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ADOBE APPS: 2019 Mac Pro 12-Core versus 2010 Mac Pro 12-Core

December 27th, 2019 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

Will the 2019 Mac Pro significantly speed up Adobe Pro Apps? And can advanced AMD GPUs do as good a job as a powerful NVIDIA GPU?


GRAPH LEGEND

19MP 12c+Vega II Duo = 2019 Mac Pro 12-core 3.30GHz W-3235 CPU, 96GB of 2933 MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU (64GB of HBM2 memory), 1TB flash based internal storage (dual 512G modules).
cMP 12c+5700 XT = 2010 Mac Pro 12-core 3.33GHz Xeon X5680 CPU, 96GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC memory, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU (8GB GDDR6 memory), Samsung 970 Pro 1TB NVMe PCIe-based flash module mounted on a Lycom M.2 x4 card in slot 4.

cMP 12c+TITAN Xp = 2010 Mac Pro 12-core 3.33GHz Xeon X5680 CPU, 96GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC memory, NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPU (12GB GDDR5X memory), Samsung SM951 512G AHCI PCIe-based flash module mounted on a Lycom M.2 x4 card in slot 4.

TEST NOTES: Mac Pros with AMD GPUs were running macOS 10.15.2 Catalina. Mac Pro with the NVIDIA GPU was running macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra with NVIDIA web driver version 387.10.10.10.40.105.

After Effects 2020 - Render Test Project
(LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Adobe After Effects

Premiere Pro 2020 - Render Gaussian Blur
(LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Premiere Pro Render of Gaussian Blur

Premiere Pro 2020 - Export RED 5K to HEVC 5K
(
LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Premiere Pro Exporting RED to HEVC

Lightroom Classic - Export Full Sized JPEG
(
LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Adobe Lightroom Classic Export of JPEG

Photoshop 2020 - Noise Reduction
(LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Adobe Photoshop Noise Reduction

Photoshop 2020 - Iris Blur
(LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Adobe Photoshop Iris Blur

Photoshop 2020 - Huge Work-flow
Using the diglloydHuge actions, the Mac is forced to create a 56G scratch file and execute a series of functions to simulate an extreme work-flow. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Adobe Photoshop Work Flow

 

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

The 2019 Mac Pro 12-Core runs Adobe Pro Apps 31% to 66% faster than the 2010 Mac Pro 12-Core with a fast AMD GPU.

NVIDIA GPUs like the TITAN Xp have a reputation of running Adobe apps faster than AMD GPUs. We didn't see that advantage in our testing. In fact, when we ran the Enhance Details function in Lightroom, the TITAN Xp took 3 minutes and 25 seconds to enhance ONE image. The RX 5700 XT Enhanced 12 images in the same time as the TITAN Xp took for one!

HUH? Yes. Turns out that Enhance uses the GPU only if it supports Metal. The only NVIDIA GPUs that support Metal are the 'ancient ones' that run Apple drivers (like the GTX 680 Mac Edition or the Quadro K5000 For Mac).

We featured the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT over the AMD Radeon VII in this session because it produced as fast or faster times when Adobe apps leaned on the GPU. Plus it runs on factory PCIe bay power feeds -- no auxiliary power required. It could be said it is the new "sweet spot" for classic Mac Pro towers. One caveat: it only runs under macOS Catalina. Apple has not included the classic Mac Pro tower on the Catalina support list but there is a solution: Catalina Patcher.

In case you missed it, our previous 2010 versus 2019 Mac Pro shootout (including DaVinci Resolve and X-Plane) can be seen HERE.

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