Apple recently introduced the M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro models, which include updated internals and a design identical to their predecessor. The latest MacBook Pro models, according to a teardown, have a comparably smaller heatsink, which may have an effect on the machine’s thermal efficiency.
Due to four thinner memory modules, the M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro models have a smaller heatsink. According to iFixit, the new thermal architecture of the new MacBook Pro models is a result of the M2 Pro and M2 Max CPUs’ reduced footprint. The most recent M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro models use four smaller memory modules as opposed to the M1 Pro and M1 Max versions’ two big modules.
Regardless of the fact that the dies of the M2 Pro and M2 Max are considerably huge than those of their predecessors, the total footprint is less. This allows for a smaller heatsink than those of the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro versions. The thermal efficiency of the new M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro models is unknown at this time. According to iFixit, supply chain difficulties are to blame for the smaller heatsinks on the latest MacBook Pro models. Apple utilized four smaller memory modules to conserve resources.
The SoC is installed on a substrate, and four smaller modules allowed Apple to minimize complexity by using smaller substrates. Apple was able to minimize routing complexity by adopting four smaller modules, according to the chief analyst at SemiAnalysis. Despite the fact that the new chips provide improved processing and graphics performance, it needs to be seen how the chip architecture relates to thermal efficiency. Apple may have made concessions to keep the price of the new MacBook Pro models in check.
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