Apple’s brand new Mac Studio desktop computer launches this Friday. Ahead of time, the first reviews and unboxing videos have surfaced for the Mac Studio, giving us a closer look at the machine and its companion studio display.
While the Mac Studio resembles a larger Mac mini, it is far more powerful. The computer can be configured with the same M1 Max chip that’s available for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros or the newer M1 Ultra chip, which has a 20-core CPU, up to a 64-core GPU, and a 32. -Core neural engine. With the M1 Ultra chip, Mac Studio’s performance is faster than the 28-core Mac Pro Tower released in December 2019.
Specifically, Mac Studio produced approximately 23,500 to 24,000 inch . Has earned a multi-core score of Multiple Geekbench 5 results, compared to the average multi-core score of 19,956 for a Mac Pro with a 28-core Intel Xeon W processor. This is especially impressive because the Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra chip starts at $3,999, while the Mac Pro tower configured with a 28-core processor is three times more expensive at $12,999.
My first stop was our video director, Becca Fares, who edited a full video review of Mac Studio and Studio Display (which you should check out if you haven’t already) on our studio unit. I watched his work in Premiere and Media Encoder for hours, and even with my amateurish eyes, it was clear that the studio was blowing up. It was miles better than our two-year-old Mac Pro (which Becca uses for most of her work) on basically everything.
Becca was able to play 4K, 10-bit 4:2:2 footage from the Sony FX3 at full resolution in Adobe Premiere Pro at 4x speed without any proxy. There was lightning. On any other machine, it should have been at most half-resolution. There was also no lag between hitting the spacebar and pausing playback when playing footage at 2x or 4x speed, something it finds on the Mac Pro as a major annoyance.
On the back of the Mac Studio, connectivity options include four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a 10-Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones. On the front, there’s an SD card slot, as well as two USB-C ports for the M1 Max configuration or two Thunderbolt 4 ports for the M1 Ultra configuration. The computer supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
But here’s the thing: This is a computer designed to be used, not to be seen as a piece of art. When you choose to paste a port on the front of a computer—hey everyone, Apple put the port forward!!—you’re choosing a function on the form. This is the story of Mac Studio.
Apple hasn’t skimped on Mac Studio when it comes to what a certain part of its customer base wants – connectivity. I used the SD card in front of Mac Studio twice the day before I connected it. I also plugged a keyboard into that front USB port. (My test unit was an M1 Max model, so those front ports were USB-C; on the model with the M1 Ultra chip, they’re full Thunderbolt 4.)
And then there’s the full range of ports on the back: four Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A, HDMI, a headphone jack, and 10GB of Ethernet. When I didn’t fill all those ports, I moved an array of cables and adapters from the back of my iMac Pro to Mac Studio and didn’t need to dig out or find a USB hub to accommodate a single adapter. them.