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2018 MacBook Pro: Convert RAW Files to JPEG With Adobe Camera Raw (Canon 5DS R)
Related: 2015 MacBook Pro, 2017 iMac 5K, 2018 MacBook Pro, 4K and 5K displays, Adobe Camera Raw, Canon 5DS, Canon 5DS R, computer display, iMac, iMac 5K, laptop, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Macs, Photoshop, RAW, Thunderbolt, workflow
MPG tested a fully-loaded Apple 2018 MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.9 GHz 32GB 2TB Radeon Pro 560X. The only better model is the same configuration with a 4TB SSD.
This test is a real-world task relevant to Adobe Photoshop: batch convert raw files to JPEG. Disk I/O is not a significant factor for any of these machines.
Raw file conversion to JPEG — 50-megapixel Canon CR2 raw
The 2018 MacBook Pro looks solid here, only a few percent behind the 2017 iMac 5K. That said, with 6 CPU cores, one might hope for more, since the 2017 iMac 5K has only 4 CPU cores.
The 2015 MacBook Pro (and by implication the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro) all lag, taking 25% longer. Thus the 2018 MacBook Pro is a solid win for raw conversion of Canon CR2 raw.