It appears that the first benchmarks of Apple’s next M2 Max chip have been leaked to the Geekbench database.
When users run the standard version of the Geekbench 5 benchmarking tool, results are saved to a global results database and linked to specific hardware inputs. In this case, The result (discovered by A Twitter user) within a product titled “Mac14.6” running “unreleased macOS 13.2 (Build 22D21).” The entry also noted that the chip has 12 cores.
The chip in question is likely for the MacBook Pro and Mac Studio models that will be launched next year. As for the results: the overall single-core score is 1853 and the multi-core score is 13.855. M1 max.
While these results are both legitimate and represent the end product, they can be disappointing for some. Compared to our Geekbench 5 tests of the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max, this is a 6% improvement in single-core performance and an 11% increase for multi-core devices.
This difference in performance isn’t too far off from comparisons between the lower-end M1 and M2 already presented, so it’s not too surprising that it’s accurate.
However, there are several caveats to consider. First, these synthetic benchmarks may be good for a rough idea of relative performance between devices, but that doesn’t mean they always reflect real-world performance. Second, the M2 Max results shown here may not represent the final product. Finally, it may not be real at all.
So yeah, those are a lot of caveats. Ars readers will know to take this with a full pound of salt, but it’s interesting to see and speculate either way.
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