In the chart below the gains realized from more RAM, a faster drive, and the appropriate graphic card drivers. These are upgrades one can’t make on the non-pro Mac platforms.
The real magic underneath is the NVIDIA RTX 3000 series card. It’s a game-changer for content creators (and gamers) and the reason why you can’t buy one presently without buying a prebuilt system or paying 100-200 above MSRP.
This isn’t an anti-Mac rant. For ease, security, and great design Macs are my go-to workhorses.
Until the M1’s get universal binaries for ARM, some new drivers, and 3rd party application support they are still hamstrung unless one works 100% within the Apple software ecosystem. The exception being DaVinci Resolve that is presently and since v17 M1 ready. That application represents the best of the best, it’s optimized to run on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Content creators should really consider using Resolve if they haven’t done so.
My Puget Benchmark results for After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Resolve here: My Puget benchmarks link
My base config as described in the previous post called 2021 Laptop Mania was/is:
ASUS – ROG Strix G15 15.6″ FDH
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB
16GBDDR4 3200 RAM
Original Black -Model: G513QR-ES96 – NewEgg link
For this modification, I added:
- NVIDIA Studio Drivers – NVIDIA Link
- Mushkin Essentials – DDR4 Laptop DRAM – 64GB (2x32GB) SODIMM Memory Kit – 3200MHz – Amazon Link
- Samsung – 980 PRO 1TB PCIE 4.0 x4 NVMe Gen4 Internal Gaming SSD M.2 for Laptops and Desktops – Best Buy Link
- Latest Asus Bios * – this resolved a problem with the USB-C port going offline (use the My Asus App to find the newest) – Asus Link