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Premiere Pro CC 2017 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Performance

Written on March 15, 2017 by Matt Bach
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Introduction

Whenever a new product is launched, the main question everyone wants answered is exactly how well they perform in the specific applications they use. In the case of video cards like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, there are plenty of reviews available online but the majority focus on gaming and only perform token (if any) testing for professional applications like Premiere Pro.

To help you decide if the GTX 1080 Ti is a good choice to use in your Premiere Pro workstation we will be comparing it to the GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and Titan X video cards in a variety of tasks:

  1. Rendering previews (standard and VR projects)
  2. Exporting to 4K H.264 (standard and VR projects)
  3. Exporting to 4K DNxHR HQ
  4. Exporting to 8K H.265

If you would like to skip right to the conclusion section to see our final thoughts on the GTX 1080 Ti, feel free to do so!

Test Setup

To see how the new GTX 1080 Ti performs in Premiere Pro, we will be testing with the following hardware:

Our base test platform uses some of the best hardware for Premiere Pro including the Core i7 6950X CPU and 128GB of RAM. For storage, we will be using just a single Samsung 960 Pro 1TB NVMe drive. Be aware that based on our Premiere Pro Storage Optimization testing, we typically recommend having at minimum one separate SSD for your media cache and scratch files as that greatly improves the time it takes to import media, conform audio, and generate peak files. However, since we are not testing those tasks in this article (because they are not GPU accelerated) we opted to stick with a single drive to cut down on the number of hardware variables that might affect our results.

While we will not be testing any particularly low-end video cards, we will be comparing the GTX 1080 Ti to the GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and Titan X video cards. Originally we were not going to include the GTX 1070, but since that is a very common card used in our Premiere Pro workstations we decided it was worth the little bit of extra testing time to include.

Most of the media we will be using is available from the Sample R3D Files and were transcoded to the various codecs we wanted to test.

4K

EPIC DRAGON
3840x2160
23.976 FPS

6K

WEAPON 6K
6144x3077
23.976 FPS

8K

WEAPON 8K S35
8192 x 3456
50 FPS

To test exporting and rendering previews we used a moderately complex timeline involving multiple clips, Lumetri Color correction, multicam footage, and some other effects like a logo overlay, gaussian blur and cross dissolves. If you want a more in-depth look at what our timelines look like, we recorded a short video explaining our test process:

Our 4K VR testing was performed using the "Sample 1 - Ring road motorbike ride" footage from the Autopano Video Benchmarking page. For this testing, we limited ourselves to only using built-in Premiere Pro effects such as Lumetri Color correction, text overlay, and cross dissolves.

Render Previews

Rendering previews is something that you hope to never have to do since it can interrupt your workflow, but if you do complex editing it is often unavoidable. Because of this, being able to render previews as quickly as possible can be an important part of an efficient Premiere Pro workstation.

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Premiere Pro 2017 Benchmark Render Previews

 

Standard Footage

VR Footage

 

Overall, the results were fairly consistent between our standard and VR footage testing, but there was some variation between the different codecs and resolutions we tested. This means that if you happen to primarily use one of the codecs we tested, we would recommend that you look at the individual result rather than the average.

With that said, the GTX 1080 Ti 11GB did great when rendering previews. On average, it was about 15% faster than the GTX 1070, 9% faster than the GTX 1080 8GB, and even manages to be a small 1.4% faster than the Titan X 12GB. Considering the 1080 Ti is about 40% cheaper than the Titan X, this is an excellent result!

Exporting

Since there is a huge variety of resolutions and codecs you might export to, it simply isn't possible for us to test every possible combination. However, what we can do is to make sure we touch on the more common combinations as well as the ones we believe will be more widely used in the future. Because of this, we tested exporting to 1080p, 4K, and 8K using H.264, H.265, and DNxHR HQ codecs. Our source footage also uses a range of codecs including H.264, RAW TIFF, ProRes 422HQ, ProRes 4444, DNxHR HQ, and RED.

