After Effects CS6 CUDA/RAYTRACE Benchmark Chart

Since the release of CS6 we have been testing out many different cards and compiling the results in the chart

This page contains many more options than Adobe officially supports.

click here to view the current AE CS6 Raytrace/CUDA Benchmarks Chart

click here to Download the test file

71 thoughts on “After Effects CS6 CUDA/RAYTRACE Benchmark Chart

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  2. […] Princz maintains an excellent set of After Effects CUDA benchmark testing results, which show that the GeForce CTX category of cards does very well in terms of performance/price for […]

  3. Jona Woggon says:

    Hey guys
    nice chart but my question is: what is about an gtx 770???????

    Best Regards

    Jona Woggon

    • rendernyc says:

      do you have a gtx7XX?

      if so please download the linked file and see me your results and i can add it to the chart

    • Tom says:

      After Effects CS6
      i-7 4770K @ 4.2Ghz 32GB Ram
      2x GTX 780 SLI
      Kingston HyperX 256GB SSD

    • eric says:

      Dell T5500, Hex core, 12GB Ram, Qaudro 4000, £500

      5:30 mins. Outstanding when compared to my first attempt on AMD10-6850k, 24GB Ram, GT 730
      1:30:25 mins!!!!
      Also 15:15 mins networked rendered on a Dell C6100 32 cores, 32 GB Ram sever.

  4. schero says:

    hi, i wantetd to check out some configs on my machine
    got a quadro 4000, tesla C2075 and a gtx 580 –
    i downloaded the afx file – opened it but the little robot didn´t show up as it should??? what happened – afx didn´t complain about any missing files / plugs..??? thanks

    • Tio says:

      worked for me. make sure you have raytrace on. top right corner of the monitor window.

    • rendernyc says:

      have you tried using raytracing? are you sure its working on your machine?

      • schero says:

        hi, i´m using a hackintosh (just started to set it up…)
        i unplugged the gtx 580 – this migth have caused the trouble – the little robot is showing now `))
        question – when i render the comp (i left it untouched) it will use gpu and cpu – both together because i see the cpu full on at the activity monitor..??

        • rendernyc says:

          CPU use should be low.
          Make sure that in prefs->previews-> GPU Information, raytracing is set to GPU

          if it doesnt show up you havent added the card to the txt file yet for AE to see it.

          this wont be necessary in 12.1

          • schero says:

            what you mean with 12.1 ? know the little robot is appearing at the beginning but as it moves forward the screen turns black and just the red squares of the shapes are displayed.. ?? i don´t know windows – hopefully i can install afx and have a try there..

          • rendernyc says:

            AE ver 12.1 is should be available to CC subscribers sometime in OCT 2013.
            In the prefs will be a checkbox to allow unsupported nvidia cards as long as they have at least a gig of vram i believe

          • schero says:

            ok i got afx 11 – might be a point? i will try to install afx on win and give it a try there.. in the meanwhile thanks for you help `))

        • schero says:

          sorry stupid – through tryouts i was switching to cpu – so forget about the acitvity monitor on full power `)
          as i go on gpu again – raytracing seems not to work.. strange because both grafic cards show up in the prefs – preview windows (even the gtx 580 which i wrote into the afx – contents)??? any suggestions? thanxs

  5. Tio says:


    After Effects CC
    i7 3930k 64gb
    EVGA GTX 780 classified
    PNY XR8 120gb SSD

    • dmitri says:

      CS6 on os X 10.10
      AE 11.0.4

      250 GB samsung evo
      i7 2600K OC 4.2
      16GB 1600mhz
      EVGA CTX 780 Classified

      curious why I have better results with the same card than the poster above using AE-CC

      • SomiZ says:

        Hi Dmitri! There is a magical 4 GHz line at the CPU. OC the 3930k, and there is a really good chance to get better result!

  6. Misha says:

    What’s better for AE – Titan or gtx780TI? And what about results of tests? I’m the only one who see only white squre instead of information list?;)

  7. julien says:

    i’d like to have a precision if you have time for that. i am currently on a mac pro 4.1 (early 2009) with ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB and 16Go RAM running on OSX10.8.5 only (no bootcamp), i am using Adobe CC mostly and C4D as well.
    i intend to double the RAM, and which card would you advise me ? is GTX 680 mac edition suitable and easily usable on my solution?

