December 7, 2023

The $1,599 M3 MacBook Professional 14-inch is Apple’s least expensive MacBook Professional choice, that includes a base configuration that features 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. That’s most likely sufficient for people who find themselves selecting between the 15-inch MacBook Air and the bottom M3 MacBook Professional. The M3 packs an enormous efficiency bump, and the 14-inch mannequin options wonderful battery life, a greater display screen, and a number of other additional ports.

However professionals who routinely use MacBook Execs to extend their productiveness will most likely need to get extra RAM out of the gate. As you’ll see within the following video comparability, 8GB of RAM will grow to be an enormous bottleneck relating to multitasking — no matter what Apple says.

Apple has already addressed criticism about its choice to pair the bottom M3 chip with 8GB of RAM as an alternative of 16GB. The corporate advised a blogger that 8GB RAM on the M3 MacBook Professional is the equal of 16GB of reminiscence on a PC. That’s extra proof of Apple’s nice advertising abilities, although I’m positive the corporate isn’t throwing out claims it will possibly’t again up.

Even so, that 8GB of RAM on the most affordable M3 MacBook Professional can solely achieve this a lot. YouTuber Max Tech in contrast the 8GB and 16GB variations of the bottom M3 MacBook Professional utilizing multitasking experiments as an alternative of benchmark exams.

8GB M3 MacBook Professional exporting 50 photos beneath varied situations. Picture supply: Max Tech

In a single occasion, the YouTuber used Lightroom Traditional to export 50 42-megapixel photos on each machines and checked out which model did it quicker. That wasn’t the one factor occurring on the laptops. The MacBook Execs have been additionally working 5 or 20 tabs contained in the browser whereas exporting these pictures.

As you’ll be able to see above, the 8GB mannequin was actually pushed to its limits. When dealing with 20 tabs and the export, the Mac wanted greater than 5 minutes to do the job. The 16GB M3 MacBook Professional exported the identical pictures in simply over a minute, whatever the variety of open tabs.

Exporting 50 photos with 20 browser tabs open is over 4 times faster on the 16GB M3 MacBook Pro.
Exporting 50 pictures with 20 browser tabs open is over 4 instances quicker on the 16GB M3 MacBook Professional. Picture supply: Max Tech

Curiously, the efficiency of the 16GB M3 MacBook Professional was on par with the 16GB M2 Professional MacBook Professional.

The video, accessible on the finish of this submit, reveals different multitasking examples. The conclusions are all the identical: 8GB of RAM won’t be sufficient.

The workflows the YouTuber reveals off gained’t match each MacBook Professional purchaser’s manner of doing issues. However most individuals have loads of tabs open in a browser whereas they function different apps, together with Adobe’s picture enhancing instruments, video enhancing software program, chat apps, and who is aware of what else.

16GB M3 MacBook Pro matches the performance of the 16GB M2 Pro MacBook Pro in this test.
16GB M3 MacBook Professional matches the efficiency of the 16GB M2 Professional MacBook Professional on this check. Picture supply: Max Tech

The purpose right here is that you simply’ll want to think twice about your present and future wants. The 8GB M3 MacBook Professional can nonetheless be an ideal device for an expert whose wants aren’t too demanding. Or somebody who doesn’t thoughts being slowed down. As a result of if you happen to don’t need to pay more cash for the RAM improve, you’ll have to simply accept that extra intensive duties will take longer.

The 16GB RAM improve will price you $200 additional, and it’s important to do it whenever you order the laptop computer. MacBooks don’t allow you to improve the RAM or storage after the very fact. However, at $1,799, the 16GB M3 MacBook Professional is approaching the value of the $1,999 M3 Professional MacBook Professional. And that chip mannequin has a default 18GB (not a typo) of RAM.

Should you’re nonetheless selecting your M3 MacBook Professional mannequin, I’ll remind you of two different key particulars in regards to the new laptops. To begin with, the 14-inch M3 Max fashions assist Excessive Energy Mode. Secondly, the 16-inch fashions assist quick charging by way of USB-C, not simply MagSafe.

Lastly, make sure you test our M3 Max MacBook Professional 14-inch assessment. The M3 Max variations will start transport later this month.