Apple vs ASUS – Premiere CS6 Benchmark and Hardware Test

Gear & Apps December 28th 2012 11:29 AM 71 Comments

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Overview

Up to this point, we have tested our ASUS G75VW-DS73 and Apple MacBook Pro Retina for Lightroom 4 Performance and we also did a little comparison of the differences in display quality and calibration. In this article, we are going to be testing overall real-time video editing and output performance between our two machines within Adobe Premiere CS6.

Testing Scope and Limitations

Before we get started, let me make mention that the primary limitation in the results for this test is that we are only testing one application. While these performance results are reliable in regards to Premiere CS6, it shouldn’t be assumed that the same performance results will occur in other applications.

What’s the Point

Why would we be testing different machines with different hardware? Well, it’s simple. We run a fairly large studio. Between SLR Lounge and Lin and Jirsa Photography staff, we have 15 total workstations. From still editing to video to simply proofing images. We have several Apple machines in the studio because they are necessary for some of the things we do. However, our workhorse machines are all ASUS PCs. With so many workstations, it is important for us to know value vs performance vs reliability. The ASUS has been one of the best blends of value/performance/reliability between all brands of machines that we have used.

If we know we can purchase a $2k machine that can perform as well as a $4k machine, then that would mean we can supply all 15 workstations for $30k as opposed to $60k. This is a big deal for a small business and that is why we run such comparisons.

Remember, that we use both machines in the studio. Some of us prefer OSX, while others prefer Windows. Sometimes we have to use a particular OS/machine simply for development/software purposes. Either way, it is always nice to know how these machines stack up against each other. Hopefully it proves useful to you as well.

“Fan Boy Arguments”

We approach every test from an unbiased point of view as we use a whole variety of equipment within our studios. “Canon or Nikon”, “Apple or PC”; to us, it is all just a means to the end. There is no “one right answer.” This test was performed out of our own interest in seeing the difference between these two machines. Hopefully, you will also find it useful. Here are a couple rebuttals to common “fan boy arguments” that we are anticipating:

Native Resolution Argument – “The Apple MBP Retina runs a native resolution of 2880×1800 vs the ASUS G75′s 1920×1080. This in turn is causing the difference in performance.”
Native Resolution Argument Answer – As can be seen in the video, our playback resolution was set to “Full Resolution.” Full Resolution is based on the input media, not on the display resolution. Hence, while the native resolution on each display differs, both machines are attempting playback at the actual video file resolution of 1920×1080. We verified this by testing the MBP Retina at a lower resolution noting no significant difference in performance. In addition, native resolution would not account for any of the difference in export speeds which were nearly 5x faster on the ASUS.

Operating System Stability Argument – “Windows 8 users spend forever dealing with crashes and fixing their operating systems.”
Operating System Stability Answer – We have switched 3 of our production machines to Windows 8 and seen no stability issues. While in the past, in general Windows has required more maintenance and been less stable than OSX, we have crashed OSX on plenty of occasions as well. In addition, it seems that Windows 8 is actually quite solid in regards to stability and speed. However, it is fair to say that in the past, in general OSX has required less maintenance than Windows (although the difference has been made quite exaggerated through marketing).

Adobe Premiere CS6 Optimization Argument – “Premiere CS6 is optimized for Windows, hence it runs better on Windows machines than on OSX.”
Adobe Premiere CS6 Optimization Answer – This is difficult to address since Adobe has not and most likely will not come out into the open and say “Our software is optimized for PC.” That would simply be bad for business. This is a speculative argument and since Final Cut cannot be run on Windows, we can’t really test if the same results would be noticeable using Final Cut instead of Premiere. Perhaps one day we will dual boot Windows 8 on the MBP Retina and do a comparison. Regardless, those that do use Premiere still should be interested in the test results.

Apples to Oranges Comparison Argument – “They are not the same machine, hardware, OS, so the comparison isn’t valid.”
Apples to Oranges Comparison Answer – The whole point of this test is to take the top-of-the-line of Apple and ASUS laptops and compare the two. What we are comparing is how much machine we are getting for the cost. We are not testing individual components, but rather each top-of-the-line machine as a whole.

