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First Look at AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen CPUs for Video Editing

Written on July 7, 2019 by Matt Bach
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Introduction

For quite a while, AMD has had a tough time competing with Intel in video editing applications like Premiere Pro and After Effects. Their first generation Threadripper CPUs allowed them to beat Intel in highly-parallel applications where high core counts mattered, but they have always struggled with per-core performance. Unfortunately, most editing applications are not terribly effective at using more than a handful of cores, which has put Intel solidly in the lead for those looking for a mid/high-end workstation.

While this has been bad for AMD in the past, this is actually what makes AMD's new 3rd generation Ryzen processors very exciting - not necessarily the increase in core count (although getting 16 cores is going to be very interesting), but rather the increase in performance for each individual core. It is so exciting, in fact, that even though we only have testing done for the low-end Ryzen 5 3600, we wanted to go ahead and publish these initial results to get an idea of how the new Ryzen CPUs might stack up against the previous generation Ryzen CPUs as well as Intel's 9th gen CPUs.

AMD Ryzen 3rd generation for video editing

Keep in mind that we have a whole range of testing planned for the new Ryzen CPUs including more details on how they perform in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve, and many other applications. We are also planning on doing a dedicated set of testing to examine how RAM speed affects performance.

Until we have the higher-end Ryzen CPUs tested, however, we have to make due with a little bit of a teaser. If you would like to skip over our test setup and benchmark sections, feel free to jump right to the Conclusion.

Test Setup & Methodology

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

*All the latest drivers, OS updates, BIOS, and firmware applied as of June 20th, 2019

The benchmarks we will be using are the latest release of our public benchmarks, plus NeatBench 5. Full details on the benchmarks and links to download and run them yourself are available at:

Premiere Pro Benchmark Results

AMD Ryzen 3rd generation 5 3600 Premiere Pro Performance Benchmark

Starting off with Premiere Pro, the Ryzen 5 3600 saw a solid ~10% performance gain over the Ryzen 5 2600X. Considering the fact that the Ryzen 5 2600 (non-X) is the actual equivalent from the previous generation, this is a bit more of a performance gain than we typically see from one generation to the next.

Compared to Intel, it performed roughly on par with the Core i5 9600K while costing about $60 less. There has been rumors of Intel dropping prices to make sure they favorably compete with AMD, but currently the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has a MSRP of about $200 while the Intel Core i5 9600K has a MSRP of just over $260.

Neat Video NeatBench 5 Benchmark Results

AMD Ryzen 3rd generation 5 3600 Neat Video NeatBench 5 Performance Benchmark

Neat Video is a noise reduction plugin that is currently one of the more popular options available. Plug-ins in general are something we plan on taking a look at more in the future, and Neat Video is a great place to start since they have an excellent stand-alone benchmark called NeatBench. Neat Video can use either the CPU, the GPU, or combine both together, but since using the GPU often overshadows the CPU, we decided to just look at the "Max CPU Only" result.

If there is any test to get you excited about the new Ryzen CPUs, this is it. Not only does the low-end Ryzen 5 3600 handily beat all of the previous generation Ryzen CPUs, it even beat the Intel Core i9 9900K (which is more than twice the price!) by a solid 10%. Frankly, this performance is so good that we are a bit worried there is something wrong with the benchmark itself. We are planning on digging in to this more when we have the full line of Ryzen CPUs available to test, but initial impressions are that the new Ryzen series is excellent for anyone using Neat Video.

After Effects Benchmark Results

AMD Ryzen 3rd generation 5 3600 After Effects Performance Benchmark

Unlike Premiere Pro and Neat Video, After Effects is not terribly great at using even moderate numbers of CPU cores in most instances. This actually is a good thing for the new AMD Ryzen CPUs since one of the supposed improvements was vastly improved performance in lightly threaded workloads.

Looking at the performance, it is sometimes hard to keep in mind that the Ryzen 5 3600 is at the very bottom of the product stack for the new Ryzen series. Seeing a 10% performance gain over the highest-end SKU from the previous generation with the lowest-end SKU from the new generation is pretty ridiculous and not at all typical these days.

