Two 16-inch MacBook Pros running Adobe Creative Cloud apps
November 21st, 2019 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
Again, we pit the 8-core 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz with 16GB of memory and a Pro 5500M GPU with 4G of GDDR6 memory against the 8-core 2.4GHz CPU with 32GB of memory and Pro 5500M GPU with 8GB of GDDR6 memory -- running Adobe apps and one game.
2.3GHz 5500M 4G = 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with 8-core 2.3GHz 9880H CPU, 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, Radeon Pro 5500M GPU with 4G of GDDR6 memory, 1TB of flash based storage.
2.4GHz 5500M 8G = 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with 8-core 2.4GHz 9980HK CPU, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, Radeon Pro 5500M GPU with 8G of GDDR6 memory, 2 TB of flash based storage.
NOTE: Both laptops were running macOS 10.15.1 Catalina.
After Effects 2020
Render the TESTCOMP Project using Metal Mercury GPU Acceleration. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)
Premiere Pro 2020
Export 819 frame 5K RED project as ProRes 4444XQ. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)
Render Iris Blur effect on sample image. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
Export 100 Sony DNG images to full-size JPEG. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Run the three phase built-in benchmark using High Preset with AMD FidelityFX CAS enabled. (HIGHER Frames per Second = FASTER)
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
As reported in our first article featuring the 16-inch MacBook Pros, neither model experienced thermal down-throttling like we reported on the previous model. No matter what app we threw at them, they never dropped below the base frequency -- unless the processors were idle. When stressed, the temperatures rose and the fans kicked up, but the improved "fans and fins" did their job.
This follow-up article features four Adobe apps and one game. The 2.4GHz model exhibited an advantage ranging from 6% to 14%. With only a 4% CPU core frequency gain (and 4% Turbo Boost gain) over the 2.3GHz model, the faster times could be coming from the increase in main memory and GPU video memory.
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