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2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra: Photoshop Filters

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MPG tested the Apple Mac Pro with M2 Ultra #Z171000US 192GB/4TB/60GPU. 76 GPU/8TB SSD are options.

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2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra

This set of tests with these Photoshop filters offers a general look at what kind of performance can be expected with commonly-used filters.

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Results: Photoshop Filters

Lens Corrections: Adaptive Wide Angle, Lens Corrections, Lens Flare
Pixellate: Color halftone, Crystalize, Facet, Mezotin, Mosaic, Pointillize
Noise: Add Noise, Despeckle, Dust and Scratches, Median, Reduce Noise
Blur: Blur Gallery
Various: Oil Paint, Emboss, Liquify
Distort: Pinch, Polar Coordinates, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave
Sharpen: Sharpen Edges, Smart Sharpen, Unsharp Mask

Apple has some bugs to work out—GPU performance can go into a degraded state for no apparent reason, as this comparison shows. The comparison further below uses the best performance, which you won’t enjoy if things go goofy like this.

2023 Mac Pro: Photoshop CC filters

Below, the 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra has trouble outperforming the 2022 MacBook Pro M2 Max. This might be because more cores can mean more overhead, and when the tasks are not scalable, more cores is slower not faster.

Still, the M2 Ultra fares a lot better than either Intel machine.

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

2023 Mac Pro: Photoshop CC filters
2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra
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