The presentation of the new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros left us with a question, where is the new Mac Pro? It is an issue that has been the subject of much speculation, since, with Apple’s leap to its own chips, the Cupertino company could no longer afford to renew said equipment using new Intel processors, but it did not have its own chip powerful enough like to renew it.
All of this raised another important question, how was Apple going to develop a powerful enough ARM-based chip How to replace the Intel Xeon and Radeon Pro graphics solutions from AMD? We didn’t have an answer because this simply seemed like too difficult a goal to accomplish. It is clear that Apple has done an excellent job with its Apple M1 SoCs, and with the new Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max, but we must not forget that these chips are solutions that prioritize efficiency over raw power, and that they can’t be compared to an Intel Xeon CPU with 28 cores and 56 threads, nor to a Radeon Pro W6900X GPU.
According to new information, which comes from the reliable Bloomberg, Apple will solve this problem integrating four M1 Max chips to shape the new Mac Pro. Those chips will be interconnected, so that they can work together, which would form a large cluster that would add, in total, these specifications:
- 40 CPU cores, divided into 32 high-performance cores and 8 high-efficiency cores.
- 128 GPU cores, which would give us a total of 16,384 execution units (shaders).
This configuration would be the most powerful option that we could find in the new Mac Pro, which means that Apple could offer other lower configurations, with fewer CPU and GPU cores, and obviously at a lower price.
The amount of memory available would also vary depending on the configuration chosen. In theory, with the configuration of four Apple M1 Max SoCs, the maximum would be 256 GB of LPDDR5, unless Apple makes any changes in this regard.
For those who think the M1 Pro and M1 Max in the MacBook Pro are impressive, the new Mac Pro desktop is expected to come in at least two variations: 2X and 4X the number of CPU and GPU cores as the M1 Max. That’s up to 40 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores on the high-end.
– Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 18, 2021