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2019 MacBook Pro 16-inch: diglloyd Adobe Photoshop Benchmarks
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MPG tested the maxed-out $6099 Apple 2019 MacBook Pro 16-inch 2.4 GHz Intel Core i9 / 64GB / 8TB / Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB.
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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, and that is why 64GB in the 2019 MacBook Pro is such a breakthrough compared to prior models.
No sign of thermal throttling was observed in the 2019 MacBook Pro in these tests, unlike prior models. That keeps the 2019 MBP performing like a fast desktop computer.
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.
See also my most crucial Photoshop workflow task.
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, which is no sweat for a 64GB laptop.
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 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.
Here, the 2019 MacBook Pro suffers versus the top-end maxed-out 2019 iMac 5K with 128GB in that the 64GB memory of the MBP is not quite enough. Still, the MBP acquits itself admirably given that disadvantage, taking only 33% longer.
Most users will never deal with files this large, so unless you do, this benchmark is immaterial.