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Apple Mac Pro’s M2 Extreme SoC to Reportedly Pack 48 Core CPU, 152 Core GPU

According to Bloomberg’s email newsletter by Marc Gurman, Apple’s upcoming Mac Pro refresh could feature new processors offering up to 48 CPU cores and 152 GPU his weekly preliminary report “Apple Insider” Gurman calls the new, unannounced processor the M2 Extreme, but he says there are Mac Pro machines with an M2 Ultra processor option.

Here in late 2022, the professional and content creator segment targeted by Apple Mac Pro computers may feel a bit left out. While lower-end desktop Macs, MacBooks, and even iPads have been reinvigorated with Apple Silicon, the Mac Pro is still tied to the Intel architecture (up to 24 CPU cores). But if Gurman’s report turns out to be accurate, Apple will take a giant step forward with the Mac Pro.

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A Bloomberg contributor describes the new Apple Mac Pro with M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme options, saying the high-end machines “will include chip options that are at least twice or four times more powerful than the M2 Max.” The M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme offer 24 and 48 CPU cores and 76 and 152 graphics cores respectively. Buyers can also reportedly configure their systems with up to 256GB of RAM.

Adding flavor to his report, Gurman says he’s seen evidence of M2 Ultra-powered Mac Pros being actively tested by Apple. The particular configuration tested had a processor with he 24 CPU cores split into 16 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores. It also had 16 GPU cores and 192 GB of system RAM. This Mac Pro was claimed to run MacOS Ventura 13.3. This is based on a release that just went mainstream. Available (opens in new tab).

Apple prepares M2 Mac Pro

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The first Apple M2 processors were released this summer, delivering up to 8% performance improvement on multi-threaded CPU-intensive tasks and up to 35% performance improvement on graphics workloads compared to the Apple M1. Apple developed the M1 family with the release of the M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips. Similarly, it is also expected to build out the 5nm M2 range.

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