Before anyone suggests it, yes I have looked at benchmarks. I know how much better X cpu does than Y cpu in whatever Photoshop benchmark. Mainly, I am thinking of Puget and Gamers Nexus (who has charts up for the 3900x in Photoshop). But I am not so curious about theoretical performance as I am in actual, day to day use.
You see, I have a friend who deals with Photoshop regularly, and I would like to be able to recommend what he does as far as hardware upgrades, but I don’t know much about Photoshop at all. As I mentioned, I can see how cpus perform in Photoshop benchmarks, but how much does that actually impact the user experience? The differences that you see on the charts could be entirely theoretical, and never actually realized in daily use.
So I am hoping to hear from someone here who is familiar with both Photoshop and hardware. My friend currently uses an 8350 daily for Photoshop. How much of a usability improvement would he see with something faster? The R5 3600 does very well in Photoshop benchmarks, but that would basically require a whole new build. Is it really worth it? He doesn’t complain about it being slow, just about it running out of ram.
He has 16gb, but I didn’t want to advise putting more money into a dead platform if upgrading the cpu would net sizeable improvements. So I want to know, should we just get him more ddr3, or should we hold out until he can make the switch to AM4 (or whatever platform makes the most sense at the time)?
And as a bonus question, how would a 2500u fair from a usability stand point as well? Laptops are an option over desktop upgrades, but if the desktop route would be a noticeable usability improvement over both the 8350 and the laptop options in the same (or close-ish) price range, then that is where we will look.