[SOLVED] PC Built for Photoshop Use

Darkbreeze

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It is. Photoshop, and most Adobe applications, use the CPU far more than they use GPU hardware acceleration. Having a higher end graphics card could be helpful, but it is not an absolute requirement. Having strong single core performance, and plenty of memory, is paramount to getting good performance out of them though. So as a place to start, that is as good as I can come up with. If you could spend about 550 dollars, we could increase the CPU model and add a graphics card with slightly better performance than the iGPU on that Coffee lake CPU, but unless you are trying to do many things at once that i3 should actually do quite well with Adobe applications especially considering it's the best CPU you're going to be able to fit into that budget.

Our Photoshop Benchmark includes a large number of tasks that don't utilize the GPU, but there are five tasks in our benchmark that should show a benefit to having a more powerful GPU. These results are used to calculate the "GPU Score" portion of our benchmark which does a great job at showing the relative performance difference between each card in a more general sense.


As you might expect if you have read any of our previous articles looking at GPU performance in Photoshop, there is not a massive difference between each card. However, for the GPU accelerated tasks there is a clear performance advantage when using NVIDIA GeForce cards. While pricing varies widely based on numerous factors like sales or the popularity of bitcoin mining, in general you can think of the following rough price parity:


  • AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB -> NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • AMD Radeon Vega 56 8GB -> NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB
  • AMD Radeon Vega 64 8GB -> NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
Using these as comparison points, we see roughly a 6% performance advantage with NVIDIA GeForce over the AMD Radeon cards. This is often less than a second or two difference, but as we mentioned earlier you also need to consider the reliability, availability, power draw, noise level, etc. - most of which are also in favor of NVIDIA at the moment. in addition, keep in mind that this is testing overclocked Vega cards against stock GeForce cards.


Something else we want to specifically call out is that since we ran our full Photoshop Benchmark, we have results from a number of tasks that are not supposed to utilize the GPU in any significant way. What was interesting is that for one task (Adaptive Wide Angle) we saw much lower performance with the AMD Radeon cards even compared to the Intel HD 630 integrated graphics:


We don't know why the AMD cards did so poorly in this test or why the Vega cards did worse than the RX 580, but we re-ran the test multiple times and the result was very consistent. As far as we could find, this task is not supposed to utilize the GPU which is backed up by the fact that the Intel HD 630 integrated graphics was just a hair slower than any of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX cards. At the moment, we are willing to chalk this up to some driver bug, but we wanted to point it out since it was something we didn't expect to see.

Conclusion
Photoshop is relatively light in the way of GPU acceleration, but based on our benchmark testing we saw a very clear (albeit small) advantage to using NVIDIA GeForce cards over AMD Radeon in Photoshop. Choosing the right GPU for Photoshop isn't nearly as important as choosing the right CPU or having enough RAM, but at similar price points you should see roughly ~6% higher performance in GPU accelerated tasks by using NVIDIA GeForce - not to mention the lower power draw which means less heat and noise with those NVIDIA cards.

 

Darkbreeze

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Are you doing professional work or just light photoshop editing?

What country are you in, because, major differences in parts availability and price from one place to the next?

Do you have ANY hardware right now that is suitable for use or do you need everything including CPU, motherboard, memory, graphics card, power supply, case, storage drive and Windows operating system?
 
Jan 10, 2019
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just light photoshop editing for now,
country from indonesia only some brands not available like evga
nope, need everything from scratch
 

Darkbreeze

Titan
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CPU, and fast single core performance, is primarily what Adobe applications including Photoshop tend to favor. This is about the best I can see at that price. Something along these lines based on what's available to you.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-8100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: MSI H310M PRO-VDH PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($58.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team Elite Plus 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA SU635 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($50.01 @ Walmart)
Power Supply: EVGA BT 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.89 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $454.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-15 04:01 EST-0500
 

Darkbreeze

Titan
Moderator
It is. Photoshop, and most Adobe applications, use the CPU far more than they use GPU hardware acceleration. Having a higher end graphics card could be helpful, but it is not an absolute requirement. Having strong single core performance, and plenty of memory, is paramount to getting good performance out of them though. So as a place to start, that is as good as I can come up with. If you could spend about 550 dollars, we could increase the CPU model and add a graphics card with slightly better performance than the iGPU on that Coffee lake CPU, but unless you are trying to do many things at once that i3 should actually do quite well with Adobe applications especially considering it's the best CPU you're going to be able to fit into that budget.

Our Photoshop Benchmark includes a large number of tasks that don't utilize the GPU, but there are five tasks in our benchmark that should show a benefit to having a more powerful GPU. These results are used to calculate the "GPU Score" portion of our benchmark which does a great job at showing the relative performance difference between each card in a more general sense.


As you might expect if you have read any of our previous articles looking at GPU performance in Photoshop, there is not a massive difference between each card. However, for the GPU accelerated tasks there is a clear performance advantage when using NVIDIA GeForce cards. While pricing varies widely based on numerous factors like sales or the popularity of bitcoin mining, in general you can think of the following rough price parity:


  • AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB -> NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • AMD Radeon Vega 56 8GB -> NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB
  • AMD Radeon Vega 64 8GB -> NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
Using these as comparison points, we see roughly a 6% performance advantage with NVIDIA GeForce over the AMD Radeon cards. This is often less than a second or two difference, but as we mentioned earlier you also need to consider the reliability, availability, power draw, noise level, etc. - most of which are also in favor of NVIDIA at the moment. in addition, keep in mind that this is testing overclocked Vega cards against stock GeForce cards.


Something else we want to specifically call out is that since we ran our full Photoshop Benchmark, we have results from a number of tasks that are not supposed to utilize the GPU in any significant way. What was interesting is that for one task (Adaptive Wide Angle) we saw much lower performance with the AMD Radeon cards even compared to the Intel HD 630 integrated graphics:


We don't know why the AMD cards did so poorly in this test or why the Vega cards did worse than the RX 580, but we re-ran the test multiple times and the result was very consistent. As far as we could find, this task is not supposed to utilize the GPU which is backed up by the fact that the Intel HD 630 integrated graphics was just a hair slower than any of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX cards. At the moment, we are willing to chalk this up to some driver bug, but we wanted to point it out since it was something we didn't expect to see.

Conclusion
Photoshop is relatively light in the way of GPU acceleration, but based on our benchmark testing we saw a very clear (albeit small) advantage to using NVIDIA GeForce cards over AMD Radeon in Photoshop. Choosing the right GPU for Photoshop isn't nearly as important as choosing the right CPU or having enough RAM, but at similar price points you should see roughly ~6% higher performance in GPU accelerated tasks by using NVIDIA GeForce - not to mention the lower power draw which means less heat and noise with those NVIDIA cards.

 

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