Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Benchmark, Test and specs

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The Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) has 12 cores with 12 threads and is based on the 3. gen of the Apple M series series. The processor was released in Q4/2023. The Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) scores 2,314 points in the Geekbench 5 single-core benchmark. In the Geekbench 5 multi-core benchmark, the result is 15,235 points.
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)

CPU lineage

The segment in which we have classified the Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU). Here you can see if it is a desktop processor or a mobile processor or which processor may be the successor of the Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU).

Name: Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
Family: Apple M series (23)
CPU group: Apple M3 (6)
Architecture: M3
Segment: Mobile
Generation: 3
Predecessor: Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
Successor: --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) has 12 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) is 0.70 GHz (4.06 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: 6x P-Core
B-Core: 6x E-Core
Hyperthreading / SMT: No
Overclocking: No
A-Core Frequency: 0.70 GHz (4.06 GHz)
B-Core Frequency: 0.74 GHz (2.75 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 @ 35 TOPS

Internal Graphics

The Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. Specifically, the Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) uses the Apple M3 Pro (18 Core), which has 2304 texture shaders and 288 execution units. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

GPU name: Apple M3 Pro (18 Core)
GPU frequency: 0.39 GHz
GPU (Turbo): 1.40 GHz
Compute units: 288
Shader: 2304
Hardware Raytracing: Yes
Release date: Q4/2023
Max. displays: 3
Generation: --
Direct X: --
Technology: 3 nm
Max. GPU Memory: 36 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: Decode
AVC: Decode
VC-1: Decode
JPEG: Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The processor can use up to 36 GB memory in 2 (Dual Channel) memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 153.6 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
153.6 GB/s
Max. Memory: 36 GB
Memory channels: 2 (Dual Channel)
ECC: No
PCIe: 4.0
PCIe Bandwidth: --

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the processor is 35 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): 35 W
TDP (PL2): --
TDP up: --
TDP down: --
Tjunction max.: 100 °C

Technical details

The Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) is made in 3 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: 3 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-A (64 bit)
ISA extensions: Rosetta 2 x86-Emulation
Release date: Q4/2023
Release price: --
Part Number: --
Documents: --

Benchmark results


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.
Intel Core i9-14900KS Intel Core i9-14900KS
24C 32T @ 6.20 GHzNot verified
144
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 4.06 GHz
142
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
141
Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU) Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU)
14C 14T @ 4.06 GHz
141
Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU)
11C 11T @ 4.06 GHz
139
Intel Core i9-14900KF Intel Core i9-14900KF
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
139
Intel Core i9-14900K Intel Core i9-14900K
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
139

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 7 7700X AMD Ryzen 7 7700X
8C 16T @ 5.40 GHz
1087
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT
12C 24T @ 4.70 GHz
1074
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

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.
AMD Ryzen 7 7700 AMD Ryzen 7 7700
8C 16T @ 5.30 GHz
1932
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7745 AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 7745
8C 16T @ 5.30 GHz
1932
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
16C 32T @ 5.40 GHz
1931
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 4.06 GHz
1928
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 7995WX
96C 192T @ 5.10 GHz
1927
Intel Core i9-12950HX Intel Core i9-12950HX
16C 24T @ 5.00 GHz
1927
Intel Core i5-12600KF Intel Core i5-12600KF
10C 16T @ 4.90 GHz
1918

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.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
8C 16T @ 4.40 GHz
15228
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
8C 16T @ 4.20 GHz
15125
Intel Core i5-13500H Intel Core i5-13500H
12C 16T @ 4.40 GHz
15116
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.80 GHz
15061
Intel Core i7-11700KF Intel Core i7-11700KF
8C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
15011
Intel Core i7-11700K Intel Core i7-11700K
8C 16T @ 4.50 GHz
15011
Intel Core i9-7900X Intel Core i9-7900X
10C 20T @ 4.00 GHz
14998

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 i9-14900KS Intel Core i9-14900KS
24C 32T @ 6.20 GHzNot verified
2484
Intel Core i9-14900K Intel Core i9-14900K
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
2412
Intel Core i9-14900KF Intel Core i9-14900KF
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
2412
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 4.06 GHz
2314
Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU)
11C 11T @ 4.06 GHz
2305
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X AMD Ryzen 9 7950X
16C 32T @ 5.70 GHz
2242
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D
12C 24T @ 5.60 GHz
2235

