According to the most recent source, progress is still being made with a Mac Pro equipped with a potent Apple Silicon option. Although the new workstation will have a few different chip options, the top-tier configuration might come with additional upgrades and a GPU with up to 152 cores.
The highest-end chip combination may also include a 48-core CPU, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who writes about it in this weekly newsletter called “Power On.” The number of cores that will be divided between performance and power efficiency was not disclosed by Gurman, but considering that the Mac Pro is intended to be stationary, the majority of the CPU cores will probably be assigned to performance.
The correspondent also thinks that buyers will have access to a less potent 24-core CPU and 76-core GPU option, although she made no mention of cost.
“Onto the Mac Pro. That new high-end machine will include chip options that are at least twice or four times as powerful as the M2 Max. Let’s call those chips the M2 Ultra and the M2 Extreme. My belief is that the Mac Pro will be offered with options for 24 and 48 CPU cores and 76 and 152 graphics cores—along with up to 256 gigabytes of memory.”
The next Mac Pro will be a force to be reckoned with with up to 256GB of unified RAM and the insane amount of CPU and GPU cores, but it is likely that only a small percentage of consumers who want to get the most performance out of the system would buy one.
Gurman has not confirmed the precise name of the SoC that powers the workstation, but he makes an educated bet that the M2 Extreme may be the M2 Ultra’s less potent sibling.
According to previously released information, Apple may employ the same procedure to combine two M2 Ultra chipsets to make the M2 Extreme, much as it did to create the M1 Ultra by fusing two M1 Max chipsets together. Unfortunately, Gurman did not provide any information on how these bespoke silicon were made; nevertheless, considering that TSMC’s 3nm process has been delayed, we believe that at the very least the 4nm production process will be used.