Compared to Intel, the Ryzen 5 3600 performed about on par with the roughly twice as expensive Intel Core i7 9700K. Sure, it can't keep up with the Intel Core i9 9900K, but that is what the higher-end models should (hopefully) be able to tackle.

DaVinci Resolve Studio Benchmark Results

AMD Ryzen 3rd generation 5 3600 DaVinci Resolve Studio Performance Benchmark

DaVinci Resolve is a very GPU-focused application, but there is still plenty of need for a powerful CPU.

Here, we saw only a marginal gain with the Ryzen 5 3600 over the previous generation Ryzen 5 2600X, but that is still not too bad considering the relative pricing of those two models. It also fares very well compared to the Intel CPUs, coming in at very slightly faster than the Intel Core i7 9700K.

Photoshop Benchmark Results

AMD Ryzen 3rd generation 5 3600 Photoshop Performance Benchmark

Photoshop may not be a true video editing application (unless you are one of those people that uses it's rarely used video timeline features), but it is very commonly used alongside Premiere Pro, After Effects, and similar apps so we decided to throw it into the mix.

Once again, the performance of the new Ryzen 5 3600 is terrific. We saw a 13% performance gain over the Ryzen 7 2700X, and it trailed behind the Intel Core i7 9700K by only a few percent.

How well does the Ryzen 5 3600 handle video editing?

Overall, the new Ryzen 5 3600 does a terrific job in all the video editing applications we tested. It may not be able to keep up with the higher-end Intel 9th gen CPUs like the i9 9900K, but it is solidly better than the Core i5 9600K, and in many cases trades blows with the more expensive Core i7 9700K. Considering the fact that a $200 AMD CPU is actively competing with a $400 Intel CPU, that is extremely impressive!

Keep in mind that this is a just a first look with the lowest-end SKU from the new AMD Ryzen series of CPUs. We still have the higher-end models to test, as well as an analysis on exactly how much RAM speed affects performance. This testing was all done with DDR4-2666 which is currently our go-to choice since it has a great balance between performance and reliability, but AMD CPUs do typically benefit from faster memory more than Intel CPUs.

Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming articles looking at the higher-end Ryzen 3rd generation CPUs. If you haven't already done so, we highly recommend subscribing to our news feed or following @PugetSystems on Twitter.

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Tags: AMD Ryzen 3rd Gen, Ryzen 5 3600, Ryzen 5 2600X, Ryzen 7 2700X, Core i9 9900K, Core i7 9700K, Core i5 9600K, Video Editing, Premiere Pro, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, Photoshop, Intel vs AMD
tomdarch

"We still have the higher-end models to test, as well as an analysis on exactly how much RAM speed affects performance. This testing was all done with DDR4-2666 which is currently our go-to choice since it has a great balance between performance and reliability, but AMD CPUs do typically benefit from faster memory more than Intel CPUs." In your other article on the new AMD CPU line, it sounded as though the 3600 was the only chip you had available.

I'm very much looking forward to your testing of the 3900 and eventually the 3950, but I guess this testing of the 3600 only is directly useful as a hint that the higher end processors will perform well compared with Intel's current offerings. I'm also interested in how memory speed/timing effects performance. I would also love to get more information on how Thunderbolt 3 is working with these new x570 motherboards.

Posted on 2019-07-07 15:16:09

I wouldn't hold out too much hope for a stable implementation of Thunderbolt on X570. I've only seen it on ASRock boards so far, and as far as I know it is a bit of a hacked together job. We've had a bad enough time getting Thunderbolt stable on Intel platforms (pretty much only Gigabyte has been good enough for us to sell), that I really would be careful about trusting Thunerbolt on X570 - at least until it has had some time to shake out the bugs.

Posted on 2019-07-09 01:07:09

Gigabyte's X570 Aorus Master has a TB3 header. https://youtu.be/72FcZg6nk8...

