After Effects CC 2019: Intel X-series 2018 Refresh Performance


After Effects CC 2019: Intel X-series 2018 Refresh Performance

  • Introduction
  • Hardware testing and methodology
  • Raw benchmark data
  • Standard Analysis
  • Are Intel Core X-Series 2018 processors good for After Effects?
  • After effects of workstations


After Effects is an interesting application to test the CPU since many users seem to be walking in the opposite direction of computer technology. Although Intel and AMD are constantly adding more and more cores to the processor set, After Effects has already moved from being highly efficient in using multiple CPUs in 2014 to ... No. There have been many reasons for this - including the addition of GPU acceleration which has led to a significant increase in performance for many tasks - but the end result is that it has become very easy to spend more money on devices that ended up being slower than the cheaper option .

What is different with the new X Series CPUs is that they break the trend by having the same basic charges as the previous generation. Instead of increasing the base number, these CPUs only contain a bump in frequency plus some other minor architecture updates. At first glance, these processors are not acceptable, but often, these small changes are likely to increase performance in After Effects than if they persisted in "more cores!" a path.

One thing we will notice is that we currently only have access to the i7 9800X, i9 9900X, i9 9920X and i9 9980XE models. Because of this, we will focus on how quickly these new models compare to the previous generation. Once we have the full set, we will publish a more detailed and detailed article on all X-series models as well as other CPUs such as AMD Threadripper.

If you want to skip the test setting and the standard results / analysis section, feel free to go directly to the Conclusion section.

 Hardware testing and methodology

Here are the systems we'll use to test:

Test devices
Motherboard: Gigabyte AORUS Z390 Pro WiFi Gigabyte X299 Designare EX
CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K 6 Core
3.7 GHz (4.7 GHz Turbo)

Intel Core i9 9900K 8 Core
3.6GHz (5.0GHz Turbo) Intel Core i7 7820X 3.6GHz
(4.5 GHz Turbo) 8 Core

Intel Core i9 7900X 3.3 GHz
(4.5GHz Turbo) 10 Core

Intel Core i9 7920x 2.9 GHz
(4.4 GHz Turbo) 12 Core

Intel Core i9 7980XE 2.6 GHz
(4.4GHz Turbo) 18 Core Core i7 9800X 3.8GHz
(4.5 GHz Turbo) 8 Core

Intel Core i9 9900X 3.5 GHz
(4.5GHz Turbo) 10 Core

Intel Core i9 9920X 3.5 GHz
(4.5 GHz Turbo) 12 Core

Intel Core i9 9980XE 3.0 GHz
(4.5 GHz Turbo)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S Noctua NH-U12DX i4
RAM: 4x DDR4-2666 16GB
(64GB total) 8x DDR4-2666 16GB
(128GB total)
Video card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
Hard Drive: Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 PCI-E x4 NVMe SSD
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Program: After Effects CC 2019 (ver. 16.0)
In order to accurately measure the different systems, we used a set of After Effects projects that are generally available for download. The projects we used (with their source) are:

Project Name Program Name Test Frames Notes
FX Electric
By Video Copilot
(1920x1080) CloseCity
PlainSmoke 212-238 (total 26 frames)
0-97 (total 97 frames)
Polygon animation
By Video Copilot
(1280x720) Polygon Green 0-78 (total 78 frames)
GPU stress
(3840x2160) 32610-32710 (total 100 frames)
Video 4K H.264 with:

Look for the edges
Brightness / Contrast
Slight trend
Lometri color
A concert
By Cineversity
(1920x1080) Party-Lite-004Full 0-169 (169 total frames)
"Video Wall" and ".mov" layers
Removal. Tested using the Renderer C4D program:

Standard (draft)
Standard (Final)
Raw benchmark data

Standard Analysis

In After Effects, there is a big difference between standard projects and those that use the Projector CPU for 4D Cinema. Since no one has used this feature, we decided to separate test results between "standard" projects and those using the C4D viewer.

Before we reach the same results, we want to clarify the registration system used in our tests. In essence, the "20" means that on average, the system was able to implement our projects at 20% of the specified FPS for the project. The full result would be "100" which means that the system can be restarted in real time, although the difficult projects we use should not actually occur.

Starting with standard projects, the new Intel X-series CPUs were good, but they were not spectacular. The i7 9800X and i9 9900X were much faster than the previous generation, while the i9 and 9920x and i99980XE were about 8% and 6% faster respectively. This is a fairly mild gain, but understandable because projects that do not use the C4D renderer tend to be limited by the CPU's core performance. Because of this, it is not enough to earn the small performance of any Intel X Series to join the Intel 9th ​​Gen

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