An M1 Ultra benchmark, a PowerPC Easter egg, and other Mac Studio details [Updated]

By | March 13, 2022


Enlarge / Apple’s Mac Studio and Studio Display. (credit: Apple)

Update, 3/11/2022: In the original version of this piece, we said that the stand on the Studio Display couldn’t be changed. We’ve since learned that while the stand isn’t user-serviceable, Apple service providers will be able to change it after-the-fact for a fee. We’ve updated the article accordingly.

Original story: Apple’s announcements of the Mac Studio, the Studio Display, and the new top-end M1 Ultra chip earlier this week focused on those devices’ headlining features, but there are always more details to explore as people dig through the spec sheets and Apple responds to questions from the press. Ahead of our full reviews, we’ve compiled some of the most interesting details about the new hardware.

M1 Ultra: It’s big and it’s pricey

All the members of the M1 family.

All the members of the M1 family. (credit: Apple)

When the M1 Ultra was announced, we speculated based on how Apple was describing it that the processor was using a chiplet-based design, connecting two separate M1 Max processor dies together using a high-speed interconnect like AMD’s Infinity Fabric. That turns out not to be strictly true—the M1 Ultra will look like one big piece of silicon, just as it appears in Apple’s render shots, two M1 Max chips packaged together with a silicon interposer between the two. ComputerWorld describes it as one large “840mm squared die.”

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