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Exciting news...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 FireProprofessional 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.

 

A Series small3.jpgOn June 5 at Computex, AMD launched its new AMD Elite A-series Desktop APU, which garnered solid press coverage  and positive reviews. With Adobe's new releases, we expect consumers to be able to soon see updated test results, as reviewers update their benchmark suites to include the currently shipping versions. We are seeing excellent results not only in GPU acceleration (comparing GPU acceleration on versus off), but also in how AMD measures up against the competition.

 

 

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. 

 

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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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Clarice Simmons is a Senior Marketing Manager at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied

 

 

* AMD tests are performed on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary their configuration yielding different results.

Adobe® Photoshop® CC test project 1 used the “Blur” effect with Adobe® Photoshop®, test image: 5616x3744, 60.2MB, .PSD format.  A desktop PC with AMD A10-6800K APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 8670D Graphics, 2x2GB DDR3-2133 RAM, video driver 13.101.0.0 - 22-May-2013, took 201.68 seconds with  OpenCL off, 30.86 with OpenCL on. A desktop PC configured with an Intel Core i5-3470 with Intel HD 2500 graphics, 8GB DDR3-1600, video driver 9.18.10.3071 - 18-Mar-2013, took 69.59 seconds with OpenCL™ on. RID-20

Adobe® Photoshop® CC test project 2 used the “Liquify” effect with Adobe® Photoshop® CC, test image: 5616x3744, 60.2MB, .PSD format.  A desktop PC with AMD A10-6800K APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 8670D Graphics, 2x2GB DDR3-2133 RAM, video driver 13.101.0.0 - 22-May-2013, took 169.78 seconds with OpenGL off, 5.44 seconds with  OpenGL on. A desktop PC configured with an Intel Core i5-3470 with Intel HD 2500 graphics, 8GB DDR3-1600, video driver 9.18.10.3071 - 18-Mar-2013, took 6.52 seconds with OpenGL™ on. RID-21

Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC test project used the “Color Correction- Luma Corrector” effect with the Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, .MP4 video file, 17 seconds, 1920x1080, 24fps with .WAV audio file, 169 seconds, 1411 kb/s audio bitrate, 41 khz audio sample rate, export to Device – Apple TV, iPad, iPhone 4 and newer, 720p, 29.97 max render quality.  With a desktop PC configured with an AMD A10-6800K APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 8670D Graphics, 8GB DDR3-2133, video driver 13.101.0.0 - 22-May-2013, the export took 177.37 seconds with OpenCL™ off, 48.68 seconds with OpenCL on. With a desktop PC configured with an Intel Core i5-3470 with Intel HD 2500 graphics, 8GB DDR3-1600, video driver 9.18.10.3071 - 18-Mar-2013 the export took 163.51 seconds with OpenCL™ on. RID-22

All systems used the same SSD hard drive and Window 8 Professional (x64) build 9200.