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2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra: diglloyd Adobe Photoshop Benchmarks

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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.

2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra

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These four benchmarks test the speed of Photoshop with different size workloads.

The amount of memory has a major influence on the diglloydLarge and diglloydHuge tests, but all the tested systems here had ample memory for the task, excepting the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max, which is at a disadvantage and yet still performs well.

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diglloydSpeed1

The diglloyd Speed1 benchmark uses a mix of the most commonly used Photoshop operations with a file size that allows everything to stay in memory. Hence it accurately represents what one might expect in everyday use of Adobe Photoshop CC. Specialty operations such as Liquify and other GPU-intensive tasks are just that—specialty, and are not included in this suite.

The Mac Studio M1 Ultra only matches the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max that was tested in early 2022.

diglloydSpeed1 Photoshop benchmark
2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra, 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max, 2019 iMac 5K 2019 Mac Pro

diglloydMedium

The diglloyd Medium benchmark uses a mix of the core Photoshop operations with a moderately larger file size that exceeds what most users are likely to use, taking about 15GB of memory usage in Photoshop. This puts it right on the edge of what a Mac with 16GB of memory can manage.

The Mac Studio M1 Ultra trails the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max that was tested in early 2022, showing that more CPU cores often cannot be used.

diglloydMedium Photoshop benchmark
2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra, 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max, 2019 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro

diglloydLarge

The diglloyd Large Photoshop benchmark uses a mix of the core Photoshop operations with a large file size that exceeds what most users are likely to use, using about 30GB of memory in Photoshop.

The Mac Studio M1 Ultra trails the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max that was tested in early 2022, showing that more CPU cores often cannot be used.

diglloydLarge Photoshop benchmark
2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra, 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max, 2019 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro

diglloydHuge

The diglloyd Huge benchmark uses a mix of the core Photoshop operations with a file size that requires about 56GB of memory usage in Photoshop, far beyond what most users are likely to encounter.

The Mac Pro had 384GB memory and the iMac each had 128GB—ample for this test.

The Mac Studio M1 Ultra edges out the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max that was tested in early 2022. The large test size might make more CPU cores slightly useful.

diglloydHuge Photoshop benchmark
2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra, 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max, 2019 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro
2022 Mac Studio M1 Ultra
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