Mac Studio
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Mac Studio (2022) front.jpg
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeCompact desktop
Workstation
Release dateMarch 18, 2022; 2 months ago (2022-03-18)
Operating systemmacOS Monterey
System on a chipApple M1 Max
Apple M1 Ultra
Related articlesMac Mini, Mac Pro
WebsiteOfficial website

Mac Studio is a small form factor workstation designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Inc. It is one of four desktop computers in the Macintosh lineup, sitting above the consumer range Mac Mini and iMac, and positioned below the Mac Pro. It is configurable with either the M1 Max or M1 Ultra system on a chip.[1][2]

Overview

The Mac Studio was announced on March 8, 2022, alongside the Apple Studio Display, and released on March 18. Customers have reported shipping delays for the Mac Studio as late as May. The delay has been attributed to the global chip shortage.[3][4]

Rear ports
Rear ports

The Mac Studio is designed as a higher-grade machine than the Mac Mini but lower than the Mac Pro, and priced accordingly.[5] There are two models which are driven by ARM-based SoC: the M1 Max or the M1 Ultra, which combines two M1 Max chips[6] in one package.[7] The Mac Studio has a similar width and depth to the Mac Mini, both about 8 inches (200 mm), but is around 3.7 inches (94 mm) tall. It has four Thunderbolt 4 (USB 4) ports, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, HDMI (up to 4K @ 60 Hz), 10Gb Ethernet with Lights Out Management[8] and a headphone jack. The front panel has two USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 4 in M1 Ultra models) and an SD card slot (that supports SDXC cards and UHS-II bus). It is cooled by a pair of double-sided blowers and a mesh of holes on the bottom and back of the case, which helps reduce the noise of fans spinning.[9] Nevertheless, there have been extensive early reports of excessive fan noise.[10]

Mac Studio models with the M1 Ultra are 2 pounds (910 g) heavier than those with the M1 Max as they are equipped with a larger copper heat sink.[11] Apple says the Mac Studio performs 50 percent faster than a Mac Pro with a 16-core Intel Xeon processor.[9]

The Mac Studio supports up to four 6K monitors connected via Thunderbolt, and a fifth monitor via HDMI.[12] It was introduced alongside the Apple Studio Display, a 27-inch 5K monitor with an integrated 12 megapixel camera, six-speaker sound system with spatial audio and Dolby Atmos support and a height adjustable stand.[9]

Repairability

Mac Studio with Studio Display, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad in Apple Store.jpg

Mac Studio has two removable flash storage ports, with one or two of them in use, the latter in models with 4 or 8 TB of storage.[13] While it is possible to swap the flash storage card between same size models, with a Apple Configurator restore,[14][15] upgrading is not supported yet. Some reviewers have criticized this decision as unfriendly for right to repair, while Ars Technica notes this limitation may be due to the design of Apple silicon that implements the SSD controller into the system on a chip rather than the drive itself for encryption purposes.[16] The positioning of components such as the SSD beneath an exposed power supply has also been criticized.[17][18]

Specifications

Current
Model 2022[19][20][21]
Timeline Announced March 8, 2022
Released March 18, 2022
Discontinued In production
Unsupported Supported
Model details Model identifier Mac13,1 Mac13,2
Model number (on underside) A2615
Part number (order number) MJMV2 MHMW3
Operating System Initial Release macOS 12 Monterey
Latest Release macOS 12 Monterey
Performance
System on a chip Apple M1 Max Apple M1 Ultra
CPU Cores 8 x 3.23 GHz Performance Cores (Firestorm) and 2 × 2.064 GHz Efficiency Cores (Icestorm), 10-core overall 16 x 3.23 GHz Performance Cores (Firestorm) and 4 × 2.064 GHz Efficiency Cores (Icestorm), 20-core overall
Cache Performance Cores: 192 KB L1i, 128 KB L1d, 12 MB shared L2
Efficiency Cores: 128 KB L1i, 64 KB L1d, 4 MB shared L2
System Level Cache: 48 MB
Performance Cores: 192 KB L1i, 128 KB L1d, 24 MB shared L2
Efficiency Cores: 128 KB L1i, 64 KB L1d, 8 MB shared L2
System Level Cache: 96 MB
GPU Cores 24-core Apple G13X (384 EUs, 3072 ALUs) or 32-core Apple G13X (512 EUs, 4096 ALUs)
Optional 32-core GPU at time of purchase, not upgradable after
48-core Apple G13X (768 EUs, 6144 ALUs) or 64-core Apple G13X (1024 EUs, 8192 ALUs)
Optional 64-core GPU at time of purchase, not upgradable after
Neural Engine 16-core (11 Trillion operations per second) 32-core (22 Trillion operations per second)
Cooling System Aluminum heat spreader, double fan Copper heat spreader, double fan
Memory Type 512-bit Quad Channel LPDDR5-6400 Unified Memory (409.6 GB/s) 1024-bit Octa Channel LPDDR5-6400 Unified Memory (819.2 GB/s)
Memory Capacity 32 GB
Optional 64 GB at time of purchase, not upgradable after
64 GB
Optional 128 GB at time of purchase, not upgradable after
Storage SSD Type PCIe-based SSD with up to 7.4 GB/s read speed
SSD Capacity 512 GB, not upgradeable
Optional 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB or 8 TB at time of purchase, not upgradable after
1 TB, not upgradeable
Optional 2 TB, 4 TB or 8 TB at time of purchase, not upgradable after
Audio Speaker Built-in speaker
3.5 mm Headphone Jack Included with advanced support for high-impedance headphones
Connectivity Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Ethernet 10 Gb Ethernet with Lights Out Management
Ports USB-C 2 x (USB-C 3.1 Gen 2) ports supporting charging and DisplayPort protocols among others 6 × Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C 4) ports supporting charging and DisplayPort protocols among others
4 × Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C 4) ports supporting charging and DisplayPort protocols among others
Other ports 2 x (USB-A 3.0), 1 × HDMI 2.0, 1 × SDXC memory card slot (UHS-II). No eGPU support.
External Display Support Four displays up to 6016x3384 at 60 Hz at 10-bit color depth via 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports and one display up to 3840x2160 at 60 Hz at 10-bit color depth via HDMI 2.0 (Total: 5 Displays)
Power Maximum continuous power 370 W
Greenhouse gas emissions 262 kg (578 lb) CO2e[22] 375 kg (827 lb) CO2e[22]
Dimensions 7.7 in (19.56 cm) x 7.7 in (19.56 cm) x 3.7 in (9.40 cm)
Weight 5.9 lb (2.68 kg) 7.9 lb (3.58 kg)

References

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  2. ^ Cunningham, Andrew (March 8, 2022). "Apple announces $1,999 Mac Studio workstation with new 20-core M1 Ultra chip". Ars Technica. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
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