Important information on GPU-acceleration with CUDA and Apple Metal

Optimizing your system for upcoming releases of the Adobe video and audio tools.

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Important information on GPU-acceleration with CUDA and Apple Metal

To help you maximize performance for the next versions of Adobe video and audio tools, we wanted to share the following information and recommendations with our users and community.

Apple Metal GPU acceleration will require macOS 10.13 or higher

In order to give our users flexibility with updating their systems, we support those versions of Windows and macOS which are still actively supported by Microsoft and Apple. For macOS, that typically means the three most recent versions.

That will hold true for the upcoming releases of the Adobe video and audio apps, with one important caveat: to realize the performance benefits of Apple’s Metal graphics acceleration, the next versions of the Adobe video apps will need to run on either macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or the recently launched 10.14 (Mojave).

You can still run our apps on macOS 10.12 using OpenCL graphics acceleration, but Metal provides 15-20 percent faster rendering and we therefore recommend it for optimum performance.

CUDA graphics acceleration will require CUDA 9.2 drivers

CUDA is not a requirement for running the Adobe video apps, but if you prefer CUDA graphics acceleration, please ensure that you have CUDA 9.2 drivers from NVIDIA installed on your system before upgrading to the new versions of the Adobe video and audio apps.

Updating CUDA 9.2 drivers for Windows

To run CUDA 9.2 on Windows, you need to download version 411.63 (or higher), available from the NVIDIA website. This driver requires Windows 10.

Updating display driver and CUDA 9.2 driver for macOS

The requirements for running CUDA 9.2 on Mac computers are more specific:

  •       macOS 10.13.6 (most recent version of High Sierra).
  •       A current NVIDIA GPU with at least 4 GB of memory.
  •       NVIDIA display driver version 387.10.10.10.40.105.

Update the display driver before you install the CUDA driver:

  1. Install display driver: version 387.10.10.10.40.105 (direct download).
  2. Install CUDA driver: 410.130_macos (direct download).

Changes to NVIDIA GPU support

The next releases of the Adobe video apps will support Kepler, Maxwell, and Pascal series GPUs from NVIDIA.

NVIDIA is discontinuing support for the Fermi GPU series this year. You can see the full list of discontinued Fermi GeForce cards here, and information about Fermi Quadro cards here.

Reminder: Changes to Windows and macOS support

In August we provided advance notice about changes to our OS support. The upcoming versions of Adobe video and audio tools will require Windows 10 (version 1703 or higher) or macOS 10.12 (or higher) to run. This applies to the next major releases of Adobe Media Encoder, After Effects, Audition, Character Animator, Prelude, and Premiere Pro.

As noted above, to take advantage of Metal graphics acceleration, use macOS 10.13 (or higher).

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