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2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max: Convert RAW Files to JPEG With Adobe Camera Raw (Sony A7R IV)
Related: 2019 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro, 2020 iMac 5K, 4K and 5K display, Adobe Camera Raw, Apple MacBook Pro M1, Apple Silicon, iMac, iMac 5K, laptop, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Macs, Photoshop, Sony A7R, Sony A7R II, Sony A7R III, Sony A7R IV, SSD, video
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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.
This test is a real-world task relevant to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe 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 — 60-megapixel Sony A7R IV raw files
CPU cores help the 28-core 2019 Mac Pro eke out a modest wind over the MBP.
But the 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max dusts 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.
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