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2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra: diglloyd Adobe Photoshop Benchmarks

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2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra

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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. The 2021 MacBook Pro M1 Max is very close, and the MBP M2 Max would likely equal or beat the M2 Ultra.

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

2023 Mac Pro: diglloydSpeed1 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 M2 Max stuns, with the Intel Macs far behind. The 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra trails it; this is not a test that can make use of 24 CPU cores, so there is overhead that is not compensated-for.

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

2023 Mac Pro: 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 MacBook Pro M2 Max stuns, with the Intel Macs far behind. The 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra trails it; this is not a test that can make use of 24 CPU cores, so there is overhead that is not compensated-for.

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

2023 Mac Pro: 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 MacBook Pro M2 Max stuns, with the Intel Macs far behind. The 2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra trails it for reasons cited above.

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 Mac Pro: diglloydHuge Photoshop benchmark
2023 Mac Pro M2 Ultra
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