Best Video Card for Adobe CS5 Photoshop and Premiere Pro ?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by brosenz, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. brosenz macrumors regular

    brosenz

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    I use a lot of Adobe CS5 tools, like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom and After Effects, I would say mostly Photoshop and Premiere Pro.

    I do not have a lot of options for Mac OS X 10.6.7, it could be ATI Radeon HD 5870 or NVIDIA Quadro 4000 for Mac.

    I know that the only CS5 application that will really use the CUDA capabilities of the Quadro card is Premiere Pro, all the other applications will use OpenGL.

    Based on some quick test I've seen the ATI is around 30% faster in OpenGL than the NVIDIA card.

    Any recommendation ?, thanks
     
  2. goMac macrumors 603

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    If you spend a lot of time in Premiere Pro you want the Quadro.

    Photoshop has an OpenGL mode, but it's off by default and is usually slower, so I would say your card won't really matter for Photoshop.
     
  3. brosenz thread starter macrumors regular

    brosenz

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    But I should be able to turn ON OpenGL in Photoshop, correct ?
     
  4. goMac macrumors 603

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    Yes, you can turn that on with any card. But generally it just causes things to work slower and more crashy, so Adobe doesn't turn it on.
     

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