Apple M1 Ultra vs M1 Max: Head-to-head shootout with photo and video editing apps: Digital Photography Review

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These two Mac Studio computers look identical from the outside, but one of them has twice the CPU cores, twice the GPU cores, and twice the RAM…

All product photography by DL Cade

The release of Apple’s new Mac Studio wasn’t just exciting because of the form factor, or the fact that creatives have been asking Apple for a mid-range desktop tower for years. It was also exciting because it came hand-in-hand with the release of the M1 Ultra: the most powerful Apple Silicon system on a chip (SOC) yet.

The M1 Ultra is essentially two M1 Max chips fused together using a new “ultra-fusion” interconnect technology, delivering twice the CPU cores, twice the GPU cores, twice the Neural Engine cores, twice the dedicated media engines, and twice the RAM with twice the bandwidth. That’s up to 20 CPU cores (16 performance, four efficiency), 64 GPU cores, 32 neural engine cores, four video encoding engines, four ProRes encode and decode engines, and up to 128GB of LPDDR5 unified memory with 800GB/s of memory bandwidth.

The M1 Ultra is essentially two M1 Max chips fused together using a new “ultra-fusion” interconnect technology.

And since the ultra-fusion interconnect presents these two M1 Max chips as a single, unified SOC in software, there’s good reason to hope that the M1 Ultra can actually offer twice the performance in apps that need, and are optimized to use, all of these resources.

The M1 Ultra is essentially two M1 Max chips stacked end to end. Image: Apple

This is all amazing in theory—truly an engineering marvel, no matter how much you resent Apple for locking it inside a box with no upgradable components—but how does the M1 Ultra actually compare to the M1 Max in real-world photo and video-editing tasks? Are any of the apps currently used by most creatives actually going to benefit from all this power, or are you better off saving the $3,000 it costs to upgrade to Apple’s most powerful Mac Studio configuration?

Today, we find out.

Shortly after we published our Mac Studio review using a configuration with M1 Max, Apple made good on their promise and sent us another unit with M1 Ultra inside. It is, quite literally, twice as powerful as our M1 Max Mac Studio in every single…

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