Watch the Entire Video Review Below

17″ ASUS G75VW-DS73 Primary Hardware Specifications

Processor: Intel i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.4Ghz
RAM: 16GB
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M w/ 3GB Dedicated Video Memory
Native Resolution: 1920×1080
Hard Drives: Dual Crucial M4 512GB SSDs in RAID 0 (striping/performance configuration)
OS: Windows 8 (64 bit)
Cost: $2,360 (Online no taxes paid, price after upgrading to new M4 HDs and after selling the factory HDs)

15″ Apple MacBook Pro Retina Primary Hardware Specifications

Processor: Intel i7-3820QM CPU @ 2.7Ghz
RAM: 16GB
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M w/ 1GB Dedicated Video Memory
Native Resolution: 2880×1800
Hard Drives: 768GB Flash Storage
OS: OSX Mountain Lion
Cost: $4,058 (Online paid California Sales Tax, unit fully factory upgraded)

Testing Procedures

On our desktop workstation, we created a Premiere project with one single video duplicated 4 times and fit within a single frame as shown below. The source footage was from a Canon 5D Mark III (1920×1080 24fps IPB). In the bottom-left quadrant is the original video without any effects. The other three videos have various color-grading effects such as RGB Color Curves, 3 Way Color Grading and Brightness/Contrast.

Once the project was saved, we transferred the entire Premiere project and videos to each laptop and ran it using GPU acceleration and without rendering any previews. Both machines do have video cards that are not natively supported by Premiere CS6’s Mercury Playback Engine, so we did have to use a little hack to enable GPU acceleration in Premiere. We will show you how to perform this hack in a later video.

Once GPU acceleration is enabled, we played the video clip from the beginning and in Full Video Preview Quality. We closed all other software and recorded the playback with our Canon 5D Mark III. We choose to use the 5DM3 over software screen capture since the software screen capture would eat up processing power and thus affect the results.

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For the second portion of the real-time editing/playback test, we reset the playback scrub to the beginning of the clip on each laptop. Then in real time, we added a Gaussian Blur effect and began to adjust the effect in real time to test its affect on playback performance.

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For our final test, we verified that all 4 clips on each laptop had the exact same settings in regards to the effects applied. We then exported the Premiere project into a 1080p video while timing each machine.

What We Were Expecting

Unlike Lightroom 4, Adobe Premiere CS6 is a GPU-intensive software. Given that the ASUS G75 has the superior graphic card with a faster GPU and 3GB of memory compared to MBP Retina’s 1GB of memory, we expect that the G75 would beat out MacBook Pro in regards to real-time effects rendering and final export performance. However, we didn’t expect that the difference in performance would be as dramatic as we found.

Real-Time Playback Results

As you can see from the video above, the MBP Retina struggled when it came to standard real-time playback with just our 4 videos and their base effects applied. Once we added in the Gaussian Blur and started making real time adjustments, playback began to stutter even further.

In both of these tests, the G75 held a very smooth and constant real-time playback framerate, even when we were rapidly adjusting the Gaussian Blur settings. Overall, there was really no comparing real-time playback between these two machines. The ASUS G75 noticeably outperformed the Apple MBP Retina in all real-time playback tests.

Clip Export Results

In exporting the clip, the results were even more one sided. The ASUS G75 took 42.9 seconds to export the test clip, whereas the MBP Retina took 201.4 seconds or nearly 5 times longer to export the exact same video clip.

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This dramatic difference was not only due to the difference in video cards, but also the fact that the ASUS G75VW-DS73 was running dual 512GB Crucial M4 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration.

Final Conclusion

Lightroom 4 performance was similar between both machines favoring the Apple MacBook Pro Retina over the ASUS G75VW-DS73 by a margin of around 10-15% due to the MBP‘s faster CPU. However, in regards to video performance, the ASUS G75VW-DS73 absolutely crushed the Apple MacBook Pro Retina by margins of 400-500%.