In addition, since VR has been gaining steam we also wanted to include some testing covering exporting VR projects to 4K H.264 from a variety of source codecs.

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Premiere Pro 2017 Benchmark Export

Export to 1080p H.264

Export to 4K H.264 VR

Export to 8K H.265

 

Export to 4K H.264

Export to 4K DNxHR HQ 8-bit

 

Our results when exporting are very interesting because at times (such as when exporting to 1080p) the GTX 1080 Ti is awesome -coming in at almost 20% faster than the GTX 1080. However, in other cases (like exporting to 8K H.265 or 4K H.264 VR) we didn't see much of a performance difference between any of the cards we tested. This is likely due to the fact that in those situations we are limited not by the performance of the video card but rather by something else in the system - most likely the CPU. In those cases, having a more powerful video card doesn't really help since there is a performance bottleneck elsewhere in the system.

However, if we look at the results as an overall average, the GTX 1080 Ti performed about 14% faster than the GTX 1070, 9% faster than the GTX 1080, and 1% faster than the Titan X.

Conclusion

While our testing of the GTX 1080 Ti in Premiere Pro was very extensive - covering nearly 45 benchmarks with various footage resolutions and codecs - the results are so straight-forward that our article turned out fairly short. In fact, we can sum it up very easily in a single sentence:

The GTX 1080 Ti is about 14% faster than the GTX 1070, 9% faster than the GTX 1080, and about 1% faster than the Titan X.

The fact that it is around 9% faster than the GTX 1080 might be expected, but we were a little surprised that it beat the Titan X by a small margin. Considering that the Titan X is about $500 more expensive than the GTX 1080 Ti, we expected the Titan X to be at least a little bit faster. Yes, the Titan X has one more GB of VRAM but if the difference between 11GB and 12GB is that important you should probably be considering the Quadro P5000 or P6000 which have 16GB or 24GB of VRAM respectively.

In fact, if you check out our Premiere Pro Recommended Systems you will notice that we have already dropped the Titan X completely from the configuration pages and replaced it with the GTX 1080 Ti. Of course, we can still offer the Titan X by request, but since the GTX 1080 Ti is both cheaper and faster than the Titan X we don't anticipate having to do so very often.

Tags: Premiere Pro, CPU, Processor, GTX 1080 Ti
Alex Greenbank

i'm just going to sit over in this corner and cry while clutching my $1200 card saying "youre still the best, youre still the best"

Posted on 2017-03-17 03:11:14
Ted Chanin

I'd love to see the same analysis for Photoshop CC 2017 for filters, 3D rendering and 3D timeliness animation.

Posted on 2017-03-18 02:39:19
Kirk Rhino

Is E5 2696 v3 OEM a descent choice for $750? After effects, Photoshop, Vegas pro, etc..

Or better to spend double that on a i7-6950X?

E5-2696 is oem version basically same as E5-2699 v3.. Thanks!

Posted on 2017-03-18 19:23:19
Kemalettin Sert

wish you added RX480s to

Posted on 2017-03-19 09:04:16

Thanks for posting this. You provide a great resource with no expectations of some kind of ROI. Good karma and the chance of a future purchase always remain out there.

Posted on 2017-03-22 02:56:52
Kemalettin Sert

Hey please do a test with RX 480s

Posted on 2017-03-24 00:40:27
Jeff Schaap

Thank for this data, it's great. The only caveat I would mention is that your test footage is all high end production. A lot of people (for better, for worse) live and breath in the XDCAM, AVCHD space (myself included) so it would be great to see some benchmarks on that type of footage. Would the Ti be a great benefit in these situations?

Posted on 2017-03-30 15:31:01

Thats really hard to say since we didn't specifically test it. My guess would be something around a GTX 1070 or 1080 is probably around peak for timelines with little GPU-accelerated effects, but if you use Lumetri color or other accelerated effects you would probably see a benefit to the 1080 Ti. If I had to guess a number, maybe 5-6% faster than the GTX 1080 assuming you have a powerful enough CPU to match.

