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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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Adobe Photoshop: 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 usually extreme overkill for lightly threaded applications like Photoshop, but 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 Photoshop: 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. The question is: does the higher frequency make any difference in Photoshop?


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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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Adobe Photoshop: 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. Photoshop is largely single-threaded which may diminish the value of the hybrid architecture, but we are still very curious to see what these new CPUs are capable of.


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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 Photoshop - 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, and touting up to 18% IPC improvements. Photoshop may not be a prime candidate for this platform, but since it is one of the most widely used applications in the creative community, we wanted to see how these new Intel processors perform compared to AMD's Threadripper Pro line.


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Adobe Photoshop: 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 Photoshop?


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Adobe Photoshop - 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. Photoshop may not be a prime candidate for this platform, but since it is one of the most widely used applications in the creative community, we wanted to see how Threadripper Pro compares to both the AMD Threadripper and Ryzen processors.


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Adobe Photoshop - NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB Performance

Written on January 25, 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 Photoshop compared to recent NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs.


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Adobe Photoshop - AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Performance

Written on January 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

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. But while Photoshop does have a number of effects that can utilize the GPU, there generally isn't much of a performance difference between various cards. Will this hold true with the RTX 3060 Ti, or will we see a bit of a performance drop with this lower-end GPU?


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Adobe Photoshop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Performance

Written on December 30, 2020 by Matt Bach

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. But while Photoshop does have a number of effects that can utilize the GPU, there generally isn't much of a performance difference between various cards. Will this hold true with the RTX 3060 Ti, or will we see a bit of a performance drop with this lower-end GPU?


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Best Workstation PC for Adobe Photoshop (Winter 2020)

Written on December 8, 2020 by Matt Bach

Photoshop 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 Photoshop for a range of budgets.


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Adobe Photoshop - AMD Radeon RX 6800 (XT) Performance

Written on December 1, 2020 by Matt Bach

AMD recently launched their new Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT GPUs, but while Photoshop does have a number of effects that can utilize the GPU, there generally isn't much of a performance difference between various cards. Will this hold true with the 6800 (XT), or will AMD take a lead in Photoshop?


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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.


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Adobe Photoshop: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU performance

Written on November 5, 2020 by Matt Bach

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series processors are here, touting major increases in performance. Until now, Intel has held a slight lead in applications like Photoshop that cannot take advantage of a high number of CPU cores, but AMD's improvements in per-core performance in particular is very likely to allow AMD to take a solid lead over Intel.


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Adobe Photoshop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 3080 & 3090 Performance

Written on October 29, 2020 by Matt Bach

The RTX 3000 series cards are here, with NVIDIA boasting significant performance gains over the previous generation. While Photoshop does boast a number of effects that utilize the GPU, these effects tend to perform roughly the same independent of what GPU you use. Does this mean the new RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090 are not useful for Photoshop, or will they surprise us with higher performance?


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Adobe Photoshop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Written on September 24, 2020 by Matt Bach

The RTX 3000 series cards are here, with NVIDIA boasting significant performance gains over the previous generation. While Photoshop does boast a number of effects that utilize the GPU, these effects tend to perform roughly the same independent of what GPU you use. Does this mean the new RTX 3080 and 3090 are not useful for Photoshop, or will they surprise us with higher performance?


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Adobe Photoshop - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Performance

Written on September 17, 2020 by Matt Bach

The RTX 3000 series cards are here, with NVIDIA boasting significant performance gains over the previous generation. While Photoshop does boast a number of effects that utilize the GPU, these effects tend to perform roughly the same independent of what GPU you use. Does this mean the new video cards are not useful for Photoshop, or will they surprise us with higher performance?


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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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Best Workstation PC for Adobe Photoshop

Written on July 21, 2020 by Matt Bach

Photoshop 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 Photoshop for a range of budgets.


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

Written on May 20, 2020 by Matt Bach

When AMD released their Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs in 2019, they very slightly out-performed Intel's 9th Gen processors. Intel's new 10th Gen lineup should allow them to take back the Photoshop performance crown, but will it be by a noticeable amount, or just a few percent?