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TL;DR: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 3080 & 3090 performance in Premiere Pro
While the average editor likely won’t notice much of a difference with the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 3080 or 3090 video cards, in certain situations they can provide a healthy boost to performance. In an ideal situation where you are using multiple GPU-accelerated effects, the RTX 3000-series cards are anywhere from 10% to 20% faster than the similarly-priced models from the previous generation. This is enough to make both the RTX 3080 and 3090 easily the fastest GPUs we have tested for Premiere Pro regardless of price.
These new GPUs are also significantly faster than AMD’s current offerings, with the RTX 3070 and 3080 beating the AMD Radeon RX 5700XT and Vega 64 by around 50% and 75% respectively. The RTX 3090, while certainly more expensive than the AMD Radeon cards, is even more impressive with almost 2x higher performance in our GPU Stress project.
On September 1st, NVIDIA launched the new GeForce RTX 30 Series, touting major advancements in performance and efficiency. While gaming is almost always a major focus during these launches, professional applications like Premiere Pro should also see some significant improvements as well. Adobe has been adding more and more GPU-accelerated effects and features over the last few years, which has made the GPU an increasingly important component in editing workstations.
If you want to see the full specs for the new GeForce RTX 3070, 3080, and 3090 cards, we recommend checking out NVIDIA's page for the new 30 series cards. But at a glance, here are what we consider to be the most important specs:
|RTX 2070 SUPER
|RTX 2080 SUPER
|RTX 2080 Ti
While specs rarely line up with real-world performance, it is a great sign that NVIDIA has doubled the number of CUDA cores compared to the comparable RTX 20 series cards with only a small drop in the boost clock. At the same time, the RTX 3080 and 3090 are also $500-1000 less expensive than the previous generation depending on which models you are comparing them to.
While it is a bit odd that the RTX 3080 has less VRAM than the 2080 Ti, all three of these new cards should all be capable of working with 4K timelines in Premiere Pro. The RTX 3080 and 3090 (with 10GB and 24GB of VRAM respectively) should also have no trouble with 8K timelines. However, keep in mind that the actual performance in those kinds of workflows is going to heavily depend on the power of your CPU as well.
With the launch of the RTX 3070, we can update our previous Adobe Premiere Pro – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance article with results for the 3070.
Listed below is the specifications of the system we will be using for our testing:
|AMD TR 3970X 32 Core
|Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3
|Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS PRO WIFI
|4x DDR4-2933 16GB (64GB total)
|NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 OC 10GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB
NVIDIA Titan RTX 24GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB
|Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
|Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Ver. 2004)
Premiere Pro 2020 (Ver. 14.5 Beta)
PugetBench for Premiere Pro (Ver. 0.92)
*All the latest drivers, OS updates, BIOS, and firmware applied as of September 15th, 2020
Big thank you to Gigabyte for providing the GeForce RTX™ 3080 GAMING OC 10G used in our testing!
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.
One thing we need to specifically point out is that while we are using the latest 14.5 version of Premiere Pro which added GPU-based H.264/HEVC decoding, we actually saw significantly lower performance in our tests with this feature enabled. We have done some investigating and it appears to be largely limited to our multicam tests with the 150mbps 59.94FPS media.
Tasks like scrubbing, reverse playback, etc. are all still significantly better with the GPU decoding enabled which we showed recently in our Premiere Pro GPU Decoding for H.264/HEVC media – is it faster? article. In addition, multicam performance is better with the 23.976FPS H.264/HEVC media we've tested, so this appears to be an issue only with higher framerate footage. We are still investigating the cause of this lower performance, but for now we decided to disable GPU decoding for this round of testing.
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.
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
In applications like Premiere Pro where the GPU is secondary to the CPU, many reviewers like to focus on extreme situations that heavily load the GPU. However, we first want to start off by looking at the overall performance we saw from our Premiere Pro benchmark with each GPU in order to show what most users would likely experience in their day-to-day work.
Looking at the Overall Standard Score, the new RTX 3090 tops the charts, but it is only about 3% faster than the RTX 3080, which is in turn only about 4% faster than the RTX 3070.
