Apple’s M1 Ultra SoC marks the first multi-die solution from the company with some pretty wild claims at the time of launch. According to official slides, the M1 Mac Ultra is nearly on par with AMD’s 64 core Threadripper on the CPU side and NVIDIA’s RTX 3090 on the GPU side. Only, it’s not. Not by a long shot. In fact, its 64 core GPU falls short of NVIDIA’s paltry RTX 3050 mobile GPU, the slowest RTX-class GPU on the market. This crushing defeat can be observed in Blender’s GPU benchmark which makes it even worse as it’s by far the most popular rendering application.
The M1 Ultra is defeated by the previous-generation RTX 2060 Max-Q as well as AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT. The desktop-grade RTX 3050 is nearly 50% faster than the Apple GPU with 1,639 points, versus 1,092 for the latter.
The 20 core CPU doesn’t perform any wonders either. In the Blender CPU benchmark, it manages to beat Intel’s Core i9-12900K but gets squished by the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X and the 5950X. As for the Threadrippers which were the CPUs targeted by Apple, they absolutely steamroll the M1 Ultra. The Threadripper 3970X (32 core) which is priced a bit over $2,000 is nearly 2x faster while the 64 core Threadripper 3990X ($3,449) is a whopping 3x faster than the Apple M1 Ultra in rendering workloads.