Posted on 2019-07-10 12:13:09
tomdarch

Thanks for pointing that out. The specs on Gigabyte's page for the product does not mention Thunderbolt at all. It's good to see that it's physically on the board, but they may never support it officially. I generally like Gigabyte's mobos and this board is a good match for what I'm looking for on a new system, so they'd probably sell me on this board if they announced official Thunderbolt 3 support with their add-in card.

Posted on 2019-07-10 14:51:43

Gigabyte (and other brands) have done that on boards in the past - Threadripper specifically if I recall correctly. We tried it and it kind of worked, but definitely was more finicky and prone to breaking then it is on Intel boards. They probably stuck it on because "why not?" (or because they are re-using motherboard layouts between product lines), but know it won't be stable so they don't want to advertise it.

Posted on 2019-07-10 17:11:21
Randy

This is exciting news. A few months ago I started a shopping list for a Resolve system based around the 2700X. Then came AMD's new product release dates. Then came Nvidia's 'Super' announcement. Good time to be building a system and many, many thanks to the work you do specific to Resolve and other applications since the majority of info out there is gaming related. Looking forward to the new material.

Posted on 2019-07-07 15:35:31
MacherTV_Peter

Exactly pudget systems reviews are so helpful for us creators, because most of other reviews are gaming focuses. I try to recommend pudget systems a lot. They need more attention :)

Posted on 2019-07-07 15:46:25
MacherTV_Peter

First of all, I love your site! You guys make the best premiere pro benchmarks out there! You wrote: "Plug-ins in general are something we plan on taking a look at more in the future, " Please evaluate testing with "beauty box video" from "digitalanarchy". A skin retouching plugin which I use a lot. It needs tons of power. I am sure it would be a great test for the hardware: https://digitalanarchy.com/...

Looking forward to the tests for the 3900X vs 3700X multi core scaling in Premiere Pro/ Davinci.

Great work! Keep it up :)

Posted on 2019-07-07 15:45:24
Rex Lajos

The Ryzen 3000 series shouldn't be run with ddr4 2666 memory as the official specification is actually ddr4 3200, with a recommendation by AMD of ddr4 3600 cl 16. Also looking forward to the higher end models review.

Posted on 2019-07-07 16:40:20

Yes, RAM speed is something we will be looking at. Keep in mind that the AMD's official specs list 3200MHz as the supported RAM speed, not 3600. The 3600MHz stuff was from a slide during a presentation where they were talking about best price/performance. It is definitely not what is officially supported, which means it probably won't be as stable as 3200mhz RAM (or else why wouldn't they list it on their specs page?)

Posted on 2019-07-07 16:47:51
Rex Lajos

They mentioned infinity fabric clock being connected to the ram speed at a 1:1 ratio to up to 3733 MHz, but recommend 3600 MHz at cl6 because of latency efficiency. Overall a dual stick configuration of ddr4 3200 MHz at cl14 seems to be the sweet spot still. I'm more interested in the difference between cl16 and cl14 at 3200 MHz because the product range of 3200mhz ddr4 at cl16 is much larger, and is practically pennies in cost. Even 32gbs of ddr4 3200mhz is hovering around $140. Amazing value.

Posted on 2019-07-07 16:53:38

We're in the process of doing RAM speed testing right now. So far, it looks like going from 2666 CL19 to 3200 CL16 only nets you about a 5% performance gain with the Ryzen 9 3900X for video editing applications. Intel gains about half that as well, however, so it really isn't much. I don't think it is really going to change any conclusions as far as which CPU is better, but we'll see once our testing is done.

Posted on 2019-07-10 17:15:48
yezhacker

I'll be expecting for your benchmarks on Premiere, AE, and DaVinci. It doesn't matter if the 3900x loses for one single digit percentage on AE against the 9900k, if it crushes on everything else (especially playback timeline). I heard that several X570 boards will have Thunderbolt 3 built in. If true, there won't be any reason to choose Intel over AMD anymore...

Posted on 2019-07-07 18:28:21
Kattelia

Hello guys! Love your analysis around After Effects perfomance, so can you please include some RAM-preview tests (as you did here) with new AMD 3000 series CPUs in your nearby articles? Interesting how well it will perform in practice in comparison with Coffee Lake Refresh, cause in my work fast and smooth playback time is everything

Posted on 2019-07-07 23:22:29

Yep, we definitely will. Probably wont be for a few weeks, however, since it takes a while to get all the testing done.

