What to Choose for Video Editing in 2020: Mac or PC?

Apple introduced the new 16” Macbook Pro recently, while other brands announced new models under the Nvidia RTX Studio line. While Apple and other Windows laptops share similarities in specs, they might give different results in video editing applications.

Apple’s Macbook Pro is known for its passive cooling design, harmony with Adobe applications, and higher price tag. However, other brands caught up with Apple in terms of specs and price when they started releasing “pro” laptops targeting creators. You can find the same processor, same amount of RAM, and same SSDs in both Macbook Pros and Windows laptops. The main difference will be the graphics card, as Apple only uses AMD graphics cards (mostly with integrated Intel graphic units). On the other hand, you can find a Windows laptop equipped with a Nvidia Quadro GPU or even an RTX GPU. At first glance, this might not be an issue for any content creator, but the differences between OpenCL (open source framework used by AMD) and CUDA (framework created by Nvidia) might affect your final decision before purchasing a new device, especially if the software you use is graphics card intensive.

In this video, Max Yuryev tests the new Macbook Pro and the Razer Blade Studio with different video editing and encoding software, including Final Cut, Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve. With the detailed benchmarks, he compares the results based on the general use.

Would you go with the new Macbook Pro 16” or would you instead pick a Windows laptop? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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