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Premiere Pro CC 2018: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Performance

Written on October 24, 2018 by Matt Bach


Like most of Adobe's popular applications, Premiere Pro CC utilizes the GPU to enhance performance for a number of tasks but it is often more important to get the right CPU than it is to get a faster GPU. NVIDIA's new RTX series cards have general performance increases like you would expect, but much of what makes these cards interesting are the addition of two new features: Tensor cores and RT cores.

What are Tensor Cores?

While already available on the more expensive Titan V GPU, the RTX line introduces tensor cores at a more reasonable price point. These tensor cores operate alongside the normal CUDA cores that traditionally do the heavy lifting, but are designed specifically for machine learning inference (running already created and trained machine learning models). While not utilized in Adobe applications today, these cores may be used in the future - especially as Adobe continues to develop their "Adobe Sensei" AI and machine learning technology.

What are RT Cores?

RT cores are brand new in this generation of graphics cards, and are specialized for a single type of operation: ray tracing. It is possible that Adobe may utilize these cores in After Effects or even Photoshop to some extent, but we feel it is unlikely they will be used much in Premiere Pro.

What makes these new RTX cards hard to review and test is the fact that Premiere Pro currently does not use either of these new types of cores. We can (and will) look at straight performance gains with the current version of Premiere Pro, but really what you are paying for is technology that might give you significant performance gains in the future.

If you would like to skip over our test setup and benchmark result/analysis sections, feel free to jump right to the Conclusion section.

Test Setup & Methodology

Listed below is the test platforms we will be using in our testing:

Test Hardware  
Motherboard: Gigabyte X299 Designare EX
CPU: Intel Core i9 7980XE 2.6GHz
(4.2/4.4GHz Turbo) 18 Core
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12DX i4
RAM: 8x DDR4-2666 16GB (128GB total)
Hard Drive: Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 PCI-E x4 NVMe SSD
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Software: Premiere Pro CC 2018 (ver. 12.1.2)

To see how the new RTX cards perform in Premiere Pro, we tested it against a selection of cards from NVIDIA as well as AMD's Vega 64 GPU.

To thoroughly benchmark each processor, we used a range of codecs across 4K, 6K, and 8K resolutions:

Codec Resolution FPS Bitrate Clip Name Source
H.264 3840x2160 29.97 FPS 80 Mbps Transcoded from RED 4K clip
H.264 LongGOP 3840x2160 29.97 FPS 150 Mbps Provided by Neil Purcell - www.neilpurcell.com
DNxHR HQ 8-bit 3840x2160 29.97 FPS 870 Mbps Transcoded from RED 4K clip
ProRes 422 HQ 3840x2160 29.97 FPS 900 Mbps Transcoded from RED 4K clip
ProRes 4444 3840x2160 29.97 FPS 1,200 Mbps Transcoded from RED 4K clip
XAVC S 3840x2160 29.97 FPS 90 Mbps Provided by Samuel Neff - www.neffvisuals.com
RED (7:1) 4096x2304 29.97 FPS 300 Mbps A004_C186_011278_001 RED Sample R3D Files
CinemaDNG 4608x2592 24 FPS 1,900 Mbps Interior Office Blackmagic Design
[Direct Download]
RED (7:1) 6144x3077 23.976 FPS 840 Mbps S005_L001_0220LI_001 RED Sample R3D Files
RED (9:1) 8192x4320 25 FPS 1,000 Mbps B001_C096_0902AP_001 RED Sample R3D Files

Rather than just timing a simple export and calling it a day, we decided to create six different timelines for each codec that represent a variety of different type of workloads. For each of these timelines we tested both Live Playback performance in the program monitor as well as exporting via AME with the "H.264 - High Quality 2160p 4K" and "DNxHR HQ UHD" (matching media FPS) presets.

Lumetri Color

Heavy Transitions

Heavy Effects

4 Track Picture in Picture

4 Track MultiCam

4 Track Heavy Trimming

Live Playback - Raw Benchmark Results

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Live Playback - Benchmark Analysis

Often, whether the media we test is RED or not makes a big impact on performance since RED footage uses the GPU for the debayering of the RAW footage. Since this was a pretty big factor, we decided to look at the results depending on whether we were using RED media or non-RED media.

The "Live Playback Score" shown in the chart above is a representation of the average performance we saw with each processor for this test. In essence, a score of "80" would mean that on average that CPU was able to play our timelines at 80% of the tested media's FPS. A perfect score would be "100" which would mean that the system did not drop any frames even with the most difficult codecs and timelines.

Starting with the non-RED footage, all the GPUs we tested (including the new RTX cards) were close to identical. There is a slight difference when using RED media, but even then the RTX cards were only slightly faster than the current GTX cards. Between the RTX models, there was really no difference at all so getting a RTX 2080 Ti shouldn't give you any higher FPS for live playback than even the RTX 2070.

