Understanding possibly five Apple M3 Series processors
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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|Component||M3||M3 Pro||M3 Max||M3 Ultra||M3 Extreme|
|Efficiency CPU Cores||4||4||2||4||8|
|Performance CPU Cores||4||8||10||20||40|
|Neural Engine Cores||16||16||16||32||64|
|GPU Cores options||8 or 10||18 or 20||30 or 38||60 or 76||120 or 152|
|Unified Memory options||8GB 16GB 24GB||16GB 32GB||32GB 64GB||64GB 128GB||128GB or 256GB|
|Video Decode Engines||1||1||1||2||4|
|Video Encode Engines||1||1||2||4||8|
|ProRes Encode-Decode Engines||1||1||2||4||8|
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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