The first benchmark results for the standard M3 chip surfaced in the Geekbench 6 database today, providing a closer look at the chip’s CPU performance improvements.
Based on the results so far, the M3 chip has single-core and multi-core scores of around 3,000 and 11,700, respectively. The standard M2 chip has single-core and multi-core scores of around 2,600 and 9,700, respectively, so the M3 chip is up to 20% faster than the M2 chip, as Apple claimed during its “Scary Fast” event on Monday.
Geekbench 6 multi-core scores:
- M3 chip: ~11,700 (+20% vs. M2 chip)
- M2 chip: ~9,700 (+17% vs. M1 chip)
- M1 chip: ~8,315
It’s unclear if the results are for the new 14-inch MacBook Pro or iMac, both of which are available with the standard M3 chip, but performance should be similar for both machines. The results have a “Mac15,3” identifier, which Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman previously reported was for a laptop with the same display resolution as a 14-inch MacBook Pro.
The standard M3 chip is equipped with an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU, and it supports up to 24GB of unified memory. The chip has improved GPU architecture with support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading, which will make high-end games look more realistic. It also has a 16-core Neural Engine for AI.
We have yet to see any Geekbench results for the higher-end M3 Pro and M3 Max chips available in most new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
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