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May 15, 2006 01:46 |  #1

EDIT BY MOPPIE:
New thread with the new test, for higher end systems that can run this test in under 30seconds (i7 and greater) here: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=717898


""This speed test is in the form of an action and test image for photoshop and will perform a series of tests to determine how fast your system can perform them, the test must be done with the included image to insure uniformity.

This test has been tested by professional photographers, photoshop professionals and lowly retouch artists! and all are in agreement that this test represents a large amount of the people that use photoshop, although the action could obviously not cater for every element otherwise it would be far to complex for slower systems.""

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if you post your speed in this thread (instead of submitting) please post system specs and software version detail in here too. Thanks


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May 15, 2006 01:46 |  #2

PowerMac G5 DC2.3 | 3.5 GB RAM | 6600 256mb

App Disk = 10k 74gb WD Raptor
Scratch = 250GB Maxtor

Photoshop CS2

1m 25s


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May 15, 2006 02:24 |  #3

Powerbook G4 1.67gHz
1GB RAM
ATI 9700 128mb graphics
100GB 5400rpm Hitachi

Photoshop CS

7mins 26secs bah i want a PowerMac!!!


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May 15, 2006 08:34 |  #4

Home built PC, Gigabyte motherboard, Athlon 3500+, 2GB dual channel 400MHz RAM, XP Pro, 2xSeagate 7200 RPM drives (one IDE one SATA), nVidia 6600GT.

5m49sec

This test is limited by the disk IO speed on my machine, not CPU, which isn't anything like my typical workloads. This could be a useful tool to help optimise my machine for photoshop.


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May 15, 2006 09:25 as a reply to tim's post |  #5

do you mean your results are limited by the IO speed or do you think there is somehting wrong with the test?

I hope it does indeed a useful tool.

thanks to all for taking part


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May 15, 2006 09:43 |  #6

if someone has a mac mini i'd be interested to know how that performs...


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May 15, 2006 10:05 |  #7

2mins 50secs
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May 15, 2006 10:19 |  #8
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3:30

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May 15, 2006 11:28 |  #9

Hmm, 4:49

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Dell 5150 Dual Core 2.8ghz + 2GB RAM
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Kinda slow if you ask me..... not sure why


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May 15, 2006 11:45 as a reply to mbze430's post |  #10
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7:31

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May 15, 2006 12:45 |  #11
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i'm sure someone if comes down to how much resources you have dedicated to photoshop in both the available RAM and the available scratch disks, plus whatelse your computer is doing at the time


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May 15, 2006 18:02 as a reply to ©andergraph's post |  #12

©andergraph wrote:
do you mean your results are limited by the IO speed or do you think there is somehting wrong with the test?

I hope it does indeed a useful tool.

thanks to all for taking part

I mean the results are limited by IO speed, i'm going to have a play and see if I can get the time down later :)


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May 16, 2006 20:55 |  #13

It doesn't seem that useful a test to me - it starts with a fairly large image, resamples it to 300%, changes it to CMYK, Lab then back to RGB, then creates something like 9 layers. That's a far bigger file than most of us work with, and they're not typical workflow steps.

Beware, too, that the action changes your colour settings.


On my machine, I managed to get 3:18 (Photoshop CS2 9.0.1, Dual Xeon 2.66GHz, Windows XP Professional SP2 with the /3GB switch, 3GB of RAM, one 15krpm U320 SCSI 36GB hard disk with the OS and program files, one 15krpm U320 SCSI 36GB hard disk with my swap file, one 7200rpm SATA-300 500GB hard disk that had scratch space on it).

For the test I allowed Photoshop to use 2.5GB of RAM (typical for me - I have about the only setup on which Photoshop can use more than 2GB of RAM) and set Cache Levels to 1 (normally I have them at 4). I didn't hide my palettes - that may make a difference.


Watching what was going on with the Windows Task Manager shows that Windows starts doing rather odd things with file caching and swap file usage. Initially all stays in RAM, and the VM then RAM usage shoots up to the maximum. When the Shadow / Highlight step is hit, CPU usage drops to next to nothing (up until now, some of the time it's 50% indicating complete use of one of my two processors, often it's 90ish%, indicating both processors are being used) and the RAM usage drops way down.

It's at this point that scratch file usage is up to over 5GB (normally I keep my scratch space on the same SCSI disk as the program, and that disk ran out of space the first time I tried it), and processor usage doesn't recover until a lot of disk I/O has happened. This means that things like my antivirus software are in play, also Windows doesn't necessarily behave that sensibly with regard to memory allocation when both program memory and I/O are both high (Windows often inexplicably pages out program memory in this scenario, whereas UNIX kernels seem to manage better in this sort of scenario, so Mac results may well better Windows).


As I said, I don't regard it as a good benchmark. In real post-processing use, I never have 2.5GB of RAM and 5GB of scratch space in use when working on a single file - indeed, since moving to 3GB of RAM, setting the /3GB flag in boot.ini (without it, no program can use more than 2GB of RAM - you do need to be using Windows XP Professional SP2 for this to work properly) and allowing Photoshop to use up to 2.5GB of my 3GB RAM, I've only rarely seen Efficiency drop below 100%, indicating that Photoshop is working entirely in RAM. The only thing this did show is that I've got my settings right to allow Photoshop to use more than 2GB of RAM!

Applying the 9.0.1 patch does cut down some delays, especially some of the "temporary hangs" I'd grown used to.

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May 16, 2006 21:45 as a reply to DavidW's post |  #14

3:01 on home brew machine.


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May 17, 2006 00:10 as a reply to badfish's post |  #15

Having the CPU on 5 plus hours working in CS2 and Premiere I ran the test twice (both times with only CS2 open - bridge closed)

1st - 3.25
2nd - 3.20

Then I did a cold reboot and redid the test 2 more times (both times with only CS2 open - bridge closed).

1st - 3.45
2nd - 3.28

Homemade box a couple of years old P4 3.2 with 2 gig 3200 DDR on an intel board and XP Pro.

C drive only programs 60 GBs with (35 GBs free)
G 120GB WD 7200 drive mainly used for data storage before burning (25GB free)
Q 160GB WD SATA 7200 drive used for photo/video editing & swap (40GB free)
W 160GB WD SATA 7200 drive used for photo/video editing & swap (55GB free)

CS2 setup up RAM 65% usage and swap drives W, Q, G.

Next time I defrag I'll run the tests again and make some additional room avail on the HD's.




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