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More evidence that M1 Ultra can’t match real GPUs

by on21 March 2022

Two to three years behind Nvidia and AMD

The fruity and nutty cargo cult Apple’s claims that it has created a chip with a GPU which can match the best on the market is proving to be about as fake as Putin’s claim to be winning the Ukraine war.

For those who came in late, when Apple released its M1 Ultra chip, it claimed that the chip could match the best GPU on offer. The fake reporters in the Tame Apple Press sacrificed what was left of their street cred on the bonfire of Apple’s deluded vanity and printed the claim in their much-shrunken organs.

As we reported, some of the early tests started to show that not only was Apple’s claim a little bit off, it woefully inaccurate. Now some other tests are revealing just how bad the claim is.

Tom's Guide tested a Mac Studio workstation equipped with an M1 Ultra with the Geekbench 5.4 CPU benchmarks "to get a sense of how effectively it handles single-core and multi-core workflows."

"Since our M1 Ultra is the best you can buy (at a rough price of $6,199) it sports a 20-core CPU and a 64-core GPU, as well as 128GB of unified memory (RAM) and a 2TB SSD."

The test showed that while the M1 Ultra does indeed outperform top-of-the-line Windows gaming PCs when it comes to multi-core CPU performance. Specifically, the Intel Core i7-12700KF, GeForce RTX 3080, 32GB RAM, a Core i9-12900K CPU, RTX 3080 Ti GPU, 32GB RAM, and a Core i9-12900K, GeForce RTX 3090, 64GB RAM, in the Geekbench 5.4 multi-core CPU benchmark. It failed to meet Intel’s single core performance.

The Ultra-powered Studio was slower to transcode video and took four minutes to transcode a 4K video down to 1080p using Handbrake.

When the Mac Studio review unit was put through the Geekbench 5.4 OpenCL test (the Ultra earned an average score of 83,868. Well below Nvidia GPUs in similarly-priced systems.

Results from the OpenCL Benchmarks browser puts the M1 Ultra down the list, with an average score of 83,940.

This number puts it behind the much older GPUs like Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 (85,639) and AMD's Radeon VII (86,509). So basically it has the ability of a two to three year old GPU.


Last modified on 21 March 2022
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