Posted on 2017-03-30 17:53:21
Niko Nikolov

Guys,when will you do a review on the new quadro p4000?Im itching !!

Posted on 2017-04-12 10:42:56

Hopefully soon, but I'm not sure exactly when. We have a couple projects we are trying to finish before NAB (the last week of April) so an article on the new Quadros might have to wait until after that. I might be able to sneak it in sometime this week or next, but no promises.

Posted on 2017-04-12 16:50:15
Niko Nikolov

Cool.Please when you do the short test/ review if you can,run a stanadart 3d mark bench(firestrike?) so that we can see the brute 3d force of the gpu.I suspect it shoud have a score of close to 14000? similar to a quadro m6000 even, but its just a guess.If it does,than that is one hell of a 105w gpu!
Cheers

Posted on 2017-04-12 17:35:06

Very unlikely we will run 3DMark. We usually focus on real-world performance in specific applications and something like 3DMark isn't a great indicator for what you would see in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Resolve, or other non-gaming software.

Posted on 2017-04-12 17:48:36
Niko Nikolov

Not,unless you tend to use one workstation and your workflow is maya/max+unreal engine open to interchange 3d realtime files.Many people use that workflow (in my case with a old k5200 which i plan on changing to p4000.(so a cutdown gtx 780 vs cutdown gtx 1070)(there is a reason why these gpus have a game dev profile in the nvidia drivers panel).Thats why i encourage this type of small test,but is up to you guys.Cheers

Posted on 2017-04-14 14:10:11
Ashok Mistry

Could you please make a article with nvidea quadro and amd firepro comparing gtx 1080

Posted on 2017-03-31 04:19:11
JuHoansi

Yes please! Comparing Quadro with GeForce would be so interesting.

Posted on 2017-04-11 17:30:53
Rostislav Alexandrovich

The truth is that premier really does not know how to use the GFX card where it counts the most - Scrubbing, and the rest is limited to narrow number of effects.
It would be interesting if reputable site like yours would try to contact adobe as to why this is stillt he case in 2017?
Its like there is a huge and powerful processor in every PC that they are not utilizing to the fullest, a shame.

Posted on 2017-05-30 15:15:56
Jakub Badełek

Thanks for the test! are you planning to test latest AMD GPUs as well? not everyone can afford 1080ti and cards like RX580 are very interesting as they offer 8GB RAM for less than half the price of 1080...

Posted on 2017-06-01 09:54:40
Rev. O. Luscion

The GTX 1080ti has the 3rd fastest benchmark in the world. RX580 is 18th.

Posted on 2017-07-09 05:14:42
Jakub Badełek

Yeah - in games. But what about video editing?... not everyone can afford 1080ti...

Posted on 2017-07-10 09:20:25
pillybilly

I think there are problems with amd video card and graphics software.

Posted on 2017-08-31 12:50:56
Rev. O. Luscion

Then get a couple of 1060s and run in SLI. You'll be rendering 4K video pretty fast. heck you can get 980s for cheap now and they are great at 4K video editing.

AMD is TERRIBLE at support for graphics software.

Posted on 2017-09-21 16:13:16

We have found that dual GPUs is not helpful in Premiere Pro, though if you use other GPU-accelerated programs your mileage may vary:

https://www.pugetsystems.co...

GPU based rendering, for example, does scale very well with multiple cards... but it also depends on a high amount of video memory. If you want good performance without paying out for a GTX 1080 Ti, I think I'd recommend the 1070 as a strong alternative. It isn't all that much slower, but is about half the price... while still being faster and having more onboard memory than a 1060.

Posted on 2017-09-21 16:42:28

Wow... wanna say now i gotta switch to Premier Pro because of more effective CUDA utilization? THX!