There is no doubt that when it comes to maximizing the performance of Adobe Premiere CS6, the ASUS G75VW-DS73 is the clear winner as it has a far more powerful graphic card and read/write capabilities with its RAID 0 configured SSDs. Not bad at all for a machine that costs nearly half the price.

We hope you all enjoyed this article, feel free to leave your feedback and experiences in the comments section below.

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71 Comments

  1. Jan Komzc

    Honestly, it’s clear why the Asus is faster. You are running the Asus in a RAID0 configuration while you rely on one Drive on the macbook. you can achieve quicker results if you would used a RAID0 config on the macbook (not sure if that’s possible on the retina, but on my MacBook Pro it is .

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    • Florin Musetoiu

      Well the point was that a machine that costs 1600$ less than the MBP is outperforming the Apple product by a large margin because you can actually get better components. And as for Jib Meyer why in the hell would anybody buy an overpriced Mac to install Windows … guess you would get it for fashion only.

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    • Apple fanboy

      The only reason it costs that much more is the 768gb SSD!!!! That’s an extra $800!! 

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    • Apple fanboy

      Correction: The same computer with just a 256GB SSD would be $1000 less: $2,749.00.

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    • Joe Gunawan

      There’s no option to install dual SSD of any kind on the 15″ MacBook Pro Retina, and there is no upgradability option in the future since the storage, as well as the RAM, is soldered to the motherboard. You get what you buy and that’s it.

      - Joe

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    • MIllz82

      There No Reason to keep explaining to these Apple fan boys. They are like republicans when it comes to math. Look @ how much hardware you get from asus compared to Apple. 2.3k vs 4k do the math

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  2. Jib Meyer

    This test has absolutely no value has they are using deferent operating system and two software build on a different architecture. As you can install windows on a mac book pro I advice you to install it on the MacBook Pro in order to see if it is an optimisation problem or hardware problem.

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    • Joe Gunawan

      Well of course it has value. When a video editor or cinematographer is looking for his/her next laptop, they’re not going to think, which is better, a top of the line Windows laptop or a top of the line MacBook Pro laptop that can run Windows? They would want to see the performance of Premiere on Windows 7/8 vs OSX, not Premiere on OSX vs Windows running on OSX.

      - Joe

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    • Jib Meyer

      You are completely right, as a software engineer, I was talking about this test in scientific point of view. Of course for the customer the result is here but I give you a similar example which will make you understand what I’m saying. Skype for Linux is terribly slow and lack of many features the windows version has. If you benchmark this software you will have similar result. Does it make the Linux platform worse than Windows or even boxes running it worse than another ? Certainly not ! The company developing the software does not work the same way on the two versions. That’s why I consider this test as not reliable at all as they are running on completely different architectures. The work load given by Adobe for the two softwares is completely different.
      JB

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    • Pye
      Pye

      Jib it may help to understand our approach to all of our testing. We feel like there are plenty of sites that do technical A-B testing. We want to focus on actual results for consumers. What differences will you see and perceive. Hence, all of our tests whether it be lenses or laptops focus in on perceived differences vs scientific data. This test is really just a test of how Apple’s top-of-the-line $4k machine compares with ASUS’s top-of-the-line $2.3k machine. Essentially, what are you getting for your money. Again, it is also restricted to just Premiere results in this specific test. Our LR4 testing resulted in the MBP beating the ASUS by 10-15%. Hope that helps understand the purpose. 

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    • Joemo

      Except you setup with SSD RAID0???? Would love to know how they compared without RAID setup

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    • Stas

      I defenetly agree with Jib as Mac with Retina display is a new product and adobe (as plenty of other software) is not optimized for it yet. Also you used some hacks. Of course I don’t know exactly what you did, but I think it is another reason to consider your test not reliable.

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    • Jon M. Puntervold

      In the real world with video work, you would like an external raid. Your benchmark is really a disk test. Do the same with a Thunderbolt raid-0, when the ASUS can enjoy it’s USB. What is really better for the customer? Really?

