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Adobe Premiere Pro - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Performance

Written on March 29, 2022 by Matt Bach
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TL;DR: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB performance in Premiere Pro

Overall, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti does well in Premiere Pro, but it is at most only a few percent faster than the RTX 3090. Considering that the RTX 3090 Ti has a $500 higher MSRP, requires up to 100W more power, and doesn't have more VRAM than the RTX 3090, the RTX 3090 Ti is likely not worth the investment for most Premiere Pro users.

Introduction

NVIDIA has a history of releasing "Ti" variants of their products which in most cases are simply slight upgrades to the base model. Today, NVIDIA is continuing this trend with the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB. Compared to the base RTX 3090, the RTX 3090 Ti has the same amount of VRAM (24GB), but has a handful more CUDA cores that run at a slightly higher frequency. In order to handle the higher core count and frequency, however, the 3090 Ti has also received a large bump in power consumption - going from 350W to a massive 450W of power draw.

Taking into account the number of cores and the boost clock, rough math points to the RTX 3090 Ti being somewhere around 10% faster than the RTX 3090 assuming perfect GPU utilization. That is a decent bump in theoretical performance, although the nearly 30% increase in power/heat - as well as the much higher price - is going to make it a tough upgrade for some users.

In recent years, Adobe has been adding more and more GPU acceleration to Premiere Pro - including GPU-based hardware decoding and encoding for H.264 and HEVC media - which has made the video card an increasingly important part of a Premiere Pro workstation. However, many workflows often don't see a benefit going above a mid-range GPU, so the question is whether the RTX 3090 Ti will be able to provide any sort of tangible benefit for Premiere Pro users.

Premiere Pro GPU Performance Benchmark - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB

If you want to see the full specs for the latest NVIDIA GPUs we recommend checking out the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series product page. But at a glance, here are what we consider to be the most important specs:

VRAM Cores Boost Clock Power MSRP
RTX 3060 12GB 3,584 1.78 GHz 170W $329
RTX 3060 Ti 8GB 4,864 1.67 GHz 200W $399
RTX 3070 8GB 5,888 1.70 GHz 220W $499
RTX 3070 Ti 8GB 6,144 1.77 GHz 290W $599
RTX 3080 10GB 8,704 1.71 GHz 320W $699
RTX 3080 Ti 12GB 10,240 1.67 GHz 350W $1,199
RTX 3090 24GB 10,496 1.73 GHz 350W $1,499
RTX 3090 Ti 24GB 10,752 1.86GHz 450W $1,999

As we noted earlier, the RTX 3090 Ti is a slightly more powerful version of the RTX 3090 - only with a much larger power draw and price tag. While we are going to focus purely on performance in this article, it is definitely worth noting that the 3090 Ti is going to be both louder and hotter than any other RTX 3000 series card due to the much higher power draw. This can be a significant concern if your system does not have adequate cooling or a large enough power supply, so be sure to keep that in mind if you are considering getting an RTX 3090 Ti.

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Test Setup

Listed below is the specifications of the system we will be using for our testing:

To see how the RTX 3090 Ti performs in Premiere Pro, we will be comparing it to the full range of RTX 3000 series GPUs as well as the AMD Radeon RX 6900XT. The test system we will be using is one of the fastest platforms currently available for Premiere Pro and built around the AMD Threadripper Pro 3975WX. Since Premiere Pro utilizes the CPU so heavily, this should minimize the impact of the processor and allow each GPU to perform at its fullest potential.

For the testing itself, we will be using our PugetBench for Premiere Pro benchmark. This tests a number of different codecs and includes a dedicated "GPU Stress" test that is meant to put as much load on the GPU as possible while still staying within the realm of what someone might actually do in the real world. If you wish to run our benchmark yourself, you can download the benchmark and compare your results to thousands of user-submitted results in our PugetBench database.

Raw Benchmark Results

While we are going to go through our analysis of the testing in the next section, we always like to provide the raw results for those that want to dig into the details. If there is a specific task you tend to perform in your workflow, examining the raw results is going to be much more applicable than our more general analysis.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB Premiere Pro GPU Performance Benchmark

Overall Premiere Pro Performance Analysis

In applications like Premiere Pro where the GPU is secondary to the CPU, many reviewers like to focus on extreme situations that heavily load the GPU. However, we first want to start off by looking at the overall performance we saw from our Premiere Pro benchmark with each GPU in order to show what most users would likely experience in their day-to-day work.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Premiere Pro Benchmark Extended Overall Score

From an overall perspective, having a higher-end GPU isn't going to make a massive difference in Premiere Pro. For each step up in model, you are only looking at a few percent higher performance. This holds true for the RTX 3090 Ti as well, since it only scored about 1.3% higher than the RTX 3090.

