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Windows 10 vs Windows 11 for Content Creation: 8 Month Update

Written on July 6, 2022 by Matt Bach

Windows 11 has officially been out for 8 months, and most applications now have official support for the new operating system. When it initially launched, we saw measurable performance issues with Windows 11 in content creation applications, but have those gone away now that the OS has had time to mature?


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AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series Content Creation Review

Written on June 23, 2022 by Matt Bach

AMD's new Threadripper PRO 5000 WX series of CPUs are here, providing greater performance over the previous generation while maintaining the large memory capacity and high PCIe lane count that Threadripper Pro is known for. But just how much faster are these new processors in content creation applications, and how do they fare against their main competition: the Intel Xeon W-3300 series?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio: AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series vs Intel Xeon W-3300

Written on June 23, 2022 by Matt Bach

AMD's new Threadripper PRO 5000 WX-Series CPUs have arrived, promising faster performance with the same high core count and platform features found in the previous generation. Workstation-class CPUs like Threadripper Pro are often used for high-end workflows in DaVinci Resolve Studio, both for their processing power, and for their ability to effectively utilize multiple GPUs. The question is: just how must faster are these new CPUs compared to their main competition: the Intel Xeon W-3300 series?


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AMD Ryzen 5800X3D vs 5800X for Content Creation

Written on May 17, 2022 by Matt Bach

AMD has recently released the Ryzen 5800X3D, which is their first desktop processor using 3D-stacked L3 cache. This CPU has been very clearly marketed towards the gaming industry - and not content creation - but we wanted to see how well it holds up in content creation applications like Photoshop and Premiere Pro.


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Intel Dragon Canyon NUC 12 Extreme - Content Creation Review

Written on April 11, 2022 by Matt Bach

Intel's "Dragon Canyon" NUC 12 Extreme is a highly compact PC that is still capable of hosting high-end hardware like an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 64GB of RAM, and multiple M.2 NVMe storage drives. However, the form factor does meant that the performance will not be as good as a standard desktop workstation. The question is, how much performance should you expect to lose by going with the ultra-compact Dragon Canyon NUC?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio: Intel Core i9 12900KS Performance

Written on April 5, 2022 by Matt Bach

Intel is expanding their "Core" series lineup with the new top-end Core i9 12900KS. Compared to the 12900K, this new CPU has a slightly higher base and boost frequency, but in exchange requires a bit more power. DaVinci Resolve is known for how well it utilizes high-end GPUs, but the CPU is also a critical part of the performance equation. But does that translate into the Core i9 12900KS being a worthwhile investment?


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DaVinci Resolve Studio - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Performance

Written on March 29, 2022 by Matt Bach

NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is here, with higher performance than the RTX 3090, but a much higher price tag and power draw to go along with it. In this article, we will look to see how the RTX 3090 Ti performs in DaVinci Resolve Studio compared to the rest of the RTX 3000 series, as well as the AMD Radeon RX 6900XT.


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Impact of DDR5 Speed on Content Creation Performance

Written on March 7, 2022 by Matt Bach

The latest Intel 12th Gen processors officially support a range of DDR5 RAM speeds between DDR5-3600MHz and DDR5-4800MHz depending on a number of factors including how many RAM slots are on the motherboard, how many sticks are used, and whether the sticks are single or dual rank. But if you stick with JEDEC specifications for frequency and timing, how much does this actually impact performance in common content creation applications like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Unreal?


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Understanding Storage for Video Editing

Written on February 1, 2022 by Matt Bach

Processors and video card may be the most discussed hardware when designing a video editing workstation, but the type and configuration of your local storage drives is also a very important consideration. Not only can a proper storage setup help your workstation perform at its best, but it can also help increase the longevity and reliability of your system.


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What Hardware do You Need to Edit DPX files in DaVinci Resolve Studio and Premiere Pro?

Written on January 26, 2022 by Matt Bach

DPX (Digital Picture Exchange) is a uncompressed, lossless image format that is is popular in the film and VFX industry and is often the go-to choice in high-end workflows where you need the best possible quality. The downside to DPX is that since it is uncompressed, the total file size can be absolutely massive - up to 266GB per minute. What kind of storage setup do you need to be able to edit DPX files, and do you also need a powerful CPU and GPU as well?


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

Written on November 24, 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: 12th Gen Intel Core vs AMD Ryzen 5000 Series

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Intel has launched their new 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake") featuring support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0, as well as a completely new hybrid architecture using a mix of Performance and Efficient-cores. This is a lot of new technologies in one product, so we are excited to see how much of a performance boost the 12th Gen CPUs will see in DaVinci Resolve Studio.


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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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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.