AMD FirePro W9100 vs NVIDIA Quadro K6000

Adobe CC 2014: Premiere Pro and Photoshop

For Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 we used the latest version of the venerable Adobe Premiere Pro Benchmark (PPBM7). This test contains three components -- a PAL DVD conversion (meant as a storage test), an MPEG-2 DVD conversion, and an "Export to Blu-ray" test. These last two tests are both GPU accelerated and the modern version of the Mercury Playback Engine embedded in Premiere Pro can be configured to run in either OpenCL or CUDA mode. We ran both tests under their respective languages.

Premiere Pro is a mixed bag for our FirePro cards. The DVD export features is clearly Quadro-friendly -- not only is the 2010-era Quadro 6000 faster than the W9100, the K6000 is a full 3x faster than AMD's latest and greatest GCN. Exporting to Blu-ray is a closer race -- the Quadro 6000 falls behind the FirePro W9000 in this test and while the K6000 still wins the overall race, it's just 16% faster than the AMD solution, not 67%.

Photoshop CC 2014:

Adobe's Photoshop 2014 needs no particular introduction. Adobe updated the application to make some use of GPU acceleration for specific features several years ago, and we tested the application with a benchmark test created by Puget Systems.

Morale of the story? Don't buy a high-end GPU expecting to see a major difference in your Photoshop performance. The gap between the various solutions was tiny, even when working with a fairly large image and using filters we know are GPU-accelerated.

We originally intended to benchmark Adobe After Effects as well, but that program's ray tracing engine only supports Nvidia cards, even in its latest incarnation.

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