Posted on 2019-07-08 00:04:45
Jakub Badełek

This is VERY promising! can't wait for the rest of processors and rest of programs ;) I guess I'll upgrade my old Haswell machine to a new Zen 3 this year ;)

Posted on 2019-07-08 08:09:10
Vincon

This is great news. Cant wait for the 3900x Review. Any hint to when it will be on the website? Will you be testing PCIE 4.0 SSD's with for example Resolve Cache drive?

Posted on 2019-07-08 08:40:16

Probably a few weeks. Still need to get those models in, then run all the testing, write the posts, etc.

As for Resolve Cache drives with PCIe 4.0, that may be something we will look at. We've done some testing between different PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives and didn't see any real-world performance differce between mid and high-end models, however, so I don't expect those upcoming drives to have any tangible benefit for that.

Posted on 2019-07-08 15:29:13
Vincon

Dear Matt, thanks for the reply. Would PCIe 4.0 have any benefit at all for video production workloads/flows?

Posted on 2019-07-09 07:52:41

Not really that I know of - at least not at the moment. Storage is rarely a bottleneck even with 8K or RAW workflows if you use the existing PCI-E 3.0 NVME drives, so getting even more speed will really only let you copy files between internal drives faster. Going external, the connectivity is going to be a problem for a while until Thunderbolt 4 launches.

The one place it may help is with things like disc cache in After Effects. It won't be useful for reading from the cache, but AE is a bit funky when deciding when to write to the cache and faster drives tends to mean more frames get written to the disc cache. I think the benefit is going to be very minimal in the real world, but we'll just have to wait and see.

Posted on 2019-07-09 17:31:29
Vincon

Well the price of a Samsung 970 Pro and the new Corsair MP600/gigabyte PCIe 4.0 SSDs are nearly the same. So maby it is interesting even if its a small differance

Posted on 2019-07-10 13:54:28

Absolutely, if the price is the same, then why not? Although, do keep in mind that new tech is generally going to be buggier than something established. The Samsung 970 line is really good and has been extremely solid for us, so it comes down to whether you value tried and true stability, or performance (that you may not even notice) more. We tend to learn towards the higher reliability side (since a single bluescreen/crash can wipe out any performance gains you might have seen), but if you building your own system that is a call you have to make for yourself.

Posted on 2019-07-10 17:18:34
Abdurrahim Mulyadi

ryzen 3800x benchmark please..

Posted on 2019-07-08 09:44:46

It is looking like we may not be able to test the 3800X in the near future, but the 3700X and 3900X testing is coming in the next week or two. I don't think I've actually seen any review of the 3800X yet, so I wonder if that specific SKU got delayed for some reason.

Posted on 2019-07-10 17:19:36
Vwcrusher

Looking forward to more information/testing. One specific question: I am interested in the difference in performance of Live Edit. Rendering is not as critical for my workflow. I was targeting the 9900K as the CPU, but perhaps the higher end AMD CPUs may fit better. Again, thanks.

Posted on 2019-07-08 11:42:41

We try to test live performance as much as possible, but often it is really hard to quantify performance for that. We do RAM Preview in Ae and live playback in Premiere Pro, but things like UI "lag" and responsiveness is something we've never figured out a method to reliably test.

Posted on 2019-07-10 17:20:54
Neo Morpheus

Exciting!!
Let me find a system to buy in here.....
Hmm, nothing, let me try custom......
Ok.......

Posted on 2019-07-08 14:34:32

We don't list any products in our line until they have completed our full qualification process. We still haven't tested the higher-end models, not to mention evaluating different motherboards to determine which is the most stable with the feature set our customers need.

We don't just toss hardware together into our systems and hope it works - a huge amount of effort goes into each product launch to make sure our customers have the best experience possible. Most of our customers are not tech enthusiasts, they are video editors, VFX artists, animators, etc. who want a rock solid system and don't want to have to tinker with anything.

