Professional photographer puts Apple M1 chips to the test

Apple Silicon M1 chips are still very recent. Some apps, not just Apple, have been optimized for this chip, and it shows in terms of performance. But what is it really worth?

With the new Apple M1 chips, many professionals are wondering. What about their performance compared to the already proven performance of Intel processors? After all, Intel has been in this market for years, its chips have even almost become standard today. Switching to a brand new platform could have a clearly negative impact on a professional’s work processes.

Apple M1 chip put to the test by professional photographer

And it is precisely in an attempt to assess this impact that Andrew Hoyle, professional photographer at CNET, decided to give this M1 chip a major real test. This by asking the machine to perform certain tasks in applications like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, and the results are surprising. Via a simply “translated” version of Photoshop using Rosetta 1, it turns out that the MacBook Pro took about 2.5 minutes to align 19 RAW photos in full resolution and merge them into a single image.

Efficient, certainly, but could do better!

On his “amazingly capable PC”, powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 3950 X CPU and a NVIDIA RTX Titan GPU with 128 GB of RAM, the operation took only 1.1 minutes . That being said, to compare what is more comparable, performing the same operation with the M1 chip-optimized version of Photoshop, which is still in beta, took just 69.5 seconds. Equal play therefore with a PC equipped with much more expensive components.

Andrew Hoyle then ran a test that involved exporting Full HD video with Premiere. With the version translated via Rosetta 2, the operation took over 6 minutes compared to just over 3 minutes with the version optimized for the M1 chip. The AMD PC with NVIDIA GPU this time takes the crown hands down, completing its task in just 80 seconds.

Conclusion of these few tests? While the Apple Silicon M1 chip is certainly powerful, and can actually compare to more traditional setups, there is clearly room for various improvements. And why not, very soon, with an M1X chip? To be continued !

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