Apple's M2 Max chip, which will succeed the current M1 Max, has been spotted in leaked benchmarks, giving us an idea of just how fast the next-gen variant could be.
As Wccftech (opens in a new tab) reports, this comes in the form of Geekbench results picked up by Benchleaks on Twitter, which, as always with leaks, we need to be careful enough about.
In Geekbench, the M2 Max racked up a total of 1.889 points for single core, and in multi-core it came in at 14.586.
Comparing that to the current M1 Max, which clocks in at around 1,750 and 12,200 respectively, means the M2 Max is shaping up to be 8% faster for single core and 20% faster when it comes to multi-core performance.
Analysis: A tidy potential performance boost
It really should come as no surprise that the M2 Max makes apparent progress with multi-core performance, given that this chip is powered by 12 cores (as detailed in Geekbench's spec details here, and widely rumored previously), instead of all 10. – M1 Max sports core. Obviously two extra cores should make a good difference in multi-core tasks.
In fact, some people might say they'd expect a little more from the next-gen chip than a 20% increase in multicore, but that seems like a solid enough generational leap to us. Also, remember that it's still relatively early to test the M2 Max, and by the time the SoC is actually available in Apple laptops, it will undoubtedly be a bit more advanced in terms of performance.
However, we shouldn't get carried away with our expectations, based on a leaked initial benchmark anyway. As always, a single metric is far from the full picture of performance, and the M2 Max will require a more extensive series of tests before drawing any conclusions when it actually turns up.
When it can be? The rumor mill estimates that the new Apple laptops with M2 Max and M2 Pro chips will debut in the first quarter of 2023, and will be 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, according to a well-respected source in all things Apple.
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