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PugetBench for Creators

PugetBench for Creators is designed to benchmark professional workloads in the most common video editing, photography, VFX, and motion graphics applications.

Why PugetBench?


PugetBench runs directly on the host application, instead of relying on artificial or synthetic workloads, to give the most real-world results possible. It is a good way to ensure that your system is running as expected, with no abnormal showdowns or issues.


Real-world workflows are broken down into their base aspects for detailed analysis. Testing in a standardized and repeatable manner allows you to see how your system compares to the latest available hardware overall and in specific tasks.

Optimized for Pros

Our benchmarks are focused on the most popular and common workflows used by professionals. They are also 100% free for end users, with a license only necessary for commercial use or advanced features like local logging and CLI support.

Download PugetBench for Creators

Includes support for Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Pro.
Adobe After Effects, Lightroom Classic, and BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve coming soon!

By downloading and installing this software, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the End-User License Agreement (EULA).

Supported Applications

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Premiere Pro

NLE performance metrics for a range of CPU and GPU workflows in Premiere Pro

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After Effects*

Motion graphics and VFX performance, including RAM Preview, Exporting, and Tracking

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Performance benchmarking for the market’s most popular image editing software

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Lightroom Classic*

Benchmarking performance for various tasks for photo editing and management software.

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DaVinci Resolve*

Performance testing for video editing, motion graphics, and GPU effects in DaVinci Resolve.

*Beta versions of these benchmarks are currently available as plugins or stand-alone applications.
Integration into the PugetBench for Creators application is coming soon!

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Browse Results

Browse over 100,000 results in our public benchmark database. Compare different configurations, or run the benchmarks yourself to see how your system compares!

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Benchmark Licensing

While our benchmarks are free for you to use on your personal system, a license is required for press or commercial use. A license also unlocks CLI support, disabling result uploading, local result logging, and email support.

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Development Program

The PugetBench Development Program is a partnership between Puget Systems and industry leaders for hardware, software, and workflow to create the most relevant benchmarks for end users across various industries.

Data Collection

All data is completely anonymous. No personally identifiable information is collected – only basic information on hardware specifications, application versions is recorded. An example set of raw data is available below:

"benchmark_name":"PugetBench for Photoshop",
"os":"Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (19042)",
"cpu":"Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10900K CPU @ 3.70GHz",
"mb":"Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. MPG Z490M GAMING EDGE WIFI (MS-7C76) (2.72)",
"ram":"64GB (4x16GB) 2667MHz",
"gpu":"Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 (, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (",
"system":"Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. MS-7C76","engine":""
{"test":"Overall Score","setting":"","result":83344,"units":"","major":2},
{"test":"GPU Score","setting":"","result":56.6,"units":"","major":1},
{"test":"General Score","setting":"","result":15954.8,"units":"","major":1},
{"test":"Filter Score","setting":"","result":714,"units":"","major":1},
{"test":"RAW File Open","setting":"Loop 1","result":"2.149","units":"Seconds","major":0},
{"test":"RAW File Open","setting":"Loop 2","result":"2.207","units":"Seconds","major":0},
{"test":"RAW File Open","setting":"Loop 3","result":"2.108","units":"Seconds","major":0},
-----Repeated test results truncated-----


If you have any issues with the benchmark not properly running, first verify that your system meets the System Requirements. If there are no issues with your system or software, there are a number of troubleshooting steps you can try:

  • If no application is shown in the drop-down, you most likely do not have a version installed that is supported by the benchmark
  • If you are getting an error about a PSD being too large, check that “Disable Compression of PSD and PSB Files” is unchecked in “Edit -> Preferences -> File Handling”
  • On MacOS, if the benchmark is stuck on “Waiting for PPRO server port number”, make sure the following folder exists, and if not, create it: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/extensions . Note that the “~” is required, as the missing folder is a part of the user Library, not the shared Library.
  • Do not attempt to use the system while the benchmark is running. Defocusing the application window can break the benchmark in many situations.
  • Clear the application preferences as found in Adobe’s guide or by using our Adobe CC Preference Backup/Restore/Clear utility (Windows only).
  • Disable Windows Defender or any real-time virus scanning programs.
  • Ensure that your OS and the application you are testing are set to English.

Lower than expected performance can be caused by a number of factors, but the most common are:

  • Unknowingly comparing scores to different benchmark and/or application versions.
  • Outdated BIOS/drivers/software
  • Running background processes (Antivirus, Windows Updates, etc.)
  • Windows power profile (High Performance is recommended for the best results)
  • Adobe application settings are not correct (GPU acceleration not enabled, etc.)

If you continue to have issues, please contact [email protected] – ideally with a screenshot of the problem and a copy of any log files that are generated by the benchmark.

Command Line (CLI) Guide

The PugetBench for Creators application is installed by default in the following locations:

  • Windows: “C:\Program Files\PugetBench for Creators\PugetBench for Creators.exe”
  • MacOS: “/Applications/PugetBench for Creators.app/Contents/MacOS/PugetBench for Creators”

Common CLI Arguments

Here are the most common command line parameters for PugetBench:

See the full list of available command line arguments.
Used to activate a license key. Only needs to be done once on a system, and cannot be combined with other arguments.
Which application to benchmark. Example: –app “photoshop”
Which version of the application to test. Compare to the version numbers listed in the GUI for a list of supported app by benchmark version. Note that version numbers can be slightly different on Windows and MacOS.
Benchmark version to run. Supported version numbers are listed in the GUI.
Which benchmark preset to run.
Upload the results to our online database. This is not done by default when using the CLI. If doing multiple runs, only the first run is uploaded.

CLI Examples

Activate your benchmark license


Run the 0.98.6 Premiere Pro Standard benchmark on Premiere Pro 23.5 and upload the results

--app "Premiere Pro" --app_version 23.5 --benchmark_version 0.98.6 --preset "Standard" --upload_results

Run the 0.98.1 Photoshop Standard benchmark on Photoshop 24.0.0 with 2 loops, retrying 3 times in the case of an error/application crash, and copy the results to the current folder (Windows)

--app photoshop --app_version 24.0.0 --benchmark_version 0.98.1 --preset "Standard" --run_count 2 --rerun_count 3 --copy_log "%~dp0copy_log.csv"

Application Update Log

Update log for the desktop app. Updates for individual benchmarks are recorded on each benchmark’s information page.

Version 1.0.2

  • Bug fix to allow non-licensed application versions to run the “Extended” Premiere Pro benchmark preset.

Version 1.0.1

  • Fix for an intermittent asset download issue.
  • Fix to allow non-licensed users to run Premiere Pro Extended preset.

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial Release
  • Support for Premiere Pro and Photoshop. Other benchmarks are coming soon!
  • Individual benchmark licenses are no longer supported. If you have an app-specific license, please contact [email protected] for a free upgrade.

Known Issues

Known issues and possible workarounds for the latest version of PugetBench for Creators are listed below:

  • On MacOS, the benchmark can become stuck on “Waiting for PPRO server port number”. This is caused if a specific adobe folder is missing. To resolve, ensure the following folder exists; if not, create it: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/extensions . Note that the “~” is required, as the missing folder is a part of the user Library, not the shared Library.
  • Premiere Pro (Beta) not detected. Beta applications are not officially supported, but we do want to give the option to allow the benchmarks to attempt to run.