Moving from Mac to PC?
We've helped a large number of our customers transition to PC and have put together a FAQ with the most common questions we receive. Ranging from migrating projects, alternatives to ProRes, or simply navigating the Windows UI; we can help you make the move from Mac to PC.
Premiere Pro Workstation FAQ
Q: I'm thinking of moving from Mac to PC. Can you help?
A: Absolutely! Over the years we have helped quite a few of our customer make the move from Mac to PC. In fact, it is a large enough number that we have a dedicated Moving from Mac to PC? FAQ page to answer some of the more common questions we receive.
Q: Does having more CPU cores improve Premiere Pro performance? Should I get a dual Xeon system?
A: Premiere Pro does a decent job at utilizing multiple CPU cores, but there is a steep drop in performance gain after around 8-10 CPU cores. In the past, using a dual Xeon workstation with multiple CPUs made sense as that was the only way to get more than a handful of CPU cores but today you can hit near maximum performance in Premiere Pro with just a single 10-core Intel CPU. In fact, due to the extra overhead associated with having multiple physical CPUs, a dual Xeon system will be slow in most cases than even a cheaper single CPU workstation.
Q: You only list Core i7 CPUs, don't I need a Xeon CPU?
A: In the past, Xeon CPUs were more robust than their Core i5/i7 counterparts. Today, however, there is very little functional difference between the two Intel product families for workstations. In addition, Xeon CPUs are almost always clocked slightly lower than the Core i7 CPUs which means that you will be giving up a small amount of performance to gain a set of features that are typically only useful for servers.
Q: Do I need to use a Quadro card or is GeForce OK?
A: Either type of card should work great in Premiere Pro, but for most users a GeForce card is the better option. They are much more affordable are able to match performance of the Quadro cards for fraction of the cost. However, there are two main benefits to using a Quadro video card - they support 10-bit displays and we have found them to be a bit more reliable long-term.
Q: How much system RAM do I need?
A: The amount of RAM you need is going to depend on the resolution, length, and complexity of your timelines. However, as a general rule of thumb we recommend 32GB if you work with 1080p footage, 64GB for 4K footage, 128GB for 6K footage, and 258GB (or more) if you work with 8K footage.
Q: Should I use an SSD for my files?
A: Yes! SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives and in many cases can be noticeably faster than the older style drives. In fact, in some cases (most commonly working with RAW footage) even an SSD is not fast enough so we recommend using the newer NVMe style drive which are around five times faster than a standard SSD. [Click Here] for more information on setting up your storage drives for Premiere Pro.
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