Puget Systems DaVinci Resolve Studio BenchmarkWritten on August 26, 2019 by Matt Bach
At Puget Systems, one of our primary goals is to make sure that our customers end up with a fast, reliable workstation that is perfectly tailored to their unique workflow. The main way we do this is by benchmarking a wide range of hardware in DaVinci Resolve (and numerous other software packages) that we then publish in our ongoing series of hardware articles.
However, while this ensures we are selling the right hardware, it does not give our customers a great idea of how much faster a new workstation would be compared to their existing system. To address this issue, we are making our internal Resolve benchmark available for public download so that anyone can compare their own computer to our latest DaVinci Resolve hardware articles.
This benchmark is currently for Windows ONLY. We have plans for a MacOS version in the future, but there is no ETA for when it will be available.
If you are interested in how your system performs in other creative applications, we are working on making our benchmarks available to the public. At the moment, Puget Systems has the following creator benchmarks available:
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How to run the benchmark
After downloading the benchmark, unzip it to a convenient location - we recommend placing the media test files on the same drive that you store your active project media as storage performance can affect the results.
Before running the benchmark itself, be sure to launch DaVinci Resolve and configure any preferences you want to have set (such as GPU processing mode, GPU selection, etc) then close Resolve to make sure the settings are saved. After that, run the "Benchmark_Run.exe" file in the root of the benchmark folder. This will allow you to select specific tests to run including:
- 4K Benchmark - Requires 16GB of RAM and at least 8GB of GPU VRAM
- 8K Benchmark - Requires 32GB of RAM and at least 20GB of GPU VRAM
- Fusion - Requires 16GB of RAM and at least 4GB of GPU VRAM
- Full - Runs all three sets in series. Requires 32GB of RAM and at least 20GB of GPU VRAM
When the benchmark is complete, it will give you an "Overall Score" for the type of test you ran. A log file is generated in the benchmark folder that includes these scores as well as the FPS for each individual task. You can compare your scores to those in our DaVinci Resolve hardware articles - just make sure they used the same benchmark version!
What is tested?
Our DaVinci Resolve benchmark looks at rendering with a wide range of codecs at 4K and 8K resolutions as well as performance in Fusion.
Our test media consists of the following resolutions and codecs:
|Test Media (59.94 FPS)|
|4K CinemaRaw Light||4K H.264 150mbps 8-bit|
|4K ProRes 422||4K ProRes 4444|
|8K H.265 100mbps||8K RED|
Special Thanks to:
Chris Shreve (Christopher Shreve Media) for the 4K CinemaRaw Light clips from his Canon C200.
Neil Purcell (Lighting Cameraman / Camera Operator) for the 4K H.254 clips from his Panasonic GH5.
For the 4K and 8K render tests, we benchmark 5 different levels of grade:
- "Optimized Media" - No effects applied in order to simulate the performance when generating optimized media
- "Basic Grade" - Simple color wheel and similar adjustments with a base grade plus 4 power windows.
- "OpenFX - Lens Flare + Tilt Shift Blur + Sharpen" - Basic Grade plus four OpenFX
- "Temporal Noise - Better 2 Frames" - Basic Grade plus a single TNR node
- "3x Temporal Noise - Better 2 Frames" - Basic Grade plus three TNR nodes using splitter/combiner nodes
The "Optimized Media" timeline is rendered out to MXF OP1A DNxHR LB at 1920x1080 while the others are all rendered out to Quicktime DNxHR HQ at the native resolution of the timeline (UHD or 8K).
This benchmark is designed for DaVinci Resolve Studio 16. While it does technically work with the free edition, the OpenFX and TNR test result in a watermark overlay which may impact performance slightly. In addition, the free edition does not support GPU-acceleration for H.264 media which can result in 20% or more performance loss versus the Studio version.
You will need between 16-32GB of system RAM and a GPU with 4-20GB of GPU VRAM depending on the test selected.
Currently, this benchmark is for Windows only, although we have plans for a MacOS version in the future.
Note that this benchmark is still in BETA. Plug-ins and customized preferences in particular may prevent the benchmark from running properly.
How does the scoring work?
The scoring system used in our benchmark is based on the performance relative to a reference workstation with an Intel Core i9 9900K and NVIDIA Titan RTX 24GB.
The results are grouped according to the codec used, the type of grade performed, as well as a single "Overall Score" that averages the results for each test.
Version 0.61 BETA
- Minor update to fix issue when running the benchmark from a non C: drive
Version 0.6 BETA
- Replaced H.264 media with 150mbps footage straight from a Panasonic GH5
Version 0.5 BETA
- First release.
Looking for a DaVinci Resolve Workstation?
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