-C ports as well as a fast card reader on the front.

The Mac Studio may be a desktop computer at its core, but its M2 Max is the same mobile processor which can be found in the MacBook Pro models. You can optionally get the Mac with the M2 Ultra, which combines two M2 Max SoCs and greatly improves performance levels again. Even so, true desktop components from Intel, AMD or Nvidia are much better equipped when it comes to pure performance - but you also won't find any of those in a device as compact as this.

Modern connectivity options, very good performance and practically silent operation: The Apple Mac Studio is truly a great compact desktop computer - which also comes at a price. Furthermore, the device doesn't have any maintenance options whatsoever. 

Similar to the MacBook Pro models, we only have two major points of critique to highlight on the Mac Studio. It may be a desktop computer, but it features no maintenance options at all. In the same breath, we have to bring up the base model's features. 32 GB RAM may be sufficient, but its small 512-GB SSD isn't and it also can't come close to the speeds of larger SSDs. In our opinion, the base model should come fitted with a 1-TB SSD.

This brings us to the second issue, namely upgrades and their hefty surcharges. Of course, it's beneficial that the compact computer can be upgraded to have up to 8 TB of SSD storage ex works, but Apple's US$200 price to upgrade from 512 GB to 1 TB is outrageous. To compare: The 1-TB version of the super-fast Samsung 980 Pro currently costs about US$75.

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Price and availability

Our test version of the Apple Mac Studio can be found on Amazon for US$1,999.

Apple Mac Studio 2023 M2 Max - 09/19/2023 v7
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Connectivity
64 / 81 → 79%
Weight
58%
Games Performance
99%
Application Performance
98%
Temperature
80%
Noise
100%
Audio
79 / 85 → 92%
Average
83%
92%
Desktop - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Andreas Osthoff, 2023-09-20 (Update: 2023-09-20)