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?
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?
AMD's new Ryzen 7000 Series of processors have arrived, promising faster performance along with new features like support for DDR5 memory. Compared to the Intel Core 12th Gen processors, the previous generation Ryzen 5000 Series fell behind Intel in lightly threaded applications like Photoshop. But will AMD be able to take the lead with the new Ryzen 7000 Series?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Apple's new Mac Pro is a very slick and sturdy machine, but does its high price translate to better performance in Photoshop?
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.
Due to the nature of how Photoshop works, a CPU with a high number of cores is rarely necessary to get the best performance. In fact, some applications can actually see a loss in performance with more CPU cores, which is why we are very interested to see how the new AMD Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores is able to run Photoshop.
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.
Photoshop typically doesn't require a HEDT processor, but with Intel drastically reducing the price of their new X-series CPUs and AMD greatly improving single threaded performance in their 3rd Gen Threadripper CPUs, is this finally going to change?
With the 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs, AMD was able to close the gap with Intel in lightly threaded applications like Photoshop. 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. But does that actually help at all in Photoshop?
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 have arrived and shaken up the dynamic between Intel and AMD in many workloads. But how well do they handle heavy Photoshop workloads compared to the AMD Threadripper, Intel 9th Gen, and Intel X-series CPUs?