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What is the Apple M2 Ultra chip?

The Apple M2 Ultra chip was announced during WWDC 2023, and can be found in both the Mac Studio and Mac Pro.

What kind of specs does the M2 Ultra pack? And how does it compare to other Apple processors? We’ve created this guide to explain everything.

What is the Apple M2 Ultra?

The Apple M2 Ultra has been described as Apple’s most powerful chip it’s ever created. In fact, Apple claims it’s the most powerful chip you’ll find in any personal computer.

The Apple M2 Ultra is based on the second generation of Apple Silicon, sharing the same architecture as the M2, M2 Pro and M2 Max.

Release date

The Apple M2 Ultra processor is only available in two devices: the Mac Studio and Mac Pro. However, it will only be available on the high-end configurations of the former.

Both devices are launching in June 2023, so you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on a Mac with this ultra-powerful processor.

Apple M2 Ultra


The Apple M2 Ultra chip is based on the second generation of Apple Silicon architecture, but with a larger die than the standard M2 processor, Apple has managed to cram on a massive 134 billion transistors.

Apple has managed to squeeze a 24-core CPU onto the chip, as well as an mammoth 76-core GPU, although this GPU core count will differ depending on configuration.

Apple claims the CPU on the M2 Ultra is up to 20% faster than that on the M2 Max, while the GPU has seen an even greater 30% speed boost.

The M2 Ultra supports up to 192GB unified memory, and sees a 800GB/s memory bandwidth.

There’s no doubt that this is the most powerful processor that Apple has ever created, and so is only really recommended for those who need ultimate power for workloads such as content creation.

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