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.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5945WX AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 5945WX
12C 24T @ 4.30 GHz
15324
Intel Xeon Gold 6248 Intel Xeon Gold 6248
20C 40T @ 3.00 GHz
15277
Intel Xeon Gold 6346 Intel Xeon Gold 6346
16C 32T @ 3.60 GHz
15244
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.80 GHz
15235
Intel Xeon Gold 6209U Intel Xeon Gold 6209U
20C 40T @ 2.50 GHz
15089
Intel Core i7-12700KF Intel Core i7-12700KF
12C 20T @ 4.70 GHz
14992
Intel Core i7-12700K Intel Core i7-12700K
12C 20T @ 4.70 GHz
14992

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 i9-14900K Intel Core i9-14900K
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
3289
Intel Core i9-14900KF Intel Core i9-14900KF
24C 32T @ 6.00 GHz
3289
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite
12C 12T @ 4.25 GHzNot verified
3218
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 4.06 GHz
3152
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 4.06 GHz
3125
Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU) Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU)
14C 14T @ 4.06 GHz
3125
Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU)
11C 11T @ 4.06 GHz
3125

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 9 7940HX AMD Ryzen 9 7940HX
16C 32T @ 2.30 GHzNot verified
15792
Intel Core i9-13900HX Intel Core i9-13900HX
24C 32T @ 4.60 GHz
15722
AMD EPYC 7642 AMD EPYC 7642
48C 96T @ 2.80 GHz
15647
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.80 GHz
15619
Intel Core i9-12900F Intel Core i9-12900F
16C 24T @ 4.20 GHz
15367
Intel Core i9-12900 Intel Core i9-12900
16C 24T @ 4.20 GHz
15367
Intel Core i5-14600T Intel Core i5-14600T
14C 20T @ 1.80 GHz
15354

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.
Sony Playstation 5 Sony Playstation 5
AMD Custom Radeon Graphics (Playstation 5) @ 2.23 GHz
10300
Apple M1 Max (24-GPU) Apple M1 Max (24-GPU)
Apple M1 Max (24 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
7830
Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (12-CPU 19-GPU)
Apple M2 Pro (19 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
6745
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
Apple M3 Pro (18 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
6390
Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU) Apple M2 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU)
Apple M2 Pro (16 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
5680
Apple M1 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU) Apple M1 Pro (10-CPU 16-GPU)
Apple M1 Pro (16 Core) @ 1.30 GHz
5300
Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU)
Apple M3 Pro (14 Core) @ 1.40 GHz
4970

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 Xeon Gold 6238 Intel Xeon Gold 6238
22C 44T @ 2.60 GHz
27598
Intel Xeon Gold 6212U Intel Xeon Gold 6212U
24C 48T @ 2.40 GHz
27489
Intel Xeon Gold 5317 Intel Xeon Gold 5317
12C 24T @ 3.40 GHz
27414
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 3.80 GHz
27304
AMD EPYC 72F3 AMD EPYC 72F3
8C 16T @ 3.90 GHz
27253
Intel Xeon Gold 6252 Intel Xeon Gold 6252
24C 48T @ 2.70 GHz
27157
Intel Core i5-13600T Intel Core i5-13600T
14C 20T @ 3.60 GHz
27145

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).
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite
12C 12T @ 3.80 GHzNot verified
45
Samsung Exynos 2400 Samsung Exynos 2400
10C 10T @ 3.20 GHz
44
Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (12-CPU 18-GPU)
12C 12T @ 0.70 GHz
35
Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU) Apple M3 Max (16-CPU 40-GPU)
16C 16T @ 0.70 GHz
35
Apple M3 (8-GPU) Apple M3 (8-GPU)
8C 8T @ 0.70 GHz
35
Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU) Apple M3 Max (14-CPU 30-GPU)
14C 14T @ 0.70 GHz
35
Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU) Apple M3 Pro (11-CPU 14-GPU)
11C 11T @ 0.70 GHz
35

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