AME Export - Raw Benchmark Results

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AME Export - Benchmark Analysis

Exporting through Adobe Media Encoder gives us a bit larger of a difference delta the cards we tested compared to Live Playback. Here we saw a small, but consistent, increase in performance with both RED and non-RED footage as you go up the NVIDIA GPU stack. None of the RTX cards quite catch up to the more expensive Titan V, but they all ended up being a tiny bit faster than the Titan Xp.

We are really talking about a ~5-10% difference in performance between the RTX 2080 Ti and the GTX 1070, however, so you likely won't notice a massive difference between any of the NVIDIA cards we tested unless you are doing exports that take several hours to complete.

Is the RTX 2070 good for Premiere Pro?

The new RTX cards are certainly not bad for Premiere Pro, but the difference between any mid/high end NVIDIA GPU is going to be very minor. However, this does make the RTX 2070 a solid choice as it performs just as well as the much more expensive models.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Premiere Pro CC 2018 Benchmark

These new RTX cards may not be particularly exciting for Premiere Pro right now, but in many ways the real question is whether the RTX GPUs will be good for Premiere Pro in the future. The new tensor cores in particular could have significant performance advantages for some tasks, or they might never be used at all. It really comes down to whether or not the Premiere Pro developers are willing or able to make effectively use of these new features. Our guess is that they will eventually be leveraged in some way via Adobe Sensei, but whether it will happen in Premiere Pro CC 2020 or Premiere Pro CC 2030 is unknown at the moment.

Overall, the RTX 2070 in particular is a very solid choice for Premiere Pro as it easily keeps up with the more expensive RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti models. It isn't that much faster than the older GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti, so it likely isn't worth a straight upgrade, but if you are already in the market for a new GPU it is likely going to be our most common recommendation.

There are really only a few reasons you might want to use one of the more expensive RTX cards for Premiere Pro. First, the RTX 2080 Ti has 11GB of VRAM which can be very important if you work with 8K media. Second, if you want to have NVLink support you will need to use either the RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti as the RTX 2070 does not support it. However, keep in mind that while Adobe may add support for NVLink in the future (which might allow things like memory pooling between multiple cards), it is currently completely unknown whether Adobe applications will ever be able to use it or how they will implement it.

If you are interested in how the RTX cards perform in other applications, be sure to check out our recent Video Card articles as we have (or are working on) a number of other articles for the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti.

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Tags: Premiere Pro, GeForce, RTX, 2070, 2080, 2080 Ti, 1060, 1070, 1070 Ti, 1080, 1080Ti, Radeon, Vega

Does CC v13 change these results at all? Seems like there were some references to v13 being better capable of utilizing GPU power.

Posted on 2018-11-03 03:34:51

From the testing I've done so far with CC 2019, it looks like we are getting about 8% higher performance in the new version of Premiere Pro. It doesn't look like any one thing in particular, just across the board improvement. That means that you can expect slightly better performance than what is shown in this article, but the relative difference between each GPU should be pretty much the same.

Posted on 2018-11-03 03:48:21

thank you very much!

Posted on 2018-11-03 03:55:01

disqus_t0bgrtST66 already

Posted on 2018-12-31 03:40:31
Nick Friedman

i'm building a my new pc for editing 1080p and at max 4k sequences. using 9900k and 64 gb 3200mhz ram with separate m2 drives for footage and cache. from this article and from current prices of gtx 1080 ti it really does look like the 2070 will give me the best results using premiere, but I can afford the rtx 2080 as well. is the rtx 2070 still the best option to go with? playback and exporting are the 2 most important aspects for me.

Posted on 2018-12-13 15:49:57

Yea, I would stick with the RTX 2070. No real reason in Premiere Pro to go up to the RTX 2080 since you shouldn't see any real performance difference.

Posted on 2018-12-13 16:56:51

I saw that the 2070 isn't in the supported hardware list for premiere 2019 for cuda. Any thoughts on that?

Posted on 2018-12-18 22:02:28

Don't go by Adobe's supported hardware lists pretty much. They are almost always missing the latest generation of hardware and are certainly nowhere near a full list of cards that will work well in Premiere Pro. For example, the only GTX 1000 series card they have on there is the 1080 Ti - the entire rest of that line is missing. They tend to "recommend" one of two things - workstation cards (Quadro/Radeon Pro) or the highest-end consumer card.

To be honest, that is one of the reasons why we do the amount of testing that we do. Sure, we want to know how fast the hardware is, but almost more importantly we need to know that it will work without any issues when we sell it to our customers. So if you see us recommending something or using it in our testing (without a note about it not working of course), you can be confident that it has passed at least our stringent testing process.

