YET ANOTHER PRO SHOOTOUT:
Photoshop CS5, After Effects CS5,
and Aperture 3 on the newest Macs
Originally posted Friday, May 7th, 2010, by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
SINCE CS5 IS SHIPPING...
... we decided to run our "real world" tests using Photoshop CS5 and After Effects CS5. And, that's not all. At no extra charge, we have included some Aperture 3 results.
Adobe After Effects CS5 -- We set preferences to "multiprocessing" mode. Test project is Brian Maffitt's "TotalBenchmark." Graph shows the render time for part two. For some reason, the MBP Core i5 aborted with an error each time we attempted to render part two. Time is in seconds. (RED bar means fastest.)
Adobe Photoshop CS5 -- We used Lloyd Chamber's Speed Action File to apply typical editing functions (resize, rotate, smart sharpen, etc.) to a 169MB test file. History States = 20; Cache Levels = 3, Memory Usage = 5GB. Time is in seconds. (RED bar means fastest.)
Apple Aperture 3 -- We did a version export of 50 RAW photos in "original size" JPEGs. Time is in seconds. (RED bar means fastest.)
LEGEND of GRAPHS (RED bar means fastest)
Mac Pro + SSD = Mac Pro Nehalem 2.93GHz (8-core) with SSD boot drive.
Mac Pro 2.93 = Mac Pro Nehalem 2.93GHz (8-core) with Radeon HD 4870.
iMac i7 2.80 = iMac Core i7 2.80GHz with Radeon HD 4850.
MBP i7 2.66 = MacBook Pro Core i7 2.66GHz with GeForce GT 330M
MBP i5 2.53 = MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz with GeForce GT 330M
All test Macs had 8GB of 1066MHz SDRAM.
1. As expected, the Mac Pro and iMac run Adobe After Effects CS5 much faster than the MacBook Pro Core i5 and i7. The iMac Core i7 rendered the sample project 47% faster than the MacBook Pro Core i7. And the top Nehalem Mac Pro rendered it 72% faster.
2. As a full 64-bit app, Photoshop CS5 lets you reserve more than 3GB for its memory usage. We set it 5GB since all test Macs had 8GB of RAM.
3. The iMac Core i7 ran the typical Photoshop actions 35% faster than the MacBook Pro Core i7. And the top Nehalem Mac Pro ran them 41% faster. Furthermore, the Adobe Creative Studio 5 apps were about 20% faster than their CS4 counterparts.
4. Aperture ran our export test 24% faster than on the iMac Core i7 than on the MacBook Pro Core i7. Surprisingly, the Mac Pro not any faster than the iMac.
5. Using an SSD for boot drive and output drive speeds up the Aperture export process on the Mac Pro by 20%.
6. Lift and Stamp ran just as fast on the MacBook Pros as it did on the iMac and Mac Pro. We're scratching our heads on that one.
7. Another puzzle: Aperture 2 does the Lift and Stamp twice as fast as Aperture 3. More testing and head scratching is required before we post that graph.
Be sure to check out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide and specifically "Optimizing Photoshop CS5."
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