Upgrading GPU - the right choice?

Community Beginner ,
May 10, 2022 May 10, 2022

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I have a quite old pc:

 

AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight-Core Processor 4.34 GHz

RAM 32,0 GB (4*8 dd3 corsair vengeance)

AMD r7 260x (2gb ram)

SSD for system

SSD for Photoshop temp

 

working as photographer with CR3 raw files (24mb each)

 

Photoshop is working ok. Just a bit too slow in some things (SurfaceBlur just give me time to prepare coffee).

 

Where is main bottleneck? I think GPU could limit system (1450 ops/sec - less than 2000 suggested by adobe. And Gpu is the only one thing I can upgrade without changing the whole system.

Will a quite new one (RTX 2060 12gb) improve whole speed or it won't change anything because of old system?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 10, 2022 May 10, 2022

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Hi Marina,

 

Thanks for reaching out. We are here to help.
Although pointing out the specific areas, you may consider upgrading is easy for anyone to say. It would be a lot more helpful for you to check this recent discussion about a similar topic: https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-discussions/buying-a-pc-for-photoshop-in-2022/m-p...

 

Our Adobe Community Professionals (ACPs) have shared insightful experiences and recommendations to help you make wise purchase decisions.

 

We hope this helps.

Thanks!

Sameer K

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Community Beginner ,
May 10, 2022 May 10, 2022

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Hi

 

Thanks for answering. 

Topic you linked is about new systems. They are easier to build... but not affordable for me now. 

 

Will the gpu upgrade not improve anything in terms of speed? It means I can keep my old gpu when I will change everything else? 

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 10, 2022 May 10, 2022

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That AMD card is from 2013, so yes, it's time to think about replacing it. Although it does support DirectX 12, it's so old that it will probably be left behind any day now.

 

Whether that's the actual cause of slowness is difficult to say. The trouble with GPUs is that they sometimes give unpredictable problems. An RTX 2060 should certainly work well.

 

On my own system (i7-9700K, Quadro P2200) a surface blur on an "average" 8K file completes in about 35 seconds at 70 pixel radius. I've no idea how normal that is, but this machine has worked well and not given me any cause to complain.

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2022 May 24, 2022

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Thanks for answering

I've just ordered the RTX 2060 evo 12 gb.

I'll check for speed improvements... 

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Just installed the RTX 2060...

The action I usually use (with 3 times surface blur in it) changed from 1.55 minutes to 1.56...

No noticeable speed improvement.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Since you are on Windows I will give you advice that I am using to determine which component is responsive more for actions that are taken in software. Run Photoshop and open Task Manager. Drag windows side by side. Click on Performance tab wher you will see listed CPU and GPU. Switch to Photoshop window and start working while watching with one eye to Performance tab. That is how you will determine whether CPU or GPU is more responsive for task in question. While running Surface Blur filter I have determined that CPU hits 100% while GPU is at low level of use.

task manager and ps.jpgSo, if you want to improve Surface Blur go with better CPU. Check and for other things that are slow or you are doing most and then decide what to upgrade. Sorry for late reply, I just so this thread.

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Thanks

Pity CPU upgrading means cpu+mobo+ram. 

 

Starting collecting money

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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Here are some sites which can help you decide about configuration since you have RTX 2060 use that as starting point for research.

PugetBench List (pugetsystems.com)

UserBenchmark: Nvidia RTX 2060

PassMark Software - PC System Builder PassMark Estimator (pcbenchmarks.net)

inspiration for rtx 2060.jpg

user benchmark inspiration.jpg

passmark configurator.jpg

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