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Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro M1 Max Here Soon for Testing

re: Why a Desktop Computer is Often Better than a Laptop
re: Apple MacBook Pro M1

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Big thanks to B&H Photo for agreeing to send a loaner 16" MacBook Pro 10-core 64GB/4TB/32GPU (APMBP16SG26), expected to arrive here at MPG by Jan 20 for review/testing.

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Real world testing is what should interest photographers

Test machine will be a high-end configuration, maxed-out except for 4TB SSD instead of 8TB.

MBP-16-SG-24 Apple 16.2" MacBook Pro with M1 Max Chip — 10 core / 64GB / 4TB 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.

How will the Apple M1 Max chip fare against both my 2019 iMac 5K with 128GB memory, and the 2019 Mac Pro 28-core with 384GB memory? Super interesting to find out.

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.

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I’m also keen to see how fast the Java runtime is, particularly with IntegrityChecker Java, and my local web server and development environment.

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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.

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