Thursday, June 20th 2013

AMD Performance Screams with Adobe Photoshop CC and Premier Pro CC

After a successful collaboration with AMD over the past two years to leverage open standards to drive amazing quality, scalability, and performance for our customers - Adobe has just released Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Now users can get the production releases of these flagship products which have been optimized to the massive compute power of AMD APUs, AMD Radeon HD graphics and AMD FirePro professional graphics to enable GPU-accelerated performance across a broad range of form factors through the OpenGL and OpenCL open standards. As highlighted in recent blogs, these optimizations are significant because, not only do they result in faster final render times, but more importantly, they enable users to apply effects and preview their edits in real-time, enabling greater productivity. This is great news for end-users everywhere, who now have unprecedented choice in using the hardware that best suits their needs. AMD-based systems coupled with Adobe's shift to the affordable and innovative Adobe Creative Cloud model for managing licenses and software updates can now put these latest Adobe creative tools in the hands of more users than ever.

When researching options for upcoming hardware purchases, consumers often look online for recommendations from top reviewers. Both Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro are often used by such reviewers to benchmark the capabilities of PC hardware because they are good examples of widely used, compute-intensive, non-gaming applications. These two applications are also good indicators of the direction that the mainstream software ecosystem is going relative to the use of both CPU and GPU resources in computers systems; i.e. - heterogeneous compute. We expect to see even greater adoption of this approach as the tools and system architecture evolve with our Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) initiative. The bottom line - products that can best handle Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop are going to be great all-around compute machines for consumers in general.

Delivered performance is always dependent on both hardware and software performance even the fastest hardware in the world can become crippled when coupled with a faulty or low-performing video drivers or with an application that does not efficiently leverage the hardware resources. The great news is that with AMD and Adobe, you get all three of these critical components. We tested the production builds for both Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC with the latest publically available drivers, converted the raw times into rates, and normalized to 1 (where "1" is the slowest of the test scenarios to complete the test) to make the charts and comparison easier to read. The results below* are for our newest AMD Elite A-series APU - the AMD A10-6800K.

AMD has worked closely with Adobe not only on the development side to enable optimized application performance on AMD hardware, but also on the quality assurance (QA) side to support the rigorous testing Adobe requires to achieve "White List" status with every Premiere Pro release (see Adobe blog post and tech specs). In fact, AMD can currently boast the greatest number of products on Adobe's officially qualified hardware list - a total of 64 graphics devices today with even more expected over time. While acceleration on Premiere Pro can be enabled by end users for any OpenCL-capable device in a PC or Mac, the fact that Adobe has included so many officially qualified AMD devices on the list is a testament to the hard work and close collaboration between AMD and Adobe; we are pleased to have made the effort with Adobe to enable this added level of assurance and to deliver a top-notch user experience for our shared customers.
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34 Comments on AMD Performance Screams with Adobe Photoshop CC and Premier Pro CC

#2
pigulici
Just PR

Just PR, but it is good to see that they try to optimize the software(what pro will use a Apu?)...
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#5
pigulici
Yeah:
"AMD hasn't released any pricing information as the A300/A320 won't be available in the channel. The FirePro APUs are OEM only and are primarily targeted at markets like India where low cost, professional graphics workstations are apparently in high demand. "
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#6
Jorge
Actually servers are being built and used with AMD APUs which provide outstanding performance at a great price. AMD will eventually change the entire PC landscape with APUs for all market segments be they entry level, mid-range or top of the line in laptop, desktop, server and portable devices. They already are doing this with game consoles and SoCs and they will be adding mid-range to high end APUs with Kaveri in Q4 of '13.
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#8
pigulici
Well, the future seem right for Amd(I, personal, like Amd, for price vs performance), as a PS pro, I have more performance from my FX8350+hd7850, than a I5+hd5450, for the same money, but for now I think the code from software it is poor optimized for actual hardware power whe can buy...
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#9
shovenose
Let's throw an Intel i7-4770K in there and see.
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#10
lobsterrock
by: pigulici
Just PR, but it is good to see that they try to optimize the software(what pro will use a Apu?)...
A pro with an AIO system that doesn't need discrete graphics. Someone with a tiny desktop which doesn't have space for discrete graphics, or an ultrathin laptop.
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#11
Ikaruga
The amount of AMD PR in the last few weeks is damn too high! But seriously, props to AMD's marketing department for the job well done!

