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Should you upgrade to Windows 11 for Video Editing?

Written on October 8, 2021 by Matt Bach

Windows 11 is finally here, although many popular editing applications like Premiere Pro and After Effects do not yet have full official support. But, is there a reason to go ahead and upgrade to Windows 11 for video editing even before full support is added?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - Intel Xeon W-3300 Processor Performance

Written on July 29, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel's new Xeon W-3330 series of workstation CPUs are here, ranging from 12 to 38 cores, and touting up to 18% IPC improvements. But are these features worth the higher cost of the Xeon platform, and how do they fare against AMD's Threadripper Pro line?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti & 3080 Ti Performance

Written on July 19, 2021 by Matt Bach

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti are here, touting more performance and higher VRAM on the RTX 3080 Ti compared to the the RTX 3080 - although with a larger price tag to match. In this article, we will look at how these cards perform in DaVinci Resolve Studio compared to the standard versions of the RTX 3070 and 3080.


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Performance

Written on June 9, 2021 by Matt Bach

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is here, touting more performance and higher VRAM than the RTX 3080 - although with a larger price tag to match. In this article, we will look at how it performs in DaVinci Resolve Studio compared primarily to the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090.


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What H.264/H.265 Hardware Decoding is Supported in DaVinci Resolve Studio?

Written on April 15, 2021 by Matt Bach

Davinci Resolve Studio supports hardware-based decoding for H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) which can significantly improve performance with these codecs, but not all "flavors" of these codecs are supported depending on the bit depth and chroma subsampling used. In addition, support can change depending on the capability of the hardware in your system. In order to determine exactly what is supported, we decided to do our own testing to see exactly what types of H.264/5 media has hardware decoding support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.


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DaVinci Resolve Studio: 11th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on March 30, 2021 by Matt Bach

Earlier this month, Intel announced the initial launch of their new 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Rocket Lake"). These new processors are marketed as having substantially better per-core performance compared to their previous 10th Gen Core models, but at the tope end have fewer total CPU cores. Will these changes allow Intel to overtake AMD for DaVinci Resolve?


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NVLink Performance in DaVinci Resolve 17.0

Written on March 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

In version 17.0, Blackmagic added "Support for NVLink high speed interconnect with supported NVIDIA GPUs". But does this feature actually increase performance in Windows 10, or are you better off leaving it disabled?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3000 Series CPU Performance

Written on February 19, 2021 by Matt Bach

AMD's new Threadripper Pro CPUs are here, combining many of the features from their Threadripper and EPYC CPU lines including increased memory and PCI-E capability. These increased capabilities should make them excellent for DaVinci Resolve, but are they worth the higher cost?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA RTX A6000 48GB Performance

Written on January 28, 2021 by Matt Bach

While the launch of NVIDIA and AMD's consumer GPUs have been a major topic recently, NVIDIA is also starting to release the successor to their Quadro RTX line - starting with the RTX A6000. In this article, we will look at how it performs in DaVinci Resolve Studio compared to recent NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs.


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Performance

Written on January 6, 2021 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known for how well it utilizes the power of your GPU, with NVIDIA being the top performer for several years. But will this continue with the recently launched Radeon RX 6900 XT, or will AMD be able to take the lead?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Performance

Written on December 30, 2020 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known for how well it utilizes the power of your GPU, with NVIDIA being the top performer for several years. But will this continue with the recently launched GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, or will AMD be able to take the lead at the mid-range?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - AMD Radeon RX 6800 (XT) Performance

Written on December 2, 2020 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known for how well it utilizes the power of your GPU, with NVIDIA being the top performer for several years. However, with the recently released Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT, will AMD be able to match or beat NVIDIA in DaVinci Resolve?


