Apple vs ASUS – Which Is Better for Video Editing?

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SLRLounge posted a great head to head test of their  ASUS G75VW-DS73 Apple vs ASUS   Premiere CS6 Benchmark and Hardware Test and their Apple MacBook Pro Retina Apple vs ASUS   Premiere CS6 Benchmark and Hardware Test for overall real-time video editing and output performance between our two machines within Adobe Premiere CS6 Apple vs ASUS   Premiere CS6 Benchmark and Hardware Test.  Popular perception says that the Mac will be superior to the PC in virtually every way.  In an earlier test, SLRLounge tested the MacBook Pro and ASUS performance using Lightroom 4, where the MacBook Pro edged out the ASUS by a margin of around 10-15% due to the MBP’s faster CPU.  But will the tricked out ASUS, with it’s top of the line graphics card and 3gb dedicated video memory (vs 1gb for the MBP) fare better this time around?

Let’s take a closer look at the contenders…

17″ ASUS G75VW-DS73 Apple vs ASUS   Premiere CS6 Benchmark and Hardware Test 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 Apple vs ASUS   Premiere CS6 Benchmark and Hardware Test 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)

SLRLounge’s Expectations

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.

Final Conclusion

Lightroom 4 performance was similar between both machines favoring the Apple MacBook Pro Retina Apple vs ASUS   Premiere CS6 Benchmark and Hardware Test 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 Apple vs ASUS   Premiere CS6 Benchmark and Hardware Test 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.  (Read full article on SLRLounge)

My 2 Cents

I’ve been using a MacBook Pro for almost 2 years now, and loving every minute of it.  It’s fast, easy to use, virus free and it doesn’t crash (knock wood), so I’m frankly stunned to see how badly the MBP was beaten in this test.  The ASUS, as configured, is clearly superior (at least while using Adobe Premier – I would love to see if it achieves similar results using other video editing applications – though I suspect that it would).  I still love my Mac, and I don’t miss the fact that the words “Fatal Error” have all but been removed from my vocabulary, but you can’t argue with results.  When it comes time to update my video editing systems, I’ll definitely have to look at some PCs again – especially at half the price.

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Comments

PhotoLynch says:

I don’t think I could fathom getting a PC running windows again. I’ve had a 13″ Macbook Pro 2010 2.4ghz for the last couple of years along side a Quad Core Hackintosh (Yep that’s right) and I haven’t been completely trouble free. The times I’ve had issues have been easily fixable and I had a Momentus XT HD corrupt on me (Waiting for warranty replacement still)

In comparison, my Dad just got an ASUS Laptop for about $650 which has higher specs but crashes all the time, randomly loses power, and performance is degraded. I am looking into buying a better editing system and possibly a new Mac Mini Maxed Out… or building a very stable Hackintosh. I guess it’s a little bit like saying a Nikon D4 or Canon 1Ds can be a far better more “Professional” tool, but we choose to shoot Mirrorless Cameras for their own benefits.

FYI: The Hackintosh besides the normal issues that have happened with drivers and upgrades has been extremely stable. It has been more reliable at times than the MacBook Pro.

Steven,

I think Hackintosh would be the way to go if I decided to ever go back to a PC again… I just love the way the Mac Flows…

Like I said, at half the price, I would definitely look at a PC – But I also remember that I used to use a lot of profanity when I would work on one, so I might not leap…

PhotoLynch says:

Haha… yes… I remember… Those Days…. *#**%))#( WINDOWS *#$*%*#)

Oh one more thing I’ve also been experimenting with “Wine” which allows you to run any PC Application on Mac. It’s been pretty cool.

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