Can Apple M3 outperform M2 Pro and Max?

Onur Demirkol
Mar 29, 2023
Updated • Apr 3, 2023

Apple is looking to announce its new M3 chip soon, and according to recent leaks, it could outperform M2 Max and M2 Pro despite having lower cores.

Vadim Yuryev recently tweeted that the Apple M3 chip performance estimate in Geekbench 6 could be higher than M2 Max and M2 Pro. According to the synthetic estimation, the M3 chip scored 3,472 in single-core and 13,676 in multi-core tests.

M3 looks promising in the rumored Geekbench 6 tests

Compared to M2 Pro, the single-core test shows a 24% difference in favor of M3. On the other hand, it is only 6% slower than M2 Max in single-core performance. The important point of these numbers is that the M3 is expected to have eight cores, while M2 Max comes with 12 cores. According to the estimations, M3 beats M2 Pro by a 10% difference both in single and multi-core tests.

Yuryev points out that M3 might be the most powerful chip in terms of single-core performance Apple has ever manufactured. One Twitter user expressed amazement at the results, and Yuryev answered, "Yes, I think so. Technically beats out binned M2 Pro model."


Yuryev is the co-host/writer for the Max Tech YouTube channel with over 1.1 million subscribers. However, he hasn't provided any screenshots or images regarding the rumor.

Unfortunately, we still don't know the exact release date of the company's upcoming chipset family. However, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg thinks it will be revealed in the "upcoming months." M3 and A 17 Bionic are expected to be Apple's first 3nm chips, so the community's expectations are pretty high.

Apple has been working day and night for the past year on its chipsets. The company first introduced M1 in 2020 and expanded the M1 finally with Pro, Max, and Ultra models in 2021 and 2022. Last year, Apple also introduced its latest chipset family, M2, offering better performance. In January 2023, Apple launched its most powerful chips so far, M2 Pro and M2 Max.

If the rumors come true, this might change soon. The M3 family will eventually grow in the coming years too.


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  1. David Dzidzikashvili said on June 9, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    The WWDC23 Apple event delivered few unexpected surprises in terms of new apple product lineup and upgrades vs prior gen. The biggest surprise of all was seeing Mac Studio getting an upgrade together with Mac Pro and without offering any differences. There’s definitely a risk of product cannibalization here, Mac Pro sales I believe will get hit very hard.
    M2 Ultra chip on both models…So what are the users paying the extra $3k? Seems like the extra $3K price tag on Mac Pro vs Ultra is just for the extra internal PCIe slots? This is a very costly mistake Apple is making! Marketing-wise how do you differentiate the two?
    That’s how Apple is making serious financial and strategic mistake here with such a lineup by risking cannibalizing their most high-end product – Mac Pro and seriously undermine Mac Pro sales in 2023/2024. This was a great day for Mac Studio as there is no need to buy Mac Pro unless you need to have those internal PCIe slots. But, If a user needs an extra expansion and slots, that user can just purchase the older intel-based Mac Pro. It’s much cheaper, more practical and makes more sense to do..
    For the new Mac customers in 2023-24, they will be better off with buying the cheaper Mac Studio that runs on the same chip, same specs and cores as Mac Pro. That’s why upgrading Mac Studio this time was a shock to many of us as we did not expect it this time.

    Overall, Apple’s desktop product segment at the WWDC23 seemed a bit chaotic and we have not seen any major iMac updates yet. Apple needs to better streamline their processes to make sure they keep timely updating the tech that sells well and generates them big profits + keeps them loyal & dedicated fan base.

  2. Anonymous said on March 29, 2023 at 10:43 pm

    Doesn’t matter when 99% of your old software collection doesn’t run on it.

    1. Anonymous said on April 12, 2023 at 1:16 am

      All of my software works fine & fast with emulation. It’s not like running x86 apps on Windows for ARM. It actually works.

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