Which MacBook Pro 14 or 16" for DxO PhotoLab?

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Which MacBook Pro 14 or 16" for DxO PhotoLab?

Hello,

I’m deciding for an Apple Macbook Pro 14 or 16".

It will replace my desktop (3700X, 32GB DDR4 @3600MHz, RTX 2080 8GB, 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD…). I really need to save space and I need occaqional mobility.

My most demanding recurring task will be photo edition of Sony A7R IV files (61Mpx) with DxO PhotoLab 5.

I use Deep Prime (which utilized the neural engine so should work well on any M1/M1 Pro/M1 Max), lens corrections and extensive local corrections, as well as film pack profiles.

I have quite large libraries of photos (main 700~800GB, increasing in size, plus ~2TB of archives), with a lot of files in the same directories (what DxO PL seems not to like at all, with sluggish previews…).

I also do stacking for macros, but this is very occasional. As well as video editing, but same thing, very occasional.

In my budget, options are:

1# 14" / 8C CPU / 16C GPU / 16GB / 512GB (what will require me to store my main photo library on an external SSD and - if it helps with performances - to copy my working file on the internal storage) - 2249 €

2# 14" / 10C CPU / 14C GPU / 16GB / 512GB (same remark) - 2479 €

3# 14" / 10C CPU / 16C GPU / 16GB / 512GB (same remark) - 2519 €

4# 14" / 8C CPU / 14C GPU / 32GB / 512GB (same remark) - 2709 €

6# 14" / 8C CPU / 14C GPU / 16GB / 1TB (main library on internal storage (until it gets too big…), archives on external SSD) - 2479 €

7# 14" / 10C CPU / 14C GPU / 16GB / 1TB (main library on internal storage (until it gets too big…), archives on external SSD) - 2709 €

8# 14" / 10C CPU / 16C GPU / 16GB / 1TB (main library on internal storage (until it gets too big…), archives on external SSD) - 2749 €

9# 16" / 10C CPU / 16C GPU / 16GB / 1TB (what will require me to store my main photo library on an external SSD and - if it helps with performances - to copy my working file on the internal storage) - 2749 €

Would be complicated to put more money; already a (very) big budget for me.

So a lot of different options…and I’m quite lost regarding which one is the option for my use case with DxO PhotoLab.

Many thanks in advance for your help!

Fred

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Nikon D300 Sony a7R IV Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R +13 more
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