Apple’s new M2 Ultra processor is not exclusive to the Mac Pro. The company’s compact professional desktop — Mac Studio — after WWDC 2023 also has an option with such a chip. Now there is also a more affordable option with the M2 Max.

In the case of the M2 Max, the new Mac Studio is four times faster than the most powerful Intel iMac, while the M2 Ultra is six times faster than the same Intel iMac.

At the same time, Mac Studio can be upgraded to the level of Mac Pro, but the basic version will be able to offer “only” M2 Max with a 12-core CPU, 30-core graphics and 16 Neural Engine cores. Memory options start with 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB of permanent memory. Regarding the processor difference, it is also worth considering that the “younger” versions have a lower memory bandwidth – 400 vs. 800 Gbps.

Mac Studio also got an update with the M2 Max and M2 Ultra processors

According to numbers from Apple, the new Mac Studio will be able to work with DaVinci Resolve 50% faster and render with Octane X three times faster compared to the previous model. 

The design of Mac Studio remains relevant, because the computer was presented only a little more than a year ago, so its appearance has not been changed. The set of ports was not affected either: the model with M2 Max has four Thunderbolt 4, two USB-C and two USB-A, HDMI, 10-gigabit Ethernet, an SDXC slot (UHS-II) and a 3.5 mm Jack; and the model with M2 Ultra instead of two USB-C has two Thunderbolt 4 with an identical balance of ports. The new model also received Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

Mac Studio also got an update with the M2 Max and M2 Ultra processors

The base model Mac Studio with M2 Max starts at $1,999, while the options with the M2 Ultra start at $3,999 and end at $8,799. You can pre-order the new models now, and sales will begin on June 13.