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2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra: Photoshop Filters

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2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra

MPG tested the $7999 Apple Mac Studio M1 Ultra 20-core CPU / 64-core GPU/ 128GB / 8TB SSD , provided on loan for review by B&H Photo, an authorized Apple Mac dealer. Please buy your gear at B&H Photo and OWC/MacSales.com using any link from this site.

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This set of tests with these Photoshop filters offers a general look at what kind of performance can be expected with commonly-used filters.

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Results: Photoshop Filters

See the test notes for details on hardware configuration and software versions.

The Mac Studio M1 Ultra (purple) delivers the fastest results in most casee, but little faster than the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max*.

Note that 2X the CPU and GPU cores do next to nothing for speed on Photoshop filters shown here. Future potential software improvements are possible, but not very likely here in late June 2022. As per Adobe engineering, Jan 2022:

Everything written in OpenCL is being rewritten for Metal on macOS this year. OpenCL and OpenGL are dead. I believe SmartSharpen is at the top of the list to move to Metal off of OpenCL.

With OpenCL still offered in the preferences, maybe there is still work to do?

Lens Corrections: Adaptive Wide Angle, Lens Corrections, Lens Flare
Pixellate: Color halftone, Crystalize, Facet, Mezotin, Mosaic, Pointillize
Noise: Add Noise, Despeckle, Dust and Scratches, Median, Reduce Noise
Blur: Blur Gallery
Various: Oil Paint, Emboss, Liquify
Distort: Pinch, Polar Coordinates, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave
Sharpen: Sharpen Edges, Smart Sharpen, Unsharp Mask

Photoshop CC filters
2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra vs 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max, 2019 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro
2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra
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