Consult with Lloyd for any kind of computer purchase, RAID setup, backup strategy, Photoshop optimization, etc.
A big THANK YOU to B&H Photo for graciously agreeing to send a loaner 16" MacBook Pro 32GB/1TB/32GPU for review/testing, which MPG will review in depth when it arrives (perhaps a fairly long lead time given delayed availability even direct from Apple).
Configuration to be tested
MBP-16-SG-24 Apple 16.2" MacBook Pro with M1 Max Chip — 10 core / 64GB / 1TB SSD / 32 GPU cores
This is a mainstream moderately high-end configuration. For my demanding uses, I would bump it up to 4TB SSD.
MPG’s testing of the MBP will focus on real-world performance including Photoshop, Lightroom, Zerene Stacker, Gigapixel AI, IntegrityChecker, and other demanding real-world applications, aimed mostly at photographers—similar to what was done for the 2019 MacBook Pro.
Please buy your Mac through the links on this site to B&H Photo, if at all feasible—both MPG and B&H thus benefit. And get your accessories and storage from OWC.
The MBP will have 64GB memory, but all tests fit comfortably within that, so we can get a sense of raw computing power vs my other machines on just about everything I commonly do. I do frequently process even larger files in Photoshop, so I can also see how that works out.
I’m also keen to see how fast the Java runtime is, particularly with IntegrityChecker Java, and my local web server and development environment. P
B&H pays the sales tax for you (most states)
When you buy at B&H Photo, you can use the B&H Payboo card to save the sales tax.
I’ve saved thousands of dollars with it because here in tax-pig California our sales tax is at 9.25%, amounting to $323 on a $3499 laptop.
$230 SAVE $20 = 8.0% OWC 11-Port Thunderbolt Dock with Thunderbolt Cable in All Other Categories
$200 SAVE $80 = 28.0% OWC 14-Port Thunderbolt Dock with Cable - Space Gray in All Other Categories