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Deluge A2 - Video Editing Comparison
Dell XPS 420 vs Deluge A2

Built on 08/23/12


Full Specs

Asus P8Z77-V Pro
Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz Quad Core 8MB 77W
Kingston DDR3-1333 8GB
EVGA Geforce GTX 670 2GB
Onboard Sound
Intel 520 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5inch SSD
Asus 12x Blu-ray Burner SATA (black)
Antec P183 V3 (Gunmetal Finish, Window)
Antec CP-1000 1000W Power Supply
Gelid GX-7
Custom 120mm Windowed Side Panel Fan
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM SP1
Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 OEM
Microsoft Wired Desktop 600 (Keyboard/Mouse)
Warranty: Lifetime Labor and Tech Support, 1 Year Parts
Microsoft Security Essentials (Antivirus)

Case Mods
SYBA eSATA Single Port Bracket

Additional Notes

We had a customer who was interested in a new system for video editing with Adobe's "Premiere" video editing software. He was tired of waiting on render times with his existing system, and wanted to make sure his new system would significantly help minimize wait times, and be useful for years to come. Here is his story...

"When I first started thinking about replacing my current computer that I use for video editing, one of the first things I had to consider was how much of an improvement I would see over my current computer system. Turning to the web, I found very little help so I had to go on my experience with video editing over the last 14 years. During that time frame, I have worked my way through various hardware systems and software; from Gateway, Dell, several varieties of Windows along with many revisions of Pinnacle and Adobe Premier Elements. Now that last sentence immediately identifies me as an amateur in this business, but none the less one that needs good response time, good rendering time and various output options. During that time period, I gradually settled on Adobe Premiere Elements as my main editing software.
Now as a retired Director of Technology for a large suburban Chicago high school district, I became quite familiar with all the pieces of hardware that are used in a video editing operation and what effect each would have on overall throughput. Needless to say, the constraints in hardware are disk speed and capacity, memory speed and quantity and processor speed and design with the constraints in software being 32 bit vs. 64 bit. Based on that premise, I put together a hardware/software design that I thought would make a marked improvement over my current system. My solution and the results of my benchmark are shown below.
There is no question that had I used more SSD, a faster 6-8 core processor or dual processor configuration, that I could have improved throughput even more over my old system. However, I could not justify the additional cost of such a system as it was over twice the cost of the Puget Deluge A2 that I ultimately ordered and received. Needless to say, I am more than satisfied with the 4 - 5 times throughput and improved response time that I have received from my new system."

Obviously there are other component choices that we could have made, and we like to assist in a custom tailored system for each customer's needs and desires. What worked for this customer may not be the exact solution that would be best for your needs and desires. In this particular scenario we collaborated on a configuration to help improve this customer's render times by over 78% for his video file. Feel free to contact us at sales@pugetsystems.com and we will be happy to assist you custom tailor a system to meet your personal wants and needs.

Benchmark Dell XPS 420

Operating System:Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 32 Bit
Video Editing Software:Adobe Premiere Elements v10 32 bit (all data and scratch files on 10k drive)
Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 @3.16 GHz 1333 FSB 6 MB cache
Memory:4GB DDR2 SDRAM @ 800 Mhz
Disk Drives:Dual 500 GB SATA Drives 7200 RPM Raid 0, One 160 GB SATA Drive 10000 RPM, Three external Drives (1 eSATA (data drive), 2 USB (backup))
Media Drive 1:DVD 16x +/- RW
Media Drive 2:Blu Ray 4x +/- RW
Sound Card:Sound Blaster Audigy MB Audio

All files except preview files resided on the 160 GB 10k SATA drive. The destination for the output MP4 file was the desktop. The source video files were from a Canon XA10 recorded in FXP (17Mbs) mode.

Benchmark Render Time on XPS 420: 48 minutes, 2 seconds.
Resources Used: 2 GB memory, CPU 100%

Benchmark Puget Deluge A2

Operating System:Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 Bit
Video Editing Software:Adobe Premiere Elements v10 64 bit (all data and scratch files on SSD drive)
Processor:Intel Quad Core i7-3770k @3.50 GHz (Turbo 3.9 GHz)
Memory:32GB DDR3 @ 1333 Mhz
Disk Drives:One 1TB SATA-6 Drive 10000 RPM, One 120 GB SATA-6 SSD, One 2 TB SATA-6 Drive, One external Drive 2TB eSATA-3 (Data Backup)
Media Drive 1:Blu Ray 12x +/- RW
Sound CardOnboard Audio

All files except preview files resided on the 120 GB SSD drive. The destination for the output MP4 file was the desktop. The source video files were from a Canon XA10 recorded in FXP (17Mbs) mode.

Benchmark Render Time on Puget Deluge A2: 10 minutes, 20 seconds.
Resources used: 10-11 GB, CPU 90-100%, turbo mode at 3.90 GHz

The video benchmark had up to seven video tracks, two audio tracks and is 4 min 41 sec and 14 frames in length. The rendered video can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/38693441.

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