Apple introduced new chips at its “Halloween” event yesterday M3, M3 Pro a M3 Max. This latest series will appear in upgraded 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and also in 24-inch iMacwhich the M2 did not see.
Apple mainly presents the M3 chips as a major improvement over the M1. It represents the biggest improvement in this respect graphics processorwhich brings new features such as hardware-accelerated raytracing a tzv. mesh shading, which will allow more realistic lighting and better geometry processing. Apple claims the M3 GPU is 1.8 times faster than the M2 and 2.5 times faster than M1. Better power efficiency can also be expected, as the M3 GPU can reach the performance level of the M1 with half the power consumption.
The M3 is equipped octa-core CPU (consisting of four powerful and four more economical cores) a ten-core GPU. Apple claims it’s up to 35% faster than the M1, plus it can support up to 24 GB of RAM. The M3 Pro increases the demands with a 12-core CPU (six powerful and six efficient cores) and an 18-core GPU. It can hold up to 36GB of memory, and Apple says its single-threaded performance is up to 30% faster than the M1 Pro.
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The M3 chips are also notable for being the first PC chips built on 3 nanometer process, not on the 5nm process that was used on the M1 and M2. Given that Apple just debuted the 3nm A17 Pro iPhone 15 and 15 Pro, it’s not too surprising that it used the same technology for the M3. In comparison, AMD debuted its 4nm Ryzen 7040 chip this year, and Intel plans to launch its Core Ultra Meteor Lake notebook chips in December, which are built on the Intel 4 platform (using the 7nm process).
As for other improvements, Apple says the M3 Neural Engine, which handles AI tasks, is up to 60% faster than the M1 chips. The M3 also has a hardware-accelerated multimedia engine for H.264, HEVC and ProRes (both standard and RAW). This engine also supports AV1 video decoding, which should make streaming AV1 content more power efficient.