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Puget Systems DaVinci Resolve Studio Benchmark

UNLISTED on July 2, 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 Pr benchmark available for public download so that anyone can compare their own computer to our latest DaVinci Resolve hardware articles. Even better, this benchmark is compatible with both Windows and Mac-based systems!

Puget Systems DaVinci Resolve Studio Benchmark

If you are interested in how your system performs in other creative applications, we care currently working on making our benchmarks available to the public. At the moment, we have the following benchmarks available:

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. 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 inlcuding:

  • 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

Puget Systems DaVinci Resolve Studio Benchmark Window

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 Premiere Pro hardware articles - just make sure they used the same benchmark version!

What is tested?

Our DaVinci Resolve Studio 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 H.264 50mbps 4K H.264 100mbps 10-bit
4K ProRes 422 16-bit 4K ProRes 4444 16-bit
4K RED 4K CinemaRaw Light
8K H.265 100mbps 8K RED

For the 4K and 8K render tests, we benchmark 4 different timelines

  • "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 and will not work with the Free edition of Resolve. You will need between 16-32GB of system RAM and a GPU with 4-20GB of GPU VRAM depending on the test selected.

Note that this benchmark is still in BETA. Plug-ins and customized preferences in particular may prevent the benchmark from running properly.

Update Log

Version 0.5 BETA

  • First release.

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