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    • Jon M. Puntervold

      And… most people who buy Retina mac’s, buy them because of the Retina display… Surprise! 100% 1080p on the screen, with a decent work area around it… don’t tell us that it won’t matter for real world customers.

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    • Eric Lilly

      As we can see in one of these pics, the Asus running at 1920 pixels wide and the retina display running at… guess what?… 1440 pixels wide, which is it’s default layout, and all you would really want on a 15 incher, you get more useful real estate out of the Asus box.

      I can see some tn gradients n the Asus, but knowing from experience with one, this is one damn sexy monitor in real life. And matte to boot. Kudus to glass looking sexy, but for editing, give me matte any day.

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    • Pedrokin13

      Well why would a cinematographer would spend 4k in a apple laptop when they can buy a desktop? how many real cinematographers use laptops for their end work? i work in photography and would never consider any of this laptops.
      Also you want to compare a machine with better graphics and dual raid? lol you want to compare the high end but if hardware is not even close to be the same what can you expect? get a MAC PRO and a Desktop PC and test it, i would like to see that teat :)

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    • Eric Lilly

      unfair testing as you could pop an sli/crossfire combo in that desktop and wipe the floor with any laptop.

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    • apollo

      I agree, it’s like reviewing two cars: One car with normal motor and other car which has got hybrid motor (electricity and fuel) and then you’re going to pick which one is more economic.

      Pye, break the RAID and then determine which one is faster. 

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    • Pye
      Pye

      Again, this isn’t a test of individual components, or a test between two “similar” machines. This is a test of Apple’s best vs ASUS’s best for overall cost/value. We upgraded each machine to its max, then compare cost vs performance. 

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  3. Sebastian Pietrzak

    I would love to see adobe and apple statement for this! It’s a shame and I’m not ready to switch back for a windows platform to have a better performance, so A&A get things done for god’s sake!

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  4. David Cylke

    While the difference in export is about 160seconds it will take like 3 minutes more in Windows to close all unnecessary windows and be able to click export confirmation button:-D

    I’m just hyperbolizing, but you know, pure power isn’t everything, OS IS important and Mac wins in every way in this matter.

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  5. Stevo Kalanj

    Why didn’t you tryed Windows8 on Apple machine ?

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  6. Jesc

    Really, are you comparing a SSD Crucial raid 0 configuration vs a normal SSD configuration? 

    This is only a good test of the very good speed of a SSD raid 0 on video editing software, not more not less.

    Next time, please compare “apples” with “apples”

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    • Pye
      Pye

      Read the purpose of the article Jesc and the other comments. It has been discussed several times. 

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  7. Jon Yoder

    Pye, why do you use so many laptops in the studio for editing vs. more desktop computers?

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    • Pye
      Pye

      Jon, we do have a couple editing workstation desktops. They are just for shear power when needed. However, for the most part, most of our shoots and business is conducted outside of the studio. For example, when we filmed the HDR DVD, we were on the road shooting and editing for 10 days. Hence, we needed mobile workstations. Because of this, the majority of our workstations are laptops. 

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  8. Chuck Navarro

    I’ve always wondered why people would flock to Apple based on the “Apple computers are better for creatives” argument.  I’ve used both and honestly have had more problems with OSX crashing than my windows PC.  They’re cheaper, now more reliable, more customizable, and generally just great over all machines.  I use premiere and can totally believe how it smokes the Macbook.  Great article, keep’em coming!

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    • Jack

      I totally agree, Chuck.

      I just bought a new laptop with much better spec than a Macbook and saved myself $1500.

      I have a $1500 PC which I use for most of my editing which would have cost me $8000 were it a Mac.

      So what if they look prettier? I can buy a car with what I save.

      And besides, the latest Asus laptops really are gorgeous.

