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2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max: Convert RAW Files to JPEG With Adobe Camera Raw (PhaseOne IQ4)

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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.

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2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max

This test is a real-world task relevant to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom: batch convert raw files to JPEG.

Disk I/O is not a significant factor, the files being small relative to the workload, and on the fast internal SSD.

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Raw file conversion to JPEG — 150-megapixel PhaseOne IQ4 raw

CPU cores rock on the 28-core 2019 Mac Pro, helping it to a solid win.

But the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max destroys the 2019 iMac 5K and 2020 iMac 5K... amazing performance!

NOTE: Adobe has improved raw file conversion considerably since early 2022 when these tests were run. Speed likely substantially higher for all machines with Photoshop CC 2022 v23.4.1 or later.

2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max vs 2019 iMac 5K, 2020 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro: Convert 100 PhaseOne IQ4 150-megapixel raw flies to JPEG
2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max
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