'M2 Max' Geekbench Scores Surface Again Online Ahead of Release in 2023

Last month, Geekbench scores for an unannounced Mac running the upcoming M2 Max chip surfaced online, showing only minor performance increases compared to the M1 Max. Now, another set of scores claiming to be for the ‌M2‌ Max chip has surfaced online, showing a larger jump in performance.

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In the Geekbench scores last week, the ‌M2‌ Max chip scored 1,853 in single-core and 13,855 in multi-core, representing only a minor jump compared to its predecessor. Now, in a new set of scores alleged for the ‌M2‌ Max, the chip scored 2,027 in single-core and 14,888 in multi-core. For reference, the ‌M1 Max‌ chip achieves 1,755 in single-core and 12,334 in multi-core.

The new Geekbench scores offer no further details over any upcoming Macs, which we expect first to be 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. The scores list the chip as running on a Mac with an identifier "Mac14,6" with 96GB of memory and running macOS Ventura 13.2. The only difference between today's scores and last month's ones is that the updated scores show an ‌M2‌ Max chip with a higher base frequency of 3.68 GHz compared to 3.54 GHz, which could explain the higher scores.

Apple was initially expected to announce updated Macs with ‌M2‌ Pro and ‌M2‌ Max chips in November this year, but the company pushed plans until early 2023. Apple has multiple new Macs in the work, including an updated iMac and MacBook Pro.

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Top Rated Comments

philcourage Avatar
7 weeks ago
Can't wait for this chip to get to the iPad Pro. Imagine how much faster browsing the web while on the toilet would be. Amazing.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eagle_Eye Avatar
7 weeks ago

Interesting: by comparison I see the i9 13900k scores about 2,206 on single core and 23,786 in multi-core, so is about 10% faster in single core and about 60% faster in multi-core.

This would still be very impressive for the M2 Max, particularly in a laptop, if the power consumption remains as low as it has been in the M1 Max.

Still perhaps a bit of a worry on the desktop if this is the fastest desktop chip outside of ultra-expensive M2 Ultra. Power efficiency on the desktop is simply not as big a deal.
Don't be fooled by Intel benchmarks. Mostly run on overclocked and overcooled CPU's, consuming hundreds of Watts of power. If you'd put such a chip in a laptop, it would overheat instantly and than throttle like crazy. The battery wouldn't last for 30 minutes either...
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Leon Ze Professional Avatar
7 weeks ago
Now we're talking! Breaking the 2000 barrier for single core.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
7 weeks ago
So 20.7% faster in multicore and 15.5% faster in single core. Doesn’t seem minor to me.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
playtech1 Avatar
7 weeks ago

Don't be fooled by Intel benchmarks. Mostly run on overclocked and overcooled CPU's, consuming hundreds of Watts of power. If you'd put such a chip in a laptop, it would overheat instantly and than throttle like crazy. The battery wouldn't last for 30 minutes either...
I absolutely agree - in a laptop. There's a reason I own an M1 MBA, M1 Pro 14 and M1 Max 16, but no Windows laptops!

On the desktop though I have an i9 12900K / 4900 for a bit of work and gaming and in normal desktop use it's not even all that power hungry, but can really chew through the watts when you need them.

I would love to see Apple put out a chip that is as unconstrained, as I just don't think desktop power consumption is that big a deal.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
playtech1 Avatar
7 weeks ago
Interesting: by comparison I see the i9 13900k scores about 2,206 on single core and 23,786 in multi-core, so is about 10% faster in single core and about 60% faster in multi-core.

This would still be very impressive for the M2 Max, particularly in a laptop, if the power consumption remains as low as it has been in the M1 Max.

Still perhaps a bit of a worry on the desktop if this is the fastest desktop chip outside of ultra-expensive M2 Ultra. Power efficiency on the desktop is simply not as big a deal.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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