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  9. Erik Tande

    Awesome article, thanks for the comparison.  Cameras and computers are just tools, the user is the artist and creator.  Still, there are people that would pay twice as much for a hammer or screwdriver if it had an Apple, Canon or Nikon label on it.  ;-) 

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  10. charles

    well this is a controlled experiment with only a few computers, so it doesn’t represent apple computers in general, nor does it represent PC computers.

    I’ve owned window PCs and Apples for a long time both at home and also at work, and while I have had a few small crashes on a mac (had to reboot computer, all computers experience some crash), I have had the most crashes that led to either reinstalling everything and even losses of information, or buying new computers, via Window PC computers. I have NEVER had to reinstall any Mac computers or buy new ones because of total failures. I currently have three Mac, a few that are old, and the newer 27″, never had any problems. I still own Windows PC’s buy only for personal and business work, not for creative. I don’t trust the PC anymore. Windows 8 however may be a game changer, I’m open, but it will take a while before it should develop a good brand.

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  11. PaulJay

    You do a test like this but you dont mention anything about source footage???
    Container, codec?

    There are windows and quicktime optimized containers.

    Tell us what your source container and codec is.

    Cuda works without any hacks on a retina with the latest cs6 version.

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    • PaulJay

      What source footage container? ( avi, quicktime, mxf )
      What source footage codec? (h264, xdcam, avchd )
      What premiere sequence settings?

      This so called test shows me 1 thing:

      You guys dont have a clue.

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    • Pye
      Pye

      I believe this was mentioned in the video. It has been added to the article. 5DM3 1080p 24fps IPB was the source footage. We were running the latest CS6 version and MPE was not running on OSX without the hack, so not sure what you are talking about there. 

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    • PaulJay

      Then they didnt install the latest cuda driver because it works fine without any hack.

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    • PaulJay

      Its even an supported CUDA config by Adobe.

      http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/06/adobe-premiere-pro-cs6-retina-gpu-compute/

      I will do this test myself and post the results.

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    • PaulJay

      Latest Cuda driver is 5.0.37.
      You can check your system prefs which one you got.

      You should also test other kinds of source footage like ProRes, DNXHD, MXF to get a fair comparison.

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    • Pye
      Pye

      Ok, I think we are talking about two different things. You might be consfusing CUDA vs MPE playback. We downloaded the latest CUDA driver, which enables CUDA on the system. But, it is still an unrecognized card within Premiere CS6. Hence, you must hack the supported card list to include the GeForce GT 650M in order to enable the Mercury Playback Engine within Premiere. Otherwise, it will still be using software playback only (no video card acceleration).  

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    • PaulJay

      No we’re not. Have you switched off automatic graphic switching in the energy settings?
      In the latest premiere cs6 version you have 3 options when starting a project. Software only , open cl and CUDA. No hacks.

      Here you go.

      http://blogs.adobe.com/premierepro/2012/09/premiere-pro-cs6-6-0-2-update-hidpi-for-retina-display-bug-fixes-and-new-supported-gpus.html

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    • Pye
      Pye

      Oh nice. Good find Paul. We downloaded the CS6 trial day of the test (couple days ago) guess it didn’t come with the latest update. I see now that the 650M is natively supported as per your link. 

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    • PaulJay

      That explains it. Just hit update from the adobe help menu.
      There are a lot of cuda improvements in latest update. Would be interesting to see if the export times are different.

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    • Pye
      Pye

      This shouldn’t make much a difference, I will re-run the export test just to see though. I just barely updated. Will have results soon. 

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    • Pye
      Pye

      Interesting. Well, with the update (and native MPE that came with it), the exact same export of the same file now took 280.1 seconds. Nearly 80 seconds longer than the first time. Clearly updating didn’t help anything. 

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    • PaulJay

      This says more about the Adobe software on the Mac side than hardware specs if you ask me.
      Also because if you built the exact same project in Final Cut Pro, you will have smooth realtime playback.
      Adobe supports Mac but the performance on Windows always have been better for Adobe software.
      This is not because of specs but because of software development.

