The M1 Ultra doesn’t beat Nvidia’s RTX 3090 GPU, despite Apple’s charts

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Despite Apple’s claims and charts, the new M1 Ultra chip hasn’t been able to outperform Nvidia’s RTX 3090 in terms of raw GPU performance. ledge,

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When the M1 Ultra was introduced, Apple shared a chart showing the new chip won on the “highest-end discrete GPU” in “relative performance,” what tests were run to achieve those results, without its description. Apple showed off the M1 Ultra beating the RTX 3090 at a certain power level, but Apple isn’t sharing the full picture with its limited graphics.

ledge Decided to pit the m1 Ultra against the Nvidia RTX 3090 using Geekbench 5 graphics tests, and surprisingly, it can’t match Nvidia’s chip when running that chip at full power. The Mac Studio beat out the 16-core Mac Pro, but performance was about half that of the RTX 3090.

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But it looks like Apple simply isn’t showing the full performance of the competitor it’s chasing here.

It’s like arguing that because your electric car can use dramatically less fuel when driving at 80 mph than a Lamborghini, it has a better engine – without mentioning the fact that a Lambo Still can go twice as fast.

The M1 Ultra is otherwise impressive, and it’s unclear why Apple focused on this particular benchmark because it’s somewhat misleading to customers because it doesn’t take into account Nvidia’s full range of chips.

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Apple’s M1 Ultra is essentially two M1 Max chips fused together, and as such ledge highlighted in Full Mac Studio ReviewApple has successfully managed to double the performance of the M1 Max from the M1 Ultra, a remarkable feat that other chip makers can’t match.