Is anyone running On1 Photo Raw 2023 on a Mac Studio. I need to replace my Windows machine and I am considering a Mac Studio with the following configuration:
- Apple M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
- 32GB unified memory
- 1TB SSD storage
- Front: Two USB-C ports, one SDXC card slot
- Back: Four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one 10Gb Ethernet port, one 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Accessory Kit
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated
I suggest watching ArtIsRight on YouTube. He has reviewed the various M1 models with a photographer's use in mind. His opinion is that some of the higher end models are overkill.
I cannot post a link, sorry. When I post a YouTube link my messages get held in limbo and cannot be seen until it gets approved.0
This is the exact model I just purchased except I got 64GB Ram. I works beautifully! Replaced my late 2013 Mac Pro which was struggling with the GPU. This is so much better!0
I’m using same config as Wayne above …..I love it….I also watched the video Brian referenced, and he is right…the Ultra config is really a diminishing return, and not worth the extra $$ over the base level Studio config. I’ve never had the system even get warm, even when I first rebuilt the catalog after moving from the old machine, with all 10 cores pegged at max for quite a bit of time! You won’t regret it!0
Thank you - have been umming and rring for a while and am going for a 32gb version0
David, please keep this post updated, I’m in a similar spot. Trying to decide between the following:
- 14” Mac Pro with the M1 Pro 8 core CPU, 14 core GPU, 32 gig RAM, 1 tb hard drive
- 14” Mac Pro with M1 Pro 10 core CPU, 16 core GPU, 16 gb RAM & 1 tb HD
- Mac Studio M1 Max , 10 core CPU, 32 core GPU, 32 gb RAM, & 1 TB hd
I don’t think I need the MAX but I keep my equipment for a very long time and want to push off obsolescence a few years. Also, not sure a need a laptop and was hoping for a Mac Mini Pro this fall but no such luck.0
I would say you do want the Max…on1 uses the gpu a lot…this article https://www.on1.com/blog/the-best-computer-for-photo-editing/ states:
”The video card, or GPU, is where we prefer to do most of the image processing. It is much faster than the CPU for these kinds of tasks. Having a sound video card will give you the most significant boost in performance.”.
so, I think going with the Max for extra GPU is good….BTW, there are really good deals right now on the 14” MacBooks (like $400 discounts), but I’d personally go with the Studio ( I love mine!, and I’ve seen $200 discounts on those) if you don’t need portability. Relative to obsolescence…..unfortunately all of your choices will be “obsolete” by next Spring (M2 pro and max probably). But that’s how it always is! However, if you’re going from Intel to Apple silicon, the jump in performance is much bigger than it probably will ever be with M2 and succeeding generations, so I think now is one of the best times to upgrade if you’re still on Intel….
YMMV, and just my opinion, etc!0
Will do - have just pulled the trigger on a Studio, M1 Max with 32 GPU and 1TB SDD - just over my max budget, but.... Delivery early Jan. Am pairing this with an original apple (LG) 5K monitor.
Will let everyone know how it goes.0
1 week with the new Mac Studio and am amazed at how fast it is. From changing skies to doing complex masking, it is almost instant. Know it is an expensive tool, but not as much as the d850 that I use to generate the raw material for it.0
I’ve had mine for 9 months now and love it. The only thing I’m considering to improve performance is to add an external SSD (USB 3.2 Gen2) to put my on1 cache on, as suggested here: https://on1help.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360035750991-Catalogs-and-Caches-ON1-Photo-RAW-2022-ON1-PHOTO-RAW-2021 .
I have a fairly large catalog, and it seems that having the cache on a separate drive may help speed up browse, since I won’t be trying to read/write cache on the same drive as the actual data……anyhow, from what I read this is a good idea….we’ll see.
enjoy your Studio! Lew0
Thank you - sounds like a good idea - I currently use a RAID 0 external disk for backup, but given the size of my catalog, an SDD sounds like a great idea.0
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