Apple released a new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro/Max this week. Since they are productivity tools for professional users, everyone is more concerned about how much help they can bring in serious work, such as video editing. However, in Apple’s official introduction, it used its own Final Cut Pro X to test, and in real work, Adobe Premiere Pro is the video editing software used by more people. So what is the performance of M1 Pro/Max
in non-self-optimized software? There are already some third-party test scores.
Since Apple will hand over the evaluation machine to some media for testing before the new machine is officially listed, it is in PugetSystem, a manufacturer that specializes in selling high-end PC customized machines. Their test database PugetBench showed a model of MacBook Pro 16 results. It is equipped with the top M1 Max chip, 10-core CPU + 32-core GPU, and 64GB unified memory.
In the PugetBench for Premiere Pro 0.95.1 test, Apple’s top notebook scored a standard total score of 1168 points and an extended total score of 1,000 points. Judging from the table compiled by Tom’s hardware
, with the help of the M1 Max chip, the score of the new generation of 16-inch MacBook Pro has doubled compared with the previous generation Intel version of the 16-inch model. But in fact, the previous M1 chip already has a leapfrog performance level.
Compared with the current high-end Windows notebooks with close positioning, even the models equipped with Intel Core i7-11800H+NVIDIA RTX 3080 mobile version are higher. But if you compare it to a high-end desktop computer, for top configurations like i9-11900K+RTX 3090, there is still a big gap in the performance of Apple’s M1 Max in Premiere Pro. Especially in the GPU scores, there is still a big difference. Of course, this comparison is not fair. After all, the upper limits of desktop CPU and GPU power consumption are also much higher.
In fact, from the point of view of various scores, the Apple M1 Max can beat the hardware of the same level of Windows notebooks. Mainly in the real-time playback score, this should be due to Apple’s stronger video decoder and unified memory design, but in the video export score, it is lagging behind. In fact, Apple also said that the advantage of M1 Max this time is in the ProRes format codec, that is, their own software and format, in order to show the greatest performance advantage. Not all video formats are compatible. This is a point that users who do video post-production need to pay special attention to.