Consult with Lloyd for any kind of computer purchase, RAID setup, backup strategy, Photoshop optimization, etc.
Big thanks to B&H Photo for 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).
Production constraints affect not just end customers (delivery well into 2022 for many models), but also B&H Photo. So my review of the Apple MacBook Pro M1 Max (ordered Oct 19) will be done just as soon as I get it from B&H Photo, which currently looks like around December 16 ship date.
Real world testing is what should interest photographers
This is a mainstream moderately high-end configuration. For my demanding uses, I would bump it up to 4TB SSD.
MBP-16-SG-24 Apple 16.2" MacBook Pro with M1 Max Chip — 10 core / 64GB / 1TB SSD / 32 GPU cores
Benchmark results of raw computing power don’t mean much. They show potential peak improvements, but in the real world some tasks may race along and others might not, due to constraints on memory, software design, CPU vs GPU usage, etc. Still I have high hopes for the M1 Max chipset.
It has long been true that you pay more for less in a laptop, and it is unlikely for that to change in any meaningful way with the M1 laptops. Users who do not need a laptop should think carefully about waiting for a professional-grade M1 Max derivative in a desktop (or going with the current iMac 5K); see Why a Desktop is Often Better than a Laptop.
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.