Why is this important: Adobe Premiere Pro may not be the software of choice for most video editors on Mac, as it lacks the level of optimization of Apple’s Final Cut Pro suite. However, Apple’s latest M1 Max chipset appears to be pretty fast for both, due to improvements in CPU, GPU, and media engine performance.
Last June, Adobe said its Creative Cloud suite of apps run more than 80% faster on Macs with an M1 chipset compared to equivalent systems with an Intel processor. To prove its point, the company even commissioned a study from Pfeiffer Consulting that looked at native versions of Arm from Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom Classic. Premiere Pro, which was still in beta at the time, showed a performance improvement of 77% on average.
Now that Apple has launched its highly anticipated M1 Pro and M1 Max-based MacBook Pros, everyone is curious to see the company’s performance put to the test. Despite the fact that the shipping dates for the new systems are slipping into the second half of November, someone was able to get their hands on a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Max chipset (thanks, Tom’s Hardware) and ran PugetBench for Premiere Pro 0.95.1 (which uses Premiere Pro version 15.4.1), giving us a first look at how Apple’s new chipsets compare to x86 processors paired with discrete GPUs from AMD and Nvidia.
It appears that Apple’s latest 16-inch MacBook Pro is indeed significantly faster than its predecessor, as well as gaming laptops like Dell’s Alienware x17 R1 and the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 which combine Tiger Lake processors. Generation 11 with the graphics processors for Nvidia RTX 3000 laptops. The new Apple device managed a standard overall score of 1168 and an extended overall score of 1000 in PugetBench for Premiere Pro 0.95.1, which is superior to these two high-end laptops.
Apple said at the “Unleashed” event that the processors in its M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets are faster than 8-core laptop processors while using considerably less power. However, a more interesting claim has been made on the GPU side, with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets being described as more powerful than most discrete laptop GPUs while using 70% less power.
PugetBench’s results lend some credence to this notion, as the M1 Max chipset’s GPU scored 66 points, which is close to the 68 points achieved by Nvidia’s RTX 3080 laptop GPU and well above 20.6 points. obtained with the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M in the previous MacBook Pro 16, admittedly a bit old at this point. A similar story is described by the standard and extended live playback scores, thanks to the improved media engine of Apple’s new chipset.
If these findings hold true, Apple may indeed have created mobile chipsets that are giving Intel, Nvidia and AMD a run for their money. This is relevant because just a few days ago Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said his company someday hopes to win back Apple as a customer by making better chips that can compete with anything that comes out of the lab’s lab. giant of Cupertino. Gelsinger is also confident that Intel Alchemist GPUs will be in high demand, but we’ll have to wait and see.