Apple’s M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max 3-nanometer chips have a big graphics boost. We were reasonably sure that tonight’s Scary Fast event would feature at least one piece of next-generation Apple hardware. For an early Halloween surprise, how about this, though? Three new M3 chip models were just released. There has been a significant alteration to the company’s usual release timetable. The announcement comes after months of speculation that supply chain problems had prevented Apple from releasing the M3 earlier, maybe in time for WWDC.
In any event, I suppose it’s a good thing they’re coming in time for the holidays, including Halloween. Three flavors—M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max—are available for the first batch of chips. For the clean sweep, there won’t be an Ultra this time, but it’s evident that the business isn’t quite ready to unveil a new Mac Studio just yet.
First to run on the new processors are a pair of MacBook Pros (14- and 16-inch) and an updated 24-inch iMac. The 14-inch Pro and the new iMac will also be offered with the regular M3. While the M3 Max is limited to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the M3 Pro will be available on both the 14- and 16-inch models.
This time, the most crucial feature is the GPU. This aligns with Apple’s significant investment in the gaming industry over the past few years. Undoubtedly, the M1 and M2 were substantial advancements in the correct direction. Though things like day-and-date releases are far more the exception than the rule, Apple has received several AAA games. Apple’s silicon is advancing far further with the M3.
Hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading are now possible with the new processor, which significantly improves the rendering power of the system. Among other things, it can depict more intricate geometries and more accurate lighting and reflections. The rendering speed is up to 2.5 times quicker than the M1, according to the manufacturer. Although most comparisons are with the first generation, that’s still a good increase.
Remember that the architecture of an M2 Pro, Max, or Ultra machine differs significantly from that of an M3. Thus, you still have greater power than an M3. Despite this, it will still outperform last-generation CPUs in several previously stated tasks, such as mesh shading and ray tracing.
Dynamic caching, which allocates the precise amount of local memory needed for a job, is another feature made possible by the new GPU.
Apple said, “This is the cornerstone of the new GPU architecture, transparent to developers, and an industry first.” “It significantly improves the GPU’s average utilization, which boosts performance for the most demanding professional apps and games.”
This naturally increases the CPU as well. While the efficiency cores receive a 50% boost, Apple claims that the new performance cores are up to 30% quicker than the M1, preserving the system’s remarkable battery life promises of up to 22 hours on a single charge.
Compared to the M2, the M3 has five billion more transistors, an 8-core CPU, and a 10-core GPU. The M3 Max boasts 40 GPUs and 16 CPU cores, compared to the M3 Pro’s 18 GPUs and 12-core CPU.