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AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series Content Creation Review

Written on June 23, 2022 by Matt Bach

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?


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Adobe After Effects: AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series vs Intel Xeon W-3300

Written on June 23, 2022 by Matt Bach

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 are often used for high-end workflows in After Effects, not only because their high core count pairs well with the recent multi-frame rendering feature, but they also allow for huge amounts of RAM to be used. Just how must faster are these new CPUs compared to their main competition: the Intel Xeon W-3300 series?


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AMD Ryzen 5800X3D vs 5800X for Content Creation

Written on May 17, 2022 by Matt Bach

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.


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Intel Dragon Canyon NUC 12 Extreme - Content Creation Review

Written on April 11, 2022 by Matt Bach

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?


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Adobe After Effects: Intel Core i9 12900KS Performance

Written on April 5, 2022 by Matt Bach

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. Even with the new multi-frame rendering feature, After Effects is still very sensitive to CPU frequency - so is the new 12900KS worth the investment?


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Adobe After Effects - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Performance

Written on March 29, 2022 by Matt Bach

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is here, with higher performance than the RTX 3090, but a much higher price tag and power draw to go along with it. In this article, we will look to see how the RTX 3090 Ti performs in After Effects compared to the rest of the RTX 3000 series, as well as the AMD Radeon RX 6900XT.


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Impact of DDR5 Speed on Content Creation Performance

Written on March 7, 2022 by Matt Bach

The latest Intel 12th Gen processors officially support a range of DDR5 RAM speeds between DDR5-3600MHz and DDR5-4800MHz depending on a number of factors including how many RAM slots are on the motherboard, how many sticks are used, and whether the sticks are single or dual rank. But if you stick with JEDEC specifications for frequency and timing, how much does this actually impact performance in common content creation applications like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Unreal?


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Understanding Storage for Video Editing

Written on February 1, 2022 by Matt Bach

Processors and video card may be the most discussed hardware when designing a video editing workstation, but the type and configuration of your local storage drives is also a very important consideration. Not only can a proper storage setup help your workstation perform at its best, but it can also help increase the longevity and reliability of your system.


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Adobe After Effects: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

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. This is a lot of new technologies in one product, so we are excited to see how much of a performance boost the 12th Gen CPUs will see in Adobe After Effects - especially in light of the new multi-frame rendering feature in After Effects 22.0.


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Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Video Editing?

Written on October 8, 2021 by Matt Bach

Windows 11 is finally here, although many popular editing applications like Premiere Pro and After Effects do not yet have full official support. But, is there a reason to go ahead and upgrade to Windows 11 for video editing even before full support is added?


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How to Choose the Best Hardware for Multi-Frame Rendering in After Effects

Written on October 6, 2021 by Matt Bach

The new Multi-Frame Rendering feature vastly improved performance in Adobe After Effects - often giving a 2-4x increase in performance. This feature allows Ae to take advantage of significantly more CPU cores, but how does that change what hardware is best for After Effects?


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After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering GPU Performance Analysis

Written on October 6, 2021 by Matt Bach

Multi-Frame Rendering is making its way into Adobe After Effects, often giving a 2-4x boost to performance with its greatly improved multi-threading capability. But while this will make higher core count processors more effective, how will it affect GPU performance?


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After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering Processor Performance Analysis

Written on October 6, 2021 by Matt Bach

Multi-Frame Rendering is making its way into Adobe After Effects, often giving a 2-4x boost to performance with its greatly improved multi-threading capability. Will this make higher core count CPUs, or platforms with more RAM bandwidth, worth it?


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Adobe After Effects - Intel Xeon W-3300 Processor Performance

Written on July 29, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel's new Xeon W-3330 series of workstation CPUs are here, ranging from 12 to 38 cores, touting up to 18% IPC improvement, and support for 4TB of RAM. The amount of RAM you have available for After Effects is often critical, but is Xeon W worth the cost in order to get up to 4TB of RAM, or should you stick with the Intel and AMD's consumer line of processors?


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Adobe After Effects - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti & 3080 Ti Performance

Written on July 19, 2021 by Matt Bach

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti are here, touting more performance and higher VRAM on the RTX 3080 Ti compared to the the RTX 3080 - although with a larger price tag to match. While After Effects does utilize the GPU for a number of effects, is the higher price worth it?


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Adobe After Effects - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Performance

Written on June 9, 2021 by Matt Bach

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is here, touting more performance and higher VRAM than the RTX 3080 - although with a larger price tag to match. While After Effects does utilize the GPU for a number of effects, is the higher price worth it?


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Adobe After Effects: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on March 30, 2021 by Matt Bach

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 will that be enough for Intel to overtake AMD in After Effects?


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How Fast is the new Multi-Frame Rendering in After Effects 18.1 BETA?

Written on March 10, 2021 by Matt Bach

One of the most common hardware complaint you will hear about After Effects is that it doesn't take advantage of the higher core count CPUs that are common in today's workstations. In the new After Effects 18.1 BETA, however, Adobe is introducing a new feature called Multi-Frame Rendering which should vastly speed up render times when you have a higher core count processor.


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Adobe After Effects - AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 Series CPU Performance

Written on February 19, 2021 by Matt Bach

AMD's new Threadripper Pro CPUs are here, combining many of the features from their Threadripper and EPYC CPU lines including increased memory and PCI-E capability. The amount of RAM you have available for After Effects is often critical, but is Threadripper Pro worth the cost in order to get up to 2TB of RAM, or should you stick with the Ryzen or Threadripper line of processors?


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Best Workstation PC for Adobe After Effects (Winter 2020)

Written on February 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

After Effects can be a power hungry application, requiring a powerful workstation with plenty of system memory in order to keep you in your creative process. In this post, we will go over a few of our recommendations for the best PC for Adobe After Effects for a range of budgets.


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Adobe After Effects - NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB Performance

Written on January 26, 2021 by Matt Bach

While the launch of NVIDIA and AMD's consumer GPUs have been a major topic recently, NVIDIA is also starting to release the successor to their Quadro RTX line - starting with the RTX A6000. In this article, we will look at how it performs in After Effects compared to recent NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs.


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Adobe After Effects - AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Performance

Written on January 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

The number of GPU accelerated effects in After Effects has increased in recent years, but it continues to be an application that is primarily CPU bottlenecked. With the launch of the Radeon 6900 XT, we can get a look at how AMD competes with NVIDIA at the top end of their GPU product line.


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Adobe After Effects - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Performance

Written on December 30, 2020 by Matt Bach

The number of GPU accelerated effects in After Effects has increased in recent years, but it continues to be an application that is primarily CPU bottlenecked. With the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, NVIDIA is finally at the end of their 3 month rolling launch of the GeForce 30 series cards. Will this new card continue the trend of NVIDIA dominance in After Effects?


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Adobe After Effects - AMD Radeon RX 6800 (XT) Performance

Written on December 1, 2020 by Matt Bach

The number of GPU accelerated effects in After Effects has increased in recent years, but it continues to be an application that is primarily CPU bottlenecked. However, AMD cards have in the past been slightly slower than their NVIDIA counterparts. Will the new Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT GPUs allow AMD to match or beat NVIDIA in After Effects?


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Apple M1 MacBook vs PC Desktop Workstation for Adobe Creative Cloud

Written on November 17, 2020 by Matt Bach

Apple has recently launched MacBook Air and Pro models using the new Apple M1 chip based on the Arm instruction set. While we do not usually examine performance for laptops, we wanted to see how these new chips compare to a desktop PC.