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Premiere Pro 14.2 GPU Roundup - NVIDIA GeForce SUPER vs AMD Radeon

Written on June 18, 2020 by Matt Bach
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TL;DR: NVIDIA SUPER or AMD Radeon for Premiere Pro?

In every case, using an NVIDIA GeForce video card will give you better performance than an AMD Radeon GPU in Premiere Pro. For example, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER will perform around 10-34% faster than the similarly priced AMD Radeon 5700XT depending on how many GPU accelerated effects you are using.

However, most users will find little reason to invest in a GPU higher than the RTX 2060 SUPER unless you work with 8K media where the higher VRAM capacity of the 2080 Ti or Titan RTX can be useful. It is only when you stack a large number of GPU-accelerated effects that there is a significant performance gain (of around 30%) to be had with the higher-end NVIDIA GeForce cards like the RTX 2080 Ti.

Introduction

While neither AMD nor NVIDIA has released new consumer GPUs since our last Premiere Pro GPU roundup 10 months ago, there are a number of other factors that have changed since then. Not only do we have much newer drivers and Windows updates, but Adobe has made significant improvements to Premiere Pro that may affect the relative performance between various GPU models.

One of the biggest improvements Adobe has made was the addition of GPU-based H.264/H.265 (HEVC) hardware encoding in Premiere Pro 14.2. This update lets Premiere Pro utilize the power of NVIDIA and AMD GPUs to improve export performance by up to 5x! This is such a big deal that we published an entire article on it (Premiere Pro 14.2 H.264/H.265 Hardware Encoding Performance) where we looked at the performance benefit with a range of GPU, CPUs, and export settings.

Premiere Pro 14.2 GPU Performance Benchmark - NVIDIA GeForce SUPER vs AMD Radeon

In this article, we are going to look at a range of modern consumer GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD in order to see how they perform in the latest version of Premiere Pro. In addition, there have been some recent update notes that mention improved multi-GPU performance so we will also be including a dual NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti configuration to see if there is any reason to invest in dual video cards for Premiere Pro.

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Test Setup

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

*All the latest drivers, OS updates, BIOS, and firmware applied as of July 2nd, 2020

To test each GPU, we will be using the fastest platform currently available for Premiere Pro - most notably the AMD Threadripper 3970X. Since Premiere Pro utilizes the CPU so heavily, this should minimize the impact of the processor and allow each GPU to perform at their fullest potential.

For the testing itself, we will be using the "Standard" preset of our PugetBench for Premiere Pro benchmark. This tests a number of different codec types (H.264, ProRes 422, and RED RAW), but also includes a dedicated "Heavy GPU Effects" 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 codec or export setting you tend to use in your workflow, examining the raw results for that task is going to be much more applicable than our more general analysis.

Overall Premiere Pro Performance Analysis

Since looking at GPU performance in Premiere Pro is often a case of examining extreme situations where the GPU is put under a heavy load, we first wanted to start off by looking at the overall performance we saw from our Premiere Pro benchmark with each GPU. For most users, this is likely to be the most accurate representation of what they would experience in their day-to-day work.

Looking at the overall performance, it is pretty clear that Premiere Pro heavily favors NVIDIA video cards. While the AMD Radeon 5700XT and NVIDIA GeForce 2060 SUPER cost roughly the same, the RTX 2060 SUPER is about 10% faster overall. The AMD Radeon Vega is even worse as it is both more expensive and slower than the AMD Radeon 5700XT, but if we were to compare it to NVIDIA in terms of price/performance, it is about 20% slower than the similarly priced NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super.

One thing to note is that for most users, there is going to be little reason to get a high-end NVIDIA GPU since going from the RTX 2060 SUPER all the way up to the Titan RTX, there is only a 6% difference in performance. And if you look at the second chart for live playback performance, the difference is even less at only 4% which is unlikely to be noticeable.

In fact, there are really only two times when a GPU above the RTX 2060 SUPER may provide you with noticeably better performance: exporting to H.264/5 (due to the new GPU accelerated hardware encoding feature), and when using a large number of GPU accelerated effects.

Exporting to H.264 Analysis

Premiere Pro GPU Encoding performance benchmark

The chart above is not an official part of our Premiere Pro benchmark at the moment but is a calculated score from the H.264 export tests. As we showed in our recent Premiere Pro 14.2 H.264/H.265 Hardware Encoding Performance article, the amount of speedup you can see by utilizing the recently updated hardware encoding feature varies greatly depending on your source media and export settings. In this case, we are exporting 4K media to UHD H.264 40mbps which is typically where we saw the largest performance gains.