Posted on 2018-12-18 22:24:47
Tom P

Does that advice still stand? I see in your "Recommended Systems for Adobe Premiere Pro CC" you now say "Premiere Pro benefits greatly from using a GPU, but which card is best depends on how many GPU-accelerated effects you use. If you only use a few, even a RTX 2070 should perform about as well as a RTX 2080 or 2080 Ti. However, the more GPU-accelerated effects you use, the greater the benefit to using a higher-end card." In the RTX 2070 review it says "but the difference between any mid/high end NVIDIA GPU is going to be very minor". I bought an RTX 2070 but our indie feature (in post-prod) is using a lot of GPU-accelerated effects. Our budget could have stretched to a used 1080Ti (1,280 more CUDA Cores, more though slower memory) but not an RTX 2080Ti. I find this site and your guidance invaluable.

Posted on 2019-04-07 14:03:04

Yep, that advise still stands. I would check out our most recent Premiere Pro GPU article: https://www.pugetsystems.co... . Our latest revision of Premiere Pro benchmarking includes some testing with heavy GPU-accelerated effects. It is honestly unrealistic for most users since it is rare to have that many GPU effects without any CPU-based ones, but that score and our Overall score gives you a range that most people will fall within depending on how many GPU effects they use.

Posted on 2019-04-07 15:47:39
Tom P

Super, thank you. Very helpful article (as always).

Posted on 2019-04-07 20:36:04

Premiere is CRAP. That's why there is not much difference. Buggy, laggy sofware even on i7, 32GB RAM and 2080 RTX card.

Posted on 2019-01-27 18:03:12
Rosty Silverside

You gotta clean up your porn collection bro. Viruses don't work well with hardware ;)

Posted on 2019-03-18 13:23:16

GTX 1080Ti or RTX 2070? I would need to get GTX used when RTX will be new. I also want to game but not a lot also 3 more gigs of vRam is gonna be useful

Posted on 2019-02-24 21:54:52

Between those two, performance should be pretty close in Pr, but the higher VRAM on the GTX 1080 Ti could come in handy if you start using 4K+ or RAW footage. Gaming is where it becomes a bit more complicated. I believe in most cases, the GTX 1080 Ti should be faster than the RTX 2070, but with the RTX card you get the Ray Tracing features. Not used in a ton of games right now, but I think it will be used more and more in the future. So I think you juts have to decide between a bit more performance in games (1080 Ti), or making them prettier in the future (2070).

Posted on 2019-02-25 17:40:48

Hi, I'm interested what would the 2070 GPU performance be like with Cineform? I'm working on a VFX-heavy project and I need to know which would be the best codec to work with. Based on the benchmarks it appears that DNxHR HQ gives the best performance??

Posted on 2019-03-11 17:41:33

Cineform (and DNx/most other codecs for that matter) don't use the GPU for decoding. So the GPU isn't really going to play a role there. What matters more is how many and the type of effects you have applied. The more GPU-accelerated effects, the more a higher-end GPU is going to improve things. In most cases, a RTX 2070 is going to be about as good as you will get in terms of Pr performance, but if you really stack on the effects you could see probably a 10-20% improvement with a 2080/2080 ti.

Posted on 2019-03-11 17:45:37
Nicollette Bovat

Matt Bach I just got the RTX 2070 but whenever I choose Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA) within Premiere Pro, I can't play anything back because the program monitor goes black. I've tried to read up on why this may be and it seems the only solution is to render with Mercury Playback Engine Software Only. That does fix the problem, but seems like a poor solution in terms of getting the most out of the graphics card! Have you run into this issue? Any suggestions? I just updated to the most recent driver on GeForce Experience so I can't imagine that's the issue. Thank you so much.

Posted on 2019-03-31 15:30:51

Try resetting Premiere Pro back to default (hold alt whole launching the program). You could also try the new creator ready drivers from Nvidia's driver download page, and during the install check the box for "perform a clean install".

If neither works, you could fully uninstall/reinstall Premiere Pro or try a driver cleaner (I like ddu driver cleaner) before installing the GPU driver.

Posted on 2019-03-31 15:34:59
Nicollette Bovat

thanks for the speedy reply, Matt Bach. I have tried the creator ready driver but haven't yet reset premiere pro back to default or tried a driver cleaner. Will try that right now!

Posted on 2019-03-31 15:44:55
Nicollette Bovat

Matt Bach hmm still happening. It will work for awhile but then eventually the program monitor will go black. I'm noticing it seems to fail most frequently when I'm switching between sequences. Not sure if that indicates anything in particular. Any other suggestions by chance?

Posted on 2019-03-31 18:35:42

That isn't an issue I've encountered. It's possible you just have a defective GPU. Doing a complete OS reinstall would be a nuclear option that should fix it if it is a software issue, but I give it a 50/50 split between that fixing it or not.

