Apple M2 chip… simply the best.

Posted On: July 25, 2023

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The Apple M2 chip was released last year (2022) as an evolution of the remarkable M1 chip (2020).

Apple M2 chip: Top new features and improvements

  • New 5-nanometer chip is a follow-up to the remarkable M1
  • 8-core CPU and up to a 12-core GPU w/ performance improvements over M1
  • Features 20 billion transistors, which Apple claims is 25% more than the M1
  • Can support 100 GB/s unified memory bandwidth
  • Supports up to 24GB unified memory
  • 16-core Neural Engine with improvements over M1 Neural Engine
  • Capable of playing back multiple streams of ProRes 4K/8K video

Apple M2 chip: Specs

Apple’s new M2 chip is configurable with an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU. That’s an improvement over the original M1, which was configurable with up to an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU.

Apple claims the M2 chip is capable of up to 18% greater multi-core performance than the M1, with a 25% greater GPU performance vs power.

The M2 helped the 2022 MacBook Pro earn a score of 8,911 in the Geekbench 5.4 multi-core CPU performance test, which is excellent. It’s better than the 7,521 earned by the M1-equipped MacBook Pro 2020 two years ago, and it also beats most of the best Windows laptops with the latest Intel CPUs.

There’s also a 16-core Neural Engine built into the M2, just like the M1. The Neural Engine in the M2 can process up to 15.8 trillion operations per second, which Apple claims is over 40 percent more than on M1.

The M2 also offers a new media engine that should be capable of decoding up to 8K HVEC and H.264 video, with support for playing back multiple ProRes streams in 4K and 8K. 

Apple also claims the M2 chip’s image signal processor (ISP) is significantly improved over what was available in the M1, so it should be able to help you look your best on video calls.

The M2 chip powers two of the best products in the Coolstuf catalogue: MacBook Pro 2022 and iPad Pro 6th Gen.

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