Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) has 12 cores with 12 threads and is based on the 2. gen of the Apple M series series. The processor was released in Q1/2023. The Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) scores 1,874 points in the Geekbench 5 single-core benchmark. In the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark, the result is 15,506 points.
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)

CPU lineage

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Name: Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
Family: Apple M series (23)
CPU group: Apple M2 (8)
Architecture: M2
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 2
Predecessor: Apple M1 Max (24-GPU)
Successor: Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU)

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) has 12 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) is 0.66 GHz (3.50 GHz). The number of CPU cores greatly affects the speed of the processor and is an important performance indicator.

CPU Cores / Threads: 12 / 12
Core architecture: hybrid (big.LITTLE)
A-Core: 8x Avalanche
B-Core: 4x Blizzard
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: No
A-Core Frequency: 0.66 GHz (3.50 GHz)
B-Core Frequency: 0.60 GHz (2.42 GHz)

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

AI hardware: Apple Neural Engine
AI specifications: 16 Neural cores @ 15.8 TOPS

Internal Graphics

The Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. Specifically, the Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) uses the Apple M2 Max (30 Core), which has 3840 texture shaders and 480 execution units. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

GPU name: Apple M2 Max (30 Core)
GPU frequency: 0.45 GHz
GPU (Turbo): 1.40 GHz
Compute units: 480
Shader: 3840
Hardware Raytracing: No
Release date: Q1/2023
Max. displays: 5
Generation: 2
Direct X: --
Technology: 5 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 96 GB
Frame Generation: No

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.

h265 / HEVC (8 bit): Decode / Encode
h265 / HEVC (10 bit): Decode / Encode
h264: Decode / Encode
VP8: Decode
VP9: Decode / Encode
AV1: No
AVC: Decode
VC-1: Decode
JPEG: Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The processor can use up to 96 GB memory in 4 (Quad Channel) memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 409.6 GB/s. The memory type as well as the amount of memory can greatly affect the speed of the system.

Memory type: Memory bandwidth:
LPDDR5-6400
409.6 GB/s
Max. Memory: 96 GB
Memory channels: 4 (Quad Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe: 4.0 x 32
PCIe Bandwidth: 63.0 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the processor is 45 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently. The TDP usually gives a rough idea of the actual power consumption of the CPU.

TDP (PL1 / PBP): 45 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: 100 °C

Technical details

The Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) is made in 5 nm. The smaller the manufacturing process of a CPU, the more modern and energy-efficient it is. Overall, the processor has 36.00 MB cache. A large cache can greatly speed up the processor's speed in some cases such as games.

Technology: 5 nm
Chip design: Chiplet
Socket: --
L2-Cache: 36.00 MB
L3-Cache: --
AES-NI: Yes
Operating systems: macOS, iPadOS
Virtualization: Apple Virtualization Framework
Instruction set (ISA): Armv8.5-A (64 bit)
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation
Release date: Q1/2023
Release price: --
Part Number: --
Documents: Technical data sheet

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Benchmark results

Verified Benchmark results
The benchmark results for the Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) have been carefully checked by us. We only publish benchmark results that have been created by us or that have been submitted by a visitor and then checked by a team member. All results are based on and fullfill our benchmark guidelines.


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.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X AMD Ryzen 9 7900X
12C 24T @ 5.60 GHz
122
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D
12C 24T @ 5.60 GHz
122
Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
122
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
121
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D
16C 32T @ 5.70 GHz
121
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
121
Intel Core i9-13900F Intel Core i9-13900F
24C 32T @ 5.60 GHz
121

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.
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
12C 24T @ 4.60 GHz
1068
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 4.06 GHz
1059
AMD Ryzen 7 7700 AMD Ryzen 7 7700
8C 16T @ 5.30 GHz
1050
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1025
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1025
Intel Core i7-12700F Intel Core i7-12700F
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
1004
Intel Core i7-12700 Intel Core i7-12700
12C 20T @ 4.90 GHz
1004

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.
Intel Core i5-1345U Intel Core i5-1345U
10C 12T @ 4.70 GHz
1720
Intel Core i5-1340P Intel Core i5-1340P
12C 16T @ 4.60 GHz
1710
Intel Core i5-1335U Intel Core i5-1335U
10C 12T @ 4.60 GHz
1705
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1695
Apple M2 Ultra (76-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (76-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
1695
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
1695
Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU)
10C 10T @ 3.50 GHz
1695

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.
Intel Core i7-11700K Intel Core i7-11700K
8C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
15011
Intel Core i7-11700KF Intel Core i7-11700KF
8C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
15011
Intel Core i9-7900X Intel Core i9-7900X
10C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
14998
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
14855
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
14855
Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
14855
AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme
8C 16T @ 3.30 GHz
14798

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.
Intel Core i9-11900K Intel Core i9-11900K
8C 16T @ 5.30 GHz
1878
Intel Core i9-11900KF Intel Core i9-11900KF
8C 16T @ 5.30 GHz
1878
Intel Core i5-14500 Intel Core i5-14500
14C 20T @ 5.00 GHz
1877
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1874
Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU)
10C 10T @ 3.50 GHz
1874
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1874
Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
1874

