Why it matters: Adobe Premiere Pro may not be suitable for Mac video editors because it doesn't have the level of optimization for Apple's Final Cut Pro suite. Apple's latest M1 Max chipset appears to be fast enough for both due to improvements in CPU, GPU, and engine performance.
In June, Adobe said its Creative Cloud suite runs more than 80 percent faster on M1-powered Macs than on CPU-equivalent Intel systems. To prove its point, the company commissioned a study by Pfeiffer Consulting that examined the original versions of Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom Classic. Premiere Pro, which was still in beta at the time, showed an average performance improvement of 77%.
Now that Apple has launched the much-anticipated MacBook Pro M1 Pro and M1 Max, everyone is eager to test the company's performance claims. Although the release date for the new systems has been pushed back to the second half of November, someone was able to get a 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chipset (thanks, Tom's hardware) and PugetBench running for Premiere Pro ( 0.95.1) which uses Premiere Pro version 15.4.1), our first look at how the new Apple chips compare to x86 processors alongside discrete graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia.
< p> Apple's latest 16-inch MacBook Pro looks a lot faster than its predecessor, plus gaming laptops like Dell's Alienware x17 R1 and Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 featuring 11th-generation Intel Tiger Lake processors pairs Intel with the Nvidia RTX series 3000 GPUs. Apple's new device in PugetBench for Premiere Pro 0.95.1 has a score of 1,168 benchmarks and a broad overall score of 1,000, which is higher than these two high-end portable devices. Apple said in its "Unleashed" program that the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipset processors are faster than eight-core laptop processors, while using much less power. However, there was a more interesting claim about the GPU, with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips being described as more powerful than the laptop's discrete GPUs, while using up to 70% less power.
Apple M1 Max chipset shows teeth in PugetBench for Premiere Pro