Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) vs Intel Core i9-13900K

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Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i9-13900K
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Intel Core i9-13900K

CPU comparison

Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) or Intel Core i9-13900K - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) has 24 cores with 24 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.50 GHz. Up to 192 GB of memory is supported in 8 memory channels. The Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) was released in Q2/2023.

The Intel Core i9-13900K has 24 cores with 32 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 5.80 GHz. The CPU supports up to 192 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i9-13900K was released in Q4/2022.
Apple M series (25) Family Intel Core i9 (78)
Apple M2 (8) CPU group Intel Core i 13000 (17)
2 Generation 13
M2 Architecture Raptor Lake S
Mobile Segment Desktop / Server
Apple M1 Ultra (48-GPU) Predecessor Intel Core i9-12900K
-- Successor Intel Core i9-14900K

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) has 24 CPU cores and can calculate 24 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) is 0.66 GHz (3.50 GHz) while the Intel Core i9-13900K has 24 CPU cores and 32 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i9-13900K is at 3.00 GHz (5.80 GHz).

Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i9-13900K
24 Cores 24
24 Threads 32
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? Yes
0.66 GHz (3.50 GHz)
16x Avalanche
A-Core 3.00 GHz (5.80 GHz)
8x Raptor Cove
0.60 GHz (2.42 GHz)
8x Blizzard
B-Core 2.20 GHz (4.30 GHz)
16x Gracemont

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i9-13900K
Apple Neural Engine AI hardware --
32 Neural cores @ 31.6 TOPS AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) or Intel Core i9-13900K has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

Apple M2 Ultra (60 Core) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
0.45 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
1.40 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.65 GHz
2 GPU Generation 11
5 nm Technology 10 nm
8 Max. displays 3
960 Compute units 32
7680 Shader 256
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
192 GB Max. GPU Memory 64 GB
-- DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Apple M2 Ultra (60 Core) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 770
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 Decode
Decode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) can use up to 192 GB of memory in 8 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 819.1 GB/s. The Intel Core i9-13900K supports up to 192 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 89.6 GB/s.

Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i9-13900K
LPDDR5-6400 Memory DDR5-5600, DDR4-3200
192 GB Max. Memory 192 GB
8 (Octa Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
819.1 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 89.6 GB/s
No ECC Yes
72.00 MB L2 Cache 32.00 MB
-- L3 Cache 36.00 MB
4.0 PCIe version 5.0
64 PCIe lanes 20
126.0 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 78.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) is 80 W, while the Intel Core i9-13900K has a TDP of 125 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i9-13900K
80 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 125 W
-- TDP (PL2) 253 W
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
100 °C Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) is manufactured in 5 nm and has 72.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i9-13900K is manufactured in 10 nm and has a 68.00 MB cache.

Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Characteristic Intel Core i9-13900K
5 nm Technology 10 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
Armv8.5-A (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, AVX2+
-- Socket LGA 1700
Apple Virtualization Framework Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
macOS, iPadOS Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q2/2023 Release date Q4/2022
-- Release price 589 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) (89%)
Intel Core i9-13900K (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) (89%)
Intel Core i9-13900K (96%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
126 (95%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
132 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
1918 (89%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
2144 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
1695 (76%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
2241 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
28570 (72%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.50 GHz
39652 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
1940 (90%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
2147 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
27860 (100%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.50 GHz
23982 (86%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
2689 (94%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
2868 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
21450 (100%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.50 GHz
20305 (95%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
Apple M2 Ultra (60 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
21300 (100%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
Intel UHD Graphics 770 @ 1.65 GHz
846 (4%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
48560 (82%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.50 GHz
59155 (100%)

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
28,570 CB R23 MC @ 80 W
357 (100%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
39,652 CB R23 MC @ 252 W
157 (44%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
877 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.50 GHz
15350 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.50 GHz
557 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
893 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 0.66 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 3.00 GHz
16715 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.80 GHz
330 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 5.50 GHz
6141 (100%)

AI performance (NPU)

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is given here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher.

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 0.66 GHz
31.6 (100%)
Intel Core i9-13900K Intel Core i9-13900K
24C 32T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

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