Mac Studio: some details omitted by Apple

Mac Studio

Back to a few points on which Tim Cook was not very vocal during the last conference.

The Mac Studio is this new computer, halfway between the Mac mini and the Mac Pro. It was announced last Tuesday, March 8 during a keynote.

In its most high-end configuration, it is Apple’s most powerful computer. Moreover, during the presentation, the Californian did not fail to underline the “incredible” performance of the beast, but also its moderate energy consumption compared to its capacities.

Certain characteristics of the case were presented at length, others simply mentioned or even sometimes omitted. Let’s fix this with a list of points that are not secret, but that Apple has not deemed relevant to highlight:

  • RAM: only the M1 Ultra version can mount up to 128 GB of unified memory. The M1 Max version of the Mac is limited to a maximum of 64 GB
  • Audio: the box includes a speaker, which can always help out if necessary. But we imagine that the audio quality transmitted by this speaker is not very high level
  • Wired connection: only the M1 Ultra version has two front USB-C ports compatible with Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbits/s). The M1 Max version does have two USB-C ports, but these are limited to a transfer speed of 10 Gbit/s
  • Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 is there, as is Wi-Fi 6, regardless of the configuration
  • Ethernet: 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology is required, regardless of the configuration
  • Weight: The Mac Studio with SoC M1 Ultra weighs almost 1 kg more than the same computer with SoC M1 Max (3.6 kg vs. 2.7 kg respectively). This is probably due to the larger cooling system for the M1 Ultra, and therefore heavier

In terms of prices, the cheapest configuration is displayed at $2,299 , with SoC M1 Max (10-core CPU, 24-core GPU and 32 GB of unified memory), and 512 GB SSD.

If we want the maximum power, ie the M1 Ultra chip with 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU and 128 GB of unified memory, we reach 6,669 $ . It’s barely 170 € more than the least expensive Mac Pro (with 8-core Intel Xeon CPU) and 32 GB of RAM. Suffice to say that the basic Mac Pro no longer has much reason to exist.

What do you think of the Mac Studio? Is this a machine you might consider for home or work?

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