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2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max: diglloyd Adobe Photoshop Benchmarks

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MPG tested both the 14-inch and 16-inch models Apple 2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max 128GB /4TB, model Z1AU002AK and model Z1AF001AN. See all Apple MacBook Pro M3 Max.

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2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max

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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, but all the tested systems here had ample memory except for diglloydHuge.

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diglloydSpeed1

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.

The 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra leaves the Intel Macs in the dust but the 2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max make short work of the Mac Pro. This doesn’t make much sense, but repeating the tests show the same result every time.

*** See test notes discussing 2019 Mac Pro and 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max results.

2023 MacBook Pro: CdiglloydSpeed1 Photoshop benchmark

diglloydMedium

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.

The MacBook Pro M3 Max stuns, with 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra trailing well behind. Again, it is not clear why this should be.

*** See test notes discussing 2019 Mac Pro and 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max results.

2023 MacBook Pro: C diglloydMedium Photoshop benchmark

diglloydLarge

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 2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max is the easy winner.

*** See test notes discussing 2019 Mac Pro and 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max results.

2023 MacBook Pro: C diglloydLarge Photoshop benchmark

diglloydHuge

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.

The Mac Pro had 384GB memory and the iMac each had 128GB—ample for this test.

The 2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max is the easy winner.

The 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max lags badly due to insufficient memory for the test (only 64GB).

*** See test notes discussing 2019 Mac Pro and 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max results.

2023 MacBook Pro: C diglloydHuge Photoshop benchmark
2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max
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