Expected Performance and Performance Improvements in the New Mac Models of the Apple M3 Families, the M3 Max, and A17 Pro
Apple will be shipping its M3 chip in a 24-inch iMac on November 7th, along with the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models on November 7th. The M3 Max will start shipping later in November.
The base M3 includes an eight-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, and Apple claims it’s up to 35 percent faster than the M1 for CPU performance. When Apple announced the M2, they said it was 18 percent faster than the M1, so we don’t know how the M3 compares to that. The M3 also has a 10-core GPU with a next-gen architecture that is said to be 65 percent faster than the M1 for graphics performance. The M3 supports up to 24GB of unified memory and one external display (in addition to the one built into iMacs and MacBooks).
The A17 Pro inside the iPhone 15 Pro is just as efficient as the M3 family. We’re expecting to see some power efficiency improvements on the M3 chips that will all debut inside new models of the MacBook Pro. The M3 will have the same multi threaded performance as the M1 but use half the power. If Apple is right in their claim that the new MacBook Pro will run up to 22 hours on battery life, then this should translate into a new world record for a Mac.
Many games on M1 and M2 chips have been ported to the Mac using Apple’s Game Porting Toolkit. While performance is not always the best, it seems like we are getting closer than ever before to the Mac being a viable gaming platform.
Apple’s new Dynamic Caching feature on its M3 chips, which will only allocate the exact amount of memory based on hardware needed for each task, is one of several new features the company is introducing. This is an industry first and Apple says developers don’t have to build around it because it’s automatic. It should boost the performance of professional apps and games, improving the average utilization of the GPU.
In addition to offering a “faster and more efficient CPU,” the trio of chips comes with an updated GPU that supports ray tracing, mesh shading, and Dynamic Caching — a feature that optimizes the amount of memory the device uses during tasks.
The Touch Bar model is being discontinued, which means it’s all physical keys from here out. The silver and space gray variations of the entry level MacBook are limited to the higher end MacBook Pros due to the lack of 8GB of RAM. The device is available to preorder today and officially launches on November 7th.
The two laptops have a Mini LED display, a camera, a sound system, and 22 hours of battery life. They’re also available in a space black finish with a new coating that’s supposed to help reduce fingerprints as well as a silver option.
The Apple iMac: Upsilon 10 Core CPU, 16 Core GPU, and 24GB of Unified Memory at the 11th Anniversary
The iMac has a 10-core chip and cost between $1,499 and $1,299. It will be available starting on November 7th.
The iMac also offers up to 24GB of unified memory and comes in seven colors: green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver. The iMac includes accessories that match the color of the iMac, but they still use the Lightning cable.
The showcase known as “Scary Fast” came to a close. Apple took the wraps off of some brand- new Macs that come with thelatest version of the companys in-house chip during the launch event.
What is the difference between the versions of the chips? The M3 can be configured with an 8 core processor and up to 10 core card with up to 24 gigabytes of unified memory. The next step up is the M3 Pro with a 12-core CPU, 18-core GPU, and up to 36 GB of unified memory. The most powerful of them all is the M3 Max with an 16-core CPU, a whopping 40-core GPU, and support for up to 128 gigabytes of unified memory.
The new chips are built on a 3 nanometer process that gives them more transistors into a smaller space and enhances the speed and power efficiency of the chip.