Apple announced the M2 chipset in June, claiming an 18% increase in CPU and 35% increase in GPU performance over the original M1. The M2, on the other hand, only comes in one configuration: 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores.
Apple recently released two new high-power chips, the M2 Pro chipset and M2 Max, which include more cores and support more memory. Apple also introduced two new products, the MacBook Pro (14″ and 16″) and the Mac mini, with new chips.
M2 Pro and M2 Max chipset specifications
The Apple M2 Pro chipset has 40 billion transistors, 20% more than the M1 Pro, and is built on the second generation 5nm process. This new chip can also accommodate up to 32GB of RAM and has a bandwidth of 200GB/s.
The M2 Pro has 10 or 12 CPU cores (6 or 8 high-performance cores plus 4 high-performance cores) and up to 19 GPU cores, as well as a larger L2 cache.
This results in up to 20% more CPU performance and 30% more GPU performance than the M1 Pro (10 cores).
The Apple M2 Max chipset has up to 67 billion transistors, which is three times the number of the standard M2. Furthermore, it supports up to 96GB of RAM (4 times the capacity of the M2) at 400GB/s (twice as fast as the M2 Pro).
The CPU is identical to that of the 12-core M2 Pro. GPU with up to 38 cores and a larger L2 cache.
Some hardware is shared by the M2 Pro and M2 Max. Both are powered by the 16-core 15.8 TOPS Neural Engine, which is 40% faster than the previous generation. They also include a video encoder/decoder and a ProRes engine. This means that these chips can support multiple 4K and 8K video streams in ProRes, HEVC, and H.264 formats.
The new MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips have a battery life of up to 22 hours on a single charge. The old M1-based MacBook Pro has a battery life of 21 hours.