Posted on 2017-07-11 03:41:57
Brenton Hood

I can't even get premiere to use my 1080ti for rendering at all. It's enable but stays at 0% load and my CPU his pegged near 100%. And this is without any filters or anything.

Posted on 2017-09-01 20:15:11
polysix

Cool but you really should have thrown a few older GTX's in there which is what people are likely upgrading from i.e GTX780 (popular older card) & GTX 980ti. Would have been nice to see how much the 1080ti has over those!

Posted on 2017-09-10 20:29:58

That's a good idea, I think I'll start doing that in the future. I'm not sure if we still have a GTX 780 around any more, but I do know we have a GTX 980 Ti and all the different Titan versions.

Posted on 2017-09-11 17:33:48
Matteo Granziera

I just bought a gtx 1080ti for my i7-7820x system but curiously i don't find any difference in exporting with my old gtx 760. Same result with 4k and 1080p export file, with and without effect (i predominantly use red giant color suite). I've obtained a massive improvement "only" in live playback.
Anyway, did i miss something?

Posted on 2017-12-05 08:21:00
Martin Piga

i have an issue with gtx 1080 ti. i bought pc just yesterday and premiere is using in better way 2%of gpu and all power is using by cpu. i tried instal the newest premiere cc 2018, all drivers from windows and invidia drivers for gpu and cuda drivers but nothing work.
do anybody have some problem or have any solution ?
my pc setup is: intel i7 8700k, MSI Z370 GAMING PRO CARBON AC, Kingston 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz CL15 HyperX Fury, MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ARMOR 11G OC

Posted on 2018-01-27 22:27:08

If you are not using a huge amount of GPU accelerated effects or not working with something like RED footage that uses the GPU for debayering, then that actually sounds correct to me. If Premiere Pro is being bottlenecked by your CPU, then there really isn't much for the GPU to be doing.

Posted on 2018-01-29 18:14:13
Markus Freitag

Hi!
I would like to get an idea what kind of a performance boost I can expect, when upgrading from my GTX 670 2MB card to one of the mentioned cards.
Do you have comparisons with older models, too?
I remember the early Cuda times where it was a big performance boost to add any of the supported cards to the system, but no so much difference between all the supported cards... So you could use a cheap cuda card for nearly the same performance.
What do you think about my GTX 670?
Many greetings from germany,
MARKUS

Posted on 2018-02-26 22:52:53

It is going to be a pretty big difference, but your CPU and other hardware will also make a difference. What I would recommend doing is checking out our newer article covering many of the same GPUs: https://www.pugetsystems.co... . In that article, we updated our testing and provided links both to all the source footage, but also a .zip of our test projects. That way, you can do the exact same testing on your system with the type of footage that is closest to what you work with and compare it to the results we received. That should give you at least an idea of what kind of performance difference you could get, but again remember that our test systems use the best CPU/RAM/etc. and that will affect performance just as much as a GPU upgrade would.

Posted on 2018-02-26 22:58:08
Markus Freitag

Many Thanks for your fast answer!
The rest of my Computer is not the highest possible, but its an i7 8700K with 32GB RAM at the moment. It should work for me I think. Some 4k Editing, After Effects and many 1080 projects.
I'll give it a try with a new GTX 1070. :) Thank you!

Posted on 2018-03-04 18:33:58
Vaibhav Sharma

So if I go with a GTX 1080 instead of 1080 Ti (paired with an i7 8700k and 32GB of RAM), it won't make much difference. There's a $300 price difference between the two in India, which I could spend in buying an additional SSD.

Posted on 2018-07-24 14:12:47
Ancalimon

I just bought the EVGA GTX 1080 SC and have 30 days for the step up option to expire and was looking to see how much better the 1080 TI would be for Adobe CC video editing. My cost to step up would be 262.00 to the GTX 1080 TI. I'll save that money for more video equipment as it's just not worth 262.00 for a 9% performance increase.

Posted on 2018-08-28 21:44:28