Ever since the launch of the 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs, AMD and Intel have been trading blows when it comes to Premiere Pro performance. With the launch of the Ryzen 9 3900X, however, will AMD to take a solid lead over Intel?
While the choice between using an Intel X-series or Intel Xeon W processor is often decided by more than straight-up performance, it is still useful to know exactly how much performance you might be losing in order to gain Xeon-exclusive features like 64 PCI-E lanes or Reg. ECC memory support. To that end, in this post we will be benchmarking the Intel X-series, Intel Xeon W-3200, as well as the AMD Threadripper processors in a range of applications including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and DaVinci Resolve.
AMD’s new Ryzen 3rd generation processors feature both an increase in core count and per-core performance, which is exactly what Premiere Pro tends to need to get the best performance. Will this make these new chips the best choice for video editors compared to the AMD Threadripper, Intel 9th Gen, and Intel X-series CPUs?
Intel has recently released a pair of highly exclusive – and expensive – processors: the Core i9 9990XE and Xeon W-3175X. The question is: does either one make sense to use for Adobe Creative Cloud applications?
The Intel Core i9 9990XE 14-core CPU is a special, OEM-only, no warranty processor that is only available to select system manufacturers like Puget Systems. This unique processor is able to run at 5.0 GHz even when all the cores are being used which should make it among the fastest processors currently available for Premiere Pro.
In addition to being one of the more important choice, getting the right CPU is also one of the more complicated decisions when configuring a Premiere Pro workstation. Unlike applications like Photoshop and After Effects where there is a relatively clear “best” CPU, in Premiere Pro there are reasons to use a wide range of processors depending on your budget and what you are doing. But which should you use in your system?
Premiere Pro works very well with Intel’s X-series processors, but the new models that just came out only have a small frequency bump and no increase in core count. Is this enough to increase performance in Premiere, or is there no reason to use one of these new models?
AMD’s Threadripper 2970WX and 2990WX processors have incredibly high core counts, but often give low performance when running applications that cannot effectively use all their cores. The new “Local Dynamic Mode” is meant to help alleviate some of these issues, but will it actually help video editing applications like Premiere Pro, After Effects, and DaVinci Resolve?
Intel’s new 9th Gen Core Processors include both a small frequency bump and an increase in core count. Due to these improvements, these CPUs fare extremely well in video editing applications, performing close to 20% faster than the i7 8700K in many Adobe applications.
We tend to use either Intel’s X-series or AMD’s Threadripper CPUs for Premiere Pro due to their higher performance, but with Intel’s new 9th Gen CPUs sporting up to 8 cores, it will be very interesting to see how they fare in Premiere Pro.