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Standard Workstation

High RAM Workstation

CPU Intel Core i9 12900KS AMD Threadripper Pro 3955WX
GPU(s) NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB
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  • Best single-core performance
  • Up to 128GB of RAM
  • Options for more CPU cores
  • Up to 512GB of RAM
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Josh Johnson & VFX Daily

"Footage I'm cutting has been edited without the slowdown I experienced with my previous machine, freeing me to accomplish more throughout my workflow."

- Josh Johnson, Owner of VFX Daily

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Case Study - Corridor Digital

"Puget Systems was able to build me a machine specifically tailored to my working needs. They made the process easy and streamlined so that I could remain focused on the creating side instead of stressing about the tools I needed to do the job."

- Wren at Corridor Digital

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Nuke Workstation FAQ

Q: What hardware do I need for the best performance in Nuke?

A: The core workflow in Nuke is single-threaded, so a processor with high clock speed and instructions-per-clock is ideal. However, memory (RAM) capacity is also critical - especially for larger projects - and these two factors are often at odds. Consumer CPUs tend to have the higher clock speeds, but are also the most limited on memory capacity, while workstation-grade CPUs tend to have more cores, lower clock speeds, and support higher amounts of RAM. Because of this split, we offer configurations favoring both aspects of performance: a Standard workstation for those with small to medium workloads who want the best processing speeds, and a High RAM workstation for users with big jobs who will get better results by having access to more memory.

Q: What sort of video card do I need for Nuke?

A: The video card, or GPU, is utilized the drive the viewport in Nuke. As such, a decently powerful card is important: we recommend the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB as a good entry point. Further, the complexity of the scene you are working with - both high polygon counts and complicated animations - can require more onboard memory (VRAM), so some users will find an option like the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti with 24GB to be more appropriate.

Q: How much system RAM do I need?

A: Nuke is very memory intensive, so we recommend 128GB of memory even for just moderate size projects. Larger jobs and longer timelines can use even more, which is why we offer a workstation option specifically tailored toward high RAM capacities (up to 512GB currently).

Q: Should I use a solid-state drive?

A: Yes! SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives and in many cases can give a noticeable decrease in the time it takes to open applications and save files. Moreover, if Nuke runs out of system memory and overflows to virtual memory then the speed of the drive will have a big impact on performance. Nuke also makes use of temporary cache files, and the constant reading and writing of those caches will be much smoother on a fast drive.

Q: Do any of your systems support Thunderbolt?

Yes! Our Standard Workstation for Nuke, shown above, natively supports Thunderbolt 4 - which is currently the latest and fastest version of Thunderbolt.

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