Posted on 2019-04-01 19:24:12

wanna know which one is best for video editing and rendering rtx 2060 or gtx 1070 ti

Posted on 2019-07-23 19:25:17

Both of those cards are included in this testing - the overall scores at the end of the article should give you the best idea of general performance across those cards for Premiere Pro. In general, however, the CPU is much more important for Premiere Pro than the GPU is.

For rendering, it depends on what you mean by that since it is a pretty generic term. For exporting video, the chart in this article should be accurate (at least for Premiere Pro). If you mean ray trace rendering with something like OctaneRender or Redsift, you should look up benchmarks for those applications since the GPU plays a much larger role for performance than it does in most editing software.

Posted on 2019-07-23 19:31:19

If you are looking for GPU based rendering tests like Matt mentioned, we have a host of articles covering that!


Posted on 2019-07-23 20:00:07

thank you for replying
but i cant find Rtx 2060 in the article and i have to choose between this systems for new pc i will buy soon but i dont know which one is the best for me , i will use them for for graphics , video editing and rendering for videos too besides gaming ,so i will write the essential then tell me which one is best for me
i7-8700 or i5-9400
Gtx 1070 ti or Rtx 2060
so which one is best for me because Rtx 2060 is not iculded in article to see the difference between it and Gtx 1070 ti

Posted on 2019-07-23 20:02:11

Ah, sorry, I misread your comment as RTX 2070. I don't think we've included the RTX 2060 in any of our testing since the 6GB of VRAM is a bit lower than we like to use on our workstations, but if I had to guess I imagine it would score right around 770-780 in this benchmark. Honestly, you really won't notice the difference between those two cards in Premiere Pro. So it will come down to whether you want to future proof a bit with the higher VRAM on the 1070 Ti, or future proof by having the RT/Tensor cores on the RTX 2060.

Personally, I would go the 1070 Ti route for a pure editing machine, although if it is a mixed use system, the RTX 2060 may be the better call as more and more applications should start leveraging things like RT and Tensor cores in the future.

Posted on 2019-07-23 20:07:46

so you think that RTX 2060 will be better than GTX 1070 Ti in using after effects and adobe premiere pro ?

Posted on 2019-07-23 21:06:03

Maybe very slightly, but it is going to be almost impossible to notice the difference in the real world. So the choice comes down to how you want to future proof: More VRAM, or newer features like Tensor/RT that are not actually implemented by many software packages yet (and may never be in many cases).

Posted on 2019-07-23 21:07:45

iam sorry but iam confused because iam still beginner to know the difference between if i wanted More VRAM, or newer features like Tensor/RT for the best performance in both of video editing programs like after effects or premiere pro ... etc
so to avoid disturbing you by asking more question, because i dont wanna you to getupset from me :D, just tell me which one i should buy 1070 ti or 2060? because i dont know which is the best for me ,More VRAM, or newer features like Tensor/RT ? :)

Posted on 2019-07-23 21:36:06

No problem! I would go with the GTX 1070 Ti if I was in your situation.

Posted on 2019-07-23 21:38:55

ok i will buy it , thank you very much for your time :)

Posted on 2019-07-23 21:54:55

If you can swing it, the new RTX 2060 Super would get you the best of both worlds: 8GB and RTX tech, along with slightly better performance too :)

And on the CPU, the i7 8700 is definitely better. Both of those processors are 6-core, but the 8700 is higher clocked, has Hyperthreading, and more cache.

Posted on 2019-07-23 20:09:23

unfortunatily i can't get RTX 2060 super yet in my country and because of my budget, so i only have to choose between GTX 1070 ti or RTX 2060 :/

Posted on 2019-07-23 21:05:56

ok i will buy i7 besiedes 1070ti thank you very much for your time :)

Posted on 2019-07-23 21:57:32

Sounds good! Best of luck with your new system :)

Posted on 2019-07-23 22:02:23

GTX 1080Ti or RTX 2070??
I'm not sure which of these two cards to choose for 4K video editing.

PC configuration:
h370 chipset
I7-8700 3.2 / 4.6 Ghz Core 6 CPU
32 GB Ram ddr4 2400 Mhz
ssd 480 Samsung 860 EVO
Video card gtx 1080ti or rtx 2070

Posted on 2019-04-18 15:32:11

Those cards are neck-and-neck in Premiere Pro, as shown above. If you use any software that is expected to benefit from the new RTX technology in the near future - like any GPU based rendering engines (Redshift, Octane, etc) then I would lean toward the RTX 2070. If not, the 1080 Ti has a bit more VRAM (11GB vs 8GB on the 2070).

If you still aren't sure, and don't feel like you need the extra memory, erring on the side of the newer card would likely be better from a future-proofing standpoint.

Posted on 2019-04-18 19:46:49