Great article, thanks. Was the speed of the MBP 16" Max measured off internal SSD storage or external?
I'm leaning towards a stop-gap base Studio Max and hedging $3-4k savings to trade it for the Mac Pro M2 down the road.
I ordered a maxed-out M1 Ultra a few hours after it became available. Estimated delivery is in May, though my M1 Max shipped weeks sooner than Apple had predicted, so who knows.
I also ordered a Studio Display. If price isn't a significant factor, would you recommend canceling the display and substituting in its stead a Pro Display XDR?
Or even just keeping my current monitor setup. Realistically, I have no issues with 2 x Dell U3818DW, and I wonder if I'll miss the extra real estate.
It's also made us think not to trust any third-party review that is using media external to the Mac Studio! Things will only go as fast as the slowest pipe and that's now external storage as we can't see many editors with SSD RAIDS running at 7GB/s.
Regarding external media, you might be right but I'm not sure that write speed is the reason. I just rendered and exported an 80GB video using ProRes 422 on a maxed-out M1 Max MBP. Per iStat, disk write speed during the export peaked at under 400MB/s. Perhaps latency explains it?
Thanks for the excellent review! I ordered the base Ultra (which I guess isn't exactly basic) with 64GB unified memory / 4TB SSD storage. That still topped $6,000CAN.
I've been losing sleep since, hoping I made the right decision.
I'll be editing some 8K video (from the Nikon Z9) -- not extremely complex timelines but want to make sure I've future-proofed; this will hopefully last me for the next few years. The last 2 years I'ver been mostly using a specced out 2020 Intel MacBook, which struggles and takes forever to render.