Is Mac Studio with M2 worth it? Everything about the Apple computer

is mac studio with m2 worth it everything about the apple computer
is mac studio with m2 worth it everything about the apple computer

Mac Studio is a compact and powerful desktop from Apple with M2 Max and M2 Ultra processors; learn about the differences between computer specifications, performance and prices


The Mac Studio is a powerful desktop from Apple , available in the Brazilian market with M2 Max and M2 Ultra processors. With a compact design reminiscent of the Mac Mini and high performance comparable to powerful PCs, the Studio is a computer aimed at demanding users and professionals, who need high performance to run high-demand applications and workflows.

Currently, it is possible to find Mac Studio models with M2 Max for R$22,999 on the manufacturer’s website. However, if the user wants the maximum configuration, the model with M2 Ultra can cost R$93,999, with 192 GB RAM and 8 TB SSD storage. Below, we list the complete technical sheet of Apple’s powerful and tiny desktop computer so you can answer your questions.

Mac Studio technical sheet:

  • Operating System: macOS
  • Processor: Apple M2 Max or M2 Ultra
  • Video card: integrated into the M2
  • Memory: 32 or 64 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB or 1 TB
  • Interfaces: 6x Thunderbolt 4 (4x Thuderbolt and 2x USB-C with M2 Max), 2x USB-A, HDMI, Ethernet, card reader, headphone output, Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E
  • Dimensions: 19.7 x 19.7 x 9.5 cm

Mac Studio Design

The Mac Studio is a desktop with a very compact design that occupies a similar area to the Mac Mini, although it is taller and has more volume. With dimensions of 19.7 x 9.5 x 19.7 cm, it is difficult to repeat something so small and with the same level of performance using Windows . It is worth remembering that the computer does not come with a screen, making it necessary to connect it to a previously purchased one or buy a new one.

In terms of interfaces, the Studio has 6 Thunderbolt 4 ports (4 type interfaces on the model with M2 Max and two USB-C), Ethernet, HDMI, headphone output and memory card reader. There is also Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E .

Studio is compact and comes well-equipped with interfaces — Photo: Divulgação/Apple

Mac Studio Processor

The Mac Studio can be found with both the M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips. In the Max version, the Studio comes with a total of 12 processing cores, eight of which are high performance, and the others are more energy efficient. In the Ultra, the most powerful processor between the two, it is possible to find 16 high-performance cores, in addition to eight aimed at energy saving and less heat dissipation.

Mac Studio with M2 Ultra guarantees more performance and can even run heavy games in 4K at 60 FPS — Photo: Disclosure/Apple

There are also differences in GPU . The entry-level model comes with 30 graphics cores, while the top of the line offers twice as many. The same happens in the so-called Neural Engine, Apple’s hardware architecture for artificial intelligence (AI), with 16 colors of this type in the M2 Max and 32 in the Ultra. Finally, in RAM memory, there are 32 GB in the model with Max and 64 GB in the unit that comes equipped with Ultra.

In terms of storage, the differentiation between the initial configurations remains the same: there are 512 GB of SSD in the most affordable model and 1 TB in the most expensive model. Strictly speaking, the disks are even removable – something very rare in Apple’s restrictive designs – but changing the SSD is not trivial, as the drives used by the manufacturer are not so common.

Mac Studio Performance

The Mac Studio is a desktop with an industrial design that is more cooling-friendly than a MacBook, and this has significant effects on the computer’s performance. As the device is able to better dissipate the heat generated during its operation, the processor can maintain higher speeds for longer, which can represent greater sustainable performance than in a MacBook Pro equipped with the same M2.

The biggest highlight of the Studio is the graphic performance of the M2 processors. Apple’s architecture has enough processing power to even run games originally for Intel processors with good performance. The website The Verge , in a review of the Studio with M2, identified Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 4K with 68 FPS on the Ultra chip, and 60 FPS on Max.

Mac Studio consumption

The Mac Studio needs a stable supply of 370W of power to function, according to Apple. As a comparison, a GeForce RTX 4090 for PCs alone can consume 470 W alone. In other words, the desktop promises to have highly satisfactory energy efficiency. In fact, the PC power supply is integrated into the chassis, meaning you only need to connect the power cable to the Studio and to the socket.

Mac Studio is aimed at a demanding audience — Photo: Disclosure/Apple

Mac Studio Features

Mac Studio offers the same level of features as other Apple platforms. The user has access to the brand’s very integrated ecosystem and, running macOS, can have access to applications and services created for iOS . iPhone in a simple and functional way.

A relevant differentiator of Mac Studio, especially when compared to MacBooks, is the improved support for multiple screens. The version with the M2 Ultra can simultaneously connect eight 4K screens, six 6K monitors or three 8K monitors. The Max chip promises to control four 6K and one 4K screens at the same time, or two 6K and one 8K monitors (or 4K at 240 Hz) at once.

Mac Studio Pricing

The Mac Studio is available in the version with the M2 Max chip for R$22,999 on the Apple website, rising to R$45,999 if the user wants the M2 Ultra processor. In both versions, the user can customize the amount of RAM and SSD storage.

On Mercado Livre , the desktop can be found for R$21,599 with an M2 Max chip, in addition to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD. However, it is important to consider that the Studio is a computer sold by Apple without a mouse, keyboard and monitors, something that should increase its total cost.


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