Performance testing is just the tip of the iceberg for us and we haven't even completed that yet for these CPUs.

Posted on 2019-07-08 15:15:42
Neo Morpheus

You need to revise your "customs system" tab. I clicked there and the only options are Intel mobos and CPUs. With the exception of one lonely ThreadRipper.

The rest looks like this:
https://uploads.disquscdn.c...

Hopefully, your company wont pull a "Dell", as they did in the Athlon X days. Then again, Dell is even more difficult to find any AMD system in their site.

Posted on 2019-07-08 17:18:26

We have not completed the qualification of these new chips, motherboards, cooling, etc. When we do, then we will list them for our customers to purchase. The fact that something exists and (appears) to perform well is not enough for us to sell it. All too often, there are a whole slew of problems that exist on day one that we need to work with various manufacturers to fix before it is a stable enough product for us to offer.

Posted on 2019-07-08 17:23:02
Timothy Aghan

It seems that out of the box AMD is hard to beat, but initial overclock tests seem to be a different story. From what I've read so far. Seems the 9900K is still going to be hard to beat at 5.0 GHZ

Posted on 2019-07-08 17:23:41

We don't offer overclocking on our systems, so we won't be testing that, but from the other reviews I've seen that definitely looks to be the case. I am very interested to see how the other Ryzen models perform in these editing applications, however. Many of them don't benefit greatly from higher core counts, and since the higher-end models don't really run at a much higher frequency, it will be really interesting to see how much faster they are than the Ryzen 5 3600.

Posted on 2019-07-08 17:26:12

Forbes - https://uploads.disquscdn.c...
TechPowerUp - https://uploads.disquscdn.c...

Posted on 2019-07-09 03:02:46
yezhacker

Those are benchmarks for exporting times only (we don't even know the codecs they use), there are several CPUs that can crush the 9900k on that. Live playback timeline performance is the most important aspect to consider for a video editing rig. The "magic" with the 9900k is the decent HEDT performance at a reasonable price: $500 vs $1000 of any 8-10 core i9 X-series, being equal if not slightly better than, in live playback.

If the R9 3900x can surpass the 9900k on the timeline, being equal or at least slightly slower in AE, it will be a no brainer. I read that at least two ASRock MoBos will have Thunderbolt 3, so that would be a deal breaker against the Z390. Let's give Puget some time to publish their benchmarks

Posted on 2019-07-09 03:38:37

It does beat Intel on the timeline, I'm using it. Those are just two of the numerous benchmarks already published. 3600x results aren't relevant and 3900x performance is everything. Most vendors got it a while ago under NDA which lifted Sunday.

Posted on 2019-07-09 04:03:43
tomdarch

Check Matt Bach's comment on this page about TB3 - he's not expecting it to run well. It's good the hardware is out there to support TB3 on AMD, but it may be a long time (or never) before the drivers are solid/stable. I will likely build a 3900x/3950x system on a x570 mobo with TB3 on it, but I'm limiting my expectations of it working well.

Posted on 2019-07-10 14:19:24
Mark Harris

sure its beating the 9900k...keep dreaming

Posted on 2019-07-15 04:26:22
David Varela

Hope to see the 3700X and 3900X in this review but with real footage/rendering tests :)

Posted on 2019-07-09 10:22:40
markomarkomarko

any chance of doing revit benchmarks with these systems? :)

Posted on 2019-07-09 10:41:53

I'm working on Solidworks 2019 testing with the Ryzen chips now (well, the one we've got so far... still waiting for AMD to get the rest to us). I'm not sure if or when we'll be able to get to Revit, but I will keep your request in mind.

Posted on 2019-07-09 16:54:10

I just went to look into this, but unfortunately the only version of Revit currently available for a trial is 2020... while the Revit RFO Benchmark only supports up to 2019. So we won't be able to do Revit testing any time soon, unless someone knows of a source for a Revit 2019 installer that still allows use as a 30-day trial :/

Posted on 2019-07-10 22:12:37
RickEsMorty

3900 came out, time to do a new test! :)))

Posted on 2019-07-09 13:49:39
joms

Can't wait to see how 3900x performs!

