Apple unveiled the M2 chip at WWDC 2022 with 18% faster CPU and 35% faster GPU

Apple unveiled the M2 chip at WWDC 2022 with 18% faster CPU and 35% faster GPU

Alongside the iOS 16 Apple also unveiled the second generation of the M-series chipset, the Apple M2 chip. Built on top of the success of the M2 series chips, the Apple M2 chip takes things to a whole new level with new-gen CPU, GPU and more additional upgraded features.

The Apple M2 chip is built to push the performance and reduce the power consumption on the machine. The first set of devices to get the new M2 chip was also announced at the event. The Apple MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook are the laptops to be powered by the M2 chip.

Apple M2 chip features

The second-generation M-series chip is manufactured using the second-gen 5nm technology with over 20 billion transistors. The chipset comes with support for up to 24GB of LPDDR5 unified memory (RAM). The new 16-core neural engine can run up to 15.8 trillion operations per second and it is 40% faster compared to the last-gen SoC.

The octa-core M2 chipset comes with quad-performance oriented cores alongside quad power-efficient cores. There are 4x high performance cores with ultrawide microarchitecture, 192KB instruction cache, 128K data cache and shared 16MB cache and there are also 4x high-efficiency cores with wide microarchitecture, 128KB instruction cache, 164KB data cache and shared 4MB cache. The CPU performance is 18% faster compared to the M1 chipset.

There is also a new 10-core GPU with a larger L2 cache and it is said to deliver a 35% faster GPU performance than the M1 chip. Other specs include 50% more memory bandwidth, 100GB/s memory bandwidth, ProRes encode and decode and support for up to 6K external monitors.

The next-gen media engine in the M2 and a powerful ProRes video engine for hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding, devices with M2 will be able to play back more 4K and 8K videos than ever before.

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