First Benchmark Result Surfaces for Mac Pro With M2 Ultra Chip

The first Geekbench 6 benchmark result for the new Mac Pro surfaced today, providing a closer look at the M2 Ultra chip's CPU performance in the desktop tower.

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The result lists a single-core score of 2,794 and a multi-core score of 21,453, compared to 1,378 and 10,390 for the highest-end Intel-based Mac Pro with a 28-core Xeon W processor, a configuration that started at $12,999. This means the new Mac Pro is over twice as fast as the fastest Intel-based model, and given that all configurations include the M2 Ultra chip, this performance can be had for a much lower $6,999.

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Unsurprisingly, these scores are virtually identical to those that surfaced for the Mac Studio with the M2 Ultra chip a few days ago. The new Mac Pro is aimed at customers who need PCI Express expansion, but anyone else should consider the Mac Studio for their desktop computer needs, as it can be configured with the M2 Ultra chip for $3,999.

The new Mac Pro has the same overall design as the 2019 model, but it no longer supports graphics cards and does not have user-upgradeable RAM due to Apple silicon's unified memory. The computer launched today following pre-orders last week.

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Top Rated Comments

dantracht Avatar
14 months ago
So little point to this over a studio. So little.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PowerMac5500 Avatar
14 months ago
Can anyone share some examples of popular PCI Expansion cards that would justify the extra $3,000...? I feel like I'm missing something here.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
14 months ago
And with that, any reason to get this over the Mac Studio is now gone. There is now ZERO reason at all to buy a giant Mac Pro over the smaller Studio

"But the Mac Pro can be rack mountable!"

So can the Mac Studio, even moreso since it's considerably smaller so you can mount a lot more

"But I need the Mac Pro for the PCIE to put my BlackMagic cards in!"

Do you? Do you really? Because BlackMagic PCIE is slowly on it's way out as there's external rack mounted boxes that are performing better than the PCIE cards did.

Even Neil Parfitt, the audio studio pro who famously unboxed a fully specced Rack Mount Mac Pro, is saying the M2 Ultra Mac Pro is kinda redundant

I don't see a future for the Mac Pro anymore.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MegaBlue Avatar
14 months ago
For reference, here is the 28-core Intel Mac Pro:

So, compared to the old Mac Pro (on this one test), you're getting a much needed CPU upgrade.

The problem with getting excited about this is here is GB's averages for the i9-13900KS:

I don't even know what Xeon to compare to as trying to navigate those was a bit of a mess, but the 13900KS with 4 less cores and less threads is offering a SIGNIFICANT improvement in CPU performance.

Most of my experience with Mac Pro users have been people who rely on CPU performance above all. Data sciences running simulations, for example. The limitation of 192GB of RAM over the previous Mac Pro's 1.5TB combined with a better, but still not top of the line CPU makes me think the Mac Pro wasn't supposed to be this way. For all intents and purposes, it's a Mac Studio with internal PCIe. The amount of people who want a Studio with some external cards seems like an extremely small portion of the people who were buying Mac Pros. I feel like most customers at this point would either just invest into the Mac Studio as a much more compact and space saving workstation, or they would've moved onto custom Linux and Windows builds with these better Intel CPUs (provided they aren't using macOS exclusive software).

I feel like with TB4 that many of these PCIe cards outside of graphics cards can reach their full potential as well.

If you're someone who ends up buying a Mac Pro for a reason other than "I need macOS/macOS software", I'd be really curious as to why the Pro over the Studio or a more modular Intel/AMD PC.

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Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fbr$ Avatar
14 months ago
This reminds me an old song:

Shot through the heart
And you're to blame
Apple gives Pro a bad name (bad name)

I play my part
And you play your game
Apple gives Pro a bad name (bad name)
Apple gives Pro, ah!
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spock Avatar
14 months ago
Dang, $3k for PCI slots. Apple really does hate us don't they?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)