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The performance in Adobe Premiere Pro is determined by the time it takes to render a Blu-ray project with a HDV 1080p25 video into H.264 format and apply different special effects to it.

Previous-generation AMD processors coped pretty well with video transcoding. Bulldozer microarchitecture did even better in this type of applications that is why FX-8150 performs even faster than Core i5-2500.

We estimated the video editing speed in Adobe After Effects by measuring the time it took to apply a combination of filters and special effects such as blur, bulge, color key, frame blending, glow, motion blurring, fading, 2D and 3D manipulation, shadows, echo, median, radial blur, invert, etc.

Although this is a well-paralleled type of load, FX-8150 falls behind Intel competitors in After Effects.

In order to measure how fast our testing participants can transcode a video into H.264 format we used x264 HD benchmark. It works with an original MPEG-2 video recorded in 720p resolution with 4 Mbps bitrate. I have to say that the results of this test are of great practical value, because the x264 codec is also part of numerous popular transcoding utilities, such as HandBrake, MeGUI, VirtualDub, etc.

AMD processors have always performed well during x264 video transcoding tests. Now that their eight-core microarchitecture is out the results improved even more. FX-8150 outperforms even Core i7-2600 during the second most resource-hungry pass. So, finally, we found a second application, besides TrueCrypt, where processors on Bulldozer microarchitecture do absolutely great.

Rendering speed in Autodesk 3ds max 2011 was measured using a special SPECapc test. Starting with this review we are going to use a new professional version of SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011.

Rendering is also a task, which is well optimized for multi-core microarchitectures. However, despite this fact FX-8150 still runs slower than Core i5-2500 and Core i7-2600, not to mention Core i7-990X. On the other hand, the new AMD processor doesn’t lose to its predecessor, so things aren’t bad after all.

Summing up all obtained results in individual applications we can conclude that in our tests the new FX-8150 was about 14% faster than Phenom II X6 1100T. As a result, it was not any slower than Core i5-2500 in almost half of all tests. However, the lag behind the next Intel mode, Core i7-2600, still remains pretty serious and exceeds 10%.

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