      You could do a Davinci Resolve comparison as well on both machines. Software development is awesome on both platforms.
      You can install the light version, which is free.

      Import h264 files, do a 3 node color correction and export.

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  12. West Cobb Photographer

    Can we not all be adult enough now to say that Apple machines are incredibly pretty, but that they are no longer truly any better than much less expensive Windows machines?  Is it that hard to accept 2012 reality.  Apple makes the most well designed (visually) products in the world, but some folks act like Republicans who won’t admit that climate change is real – the fact is, Apple machines USED to hold an advantage over Windows machines for certain creative uses.  That was years ago. Today, their “guts” are the same as any other PC.  Case closed.

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    • Eric Lilly

      Indeed. first they went with the same ram, then the same hds, then the same CPU, then all pc parts inside. One thing to remember, there is a reason Macs do not use the latest greatest components, they test for longer to make sure it’s stable. The desktops are more so, as there are not many PC laptop manufacturers that use the high end components in their laptops.

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  13. Tom Billing

    I’ve been eyeing this laptop for a while now for editing in CS 5.5, but not necessarily the -DS73 version.  Is it safe to say that purchasing any of the Asus G75′s with the faster processor (i7 3630QM) and the GTX 670m would match the performance of the -DS73, provided the memory and hard drives were configured exactly as you have done?  For example, I am looking at the -RH71 on microcenter.com right now and considering adding adding the extra ramm, an SSD as the main, and moving the 750gb 7200 hard drives that it comes with over to the other slot.  

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    • Pye
      Pye

      Yes, that is safe to say. The main differences between models is the hard drive configuration, ram amounts, media drive and 3D vs standard. If you get the same CPU, upgrade it with the same ram and HDs, your performance will be identical.

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  14. Apple fanboy

    The photo of the Macbook at the beginning of the article is NOT the Retina version………

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  15. Andrei_Ivan

    Hi guys, I have one important question to ask you, why do you use laptops instead of equally powerful but cheaper desktops OR as expensive but for more powerful / larger screens etc? 

    Personally I dislike laptops for anything that can’t be done on a regular desktop computer with a good screen.

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  16. Liam Underwood

    what really crushes me is the size and weight, I follow a DJ around the world editing on the fly, in planes, in cars, in hotel lobbies, backstage at venues, chilling at the park.. that is a must for me. I currently have the ASUS G73SW-A1 and I am actually so sick of how bulky it is, If i had a dollar for how many times someone has said “woah what is that? a space ship?” when I get the laptop out i’d probably have about $70 but still, you get the point. The battery life and the portability on the Mac’s are hard to look past, and are a big deal for some. I am all about the ASUS, and would love to upgrade to another, I am at the crossroad right now purely based on the size and portability.

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    • Joe Gunawan

      I would check out the ASUS UZ51vz or the 500vz, then

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    • Liam Underwood

       the Asus UX51VZ-XH71 had been on my radar for some time, I’m still trying to figure out just how far behind it is to the new Macbook retina, most of my video editing will be 1920×1080 with colour grading and light VFX sometime 2k video editing, so making the right choice here for the future 2 – 3 years is important…
      all of them will probably be capable of catering for my needs, but I’m still fixed on making sure I make the right decision. thanks for the reply mate :)

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    • Joe Gunawan

      The UX51vz has a a 2.1 Ghz processor instead of MBP Retina’s 2.7Ghz. Graphics-card wise, it uses the same card, the GT650M, but with 2GB memory instead of MBP Retina’s 1GB.

      On laptopmag’s review, it looks like that extra 1GB does make a difference in 3DMark Vantage benchmark software. I assume that you’ll also get a better performance in Premiere CS6, too, since it’s graphic-card intensive.

      http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/asus-zenbook-ux51vz-dh71.aspx

      - Joe

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    • Eric Lilly

      Lenovo Y500 is a 15 incher that can hold 2 geforce 650m GPU’s which would work both these machines over. Coming in at just $800 for a limited time, it may be a great alternative, but I doubt the lcd quality is anywhere near either.

