Apple M2 Ultra Scores in Geekbench 5 Show It Often Getting Crushed by AMD and Intel in Most Multi-Threaded Tests

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The Apple M2 Ultra is the latest processor to power Apple’s range of Mac products including the Mac Studio, Mac Pro, and 15-inch MacBook Air. Mac devices are often aimed at professional users for tasks such as video, audio, and image editing. As such applications are usually custom tailored to their processors and optimized for their strengths. That being said, synthetic benchmarks do not always tell the whole story of what a processor, or system, is truly capable of in real-world workload scenarios. As much of a step forward for Mac users as the Apple M2 Ultra may be over its predecessor a recent Geekbench post shows it still has a long way to go in terms of traditional multicore tasks, or at least benchmarks. User @VadimYuryev posted the following on social media.

Tom’s Hardware dug up the scores for AMD’s and Intel’s premium workstation/server CPUs, the Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5995WX and Xeon W9-3495X for comparison. Unfortunately, for multicore tasks, the M2 Ultra came up far short of these two competitors. So much so its scores were roughly half on average, except for the multicore Crypto where it gained a lead. However, it took the lead in single-core comparisons, except ironically losing its Crypto lead for the same single-core test. The Intel Core i9-13900K was also included in the comparisons where it too bested the M2 Ultra in nearly every test, except again for the aforementioned multicore Crypto but also multicore Float.

Geebench Scores:

M2 UltraXeon W9-3495XRyzen Threadripper Pro 5995WXCore i9-13900K
General specifications24C/24T, up to 3.68 GHz56C/112T, 1.90 GHz – 4.60 GHz, 105MB L364C/128T, 2.70 GHz – 4.50 GHz, 256MB L38P+16E/32T, 3.0 GHz – 5.80 GHz, 68MB L2+L3 cache
Single-Core | Integer1793152213162016
Single-Core | Float2149181517192464
Single-Core | Crypto2912392638325860
Single-Core | Score1956173015632343
Multi-Core | Integer24532591834604928379
Multi-Core | Float32195553934941431320
Multi-Core | Crypto46817364664498722280
Multi-Core | Score27945569104700528956
Table: Tom’s Hardware

In the end, though, comparing Apple silicon to others is similar to most Apple product comparisons in that it is like comparing Apples to oranges. Apple goes to great lengths to distinguish its products from others in various segments and in doing so purposely designs them differently so straight across comparisons do not always equate to real-world experiences of their users. However, when it comes to bragging rights the numbers do speak for themselves.

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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