3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 11, 2014 1:45 PM by Bill Gehrke

    Hardware Comparisons and Questions

    ebravender Level 1

      I'm comparing 2 machines and have a questions why one would work better than the other:


      Comp 1

      • PC (custom built)
      • Windows 7 64-bit
      • Intel i5-3450 CPU @3.10GHz (4 CPUs)
      • 128 GB SSD (25GB allocated for cache)
      • 16GB DD3 1600MHz
      • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 4GB GPU (with CUDA drivers even though it says it's incompatible)

       

      Comp 2

      • MacPro (Late 2013)
      • Yosemite (up to date 11/10/14)
      • Intel 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Xeon E5
      • 256 GB SSD (100GB allocated for cache)
      • 32 GB 1867MHz DDR3 ECC
      • dual AMD FirePro D300 2048 MB Graphics Processors

       

      Can anyone explain why my older PC is handling After Effects so much better? This is making no sense. My render times are twice as fast and my RAM preview seems to be like 40% more efficient. I would at least assume they would be close in speed but I'm dumbfounded how different the experience is.

        • 1. Re: Hardware Comparisons and Questions
          Alexander Eberhard Level 1

          What are your AE settings? Are you sure they are the same on both systems? Do you use software or GPU rendering?

          • 2. Re: Hardware Comparisons and Questions
            ebravender Level 1

            Totally forgot to put that down.

             

            PC

            • Texture Memory: 398 MB
            • Ray-Tracing: GPU (unsupported)
              • Enabled unteseted, unsupported GPU for CUDA acceleration
            • Adaptive Resolution Limit: 1/8
            • Enabled Disk Cache: 25 GB
            • Memory and Multiprocessing: 12 GB allocated for AE (4 GB for other programs)

             

            Mac

            • Texture Memory: 818 MB
            • Ray-Tracing: CPU
            • Adaptive Resolution Limit: 1/8
            • Enabled Disk Cache: 100 GB
            • Memory and Multiprocessing: 28 GB allocated for AE (4 GB for other programs)

             

            Both computers I use Media encoder to render out my final movies. I would like to cut down preview times so I can see how my animations are working before I fully render. I just can't believe it's this noticeable between units. Rendering with media encoder doesn't bother me as much because I can render over night but my work spent a lot of money on the MacPro and I would like to under this a little better.

             

            Best case scenario, I can improve the performance by utilizing some other settings either within the computer or the program to speed things up.

            • 3. Re: Hardware Comparisons and Questions
              Bill Gehrke Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              What version of Adobe?