  8. SK5 says:

    After Effects CC 12.1
    I5 3570 16 GB hackintosh (Mac pro 3.1)
    EVGA GTX 760 4 GB
    Seagate 2x 2TB

  9. Stefan says:

    Hey folks, tested on i7 3930k @ 4.2Ghz Hackintosh, 24GB Ram, GTX570 1.3gb, Mavericks 10.9.1


  10. Farid says:

    12:43 min
    GTX 770 /Corei7 2600K 32GB
    After Effects CC 12.2

  11. Ben says:

    Render Time 11m 10s

    8 Core FX8320 @ 4.8Ghz £109 from ebay
    32GB ECC RAM @2Ghz £140 from ebay
    2 x GTX 670 (not overclocked) £230 from ebay
    Samsung 830 Series SSD £140 from overclockers

  12. Nick says:

    7:35 🙂

    After Effects CC 12.2
    i7 4770K 16gb ram
    Gigabyte GTX 780 OC
    128 SSD/8TB HDDs

  13. Aster says:

    cpu : i7 4770k @ 4.2GHz
    mem : 16 gb 1600 cl8
    hd : wd 1TB 7200rpm 64mb cache
    gpu : gtx 780 gigabyte WF3 (+100 core freq +200 mem freq)

    7:20 on AE with latest patch

    how is possible that my conf is faster than:

    After Effects CC
    i7 3930k 64gb
    EVGA GTX 780 classified
    PNY XR8 120gb SSD


    it has a six core! only one gen before mine

  14. Wes G says:

    9 min, 11 sec

    Windows 8.1 Enterprise
    After Effects CC 2014
    EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC 4096 GDDR5
    Asrock z87 Extreme 4 mobo
    i7-4770K CPU @ 3.5GHz
    32GB Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 Ram
    Primary Drive PNY XLR8 SSD
    Cache Drive Sandisk Ultra Plus SSD

  15. bartne says:

    why this test file renders gtx780 ti and other projects in August I no longer turns on?

  16. esbndk says:

    I got a render time of 4 minutes 8 seconds….

    That can’t be right? i5 4430, GTX 650 Ti Boost, 16GB RAM

    Ray Trace enabled on a hackintosh running CC 2014

    • esbndk says:

      please ignore – I am a total fool talking about the other AE CS6 benchmark.

      Just did this one and it took 25 minutes 50 seconds
      i5 4430, GTX 650 Ti Boost, 16GB RAM, Z87M-D3H

  17. Dee says:

    After Effects CC 2014 2014.0.1 Release
    HP Z400
    Xeon W3520 2.66Ghz 12GB Ram
    Quadro 2000 192 Cuda Cores
    Crucial MX100 512GB SSD


    Yeah 1 hour 1 min,
    Exactly like the Quadro FX4800 running on the MacPro on the chart with the same # Cuda Cores.

    This is important to me because I was JUST going to buy a Z820 dual CPU monster. Now I know, the video card is the right way to go.

    Thanks A LOT. You just saved me a grand.

  18. w00000w says:

    the GPU is working great with this test project
    but not working with other projects
    who can help me please

    Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit (Service Pack 1)
    DirectX version: 11.0
    GPU processor: GeForce GT 640
    Driver version: 340.52
    Direct3D API version: 11
    Direct3D feature level: 11_0
    CUDA Cores: 384
    Core clock: 941 MHz
    Memory data rate: 1800 MHz
    Memory interface: 128-bit
    Memory bandwidth: 28.80 GB/s
    Total available graphics memory: 4096 MB
    Dedicated video memory: 2048 MB DDR3
    System video memory: 0 MB
    Shared system memory: 2048 MB
    Video BIOS version:
    IRQ: 16
    Bus: PCI Express x16 Gen2
    Device Id: 10DE 0FC1 353E1458
    Part Number: 2011 0000


    NvGFTrayPluginr.dll NVIDIA GeForce Experience
    NvGFTrayPlugin.dll NVIDIA GeForce Experience
    nvui.dll NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
    nvxdsync.exe NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
    nvxdplcy.dll NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
    nvxdbat.dll NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
    nvxdapix.dll NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
    NVCPL.DLL NVIDIA User Experience Driver Component
    nvCplUIR.dll 7.1.740.0 NVIDIA Control Panel
    nvCplUI.exe 7.8.760.0 NVIDIA Control Panel
    nvWSSR.dll NVIDIA Workstation Server
    nvWSS.dll NVIDIA Workstation Server
    nvViTvSR.dll NVIDIA Video Server
    nvViTvS.dll NVIDIA Video Server
    NVSTVIEW.EXE NVIDIA 3D Vision Photo Viewer
    NVSTTEST.EXE NVIDIA 3D Vision Test Application
    NVSTRES.DLL NVIDIA 3D Vision Module
    nvDispSR.dll NVIDIA Display Server
    NVMCTRAY.DLL NVIDIA Media Center Library
    nvDispS.dll NVIDIA Display Server
    PhysX 09.13.1220 NVIDIA PhysX
    NVCUDA.DLL NVIDIA CUDA 6.5.12 driver
    nvGameSR.dll NVIDIA 3D Settings Server
    nvGameS.dll NVIDIA 3D Settings Server

  19. w00000w says:

    I found this
    I must change (Renderer: from classic 3D To Rey-traced 3d) to fix that

  20. James says:

    7 minutes and 55 seconds

    Intel Core i7 4790k. Stock clocks.
    GTX 780 MSi Twin Frozr OC edition. It’s just slightly overclocked.
    Windows 8.1

    Pretty happy with the results. I just purchased this system and built it. All together minus the monitor it cost around $1850.