What is interesting is that while we saw a large performance improvement going from the GTX 1660 Ti to the RTX 2060 SUPER, there isn't much of a reason to use a higher-end NVIDIA GPU. We were able to see a ~13% performance increase with dual RTX 2080 Ti video cards, but that is a hefty investment to make for a relatively modest improvement in export times. It is possible that we would get the same performance benefits with dual RTX 2060 SUPER GPUs, but we will have to leave that for future testing.

Comparing NVIDIA and AMD, NVIDIA once again comes out on top with the RTX 2060 SUPER beating the 5700XT by about 23% and the RTX 2070 SUPER out-performing the Vega 64 by a wide 76% margin.

Heavy GPU Effects Analysis

Premiere Pro GPU Effects benchmark performance NVIDIA vs AMD

Our heavy GPU effects test looks at live playback and export performance with sequences that 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. Because it is designed to maximize the load on the GPU and minimize the load on the rest of the system, this should be close to the maximum possible performance difference you will ever experience in Premiere Pro with each video card.

Here, NVIDIA takes an even larger lead over AMD with even the GTX 1660 Ti out-performing the 5700XT and Vega 64 by 8-15%. That means from a price-to-performance standpoint, an NVIDIA GPU should be anywhere from 34% to 60% faster depending on whether you are using the 5700XT or the slower (and more expensive) Vega 64.

Across the various NVIDIA GPU models, there is a pretty solid increase in performance all the way up to the RTX 2080 Ti, but unlike the H.264 export tests, we didn't see much of performance increase with dual RTX 2080 Ti cards.

Should you use a NVIDIA SUPER or AMD Radeon GPU for Premiere Pro?

In every case, using an NVIDIA GeForce video card will give you better performance than an AMD Radeon GPU in Premiere Pro. Comparing the AMD Radeon RX 5700XT to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER (both of which have an MSRP of ~$400), the RTX 2060 SUPER will perform around 10-34% faster depending on how many GPU accelerated effects you are using.

Between the various NVIDIA GeForce cards currently available, most users will find little reason to invest in a GPU higher than the NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER unless you work with 8K media where the higher VRAM capacity of the 2080 Ti or Titan RTX can be useful. It is only when you stack a large number of GPU-accelerated effects that there is a significant performance gain to be had with the higher-end NVIDIA GeForce cards. But for those that do so, you can see up to a 30% increase in performance going from the RTX 2060 SUPER to the RTX 2080 Ti.

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 various GPUs, CPUs, and other hardware.

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Tags: Premiere Pro, Hardware Acceleration, hardware encoding, NVIDIA, NVIDIA vs AMD, AMD, Vega 64, Radeon RX 5700 XT, RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080 SUPER, RTX 2080 Ti, Titan RTX
Ampere

https://www.nvidia.com/en-u...

Nvidia Studio driver 451.48

Posted on 2020-06-24 13:12:18
R.J. Leong

There have been reports of image corruption when using Lumetri color effects with all video editing software - Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve and others - with these drivers. The bugs can only be resolved by reverting back to an older driver.

Posted on 2020-07-03 00:09:22
Mark Harris

It even messed up the HDR pass through from madvr !

Posted on 2020-07-06 23:39:25
Ampere

https://www.usa.canon.com/i...

https://www.usa.canon.com/i...

Matt, will you be adding Canon 8K RAW videos to your testing too?

Posted on 2020-07-09 12:45:14

Possibly - it depends on how much demand we see. Our Premiere Pro benchmark is already a bit bloated, so we would need to drop one of the other tested codecs in order to add it.

There are just so many different variations of media that it is impossible for us to rest everything. One thing we can do for customers, however, is to do some testing with their media before they purchase a system to make sure they are getting the exact right hardware.

Posted on 2020-07-09 13:26:02
Kevin

Is there a reason the Radeon VII wasn't included?

Posted on 2020-07-09 19:29:32

The Radeon VII is kind of an odd card. It is technically still current, but it is extremely hard to find one for purchase. A few pop up every once in a while, but we pretty much consider it an EOL product at this point. We did include it in some other recent testing, however: https://www.pugetsystems.co... .

In that testing, it was better than the 5700XT and Vega 64, but still not on par with even the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. Adobe software in general just really prefers CUDA, so without some major changes, NVIDIA is likely to be the best choice for anything Adobe for the foreseeable future.

Edit: Forgot to mention that we should have some testing with the new Radeon VII Pro in the near future. No ETA on that, but keep an eye out for it.

Posted on 2020-07-10 18:44:24
Ampere

https://www.nvidia.com/down...

"Changes and Fixed Issues in Studio Driver Version 451.77
[Adobe Premiere]: Adjustments in Lumetri color panel causes video to appear noisy. [3038602]"

Posted on 2020-07-16 15:14:08