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Premiere Pro GPU Roundup: NVIDIA SUPER vs AMD RX 5700 XT

Written on August 26, 2019 by Matt Bach
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Introduction

Over recent years, Adobe has invested heavily in improving GPU-acceleration support in Premiere Pro. While the CPU still does most of the heavy lifting, depending on how many accelerated effects you use, having a more powerful GPU can sometimes make a significant impact on performance.

Recently, both AMD and NVIDIA have released a number of new video cards. From AMD, we have the Radeon RX 5700 8GB and RX 5700 XT 8GB. On the other side of the fence, NVIDIA has released updates to many of their current cards with a "SUPER" modifier. These cards include the GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB, 2070 SUPER 8GB, and 2080 SUPER 8GB. Beyond a small performance bump, the most notable improvement with these new cards is that the RTX 2060 gets an upgrade from 6GB to 8GB of VRAM.

NVIDIA GeForce SUPER vs AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT in Premiere Pro

Since we are interested in how these new cards compare to the previous generation, we will be including in our testing the full line of NVIDIA GeForce RTX cards as well as the AMD Radeon Vega 64 and Radeon VII. If you would like to skip over our test setup and benchmark sections, feel free to jump right to the Conclusion.

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Test Setup & Methodology

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

To test each GPU, we will be using the fastest platform currently available for Premiere Pro - most notably the Intel Core i9 9980XE. This does mean that the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT will not be able to utilize PCI-E 4.0, but we have a specific post coming up that will be examining PCI-E 4.0 in professional apps like Premiere Pro. For that testing, we will be using the new Ryzen 3rd Gen platform since that is currently the only way to get PCI-E 4.0 functionality.

The benchmark we will be using is the latest version of our public Premiere Pro benchmark. Full details on the benchmark and a link to download it yourself is available at:

Benchmark Results

While our benchmark presents various scores based on the performance of each test, we also wanted to provide the individual results. If there is a specific codec that you often work with, examining the raw results for that task is going to be much more applicable than the Overall Score. Feel free to skip to the next section for our analysis of these results if you rather get a wider view of how each GPU performs in Premiere Pro.

Benchmark Analysis

NVIDIA GeForce SUPER and AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB Premiere Pro Performance Benchmark

While all the tests used to generate the "Overall Score" utilize the GPU to some degree, it is intended to show the overall system performance for relatively common editing sequences. Since in most cases Premiere Pro is still more reliant on the performance of your CPU than your GPU, it means that there is really only about a 20% performance gap between the fastest and slowest cards we tested.

Even though there isn't a huge difference between each GPU, it is good to see that the NVIDIA SUPER cards are overall a bit faster than their normal predecessors - even if it is only by a few percent. Unfortunately, AMD doesn't fare as well, with all three of the AMD cards we tested coming in at the bottom of the stack.

However, in order to get a better idea of the possible performance difference between each of these cards, it is useful to look at one of the results from our "Heavy GPU Effects" sequence:

NVIDIA GeForce SUPER and AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB Premiere Pro GPU Benchmark

This project is an unrealistic example of what kind of performance you could see with each GPU in Premiere Pro. It includes only GPU-accelerated transitions and effects such as Cross Dissolve, Dip to Black, Dip to White, Wipe, Lumetri Color, VR De-Noise, Ultra Key, Sharpen, Gaussian Blur, Basic 3D, VR Digital Glitch, and Directional Blur. Because it is so heavily skewed towards the GPU, the relative performance people will actually see between these cards likely lies somewhere between this and our Overall Score.

Looking at this specific result, there are two key observations: First, the 2070 and 2080 SUPER cards from NVIDIA are about 10% faster than the normal versions even though they have a $100 lower MSRP. The 2060 SUPER, on the other hand, is closer to 20% faster which more than offsets its $50 increase in MSRP.

On the AMD side, it is clear that Premiere Pro still heavily favors NVIDIA right now, but it is interesting to see that the 5700 XT was faster than the Vega 64. We were not quite sure what to expect since these two cards have traded places in our earlier testing including Photoshop, After Effects, and DaVinci Resolve. The Vega 64 is faster in both Photoshop (10%) and Resolve (20%), but the 5700XT is faster in After Effects (7%) and now Premiere Pr (15%). This simply goes to show how important it is to test individual applications rather than trying to use results from one program to try to predict performance in another.

How well do the NVIDIA SUPER and AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT perform in Premiere Pro?

Premiere Pro is often more limited by the power of your CPU, but in the most extreme cases the new RTX 2070 SUPER and 2080 SUPER are about 10% faster than their "normal" predecessors, while the RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB can be almost 20% faster. Considering the fact that the 2070 and 2080 SUPER cards actually saw a reduction in price, and the 2060 SUPER is only $50 more, this is overall a big win for users in the market for a new Premiere Pro workstation or GPU upgrade.

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB, however, did not fare nearly as well. It is up to 15% faster than the Vega 64 and only trails the Radeon VII by about 10%, but it is around 25% slower than the similarly priced NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB.

This means that, for the moment, NVIDIA GPUs are the clear choice for Premiere Pro. While the difference between any GPU may be minor if you are only using basic GPU-accelerated effects like Lumetri Color, the more accelerated effects you use, the larger the performance gain you should see with an NVIDIA card.

Keep in mind that the benchmark results in this article are strictly for Premiere Pro. If your workflow includes other software package (like After Effects, Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve, etc.), you need to consider how these GPUs will perform in those applications as well. Be sure to check our list of Hardware Articles for the latest information on how these cards perform with a variety of software packages.

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Tags: NVIDIA vs AMD, RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080 SUPER, Radeon RX 5700 XT, Premiere Pro
Nathan

Have been watching the AMD vs NVIDIA battle for a while now, as a Premiere Pro editor I'd like to have full use of CUDA, but CUDA on my Hackintosh causes kernel panics. The simple answer is to switch to AMD but I fear I will lose so much performance per dollar!

