AMD’s new Threadripper PRO 5000 WX series of CPUs are here, providing greater performance over the previous generation while maintaining the large memory capacity and high PCIe lane count that Threadripper Pro is known for. But just how much faster are these new processors in content creation applications, and how do they fare against their main competition: the Intel Xeon W-3300 series?
AMD’s new Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series CPUs have arrived, promising faster performance with the same high core count and platform features found in the previous generation. Workstation-class CPUs like Threadripper Pro may not be common for applications like Lightroom Classic, but there are some workflows that are able to take advantage of the raw horsepower of these processors. But, just how must faster are these new CPUs compared to their main competition: the Intel Xeon W-3300 series?
AMD has recently released the Ryzen 5800X3D, which is their first desktop processor using 3D-stacked L3 cache. This CPU has been very clearly marketed towards the gaming industry – and not content creation – but we wanted to see how well it holds up in content creation applications like Photoshop and Premiere Pro.
Intel’s “Dragon Canyon” NUC 12 Extreme is a highly compact PC that is still capable of hosting high-end hardware like an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 64GB of RAM, and multiple M.2 NVMe storage drives. However, the form factor does meant that the performance will not be as good as a standard desktop workstation. The question is, how much performance should you expect to lose by going with the ultra-compact Dragon Canyon NUC?
Intel is expanding their “Core” series lineup with the new top-end Core i9 12900KS. Compared to the 12900K, this new CPU has a slightly higher base and boost frequency, but in exchange requires a bit more power. Will this make a difference in Lightroom Classic, or should you save yourself a bit of money and get a less expensive CPU?
Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named “Alder Lake”) featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. AMD has held the performance crown in Lightroom Classic for a number of years, but is this enough to put Intel back on top?
Windows 11 is finally here, and while many popular photo editing applications like Photoshop and Lightroom Classic technically have official support, many come with a note that there may still be performance issues. We want to test to see if performance in these applications is better on Windows 11 vs Windows 10, or if you should hold off on upgrading.
Earlier this month, Intel announced the initial launch of their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named “Rocket Lake”). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, but AMD currently has a large lead in applications like Lightroom Classic. Will these new CPUs be enough for Intel to overtake AMD in Lightroom Classic?
Lightroom Classic has always performed well with AMD processors, although Intel has had a slight lead in active tasks. However, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 Series processors are here, touting major increases in performance in per-core performance which should allow AMD to take a solid lead over Intel no matter what your workflow is in Lightroom Classic.
Both AMD and Intel have recently released a number of minor updates to their CPUs with AMD launching the Ryzen 3600XT, 3800XT, and 3900XT while Intel has launched the Core i9 10850K. These new models are only slightly different than others that are already on the market, but do they provide any performance benefit?