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Tips for better MSP PS performance vs. MBP?

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Tips for better MSP PS performance vs. MBP?

Postby EricDoggett » Tue 8. Aug 2017, 20:08

Hey everyone -

I was curious if anyone had any tips to get better Photoshop CC 2017 performance out of the MSP 16/i7 tablet? I tested it against my 2014 MacBook Pro, and the laptop easily trounces the MSP in a blur action benchmark test (about 20 seconds for the Macbook Pro vs 50 seconds on average for the MSP). I was surprised my 3 year old laptop easily out-performed this thing (although I've always felt Photoshop lagged on the MSP when launching/etc).

Any tips to get this tablet working faster? I've tried:

- updating Wacom's drivers
- updating the nvidia and intel video drivers
- updating any public Windows 10 updates
- making sure both had the same PS performance settings and as close to the same resolution as possible
- setting the MSP to "high performance mode"

Thank you!

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Re: Tips for better MSP PS performance vs. MBP?

Postby wacom1 » Mon 14. Aug 2017, 09:24

It seems that Photoshop blur operations depend mainly on the CPU (and not on the graphics card), some blur operations can use several CPU cores, some only a single core and in that case single core speed is the limiting factor (for some details see ... mance-625/). If the CPU is not busy with other background tasks, you should see best results on the machine with the faster CPU.

Other operations in Photoshop use the graphics processor (if configured in Photoshop preferences) and the NVidia card is probably better than the Macbook performance.

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Re: Tips for better MSP PS performance vs. MBP?

Postby EricDoggett » Sun 20. Aug 2017, 22:55

I've done some more tests, and here's what I've found:

- With the Performance...Use Graphics Processor...Drawing Mode set to "Advanced", the drawing/refresh rate is horrendous. I tested it with a one-layer image of about 1000x1000 pixels, having Photoshop just show me a basic layer mask. You could see it refresh the layer mask in chunks.

- Once I changed the Drawing Mode to 'Normal', the drawing/refresh rate improved a lot.

So am I correct to say then that a 16" MSP with the high-end video card option should not be set to "Advanced" for the Drawing Mode?



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Re: Tips for better MSP PS performance vs. MBP?

Postby CarlosCGlez » Fri 25. Aug 2017, 20:06

I updated my old CCH + rMBP 2012 with 650m to the MSP with the M1000M.
I have this first attempts with only a few more performance that before.

With rMBP I use "basic" mode in photoshop to work well in "normal (A4) and large canvas( 2k or more)
With MSP I use "normal" and the performance is similar to the rMBP 2012, but in "Advanced" I Think is worst. I use "max performance" in battery mode and I config the nvidia to max power in the app performance.
So I still testing.

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