With 25 percent more transistors than the M1, the M2 will get a significant performance boost. If 20 billion transistors on a chip doesn’t impress you, just consider for a moment that those transistors are somehow crammed onto Apple’s 5nm (yes, nanometers) architecture. That’s a lot of heat for not a lot of wafer.
Speaking of GPUs, Apple says that the M2 delivers up to 35 percent greater graphics performance at its max power. Like the M1, the M2 delivers while consuming less power. Apple says that compared to the integrated graphics on the “latest PC laptop chip” its M2 GPU brings 2.3x faster performance at the same power level.
The M2 continues the tradition of lapping up rival chipmakers on energy-to-performance. According to Apple, the M2 delivers about 90 percent of the peak performance of a leading 12-core chip (looking at you, Intel) while only using a quarter of the power. That means speed without totally butchering battery life.
The M2 can process an impressive 15.8 trillion operations per second, making its neural engine 40 percent faster than the M1. That’s great for anyone using an M2 device for things like video or image processing — or really anything involving machine learning for that matter.