To the point, these are simple OpenGL/OpenCL optimizations (if I understand correctly), so it will also run on Intel+Nvidia just fine.
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#12
pigulici
shovenose: to see what, that I can give 65% more money to have 15% more performance, no, I voted with my wallet for Amd,this round, and I am happy to see that Amd try to enter in all computing ecosystem with the ideea of a little less performance for a verry good price...I think we start to see the benefit of Apu now, when the software it is optimized for them...
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#13
drdeathx
by: pigulici
shovenose: to see what, that I can give 65% more money to have 15% more performance, no, I voted with my wallet for Amd,this round, and I am happy to see that Amd try to enter in all computing ecosystem with the ideea of a little less performance for a verry good price...I think we start to see the benefit of Apu now, when the software it is optimized for them...
LOL, why do some think 4770K competes with AMD's APU's? The incompentcy just makes me laugh.
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#15
shovenose
by: drdeathx
LOL, why do some think 4770K competes with AMD's APU's? The incompentcy just makes me laugh.
This. The AMD APU's are amazing. But an i7-4770K will laugh at it and kick it's ass. Don't say "but the integrated graphics in Intel suck" because anybody with an i7-4770K will have a good dedicated card.
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#16
Ronnyv1
by: drdeathx
LOL, why do some think 4770K competes with AMD's APU's? The incompentcy just makes me laugh.
All I saw was him saying hes getting more value from an apu with these optimizations, as someone else stated the apus are targetting more budget oriented professionals that cannot -yet- afford an intel solution.
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#17
drdeathx
by: shovenose
This. The AMD APU's are amazing. But an i7-4770K will laugh at it and kick it's ass. Don't say "but the integrated graphics in Intel suck" because anybody with an i7-4770K will have a good dedicated card.
It is not the same marketed(level) processor and is NOT copmparing apples to apples.:slap:

AMD Fusion processors(Trinity) smack the crap out of Intel's i3's

FX 8350 is AMD's flagship as Intel's 4770K FYI
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#18
pigulici
Please stick with the subject post...(btw:"pros don't use AMD" - so all who don't use intel are not pros, good I have learned that, after 20y of PS on all kind of hardware(intel and Amd);you shoud read all: I did not say "4770K competes with AMD's APU", but with FX8350...c'mon people,get out of box,if I can't afford a Ferrari, does not mean that I can not buy/use a Bmw...jesus).
All in all Ikaruga have right...
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#19
drdeathx
by: pigulici
Please stick with the subject post...(btw:"pros don't use AMD" - so all who don't use intel are not pros, good I have learned that, after 20y of PS on all kind of hardware(intel and Amd);you shoud read all: I did not say "4770K competes with AMD's APU", but with FX8350...c'mon people,get out of box,if I can't afford a Ferrari, does not mean that I can not buy/use a Bmw...jesus).
All in all Ikaruga have right...
Umm threads are discussions.....:laugh::laugh::laugh:
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#20
suraswami
by: drdeathx
Umm threads are discussions.....:laugh::laugh::laugh:
And discussions flare up because its something related to AMD :laugh:
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#21
drdeathx
by: suraswami
And discussions flare up because its something related to AMD :laugh:
Failt to see your point :nutkick:
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#22
Shihabyooo
From where I stand, AMD's promoting its HSA is a good thing. As long is it benefits GPGPU concepts integration into the market.

I fear intel would take this news the wrong way an pour all its RnD resources into its GPU department instead of making better CPUs *cough*Haswell*cough*.


by: drdeathx

FX 8350 is AMD's flagship as Intel's 4770K FYI
If cost is off the equation, Intel's flagship would be its top HEDT processors, namely the i7 3970x.
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#23
theoneandonlymrk
by: shovenose
This. The AMD APU's are amazing. But an i7-4770K will laugh at it and kick it's ass. Don't say "but the integrated graphics in Intel suck" because anybody with an i7-4770K will have a good dedicated card.
While they are testing with a better Apu I just saw a whole pc base system amd e450 4gig mem and 500gb hdd for 120 uk notes brand new, that in this case(open cl) would probably equal the performance of a 4770k but you won't see me in an intel cpu related thread throwing troll bombs about it and thats less than half the price of just the cpu(intel) so id be right too,,, IF I were a troll
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#24
Relayer
by: pigulici
Just PR, but it is good to see that they try to optimize the software(what pro will use a Apu?)...
An app being capable of running on an APU w/o a dedicated graphics card is a win for everyone. "Pros" use expensive graphics cards because they need to. No other reason. Face it, discrete graphics are a dieing breed.
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#25
theoneandonlymrk
by: Relayer
An app being capable of running on an APU w/o a dedicated graphics card is a win for everyone. "Pros" use expensive graphics cards because they need to. No other reason. Face it, discrete graphics are a dieing breed.
Don't say things like that you will upset us all, and anyway the pace of gpu development has increased if anything because they gain more applications and usefulness each year and there's too much money still involved.
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