Compared to the previous generation cards of a similar price point, this works out to about a 3% performance gain with the new RTX 3000-series cards. This probably isn't enough to get you all that excited, but if you are still using an old GTX 1080 Ti, the performance gain is closer to 20-30% which should result in noticeably better performance for most users.
Keep in mind that the scores shown in the charts above include quite a few tests that are heavily CPU limited. Playing or exporting ProRes footage does not utilize the GPU, and neither does our dedicated CPU Effects test. This is still a fairly good indication of what the average Premiere Pro user may experience overall, but we can dive into specific situations where a more powerful GPU should net you more significant performance gains.
Exporting to H.264 Analysis
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 added 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, coincidentally, is where we saw the largest performance gains.
Here, the performance advantage of the new RTX 3000-series cards is a bit larger, with both the RTX 3080 and 3090 beating the RTX 2080 SUPER by 12%, the RTX 2080 Ti by 6%, and even edging out over the dual RTX 2080 Ti configuration by a small 3%. The RTX 3070 is a bit less impressive, but still beats the RTX 2070 Super by roughly 7%.
The 3000-series cards are all certainly much faster than the AMD Radeon GPUs that are currently available, or the older GTX 1080 Ti, but this is a feature that has a fairly dramatic soft cap to GPU performance so there is less to gain as you go up in raw GPU performance.
Heavy GPU Effects Analysis
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 between different GPUs in Premiere Pro.
Here, the RTX 3070 edges ahead of the previous generation RTX 2070 SUPER by a respectable 10%. The RTX 3080, however, beats the RTX 2080 SUPER by a solid 20%, the RTX 2080 Ti by 10%, and even the dual RTX 2080 Ti configuration by 5%. The RTX 3090 was even faster, out-performing the new RTX 3080 by 10%, the RTX 2080 Ti by 21%, and the dual RTX 2080 Ti by 15%
Compared to the more modest GPUs we tested, the performance gains can be very significant. The RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090 were more than 20%, 40% and 60% faster than the RTX 2060 SUPER respectively, and the RTX 3090, in particular, was close to twice the performance of the AMD Radeon RX 5700XT and Vega 64.
Compared to the older GTX 1080 Ti, the results get a bit… odd. This is one of the first times we have run this exact test on the GTX 1080 Ti, and we were surprised to see how poorly that specific card performed. We verified this result with multiple cards, drivers, etc., but it is likely that one of the effects we are using simply does not run very well on the older GTX series cards. Because this is likely an artifact caused by a single effect, you probably won't actually see a nearly 5x increase in performance going from a GTX 1080 Ti to an RTX 3080 or 3090 unless you happen to be using one of these "problem" effects. But if you use a large number of GPU-based effects, at least a 2x increase in performance is not an unreasonable expectation.
How well does the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 3080 & 3090 perform in Premiere Pro?
While the average editor likely won't notice much of a difference with the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 3080 or 3090 video cards, in certain situations they can provide a healthy boost to performance. In an ideal situation where you are using multiple GPU-accelerated effects, the RTX 3000-series cards are anywhere from 10% to 20% faster than the similarly-priced models from the previous generation. This is enough to make both the RTX 3080 and 3090 easily the fastest GPUs we have tested for Premiere Pro regardless of price.
These new GPUs are also significantly faster than AMD's current offerings, with the RTX 3070 and 3080 beating the AMD Radeon RX 5700XT and Vega 64 by around 50% and 75% respectively. The RTX 3090, while certainly more expensive than the AMD Radeon cards, is even more impressive with almost 2x higher performance in our GPU Stress project.
Overall, this makes the new RTX 3000-series cards an excellent choice for a Premiere Pro workstation. The RTX 3070 is a bit less impressive in terms of raw performance, but considering it performs between an RTX 2080 SUPER and an RTX 2080 Ti (both of which are more expensive), it is a solid choice for those on a budget.
If you use a number of GPU accelerated effects, want the fastest H.264 exports, or just want the best GPU overall, the RTX 3080 and 3090 are both terrific – easily beating all the GPUs from the previous generation. The RTX 3080 will likely end up being the more popular option given it's $699 price point, but the higher performance and 24GB of VRAM can make the RTX 3090 a solid investment if you want to work with 8K media.
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 the new RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090 GPUs, as well as with different CPUs and other hardware.