Posted on 2019-07-10 02:13:55
Mefist

Please test the 2080 SUPER and compare it with 1080Ti

Posted on 2019-07-10 08:22:21
Martin Cregg

Looking forward to seeing how the 3900x performs for LR and PS vs. the 9900k. Will you be Doing some testing about this?

Posted on 2019-07-12 13:46:22

Photoshop yes, but Lightroom will be a little bit. We are still working on updating our Lightroom testing. Lightroom is hard since the things that are easiest to benchmark (importing, exporting, generating previews, etc.) are often not what people are the most concerned about. Definitely a factor, but better performance for "active" tasks like culling, switching modules, or using brushes are typically what people want most.

Unfortunately, the things that are easy to test tend to be moderately well threaded, but the "active" tasks are more single threaded. So having our testing skewed towards the things that are easier to test actually makes it really easy to mis-interpret the results and end up choosing a CPU that isn't actually the best for what most people want. We're still figuring out the best way too approach this in our benchmarks. In general, the performance in Photoshop tends to line up pretty well with what most people will want for Lightroom as well, so I would just go off that for now.

Posted on 2019-07-12 17:52:30
Kostia Zolototrubov

Amazing article, guys. You're doing extremly usefull job!
Waiting for RT5700,5700XT tests in pair with high-end models of ryzen. Is there any chances to see these test compared to new SUPER RTX cards?

Posted on 2019-07-15 15:12:05

The plan right now is to roll the NVIDIA Super and 5700XT testing into a single set of testing just to make things easier on us. We have to get through this Ryzen launch, then there is a tradeshow that will take up a lot of our time (SIGGRAPH), but GPU testing is next after that.

Posted on 2019-07-15 16:44:37
CyberAthlete

I was in the middle of ordering parts for a new system for photo editing when the Ryzen 3900x was released. My main use is Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and a little Photoshop. I have all the parts waiting to be put together just can't decide on whether the i9-9900k will be better or the Ryzen. Going Intel route will be $100 less expensive for motherboard + processor combo. My components are
-512GB Samsung 970 Pro Nvme (OS + cache drive)
-1TB Western digital SN750 Nvme (photos for editing reside here)
-1TB Samsung 860 Evo SSD (backup for the 1tb WD Nvme)
-G.Skill Trident Royal Z DDR4 3600 32gb (16x2)
-Corsair 570x mirror finish case
-Corsair H115i Platinum AIO cooler

Also invested in a 4 Bay Synology NAS system with Western digital red Hard drives (10tb, 8tb, 8tb, 3tb)

Need to order CPU and motherboard. If you have an answer based on the tests so far would say it's ok to get the Intel or hold off for the Ryzen to come back in stock? Thx!

Posted on 2019-07-16 07:06:18
CyberAthlete

And with Newegg deals and Prime Day deals on for today, if the i9-9900k is better for Adobe I can pick one up for a good price at Microcenter with motherboard for an additional $30 off. Thank you

Posted on 2019-07-16 07:57:36
Anonymous

When will Ryzen 3700X tests be published?

Posted on 2019-07-16 10:35:11

Hoping for late this week, but depending on how the testing and analysis goes, it may end up being early/mid next week.

Posted on 2019-07-16 16:45:56
CyberAthlete

OK. Please keep us posted on Ryzen 3900x. I made a post before this one and am hung up on which one to pull the trigger on especially with i9-9900k Prime days Deals on Newegg and Microcenter. thank you! Your site is by far the best for real work benchmarks on these systems. I've been following you guys for 3+ years now. Thanks for all the benchmarks for people who actually do something productive with their machines and not just gaming.

Posted on 2019-07-16 19:06:28
lee

Will you test AMD RX 5700XT GPU TEST?

Posted on 2019-07-17 12:56:04

Yes, likely in a few weeks. We're getting through Ryzen Gen3 right now, then we have a couple of tradeshows (After Effects World and SIGGRAPH) that are going to eat up all our time. After that, we plan on combining NVIDIA Super and AMD 5700XT testing.

Posted on 2019-07-17 16:28:57