16-inch MacBook Pro with 5600M GPU versus desktop Macs
June 24th, 2020 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
June 26th - added MacBook Pro with eGPU to graphs
Is the latest iteration of the 16-inch MacBook Pro ready to replace your desktop Mac?
2019 rMBP 5600M = 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 8-Core with Radeon Pro 5600M GPU (8G of HBM2) -- LG 5K UltraFine TB3 display used for game tests
2019 rMBP 5700 XT = 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 8-Core with Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU (8G of GDDR6) in eGPU -- used Dell 5K display for game tests
2017 iMP Vega 64 = 2017 iMac Pro 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon with Radeon Pro Vega 64 GPU (16G of HBM2) with built-in 27-inch Retina 5K display
2013 nMP 5700 XT = 2013 Mac Pro 3.0GHz 8-core Xeon E5-1680 with Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU (8GB of GDDR6) in eGPU to Dell UP2715 5K display
2013 nMP D700s = 2013 Mac Pro 3.0GHz 8-core Xeon E5-1680 with dual FirePro D700 GPUs (6GB of GDDR5 each) to 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt display
2010 cMP 5700 XT = 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 12-core Xeon X5680 with Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU (8GB of GDDR6) to Dell UP2715 5K display
Final Cut Pro X - BruceX Transcode to 4444 XQ
Convert 5K BruceX project to 5K ProRes 4444 XQ Master File. (LOWER time in seconds = FASTER)
Compressor - BruceX to HEVC 10-bit
Send 5K BruceX project to Compressor and convert to 4K HEVC 10-bit. (LOWER time in seconds = FASTER)
Motion - KT Open project RAM Preview
Render RAM Preview of 600 frame project. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
DaVinci Resolve 16.2.2
Looping Playback of Candle 1080p project with triple noise reduction (3NR preset) applied and using Metal. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
Lightroom Classic 9.3 - Enhance 12 Images
Enhance twelve Sony 7952x5304 images. (LOWER time in seconds = FASTER)
Photoshop 2020 - Render Iris Blur
Apply Iris Blur filter to 6096x4558 image. (LOWER time in seconds = FASTER)
Photoshop 2020 - Render Reduce Noise
Apply Reduce Noise filter to 6096x4558 image. (LOWER time in seconds = FASTER)
Premiere Pro 2020 - Transcode 5K RED to HEVC
Convert 5K RED 1596 frame project to HEVC 10-bit. (LOWER time in seconds = FASTER)
TW: Warhammer II
Built-in Skaven benchmark. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
Built-in three part benchmark. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
The 16-inch MacBook Pro with new Radeon Pro 5600M GPU came in first when running our Motion, Lightroom, and Photoshop tests. It came in second place running Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro.
The 2017 iMac Pro came in first running Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Premiere Pro tests.
The 2013 Mac Pro 'turbo tube' with the RX 5700 XT ran second in the Compressor and DaVinci Resolve tests.
The ten year old Mac Pro 2010 tower with the RX 5700 XT GPU came in first running Warhammer II, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and DaVinci Resolve tests.
UPDATE: Added the results for the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a eGPU box sporting an RX 5700 XT GPU. That improved results for some apps (DaVinci, Lightroom, Warhammer II, Shadow of the Tomb Raider) but hurt performance of other apps (Motion, Photoshop). If you use an eGPU, be sure to set "Prefer External GPU" in app's Get Info or set it in app's Preferences. Use Activity Monitor's GPU History graph (Command + 4) to verify which GPU is active.
So is the 16-inch MacBook Pro fast enough to replace your Mac desktop? It depends on what apps are most critical to your workflow.
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