  21. Bojidar says:

    how to post results for the benchmark ?

  22. Videodok says:

    Render time: 8 m 3 s

    Mac Pro Mid 2010
    2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-core
    12 GB Ram
    GTX-780 6GB Flashed
    OSX 10.9.4
    AE CC2014 Pretty happy, with old system and new Graph. Card.

  23. Mike Abbott says:

    8 mins 50 sec.

    AE CC2014
    i7-4930K CPU @ 3.40GHz.
    32 GB

  24. Curtis Ling says:

    Since I got Ray tracing working on Maxwell cards I will post the first MAXWELL result. (I used mp4 because the encode settings from the file can’t be read or something)
    27 Min 58 Sec
    AE 11.0.4
    Dell Inspiron 7447
    i7 4710HQ 2.5 GHZ
    8GB Ram
    GTX 850M 640 Cuda cores 4GB DDR3 RAM
    1TB SSHD

    • Florinas says:

      @ Curtis
      How did u managed to get RayTracing working with GTX980 ? I just bought a GTX970 and tested it with Trial AE CC ver. 13.5 and gives me errors. The RT engine won´t work, saddly. I tried to update driver, CUDA driver, aldo added my card to the supported card in the .txt file inside AE and checked the “Enable Untested ..” in Preferences.
      Tnx for ur answer.

      • Curtis Ling says:

        Adobe actually didn’t update the Core Drivers for ray tracing for Maxwell and Pascal Cards. I can’t speak for pascal but I got around it by updating the Optix dll with a newer one from nvidia (you have to join a developers thing to get it). It does break CPU ray tracing and I havn’t tested all the features yet.
        also if you’re wondering why I took so long to reply
        its because I JUST GOT THE EMAIL notification for it

        • rendernyc says:

          my site was “updated” a while back and it broke… finally had the time to go back and forth with the hosting company and got it fixed. just saw the comments!

          Raytracer development was ended a few years ago so i also have lost most interest in the topic :/

  25. Sebastian says:

    08:25 on GTX 780 GLH on HP Z800 X5660 x2, 48 GB RAM


  26. Lto86 says:

    7:26 on a GTX780 iChill inno3d
    i7 4Ghz 4790k
    250Gb SSD

  27. Benedikt Freude says:

    How about the new gtx960, 970 and 980?
    How do they perform since these three cards are currently not on the official list of supported GPUs for the ray-traced 3D renderer?
    And are there any noticeable drops in performance due to the vram issues of the gtx970?

    Sry for my bad englando, it’s not my native language. Thanks for your work here!

    • Curtis Ling says:

      You need to patch the optix before you can benchmark them. and i only did the 850m

    • dmitri says:

      I have a 980TI, and using macOS Sierra 10.12.3, and CS6 I could not get raytracing to work yet…. it may work with CC but I do not have that version…. Fast draft works. hardware acceleration for interface works…. the card is recognized, but no raytracing.
      funny enough, the machine is such a beast, it renders the test comp in 10:30 WITHOUT a GPU acceleration….

  28. Szumi says:

    i Core2 Quadro 9550 (3,4 GHz)
    8 GB DDR2 800 Ram
    GTX 760 2 GB Ram
    Samsung 840 256 SSD
    Win 8.1
    AE CC 12.1

  29. Rui Sousa says:


    After Effects CC 2014

    Windows 10 TP
    Core i7 4770k @4400, 32GB RAM, 840 Pro 256GB, Nvidia 660Ti @ 1215


  30. Phill Watson says:


    Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008)
    2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-core
    32 GB Ram
    GTX 660 ftw signature 1 3Gb
    OSX 10.10.2
    AE CC2014

  31. Bram says:

    I want to add my score. With my GTX 780 6GB VRAM STRIX, it took 8 min and 46 sec. Screenshot:

    Render is done with 1 GPU.

  32. Minko0505 says:


    Quad Core i7-4770K, 3.5 GHz
    32 GB Ram
    GTX 770 2GB
    WD Black 2TB

  33. Curtis Ling says:

    I believe this is the second Maxwell Benchmark but, same as before encode settings cannot be read so mp4 was used.

    5 Min 57 Sec
    AE 11.0.4
    i7 2600 3.4 GHZ
    16 GB Ram
    GTX 980 Ti 2816 Cuda cores 6GB GDDR5 RAM (Asus Strix OC)
    7200rpm HDD

  34. SUN says:

    how GTS660 ?

  35. Phyll says:

    2 Min 50 Sec (deleted all memorys bevore rendered)

    AE CC 2015
    PNY GTX 980 (patched optix.dll), I7 2600k, 16GB Ram, SSD screenshot

  36. Dabbelju says:


    i7-5930 3.5Ghz
    64GB RAM
    MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming 3GB Twin Frozr
    Seagate 4TB (St4000VN000)

  37. dmitri says:

    the test file is gone… wasn’t there an updated version posted?

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