Apple M1 Ultra vs. M1 Max: Which chip is for you?

Here’s Apple M1 Ultra vs. M1 Max: Which chip is for you? Apple revolutionised bespoke silicon with its M1 SoC. It launched M1 Pro and M1 Max SoC for power users, especially creators. However, Apple continued! It released the last M1 chip, M1 Ultra, the godfather of these SoCs.

M1 Ultra, the newest M1 model, has two M1 Max chips, as its name implies! Should you get an M1 Ultra or M1 Max, which is still strong enough? Find out how M1 Max and M1 Ultra differ.

M1 Max vs. M1 Ultra: The specs sheet

SoCs (System on Chip) have CPUs, GPUs, and RAM on one chip. Here are all the specs for a better comparison.


M1 Ultra M1 Max
CPU 20 Cores
(16 Performance + 4 efficiency)
10 Cores
(8 Performance + 2 efficiency)
GPU 48 Cores 24 Cores
Neural Engine 32 Cores 16 Cores
Memory bandwidth 800GB/s 400GB/s
RAM (Unified Memory) 64GB, 128GB 32GB, 64GB
Storage 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB
Configurable up to 20-core CPU
64-core GPU
32-core Neural Engine
10-core CPU
32-core GPU
16-core Neural Engine


We know M1 Ultra is two M1 Maxes joined. Although chip makers dislike this because it adds delay, Apple made it feasible, and the interprocessor bandwidth is 2.5TB/s, so I doubt there’s any lag.

All M1 SoCs use 5nm architecture. Due to Apple’s UltraFusion Technology, the M1 boasts 16 billion transistors, the M1 Max 57 billion, and the M1 Ultra 114 billion.

The single-core CPU performance of all M1 processors is similar. These chips differ in multi-core performance. See the benchmark score below.

Apple M1 Ultra vs. M1 Max: Which chip is for you?

Does the M1 Ultra consume ultra power?

CPU and GPU performance with power consumption

M1 processors’ power-to-performance ratio is their USP. Compared to PCs, these SoCs use less power. Despite same performance, M1 Max CPU uses 65% less power than Intel i5-12600K.

M1 Ultra CPUs outperform Intel i9-12900K processors by 90% while using the same power.

Both SoCs have power-efficient GPUs. M1 Max performs like RTX 3060Ti but uses 1/3rd power. M1 Ultra uses 200 watts less than RTX 3090 while performing equally. For the size of the Mac Studio, this is outstanding design and engineering.

Price and availability

The M1 Max comes with the 16-inch MacBook Pro and new Mac Studio, whereas the M1 Ultra is Mac Studio-only. Since the M1 Ultra SoC cannot fit in a MacBook, it makes sense.

Again, the M1 Ultra’s pricing seems justified since it’s two M1 Maxes together. The M1 Max Mac Studio costs $1,999, while the M1 Ultra costs $3,999.

Apple M1 Ultra vs. M1 Max: Which chip is for you?

Apple M1 Ultra vs. M1 Max: Which chip is for you?

Mac Studio also has several ports. The M1 Max and M1 Ultra Mac Studios have four back-mounted Thunderbolt 4 ports for:

  • Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gb/s)
  • DisplayPort
  • USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)
  • Two USB-A ports (up to 5Gb/s)
  • HDMI port
  • 10Gb Ethernet
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

In front of the Mac Studio with M1 Ultra,

  • Two 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • UHS-II SDXC card slot

The M1 Max Mac Studio has,

  • Two 10Gb/s USB-C ports
  • UHS-II SDXC card slot

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Pre-order them from the Apple Store for 18 March delivery. Note that shipment takes 6-8 weeks.

Should you get M1 Max or M1 Ultra?

The million-dollar question—$2,000—is which Mac Studio to buy? Does the $1,999 Mac Studio with M1 Max SoC meet your needs? Or should you spend $2,000 for the $3,999 M1 Ultra Mac Studio? You alone can answer it.

M1 Ultra appears superior for intensive jobs and numerous 4K screens. No one should underestimate M1 Max Mac Studio. Think about your use case and decide.

The M1 Ultra disrupts the bespoke silicon business like the M1 chips. While the M1 Ultra has a lot of power, it seems overkill for most consumers.

Considering an upgrade? List your demands and upgrade appropriately. Personal experience shows that the M1 chip is powerful and efficient for daily work. Your thoughts on Apple M1 Ultra vs. M1 Max? Comment below.

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