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 slightly behind Intel in Lightroom Classic. Will the new Ryzen 7000 series allow AMD to retake the performance lead?
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 may not be common for applications like Lightroom Classic, but there are some workflows that are able to take advantage of the raw horsepower of these processors. But, just how must faster are these new CPUs compared to their main competition: the Intel Xeon W-3300 series?
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. Will this make a difference in Lightroom Classic, or should you save yourself a bit of money and get a less expensive CPU?
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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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?
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?
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.
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.
Lightroom contains a few tasks that can utilize a higher number of CPU cores, but much of the application can only take advantage of a couple of cores. With the new Coffee Lake 8th Gen CPUs seeing an increase in core count, will Lightroom see a significant benefit?