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    • LOL

      LOL@ “woah what is that? a space ship?”. Made my day.

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  17. Joemo

    Setup retina for RAID0, huge performance boosts from RAID, THIS TEST IS WORTHLESS

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    • Joe Gunawan

      That would be great, but Retina doesn’t allow for Raid0 and you can’t just install an SSD upgrade since even storage is soldered in at the time of factory installation. In other words, the MacBook Pro Retina used was as top of the line as you can get and future upgradability is non-existent.

      Plus, Raid0 will only help on the export test, not the real-time stuttering problem that the Retina exhibits.

      -Joe

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    • Brian Merlin

       sorry this isnt true macsales sells rmbp drives, only the ram is soldered in.  look into it owc

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  18. Jason J. Hatfield

    Thanks for the great real world comparison.  As a mac and windows user I also believe you should use the best “tool” for the job.  Unfortunately for me that is not an almost 9lb computer.  When it comes to laptops mobility is of major importance and I wish I could get the performance of the Asus in a device half the weight and thickness like the Apple; with many long days on the road it makes a difference!  The difference in weight and height should also be considered when it comes to performance, I wouldn’t expect a machine as “light” and slim as the MacBook Pro Retina to perform as well a gaming windows laptop.

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  19. Ike Xander Mendoza

    need a system for my wedding business… will the ASUS G75VW-DS73 be able to handle the D800 (36mp raw) files?? please advice… thanks

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  20. Nathan

    Writing this comment on a G75VW. Glad I did.

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  21. Brian Merlin

    you should of gone to macsales.com to buy the rmbp ssd…its not soldered in, ur wrong and paid too much…the ram is soldered tho

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  22. heynownow

    It will be interesting to do the comparison on a stable hackintosh and with the same set of components for windows. Then only shall you get proper apple to apple comparison (no puns intended)

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  23. Tim Bishop

    I have a question about this “Hack”.

    If I get this ASUS as described, must I perform some kind of “hack” to get the faster speeds?

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  24. Dave Dugdale

    Thanks for this I am looking at laptops right now.

    Dave Dugdale

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  25. David

    The Asus weights 122% more than the MacBook Pro Retina. It also gets 3 hours of battery life versus 7. Given that a laptop is portable, weight and battery life seems like important features for most working professionals. We’re talking about two different tools.

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  26. amanieux

    from this test it simply looks like the software (mercury engine or cuda drivers) are 3.8x faster on the windows system vs mac implementation because neither the gpu compute power (803 gflops vs 652 gflops ) or sdd speed (raid 0 is only 2x faster) can explain this x4.7 speed difference.

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    • amanieux

      see more benchmarks http://ppbm5.com/DB-PPBM5-2.php (select “laptop” in the “computer type” tab and “cs6″ in the “version” tab) as expected the key factor seems to be more on the gpu than on disk speed (some hdd have better scores than ssd).

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  27. John Doe

    Too many Apple fanboys. You are as bad as obsessed Wii U fanboys claiming that their console is more powerful than the upcoming ps4. Really – on paper the Asus obliterates the Mac Pro.

    Apple:

    1 Apple machines are sexy.
    2 Make you look cool
    3 Carry designer price tag
    4 Less value for money.

    Windows laptop:

    1 You can buy a much more powerful laptop for half the price
    2 Options for all budgets
    3 Runs practically all software designers use better
    4 Windows is easily as good as osx.

    Face the facts. With an Apple you have the most beautiful machine that lacks power. It’s the pretty boy that can’t fight. Really deep down we buy Mac’s for looks and deep down we all know that Windows computers at a similar price tag are vastly superior. It’s all in the specs lads. No amount of blatant fanboyism or Apple fetish can change that.

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  28. Joe Chan

    Be real, you just can’t put two SSD in the MBP, a way less expensive PC manage to do this , and with the help of a nice video card, lower price tag, get the MBP beat up in this test, that’s what I see!! BY THE WAY, I enjoy using high price Apple product as well.

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