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Adobe Lightroom Classic: 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. AMD has held the performance crown in Lightroom Classic for a number of years, but is this enough to put Intel back on top?


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Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Photography?

Written on October 15, 2021 by Matt Bach

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.


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Adobe Lightroom Classic: 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 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?


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Best Workstation PC for Adobe Lightroom Classic (Winter 2020)

Written on December 8, 2020 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic may not be the most intensive application for many workflows, but for those that spend a significant amount of time in it, a properly configured workstation can make a big impact on productivity. In this post, we will go over a few of our recommendations for the best PC for Adobe Lightroom Classic for a range of budgets.


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Adobe Lightroom Classic: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU Performance

Written on November 5, 2020 by Matt Bach

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.


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Adobe Lightroom Classic - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 3080 & 3090 Performance

Written on October 29, 2020 by Matt Bach

While applications like Lightroom Classic utilize the GPU to accelerate a number of tasks, investing in a high-end GPU generally doesn't net you much performance gain. With NVIDIA's new RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090 cards, will this continue to hold true, or is there a reason to invest in one of these new GPUs?


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Adobe Lightroom Classic - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Written on September 24, 2020 by Matt Bach

While applications like Lightroom Classic utilize the GPU to accelerate a number of tasks, investing in a high-end GPU generally doesn't net you much performance gain. With NVIDIA's new RTX 3080 and 3090 cards, will this continue to hold true, or is there a reason to invest in one of these new GPUs?


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Adobe Lightroom Classic - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Performance

Written on September 17, 2020 by Matt Bach

While applications like Lightroom Classic utilize the GPU to accelerate a number of tasks, investing in a high-end GPU generally doesn't net you much performance gain. With NVIDIA's new RTX 30 series cards, will this continue to hold true, or is there a reason to invest in one of these new GPUs?


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Ryzen XT and i9 10850K for Adobe CC: Are They Worth It?

Written on July 27, 2020 by Matt Bach

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?


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Lightroom Classic CPU performance: Intel Core 10th Gen vs AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen

Written on May 20, 2020 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic has a number of interesting performance quirks - chief among them the fact that AMD processors are overwhelming faster than Intel processors for a number of tasks like exporting and generating smart previews. Will this hold true for the new Intel 10th Gen processors, or will we see Intel take over as our go-to recommendation for Lightroom Classic?


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PugetBench for Adobe Creative Cloud

Written on February 25, 2020 by Matt Bach

The free version of our benchmarks allow individuals to evaluate the performance of their own systems in popular Adobe Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. However, for commercial use (system reviewers, hardware/software developers, workstation manufacturers, etc.), we have but specific commercial use versions that include features that are often desired such as command line automation, result logging, and email support.


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AMD Threadripper 3990X: Does Windows 10 for Workstations improve Adobe CC performance?

Written on February 17, 2020 by Matt Bach

As AMD continues to release processors with more and more cores, we are getting to the point that there is are concerns that the normal version of Windows 10 Pro is not able to effectively utilize all these cores. To find out, we decided to test the 3990X and a number of other processors with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations as well as with SMT/HT disabled.


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Lightroom Classic CPU performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic contains a number of tasks that can leverage a decent number of CPU cores to improve performance. The new AMD Threadripper 3990X, with a massive 64 cores, should excel when exporting images in particular, but many applications see less and less benefit as you get into extremely high core counts. Will Lightroom be able to leverage all 64 cores, or is there no benefit to using the 3990X over a much less expensive CPU like the Threadripper 3960X?


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PugetBench for Lightroom Classic

Written on December 17, 2019 by Matt Bach

Updated 12/17/2019. Want to see how your system performs in Adobe Lightroom Classic? Download and run our free public Lightroom Classic benchmark to see how your system compares to the latest hardware.


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What is the Best CPU for Photography (2019)

Written on November 25, 2019 by Matt Bach

While our hardware articles are extremely helpful in helping you pick the right CPU for your workflow, they only look at a single application and are often more technical than many readers may want. In this post, we will be discussing what the best CPU is to use for a photography workstation while keeping things at a relatively high level so that it can help answer the question for anyone - regardless on how much they keep up with the latest tech.


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Lightroom Classic CPU performance: Intel Core X-10000 vs AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen

Written on November 25, 2019 by Matt Bach

AMD's Ryzen processors are currently our go-to recommendation for Lightroom Classic, but both Intel and AMD are launching some very intriguing high end desktop CPUs that may change things. On Intel's side, the new X-series CPUs include a drastic reduction in price, while AMD has focused heavily on improving performance. Will either of these new processor lines end up taking the performance crown from Ryzen?


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Lightroom Classic CPU performance: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Written on November 14, 2019 by Matt Bach

When AMD launched their 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs, they took a commanding lead over Intel in terms of performance in Lightroom Classic. Now, AMD has released a new CPU called the Ryzen 9 3950X which increases the number of cores available on that platform to 16 physical cores. Will this allow AMD to extend their lead even further, or is Lightroom Classic not able to utilize those additional cores?


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Lightroom Classic CPU Roundup: AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen, AMD Threadripper 2, Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series

Written on October 16, 2019 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic has changed dramatically over the last few years, with improved multithreading support and the recent addition of GPU acceleration. But exactly how much of a difference is there between the latest processors from both Intel and AMD? Does the higher core count on the new Ryzen CPUs make a difference?


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Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Enhanced Details GPU Performance

Written on March 4, 2019 by Matt Bach

In the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC (8.2), Adobe has added a new featured called "Enhanced Details" which uses machine learning to improve the quality of the debayering process for RAW images. This is very GPU-intensive, so we wanted to see exactly how much faster it can be on a modern, high-end GPU.


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Adobe Creative Cloud: Intel Core i9 9990XE vs Xeon W-3175X

Written on February 22, 2019 by Matt Bach

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?


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Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Written on February 8, 2019 by Matt Bach

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. While it is very hard to get, it has terrific performance for both lightly-threaded and highly-threaded tasks making it one of the fastest CPUs currently available.


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Lightroom Classic CC 2019 CPU Roundup: Intel vs AMD

Written on December 10, 2018 by Matt Bach

With the sheer number of choices available, choosing even just the right CPU for your Lightroom workstation can be a daunting task. In this article, we are going to be benchmarking a wide range of processors from Intel and AMD including the Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series, AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen, and AMD Threadripper 2nd Gen CPU lines to help you decide which model makes the most sense for your new workstation.


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Lightroom Classic CC 2019: Intel X-series 2018 Refresh Performance

Written on November 13, 2018 by Matt Bach

Lightroom Classic has been improving performance with higher core count CPUs, but interestingly enough, the new Intel Core X-series Processors do not have an increase in core count. They do have a small frequency bump and a native fix for Spectre & Meltdown, but is that enough to make them faster than the previous generation processors in Lightroom Classic?


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Does AMD Threadripper Dynamic Local Mode improve photo editing performance?

Written on November 5, 2018 by Matt Bach

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 photo editing applications like Lightroom Classic and Photoshop?


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Are the 9th Gen Intel Core Processors good for photo editing?

Written on October 19, 2018 by Matt Bach

Most photo editing applications prefer a higher clocked CPU over one with more cores, but Intel's new 9th Gen Core Processors feature not only an increase in core count, but also a small bump in frequency. These improvements make these new CPUs some of the fastest currently available for photo editing.