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2018 MacBook Pro: Convert RAW Files to JPEG With Adobe Camera Raw (Sony A7R III)
Related: 2015 MacBook Pro, 2017 iMac 5K, 2018 MacBook Pro, 4K and 5K displays, Adobe Camera Raw, iMac, iMac 5K, laptop, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Macs, Photoshop, Sony A7R, Sony A7R II, Sony A7R III, 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 — Sony A7R III raw files
Sony uncompressed raw files are slightly faster to deal with because no decompression is needed although Sony’s compressed format is very fast to decompress.
The 2018 MacBook Pro turns in a modest improvement ranging from 11% to 22% versus the 2015 MacBook Pro and being 5% to 9% slower than the 2017 iMac 5K.