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.
Intel Xeon Gold 5220R Intel Xeon Gold 5220R
24C 48T @ 2.40 GHz
15684
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3955WX
16C 32T @ 4.00 GHz
15679
Intel Xeon Gold 6238 Intel Xeon Gold 6238
22C 44T @ 2.60 GHz
15622
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
15506
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
15506
Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
15506
Intel Core i9-12900HX Intel Core i9-12900HX
16C 24T @ 2.30 GHz
15474

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.
Intel Core i7-14650HX Intel Core i7-14650HX
16C 24T @ 5.20 GHz
2705
Intel Core i7-13850HX Intel Core i7-13850HX
20C 28T @ 5.30 GHz
2699
AMD Ryzen 9 7940HX AMD Ryzen 9 7940HX
16C 32T @ 5.20 GHzNot verified
2691
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
2689
Apple M2 Ultra (76-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (76-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
2689
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
24C 24T @ 3.50 GHz
2689
Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU)
10C 10T @ 3.50 GHz
2689

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.
AMD Ryzen 7 8700G AMD Ryzen 7 8700G
8C 16T @ 4.70 GHz
14326
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 8700G AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 8700G
8C 16T @ 4.70 GHz
14326
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D
8C 16T @ 4.60 GHz
14229
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
14207
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
14207
Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
14207
Intel Core i5-13500 Intel Core i5-13500
14C 20T @ 4.20 GHz
14166

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 M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
Apple M3 Max (40 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
14200
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
Apple M2 Max (38 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
13490
Microsoft XBox Series X Microsoft XBox Series X
AMD Custom Radeon Graphics (XBox Series X) @ 1.83 GHz
12150
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
Apple M2 Max (30 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
10650
Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU) Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU)
Apple M3 Max (30 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
10650
Apple M1 Max (32-GPU) Apple M1 Max (32-GPU)
Apple M1 Max (32 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
10600
Sony Playstation 5 Sony Playstation 5
AMD Custom Radeon Graphics (Playstation 5) @ 2.23 GHz
10300

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.
Intel Core i9-10920X Intel Core i9-10920X
12C 24T @ 4.40 GHz
26361
Intel Core i9-7940X Intel Core i9-7940X
14C 28T @ 3.70 GHz
26338
Intel Xeon Gold 6242 Intel Xeon Gold 6242
16C 32T @ 3.40 GHz
26311
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
26310
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
26310
Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.50 GHz
26294
Intel Xeon W-3235 Intel Xeon W-3235
12C 24T @ 4.00 GHz
26028

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 M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
24,028 CB R23 MC @ 57 W
422
Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU)
12,125 CB R23 MC @ 30 W
404
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
13,766 CB R23 MC @ 35 W
393
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
14,855 CB R23 MC @ 40 W
371
Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
14,855 CB R23 MC @ 40 W
371
Apple M2 Max (38-GPU) Apple M2 Max (38-GPU)
14,855 CB R23 MC @ 40 W
371
Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU) Apple M2 Ultra (60-GPU)
28,570 CB R23 MC @ 80 W
357

Performance for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

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 A15 Bionic (4-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (4-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
15.8
Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU) Apple A15 Bionic (5-GPU)
6C 6T @ 3.23 GHz
15.8
Apple M2 Apple M2
8C 8T @ 0.66 GHz
15.8
Apple M2 Max (30-GPU) Apple M2 Max (30-GPU)
12C 12T @ 0.66 GHz
15.8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
8C 8T @ 3.20 GHz
15
Samsung Exynos 990 Samsung Exynos 990
8C 8T @ 2.73 GHz
15
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
8C 8T @ 3.10 GHz
15

Benchmarks


Description of the processor

The Apple M2 Max (30 GPU) was released in the first quarter of 2023 and is based on the second generation of the Apple-developed M series. The processor is manufactured with a structure width of 5 nanometers and is based on a chiplet chip design. It has a 36.00 megabyte level 3 cache and supports the 64-bit ISA instruction set ARMv8-A64.

Along with the processor, a new Apple Mac Studio, a 14-inch and a 16-inch MacBook Pro were presented. Alternatively, all 3 devices can also be purchased with the Apple M2 Max (38 GPU).

The Apple M2 Max (30 GPU) has a total of 12 processor cores made up of 8 performance cores codenamed Avalanche and 4 efficiency cores codenamed Blizzard. The 8 performance cores clock at up to 3.50 gigahertz and the 4 efficiency cores at up to 2.80 gigahertz. Hyperthreading is not supported by the Apple CPU and Apple does not intend to overclock the processor.

Furthermore, the Apple Neural Engine, which is equipped with 16 cores, is integrated in the Apple M2 Max (30 GPU). The Apple Neural Engine is responsible for the hardware support of AI content.

The internal graphics unit in the Apple M2 Max (30 GPU) is equipped with 30 graphics cores and clocks at up to 1.40 gigahertz. 480 execution units with a total of 3840 shader units are used, with which the graphics unit achieves an FP32 computing power of a very strong 10.65 TerraFLOPS. This puts it slightly above an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 and roughly on par with an AMD Radeon RX 6600.

The Apple M2 Max (30 GPU) is only manufactured with a permanently installed working memory. The processor can be purchased with up to 96 gigabytes of LPDDR5-6400 RAM. With its 4 memory channels, the working memory in the Apple M2 Max (30 GPU) achieves a maximum memory bandwidth of 409.6 GB/s.



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