Apple’s new M2 chip ‘18% faster’ than M1

Apple announced its M2 processor at its 2022 WWDC event, claiming the new silicon can eke out 18% greater performance compared to the M1 chip in current Macs.

Like the M1, the M2 is based on a 5-nanometre process. It has more than 20 billion transistors (25% more than M1), an 8-core CPU, and up to a 10-core GPU.

What does that actually equal in real life? Well, Apple claims the M2’s CPU and GPU are 18% and 35% faster respectively over M1.

The new silicon also boasts of a 40% faster 16-core neural engine capable of nearly 16 trillion operations per second. It also will be able to support 100GB/s memory bandwidth.

For people using the computers it should result in better performance for those CPU-heavy applications used in music production, video rendering, 3D modelling, and similar. Of course Apple said performance trounces Windows computers, boasting of twice the performance of a 10-core PC laptop at the same power level.

Similarly, Apple said the GPU in the M2 can run 2.3x faster than “the latest PC laptop chip” and “matches its peak performance at the same power level”.

This taunting is usual but the M1 was so good that we won’t be surprised if this proves to be true.

New hardware

This M2 update comes after the M1 was launched in November 2020. Since then, Apple has added the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra to the line-up. M2 will be able to support up to 24GB of LPDDR5 memory, leaving the door open for possible similar beefed-up iterations for desktop Macs soon.

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