Posted on 2019-09-10 16:41:06
uri bak

Save yourself the headache and move to Windows 10.
Why ever insist on Mac OS, there are hardly any differences at work in ADOBE programmes.
At first it will be difficult but then you will not regret it.

Posted on 2019-09-14 11:43:47

Do you generally recommend RTX cards over Quadro for Adobe Creative Suite and DaVinci Resolve?

Posted on 2019-09-15 18:00:35

On average, yes, but there are definitely times when Quadro makes sense:

1) If you need a lot of VRAM (8K editing typically). The Titan RTX 24GB can work for this as well, but it isn't always the right choice for Resolve in particular since the cooler design limits you to use at most two Titan RTX cards. Quadro, on the other hand, can get you a ton of VRAM along with the ability to stack as many cards as you can fit in your system.
2) When maximum reliability is required. Quality GeForce models are pretty darn reliable these days, but Quadro cards are even better. For most people it may not be worth the higher cost, but if a day or two of machine downtime would cost you more than the extra 1-2 thousand dollars to get Quadro cards, then it can be worth the investment to go with Quadro.

Posted on 2019-09-16 17:25:11
Cameron Kernahan

Hi Matt, I am having a problem:

CPU: Intel i7 8700k
GPU: Nvidia 2080 Ti

But Premier Pro has grayed out the option to use CUDA Hardware accelerated encoding.

Please help?

Posted on 2019-09-20 19:53:18

That kind of thing is usually driver related. Are you on the latest NVIDIA GeForce Studio driver? Right now, it is 431.86: https://www.geforce.com/dri...

If that doesn't help, try clearing your preferences (you might want to back them up first if you have a lot of customizations). https://helpx.adobe.com/pre...

Posted on 2019-09-20 20:11:07
Cameron Kernahan

Hi Matt, we had already tried that and various solutions. After contacting Adobe Support we are still left without a solution. The CUDA Hardware Accelerated Encoding option is only grayed out in the render menu when exporting.

Posted on 2019-09-21 05:17:08

Wait, do you mean the option in render settings under "Encoding Settings -> Performance" when exporting to H.264? So it is stuck on the "Software Encoding" option?

https://uploads.disquscdn.c...

If that is what you are referring to, that is not using CUDA (at least not without a third party plugin), but rather Intel Quicksync on your CPU. The 8700K supports it, but you need to have integrated graphics enabled in the motherboard BIOS (auto won't cut it), and have the Intel integrated graphics driver installed. With both those taken care of, you should be able to switch it to the Hardware Accelerated option.

Just a few points of warning: the quality will be a bit worse with hardware acceleration enabled, and it maxes out at 60mbps. You can select a higher bitrate, but it freaks out and switches down to a really low bitrate instead. It also isn't always all that much faster depending on your source media (amount of movement and other factors will influence the amount of performance gains). You might as well get it working and try it out since your system supports it, but definitely do a few comparisons in terms of both export speed and quality before committing to using hardware acceleration for all your work.

Posted on 2019-09-21 05:32:38
Fabio Baldassarra

I have a problem with Premier during video editing:
while working on the clips, the system slows down
to become unusable, the CPU and RAM are used
to the maximum and the system freezes.

this is my laptop PC configuration:
- CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K 3.60 GHz (OC-HT, 16M..
- RAM: 64 GB DDR4 2.666MHz CL19 (4x16.384MB)
- SSD (M.2): 1.0 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe
- Disco Rigido: 2.0 TB Ibrido SSHD Firecuda S.ATA III
- Display: 17,3" AHVA UHD 4K 3.840x2.160 G-SYN..
- Scheda Video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8,0 GB GDDR6
- Sistema operativo:Windows 10 Professional 64bit

all the drivers are updated
the video clips I use are in FullHD 1920x1080 coming from a Canon C100 MKII

The Adobe support service performed several tests on the PC and confirmed that the problem is the video card.

HELP ME!

Posted on 2019-10-01 05:46:59
CFipp53

Sounds to me like a heat issue? Can you monitor your temps during editing?

Posted on 2019-10-01 07:17:43
Fabio Baldassarra

the temperature remains low until the problem arises, as soon as it is blocked then the ram is used at maximum as well as the CPU and the temperatur begins to rise

Posted on 2019-10-01 09:57:50

If you are using all your RAM, that is almost certainly the issue. You either need to simply get more RAM, close as many other running apps as possible, or otherwise find ways to reduce the amount of RAM you are using while editing.

Posted on 2019-10-01 18:14:46
Marian Peciar

Hello, I see you were testing RTX super graphic cards. I checked the recommended adobe premier pro graphic cards and SUPER series are not on Adobe list. Did you have any problems with rtx 2060 super 8gb? Does this one works with premier pro well although is not on Adobe supported list?
Many thanks for your help.

Posted on 2019-10-18 19:00:41

Naw, we use those cards all the time now. Supported hardware lists from developers (Adobe, AutoDesk, Blackmagic, etc.) tends to be very out of date so it isn't really the best source for what cards will work or not. Hence one of the reasons why we do all this testing: we need to find out for ourselves any bugs or issues.

Typically, minor updates like the SUPER cards have zero issues (at least none that are not present on the previous gen cards). It is when there is a major architecture update that things can get hairy. Launches like the first RTX cards, the first Vega AMD cards, etc. can have issues so you typically don't want to use a card until it is officially cleared by the developer or by a trusted third party (us!).

Posted on 2019-10-18 19:53:33
Marian Peciar

Great, thank you very much for your quick answer! I will go for it.

Posted on 2019-10-18 20:24:53