Apple M3 Processor Series

Last modified on September 17th, 2022 at 12:58 pm

Understanding possibly five Apple M3 Series processors

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Apple M3

The brilliance of Apple silicon is the components of each one are the same. There are just more or less of them in each type. Performance of the various M3 processors really boil down to the base M3 processor performance.

The M3 series is rumored to use the N3E architecture, an improvement on the N3 or 3nm process. The N3E process is expected to have a 15% performance boost and a 30% power saving improvement over the N5P process in the M2.

The M3 series will be improved but probably not enough for most people to upgrade from a M2 equivalent. The M3 series will be improved enough for many people to upgrade from a M1 equivalent.

M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, M3 Ultra & M3 Extreme specifications are estimates based on leaks!

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ComponentM3M3 ProM3 MaxM3 UltraM3 Extreme
Efficiency CPU Cores44248
Performance CPU Cores48102040
Neural Engine Cores1616163264
GPU Cores options8 or 1018 or 2030 or 3860 or 76120 or 152
Unified Memory options8GB 16GB 24GB16GB 32GB32GB 64GB64GB 128GB128GB or 256GB
Memory Bandwidth100GB/s200GB/s400GB/s800GB/s1600GB/s
Video Decode Engines11124
Video Encode Engines11248
ProRes Encode-Decode Engines11248

Assuming a 2 year processor upgrade cycle, by the end of 2025 the M3 Series should be history and fully replaced by the Apple M4 Processor Series in newly released products.

CPU & GPU Performance Benchmarks

Available upon release.

Buying an Apple M3 Series computer

Any Apple M3 Series computer will be a joyful experience compared to music and video production on Intel hardware. Highly recommended to get at least 16GB of memory and 512GB storage if you select an M3 system.

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