8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 29, 2012 9:09 AM by PECourtejoie RSS


    colinet Community Member

      Does anyone know if CS6 does actually properly support multi-core processors?


      I've got a MacPro with dual 6-core processors and it does seem much faster than CS5, but people are saying that's due to the new graphics engine.


      Are you sure it's just that because it really is much faster?


      There seems to be no mention of multi-core anywhere which is a bit suspicious.


      I recently upgraded from a dual 3Ghz quad core MacPro with  which was about 5 years old and my new machine which is the top pf the current MacPros with the full 64 gig of ram and SSDs, did not seem that much faster - Until I started using the CS6 beta.

        • 1. Re: Multi-core
          Trevor.Dennis MVP

          I checked on a PC with i7 3930K a few days ago, and Photoshop was using six cores, but only six threads out of twelve showed any high usage.  I did wonder if it was other apps or the OS causing the little bit of activity in about two to three of the remaining six threads.   As for dual processor systems, ISTR Chris Cox saying something about them in the Photoshop General forum a while back, along the lines of you would not expext full usage of both CPUs and all available threads.   Incidentally, CS5 shows the same CPU usage as CS6 on my system.  Perhaps Chris will be along to give you a heads up on that score.

          • 2. Re: Multi-core
            Chris Cox Adobe Employee

            Photoshop has properly supported multicore systems since Photoshop 3.0.


            So, no, there wouldn't be any mention because it's hardly something new.


            And on a hyperthreaded system, some operations can make good use of the hyperthreads and many can't.

            Also, bugs in the MacOS kernel prevent MacOS from making great use of hyperthreads (things that run faster on windows run slower on MacOS if you try to use all the virtual cores).

            • 3. Re: Multi-core
              colinet Community Member

              So basically - no change there then . . .

              • 4. Re: Multi-core
                klsteven Community Member

                I guess, there is some change. Take a look at the lens blur filter. Either it didn`t use more than one core in CS5 or it did not use many cores very well. In CS6 all cores nearly max out and it`s so much faster. I`ve also seen optimitations in other commands. As far as I remember, one of them was merge to HDR. But Chris knows better.

                • 5. Re: Multi-core
                  Chris Cox Adobe Employee

                  We're always adding more threading and optimizing performance. That's a given with every release.

                  • 6. Re: Multi-core
                    PixbyTed Community Member

                    I'm thinking that lens blur in CS6 makes better use of the GPU too.

                    • 7. Re: Multi-core
                      klsteven Community Member

                      It doesn`t use the GPU, but the 3 new blur filters do.

                      • 8. Re: Multi-core
                        PECourtejoie ACP


                        Lens blur makes better use of multi-core CPUs. Try it in CS5 then CS6 with system monitoring.