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Adobe After Effects: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU Performance

Written on November 5, 2020 by Matt Bach
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TL;DR: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series performance in After Effects

Before AMD launched the Ryzen 5000-series, either an Intel 10th Gen CPU or an AMD Ryzen 3000-series CPU would end up giving you very similar performance in After Effects. With the new Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs, however, AMD takes a solid lead over Intel. Compared to the Intel Core i5 10600K, the new Ryzen 5 5600X is a solid 16% faster. And at the higher end, the Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X, and Ryzen 9 5950X range from 9% to 18% faster than the Intel Core i9 10900K.

Introduction

Over the last few years, AMD has been making great strides with their Ryzen and Threadripper processors, often matching - or beating - the performance from similarly priced Intel options. In fact, ever since AMD launched their Ryzen 3000-series processors last year, AMD and Intel have been neck-in-neck in After Effects performance, making either brand a great choice.

With the launch of AMD's new Ryzen 5000-series processors, however, it is very likely that AMD will be able to take a very solid performance lead over Intel. AMD hasn't added any more cores to their new line of processors, but among other things, they are touting a 19% IPC (instructions per clock) improvement. In theory, this could translate to almost a 20% performance increase over the previous generation, although it will likely heavily depend on the application.

AMD Ryzen 5000-series for Adobe After Effects

In this article, we will be examining the performance of the new AMD Ryzen 5600X, 5800X, 5900X, and 5950X in After Effects compared to a range of CPUs including the Intel 10th Gen, Intel X-10000 Series, AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen, and the previous generation AMD Ryzen 3000-series processors. If you are interested in how these processors compare in other applications, we also have other articles for Premiere Pro, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and several other applications available on our article listing page.

If you would like to skip over our test setup and benchmark sections, feel free to jump right to the Conclusion.

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Test Setup

Listed below are the specifications of the systems we will be using for our testing:

AMD Ryzen Test Platform
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 5950X ($799)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X ($549)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X ($449)
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X ($299)


AMD Ryzen 9 3950X ($749)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT ($499)
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT ($399)
AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT ($249)
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S
Motherboard Gigabyte X570 AORUS ULTRA
RAM 4x DDR4-3200 16GB (64GB total)
Intel 10th Gen Test Platform
CPU Intel Core i9 10900K ($488)
Intel Core i7 10700K ($374)
Intel Core i5 10600K ($262)
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S
Motherboard Gigabyte Z490 Vision D
RAM 4x DDR4-3200 16GB (64GB total)
AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen Test Platform
CPU AMD TR 3990X ($3,990)
AMD TR 3970X ($1,999)
AMD TR 3960X ($1,399)
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3
Motherboard Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI
RAM 4x DDR4-3200 16GB (64GB total)
Intel X-10000 Series Test Platform
CPU Intel Core i9 10980XE ($979)
Intel Core i9 10940X ($784)
Intel Core i9 10920X ($689)
Intel Core i9 10900X ($590)
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12DX i4
Motherboard Gigabyte X299 Designare EX
RAM 4x DDR4-2933 16GB (64GB total)
Shared PC Hardware/Software
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB
Hard Drive Samsung 970 Pro 1TB
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (version 2004)

*All the latest drivers, OS updates, BIOS, and firmware applied as of October 26, 2020

In order to see how each of these configurations performs in After Effects, we will be using our PugetBench for After Effects V0.93 benchmark and After Effects version 17.5. This benchmark version includes the ability to upload the results to our online database, so if you want to know how your own system compares, you can download and run the benchmark yourself.

One thing we do want to note is that the pre-launch BIOS that is available for Ryzen motherboards is using AGESA 1.0.8. Soon after launch, there should be an update that adds support for AGESA 1.1.0 which is supposed to increase the performance of each Ryzen CPU by another few percent.

Benchmark Results

While our benchmark presents various scores based on the performance of each test, we also like to provide the individual results for you to examine. If there is a specific task that is a hindrance to your workflow, examining the raw results for that task is going to be much more applicable than the scores that our benchmark calculated.

Feel free to skip to the next sections for our analysis of these results to get a wider view of how each configuration performs in After Effects.

AMD Ryzen 5000-series After Effects Benchmark Results

Benchmark Analysis: AMD Ryzen 5000-series vs Intel 10th Gen

As you might be able to guess with a quick glance at the charts above, the new Ryzen 5000-series CPUs from AMD are terrific for After Effects. Sure, the Ryzen 5 5600X only matches the fastest CPUs from the previous generation, but the new Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 processors can give you a nice 7-14% performance improvement over what was previously the fastest CPU for After Effects (the Ryzen 9 3950X).

Compared to the Intel Core i9 10900K (which is currently the best Intel CPU for After Effects), even the Ryzen 5 5600X is able to match it in terms of overall performance, even though it is nearly $200 less expensive. Comparing Intel and AMD at a more similar price point, the Ryzen 7 5800X is a solid 9% faster than the 10900K. And if you have a bit larger of a budget, that lead expands to 16-18% with the Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X respectively.

AMD Ryzen 5000-series vs 3000-series in After Effects

Compared to the AMD Ryzen 3000-series CPUs from the previous generation, these new processors are all roughly 15% faster than the CPUs they are replacing. They do have a 10-20% higher price tag as well, although in terms of absolute cost that works out to only a $50 increase which is fairly small if you look at it as a part of the overall cost of a computer.

While the AMD Threadripper CPUs are designed for a completely different type of workload, this performance gain also allows the Ryzen 5000-series to easily match or beat every single AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen CPU we tested.

Are the AMD Ryzen 5000-series or Intel Core 10th Gen better for After Effects?

