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Premiere Pro CC 2017 NVIDIA Titan Xp 12GB Performance

Written on April 11, 2017 by Matt Bach


A little less than a month ago, we looked at how the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB performs in Premiere Pro but apparently NVIDIA is not quite done with product launches. This time, we will be looking at the new Titan Xp which is not to be confused with the Titan X that many in the media called the Titan XP or the slightly older GTX Titan X. While the new Titan Xp may look similar to the Titan X (it even still says "Titan X" on the heatsink) on paper it should theoretically be around 11-12% faster.

To see exactly how much faster the new Titan Xp is in Premiere Pro compared to the Titan X, GTX 1080 Ti, and other GTX video cards from NVIDIA, we will be examining the following 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
NVIDIA TItan Xp 12GB vs Titan X 12GB

Can you spot the difference between the Titan Xp and Titan X?

If you would don't like looking at charts and charts worth of data, we also have a summary of this article available on Youtube:

Test Setup

To see how the new Titan Xp performs in Premiere Pro, we will be testing with the following hardware:

Our base test platform uses some of the best hardware currently available 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 Titan Xp to the GTX 1070, GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti, as well as the previous Titan X video card.

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.


23.976 FPS


23.976 FPS


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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 are 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 never to 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 Titan Xp 12GB 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 Titan Xp was certainly faster than the other cards - but on average it was only about 3% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. For some this small performance gain might be worth it, but considering the Titan Xp is almost twice the cost of the GTX 1080 Ti it isn't all that impressive of a result.


Since there is a huge variety of resolutions and codecs you might export to, it simply isn't feasible 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 exporting VR projects to 4K H.264 from a variety of source codecs.

NVIDIA Titan Xp 12GB 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


Exporting is a bit interesting because the Titan Xp gave the biggest performance gains when exporting to 1080p - in this case it was just a bit over 6% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. For the other export settings, we saw anywhere from a 4% performance gain over the GTX 1080 Ti to no performance gain.

If we look at the results as an overall average, the Titan Xp performed just 3% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti although it was 11% faster than the GTX 1080 and 16% faster than the GTX 1070.


Our Premiere Pro testing covers nearly 45 benchmarks with various footage resolutions and codecs, but we were hard pressed to find many cases where the Titan Xp is truly outstanding. At the very best, we saw a 12% performance gain over the GTX 1080 Ti but on average it was more like 3%. To sum up our testing:

In Premiere Pro 2017, the Titan Xp 12GB is about 3% faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, 4% faster than the Titan X, 12% faster than the GTX 1080, and 16% faster than the GTX 1070.


Compared to the previous Titan X, there is certainly a small performance improvement which is nice considering the cards are the same cost. However, given that the Titan Xp is about $500 more expensive than the GTX 1080 Ti we expected the Titan Xp to outperform the GTX 1080 Ti by a larger amount. Yes, the Titan Xp 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.

Should you use the Titan Xp for Premiere Pro? If you have any sort of a budget we would recommend you stick with the GTX 1080 Ti and spend the cost savings on a dedicated media cache & scratch SSD or upgrading the amount of RAM in your system. But if you need the best possible performance regardless of cost, the Titan Xp is technically currently the king of performance in Premiere Pro - if only by 3%.

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Tags: Premiere Pro, GPU, Video Card, Titan Xp
Avatar Kemalettin Sert

please compare against RX series.

Posted on 2017-04-20 01:26:16
Avatar Michael Garand


Posted on 2017-05-01 13:40:51

Hi, I need to expand my workstation. I've bought 5 years ago a WS HP Z400 and now I need more powerfull to work about 3D rendering, graphic e 4k editing video. I use Maxon, Autodesk, Adobe Suite. I want to configure a new WS as Z840 (12core, 64gb ram, 512ssd ). My doubt is if a Titan Xp is really good however the comparison with P5000?

Posted on 2017-09-14 10:50:37

For Cinema 4D and Adobe products, the Titan Xp is a great card - and the GTX 1080 Ti is nearly as fast, if you are okay with 1GB less memory (11GB instead of 12). However, Autodesk is picky and will only provide official tech support if you are using a certified Quadro card. If that is important to you, then going with a Quadro P5000 would be a viable option. It doesn't have quite as much raw horsepower as the 1080 Ti or Titan Xp (they are closer to the P6000 in performance) but it does have a lot of memory (16GB) and will definitely be an upgrade over whatever you've got in the 5 year old box.

Posted on 2017-09-14 15:55:26
Avatar salamanka

but why this titan xp cost much more than the 1080ti , what is so special about it , does it have some similar specs to the quadro cards ?

Posted on 2017-10-15 03:39:02

I think most of it is simply that there is always a price premium to get the best of the best. Manufacturing yields is part of it, but another part is simply that if NVIDIA can charge that much more for something they know some people will buy, why not? Most of us (and most of our customers) simply go with the GTX 1080 Ti, but there are people who can justify the higher cost for a small performance gain. Those people, not the majority of customers, are who products like the Titan Xp are made for.

Posted on 2017-10-17 19:54:03
Avatar Andrea Pavan

I'm wondering, is it possible to run a titan X or a 1080 alongside with a basic quadro pascal like a p400 for adobe suite?
I mean use the GTX for computing/rendering and the quadro for a 10bit screen?
Any suggestion?

Posted on 2017-12-08 01:42:04

I would avoid trying to do something like that if possible. You might be able to get it to work, but Adobe products really are not coded to handle mixing cards so I think it is pretty likely you will run into weird issues. For most of our customers who need 10-bit, what we end up doing is using a Decklink Mini Monitor 4K or similar output card: https://www.blackmagicdesig... . They do not give you a normal desktop display, but in applications like Premiere Pro they can be used to output to a 10-bit monitor for dedicated playback.

Posted on 2017-12-11 20:21:49
Avatar Krist

Does the Titan X still hold up with current Adobe (after effects/premiere pro)?

Posted on 2021-04-21 23:25:19

Took a quick look at our benchmark database and found these two systems where the main difference is the Titan X vs RTX 3060:


And one more with a slower CPU and GTX 1080Ti: https://www.pugetsystems.co...

GPU score for the Titan X is about half that of the RTX 3060, and a GTX 1080 Ti is likely going to be at least 30% faster than the Titan X. So... not great if you are using any GPU-based effects. The Titan X is also pretty old now, so it won't be as robust for GPU decoding/encoding of H.264/5 as a modern GPU. Premiere Pro doesn't support a whole lot of "flavors" of H.264/5 right now, but if that changes, you could get much better performance from a modern GPU depending on whether you work with H.264/5 and what bit depth / chroma subsampling the media is.

Posted on 2021-04-22 00:17:29