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AMD Ryzen 7900X vs Intel Core i9 7900X - Battle of the 7900X's

Written on September 26, 2022 by Matt Bach

AMD has launched their new Ryzen 7000 Series desktop processors, and one of the new processors in particular offers us an opportunity for some unique testing and analysis. Namely, the AMD Ryzen 7900X shares the same model name as a slightly aged CPU from Intel: the Core i9 7900X. This begs the question: how does the newcomer 7900X fare against the veteran 7900X in content creation applications?

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AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Processors Content Creation Review

Written on September 26, 2022 by Matt Bach

AMD has launched their new Ryzen 7000 Series desktop processors (code-named "Raphael") based on the latest Zen 4 architecture. These CPUs support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, with up to 16 cores with a peak clock speed of 5.7 GHz. Along with the increased frequencies and DDR5 support, AMD has touted a 13% IPC (instructions per clock) improvement compared to the previous generation. But, the question is, how will this all translate to real world performance for content creators?

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Windows 10 vs Windows 11 for Content Creation: 8 Month Update

Written on July 6, 2022 by Matt Bach

Windows 11 has officially been out for 8 months, and most applications now have official support for the new operating system. When it initially launched, we saw measurable performance issues with Windows 11 in content creation applications, but have those gone away now that the OS has had time to mature?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.