Before AMD launched the Ryzen 5000-series, either an Intel 10th Gen CPU or an AMD Ryzen 3000-series CPU would end up giving you very similar performance in After Effects. With the new Ryzen 5000-series CPUs, however, AMD takes a solid lead over Intel. Compared to the Intel Core i5 10600K, the new Ryzen 5 5600X is a solid 16% faster. And at the higher end, the Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X, and Ryzen 9 5950X range from 9% to 18% faster than the Intel Core i9 10900K.

If you were to compare AMD and Intel processors based on price alone, AMD is anywhere from 9% to a staggering 41% faster than Intel. However, we do need to make clear that since the Intel X-series CPUs are not as strong in After Effects as the lower-priced Intel 10th Gen CPUs, that is being somewhat unfair to Intel. There is almost no reason to use the X-series when the Core i9 10900K is both less expensive and faster, so the true performance lead with the AMD Ryzen 5000-series peaks out closer to only 20%

AMD Ryzen 5000-series vs Intel in After Effects

Another factor that has changed recently is that the Gigabyte B550 Vision D motherboard - with fully certified Thunderbolt support - has launched and passed our internal qualification process. One of the reasons we tended to use the Intel 10th Gen CPUs over Ryzen when the performance was similar was because only Intel platforms had passed our qualification process for Thunderbolt. With this motherboard, Thunderbolt support is no longer as much of a factor when choosing between Intel 10th Gen and AMD Ryzen CPUs in our workstations.

Keep in mind that the benchmark results in this article are strictly for After Effects and that performance will vary widely in different applications. If your workflow includes other software packages (we have similar articles for Premiere Pro, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop), you need to consider how the system will perform in those applications as well. Be sure to check our list of Hardware Articles to keep up to date on how all of these software packages - and more - perform with the latest CPUs.

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Tags: Intel 9th Gen, Intel X-series, AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen, Intel X-10000, AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen, Intel 10th Gen, i9 10900K, i7 10700K, i5 10600K, AMD Ryzen 5000-series, 5600X, 5800X, 5900X, 5950X, After Effects
CakeInMotion

What about the 3700x can we see the results for it in these tests?

Posted on 2020-11-10 15:37:21

We didn't include that CPU since there wasn't an XT model, but there are some uploads to our benchmark database that will give you an idea of performance: https://www.pugetsystems.co... . Always hard to say with public results (don't know if it is overclocked, if antivirus is running, etc), but I would guess the 3700X would score about 1050 point overall - or right in between the 3600XT and 3800XT

Posted on 2020-11-10 19:03:19
CakeInMotion

Thanks for this very helpful list, i didn't know about it. I'm about to buy a new cpu mainly for Ae

since the 5600x is closer to 3700x in these tests, which one do you recommend buying?

Posted on 2020-11-11 20:13:18

I would probably go with the 5600X if it was me. I don't think there will be much of a difference day-to-day, but if the price is similar (and you can find supply), you might as well

Posted on 2020-11-11 20:17:41
Arun Sharma

Purely based on budget alone, would you recommend 5900x or 5800x or should I save up just a bit more and wait for the stock and then go for 5950x? I'm upgrading from Ryzen 1700 which I got 3 years ago.

Posted on 2020-11-19 18:32:25

I don't think the 5950X is worth waiting for, but the 5900X might be. It really depends on your workflow and how quickly that extra 6% performance will pay for itself. Time is money after all, and if the higher performance lets you be more productive, the $100 difference will pay for itself pretty quickly for some people.

Posted on 2020-11-19 18:43:17
Mane

What suprises me is that 5600X had similar or better results than 5950x in some of the tests..
Watching the detailed report, seems the most difference in final score between 5600x and 5950x comes from C4D tests (which I guess are multithreaded).

Posted on 2020-11-20 09:37:01

Yep, you got it exactly right. CPUs these days are really interesting because the single threaded performance really isn't all that much different between CPUs of the same architecture/generation. The 5600X is technically a hair slower for single threaded, but I bet the simpler cache setup helps the 5600X somewhat. Since the new design is to have every 8 cores shared cache, all the cores are using the same cache on the 5600X, while on the 5950X, you have two sets of cache, which could result in some cores having to access data from the other cache.

Posted on 2020-11-20 18:34:21
Mane

Yeah thanks for confirmation. For "pure 2d" animators there is basically no reason to go further than 5600x or 5800x for AE,PS,AI work in that case until (AND IF) Adobe makes more multi-threaded applications.

Posted on 2020-11-20 19:57:14

Adobe has been hinting at improved multi-threading in AE for a while now (I remember it being show in a session during the 2019 Adobe Max), so I'm sure it is coming. The question is just when, and how many cores will it be able to effectively utilize.

Posted on 2020-11-20 20:03:49
Mane

Still waiting, for years now :)) Anyway thanks for you replies and for the great Article!

Posted on 2020-11-20 20:20:05
presidente nixon

I love using these articles for practicing speed reading, since they are interesting and easy to read, keep up the good work! :)

Posted on 2020-11-21 07:27:26
Jack

Hey Matt,

With the AMD 5000 series out of stock and will be for the foreseeable future, would you recommend getting the 3900XT over waiting 2+ months for the 5900X to be in stock? I was purely convinced to just get the 3900XT after reading the Premiere Pro and DaVinci articles. However after reading this AE article, I’m a bit doubtful now. That 16% increase in performance compared to the previous generation seems significant to me. Perhaps I wouldn’t notice the difference in real life? I’m doing a new build as I feel like the i7 6700 prebuilt I have is in need of an upgrade.

Posted on 2020-11-21 14:06:48

Either one is going to be a big upgrade compared to the i7 6700, but the extra performance in Ae is definitely going to be noticeable. Stock has actually been OK for us through disti and we have been able to fill all the orders so far, but I'm not sure when it is going to get better for consumers to by the 5900X as a part.

Posted on 2020-11-23 20:10:12