When Apple announced the Mac Studio, they also unveiled a new iteration of the M1 chipset called the M1 Ultra, which essentially merges two M1 Max chipset together using what Apple is calling “UltraFusion” technology. The company did make some bold claims about the performance of the chipset.
In fact, during the presentation, they showed a rather arbitrary graph that suggested that the M1 Ultra’s graphics performance is on par but more efficient than “the highest-end discrete GPU”, which right now is NVIDIA’s RTX 3090. However, according to The Verge’s review and tests, that’s hardly the case.
Testing out the computer and the M1 Ultra using different benchmarks and apps, it seems that the M1 Ultra’s graphics don’t even come close to the RTX 3090. It’s not even close enough where you could say that it is within a margin of error. For example, using Geekbench 5 Compute, the RTX 3090 achieved a score of 215,034, while the M1 Ultra snagged only 83,121.
Testing it on games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the RTX 3090 managed to get 142 fps at 1080p resolution, while the M1 Ultra only managed 108 fps. This isn’t to say that the M1 Ultra is a bad performer, previous benchmarks have shown that at least in the CPU department, it certainly seems to perform much better than the more expensive Intel-based Mac Pro.
This means that despite the M1 Ultra being one of Apple’s most powerful chipsets to date, maybe these tests should be taken into consideration if you were thinking about grabbing the new Mac Studio.