Apple Mac Studio Takedown: Massive M1 Ultra Chip and Upgradeable Storage

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Apple has brought out its latest chipset, the Apple M1 Ultra for users with the all-new Mac Studio. While they initially compared the graphics horsepower to that of the RTX 3090, these claims are unfounded. Now, we’ve got our first glimpses of the chip itself, and how big it actually is compared to other desktop-grade chips, thanks to YouTuber Max Tech, who cracked the product to try and see if they could get into the Apple state that at first glance seemed they couldn’t. opened it. But, all you have to do is leave it to the tech community to find a way.

The Mac Studio itself, which was revealed at a Peek Performance event, is incredibly powerful for the physical footprint it leaves behind, and the actual M1 Ultra SoC, which are essentially the two M1 MAX chips built together. This gives the M1 Ultra twice the theoretical amount of performance, and is now only achievable in the Mac Studio itself, which retails for $3,999 if you want the all-new chip. This energy-efficient system has a few quirks under the hood, and for professionals who want a long-term look at the system, you might want to check out what exactly is going on under the hood of this small, attractive-looking form factor desktop device aimed at content creators and professionals.

Mac studio disassemble

Source: Max Tech

To get into the Apple Mac Studio you will first need to get a spudger and take out the bottom ring, from there you will need the security parts to access the internal chassis, where you will then be able to access the internals of the system itself. Doing so will likely void the warranty in your country, so make sure you know what you’re doing here, especially if you haven’t disconnected consumer electronics before.

Once opened, you’ll see exposed antennas that allow for wireless connectivity, as well as speakers. The top of the device is the PSU, and you’ll need to remove this part of the system if you want to access the rest of the system. Removing a PSU is very dangerous, so don’t try it at home, kids. After you can take the PSU out, you’ll then have access to the back of the motherboard, with heatpipes and labels protecting your view of the VRMs and SoC itself.

Oddly enough, there’s an M.2 storage slot left blank, and you can use the alternate port for additional storage, although you’ll need a Mac Studio compatible drive, which remains to be tested later. From there, it’s an extensive disassembly process to get to the rest of the system. We’re not sure why you’d want to venture this deep unless you’re doing some significant repair work on the system itself to fix the fans or clean the heatsink.

The M1 Ultra chip is almost three times larger than the Ryzen CPU

Mac Studio Teardown 2

After removing the motherboard’s back panel, you’ll be able to see the giant M1 Ultra chip, which is one of the largest (by volume) consumer chips we’ve ever seen. However, unusually, you will find that the thermal compound applied to the chip passes only through its center, because of the thermal solution invented by Apple, it would be incredibly interesting if someone could pack one of these chips. A cooling solution for desktop computers in a skunkworks-like architecture. It’s almost three times larger than your average Ryzen chip, which is incredibly impressive.

It just goes to show how far Apple has gone in pushing the first generation of silicon to its natural end, a massively powerful chip that will be able to run in as many workloads as content creators demand, with 10-core CPUs and 32-core GPUs. Which will be competitive even with discrete desktops.

Apple Mac Studio SSD may be user replaceable

Apple Mac Studio has an empty NVMe slot on the board, although it is questionable whether the port may actually have space for another SSD, and whether the SSD will be user-replaceable. But, all the flags point to the port that allows you to expand your storage space. Until then, confirmation of whether or not this is actually possible will remain with the Mac mods community, which will certainly be all over Mac Studio, especially since the only way to get the M1 Ultra is in Mac Studio at the time being written.

Where else can we see the M1 Ultra?

Given the size of the chip we’re pretty sure we won’t see this SoC in a mobile device anytime soon, it’s going to be very difficult to design this one. But, that might spark hope for those looking to update the 27-inch iMac, as this would be the ideal type of machine that would be able to handle chip size, heat and more for this giant ARM mammoth — a workhorse workhorse that also promises to be More power efficient than competing chips on the market, threatening any x86 manufacturers who might want to show off their power, the M1 Ultra brings core count, speed and versatility, while not being limited by legacy architecture which may not be the way forward for market computing mass.

That’s the end of the game for Apple, and its plans to disrupt the entire home computing industry and should keep competing chip makers in the dark. Should they also move to ARM? Windows on ARM isn’t a great user experience right now, so tried-and-true industry owners may want to wait, or develop their own ARM chips alongside Microsoft to ensure the experience ends up on the OS.

This may be the last M1 variant we see, as you should expect Apple to prepare the next generation of self-developed silicon. It’s going to be an interesting journey to see if the rest of the industry will kind of respond to this kind of disruption. It’s not about whether other companies will respond, but when.

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