Keep in mind that while the Overall Score is a great way to get a sense of general performance in Premiere Pro, the tests that comprise this score includes quite a number that are heavily CPU limited. For example, playing or exporting ProRes footage does not utilize the GPU, and neither does our dedicated CPU Effects test. This is still a fairly good indication of what the average Premiere Pro user may experience overall, but we can dive into specific situations where a more powerful GPU should net you more significant performance gains.

GPU Score Analysis

Premiere Pro GPU Effects benchmark performance NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB

Our GPU Score includes the performance for our "4K Heavy GPU Effects" sequences which have a large number of GPU-accelerated effects including Lumetri Color, Ultra Key, Sharpen, Gaussian Blur, Basic 3D, Directional Blur, VR Digital Glitch, and VR De-Noise. In addition, since H.264 hardware encoding is now done by default on the GPU, the latest version of our Premiere Pro benchmark also includes all the H.264 export tests within the GPU score.

In this test, we get a bit wider of a range in GPU performance, although there is diminishing returns after around the RTX 3080 level. Because of this, the RTX 3090 Ti only ended up being about 3% faster than the RTX 3090. In fact, the total performance delta between the fastest (RTX 3090 Ti) and slowest (RTX 3060) result is only about 25%. That means that even in these tests - which make decent use of the GPU - there is not a huge return on investment for performance when it comes to using higher-end GPUs.

However, there are a few other cases where a more powerful GPU can make a measurable impact in Premiere Pro:

REDCODE RAW Playback Performance

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB Premiere Pro RED playback performance

GPU-based effects and hardware encoding may be the most common use of the GPU in Premiere Pro, but there are a number of other niche use cases that can be even more important for some users. One of these is for those that work with REDCODE RAW footage in Premiere Pro since RED footage can utilize the GPU to handle the debayering process (converting the raw sensor data to a usable image). As long as your CPU is powerful enough to not be a bottleneck, a faster GPU can make a huge difference in how fast Premiere Pro is able to play and export timelines that include RED media.

Looking at the 4K RED Live Playback score, we get a great look at just how useful a more powerful GPU can be in this type of workflow. Rather than only a 25% difference between the fastest and slowest GPU, here, having a powerful GPU can make playback as much as 2x faster.

Unfortunately, there is still the issue of diminishing returns. The RTX 3090 Ti may be more powerful than the RTX 3090 on paper, but when working with RED media it ended up performing almost identically to the RTX 3090. This is more likely to be an issue with the CPU becoming a bottleneck than anything else, but since we are using what is arguably the fastest CPU on the market for this kind of workload, it just goes to show how important it is to have a properly balanced system.

How well does the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti perform in Premiere Pro?

Overall, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti does well in Premiere Pro, but it is at most only a few percent faster than the RTX 3090. Considering that the RTX 3090 Ti has a $500 higher MSRP, requires up to 100W more power, and doesn't have more VRAM than the RTX 3090, the RTX 3090 Ti is likely not worth the investment for most Premiere Pro users.

There are always going to be those who are willing to invest in anything that gives even a minor boost to performance, but we want to again mention that if you do decide to use the RTX 3090 Ti, it will be both louder and hotter than any other RTX 3000 series card due to the much higher power draw. Not only will you need a decent power supply to power the card, but also and a chassis with plenty of airflow to keep the GPU cool. If either of those are not up to the task, power draw or thermal throttling may well end up causing the RTX 3090 Ti to actually end up performing slower than the lower wattage cards like the RTX 3090.

As always, keep in mind that these results are strictly for Premiere Pro. If you have performance concerns for other applications in your workflow, we highly recommend checking out our Hardware Articles (you can filter by "Video Card") for the latest information on how a range of applications perform with the latest NVIDIA and AMD GPUs, as well as with different CPUs and other hardware.

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Tags: NVIDIA, RTX 3080, RTX 3090, RTX 3070, RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3060, RTX 3080 Ti, Premiere Pro, RTX 3070 Ti, RTX 3090 Ti, Radeon RX 6900 XT
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