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2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max: Lightroom Import/Export

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MPG tested the Apple 16.2" MacBook Pro with M1 Max Chip Z14X000HR, a maxed-out model in all ways except 4TB SSD instead of the maximum 8TB SSD.


2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max

Ever popular Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ("Lightroom") requires that files be imported into its database before they can be worked on. Import was done with Add (don’t copy) and generate 1:1 previews in parallel, no lookup of location, etc. Time was measured until the preview-generation progress bar disappeared.

Export was high-quality level 10 JPEG at full resolution, with no extra processing involved.

Disk I/O not a factor, the files being on a fast internal SSD.

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Lightroom Import/Export

RAW files of 45/60/100/150 megapixels: 100 Fujifilm GFX100, 100 Fujifilm GFX50S, 100 PhaseOneIQ4 150, 100 Nikon D850, 100 Sony A7R IV, 100 Hasselblad X1D

The 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max ("MBP") puts the 8-core 2019 iMac 5K to shame; the iMac takes nearly twice as long to Export and 32% longer to Import. That’s just incredible out of a laptop.

The high-end 2019 Mac Pro with its 28 CPU cores easily outpaces the other machines just by its overwhelming number of CPU cores, when they can be used, as here. Most Mac Pro configurations (8/10/12 cores) would be running neck-and-neck or slower than the MBP.

2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max vs 2019 iMac 5K, 2020 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro: Convert 100 Sony 7R III 42-megapixel raw flies to JPEG
2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max
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