SLRLounge posted a great head to head test of their ASUS G75VW-DS73 and their Apple MacBook Pro Retina for overall real-time video editing and output performance between our two machines within Adobe Premiere CS6. 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 Primary Hardware Specifications
Processor: Intel i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.4Ghz
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
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)
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.
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. (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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