AMD has just announced the results of some of its long standing collaboration with Adobe to bring OpenCL acceleration to programs like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro. As a result Adobe has just released Photoshop CC and Premiere Pro CC which both feature OpenCL acceleration. These new program revisions from Adobe allow GPU acceleration so AMD APUs (both FirePro and Consumer APUs) can become more competitive in comparison to the competition from Intel.
As you can see without OpenCL AMD is more or less totally battered by Intel in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Photoshop CC, but with OpenCL acceleration on its A10-6800K APU it is able to comfortable beat Intel’s i5 3470 thanks to the combination of the CPU and GPU working together.
This move is part of AMD’s HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) initiative and AMD is currently making big pushes to combined the CPU and GPU power in its APU devices to work in sync with each other. This will allow AMD to claw back some performance ground from Intel’s CPUs despite having dramatically weaker CPU components. AMD and Adobe’s collaboration together is quite impressive and boasts 64 qualified graphics devices on the official hardware support list. OpenCL acceleration of Premiere Pro can be enabled manually by users of the software.
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