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PCI-Express 4.0 vs 3.0 Video Card Performance

Written on November 30, 2020 by William George

PCI-Express has been the standard for connecting video cards and other expansion devices inside of computers for many years now, and several generations of the technology have now passed. With each of those generations, the amount of data that can be transferred over the PCIe connection has increased. How much impact does that have on modern video cards? Is there any benefit to running a PCIe 3.0 card in a 4.0 slot, or loss if using a 4.0 card in a 3.0 slot?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio: AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU Performance

Written on November 5, 2020 by Matt Bach

Ever since the launch of their 3rd generation Ryzen and Threadripper processors, AMD processors have been a strong choice for DaVinci Resolve Studio. Not only is Resolve able to utilize a decent number of CPU cores, but because of how heavily it leverages the GPU, having a platform with PCI-E 4.0 can make a measurable impact on performance. However, AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series processors are here, touting major increases in performance in per-core performance which should allow AMD to take a solid lead over Intel in DaVinci Resolve.


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 3080 & 3090 Performance

Written on October 29, 2020 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known for how well it utilizes the power of your GPU, but will it benefit from the raw power of the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, RTX 3080 10GB or RTX 3090 24GB video cards?


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Quad GeForce RTX 3090 in a desktop - Does it work?

Written on October 20, 2020 by Matt Bach

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3090 24GB is an incredibly powerful GPU, but the power consumption makes it difficult to use even two cards in a desktop workstation. Are three or even four GPUs possible, or is the heat and power draw too high to be feasible?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 & 3090 Performance

Written on September 24, 2020 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known for how well it utilizes the power of your GPU, but will it benefit from the raw power of the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB or RTX 3090 24GB video cards?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - RTX 3080 & 3090 Multi-GPU Performance Scaling

Written on September 24, 2020 by Matt Bach

The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB and RTX 3090 24GB provide terrific performance in DaVinci Resolve Studio, but most power users will want two or more GPUs in order to further increase performance. Do these GPUs work well in multi-GPU configurations, or are the new cards unsuitable for this kind of setup?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Performance

Written on September 17, 2020 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve has long been known for how well it utilizes the power of your GPU, but will it benefit from the raw power of the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080?


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DaVinci Resolve CPU performance: AMD Threadripper 3990X 64 Core

Written on February 7, 2020 by Matt Bach

DaVinci Resolve may be known for its ability to utilize your GPU, but depending on your project, the CPU can actually be a bigger factor for performance. But even in these cases, is AMD's new Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores overkill?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio 16.1.2 Update - RED SDK improvements

Written on December 19, 2019 by Matt Bach

The latest version of DaVinci Resolve (16.1.2) includes an update to the latest RED SDK which is supposed to greatly improve performance when working with R3D files in DaVinci Resolve. But exactly how much of an impact does this make in the real world? (Hint: it is a lot!)


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What is the Best CPU for Video Editing (2019)

Written on November 27, 2019 by Matt Bach

Your CPU is one of the most important parts in your workstation, but picking which CPU to use can be an overwhelming task with literally hundreds of options to choose from. In this post, we will be discussing what the best CPU is to use for a video editing workstation while keeping things at a relatively high level so that it can help answer the question for anyone - regardless on how much they keep up with the latest tech.


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DaVinci Resolve Studio CPU Performance: Intel Core X-10000 vs AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen

Written on November 25, 2019 by Matt Bach

People often overlook the CPU when it comes to DaVinci Resolve, but in many cases the CPU is just as important as the power of your GPU(s). With Intel and AMD both launching new HEDT processors, getting a powerful Resolve workstation is easier than ever. The lower price of the Intel X-10000 series makes triple GPU setups more affordable, while the AMD Threadripper 3rd Gen CPUs continue to push the performance envelope.


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DaVinci Resolve Studio CPU performance: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

Written on November 14, 2019 by Matt Bach

While DaVinci Resolve is known for its ability to leverage the power of your GPU, the CPU is often just as important, especially if you are not heavily utilizing noise reduction or OpenFX. The AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs are already a great choice for Resolve, but are the 16 CPU cores on the new Ryzen 9 3950X worth the increased price?


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Does PCIe Gen4 improve GPU performance in video editing apps?

Written on August 27, 2019 by Matt Bach

PCIe Gen4 is finally here with twice the theoretical bandwidth of PCIe Gen3. But with the current Gen4 motherboards and video cards, does the extra bandwidth actually matter for video editing applications like Premiere Pro, After Effects, and DaVinci Resolve?