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Thomas Brohl
Best Bang for Buck upgrade?
on Jan 26, 2016 at 1:54:03 pm

Hello, first post, been reading a lot though.
I have Vegas Pro 13. I'm striving to get fast render times and smooth playback. Which is ok now, but hoping there's room for improvement?

Current specs:
CPU: i7-5930K
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
RAM: DDR4 32Gb
Mainboard: ASUSTek X99-Deluxe socket 2011 LGA
Hard Drives: (2) 1Tb Samsung SSD 850 EVO
OS: Windows 10 64bit

I'm reading that a Radeon R390x series might help because Nvidia CUDA is not supported and openCL is poor on Nvidia.

My question is: Is my money better spent on a i7-5960 upgrade, or Radeon r390x? Or neither?

What do you suggest?


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Aaron Star
Re: Best Bang for Buck upgrade?
on Jan 26, 2016 at 11:59:09 pm

With that configuration, I would look at the 390x or Fury-x (current highest single chip GFLOP performance.)

Since you have a 40 lane CPU, you could do 2x 390X, and dedicate one GPU to display, and not plug any cables into the 2nd and enable it in Vegas for compute only. Important not to plug monitors into 2nd card as is the temptation.

AMD has announced their next line up of Polaris GPUs that will support 4K60P and h265 encode and decode. So waiting for the price drop on 300 series might be a good bang for buck.

NVME - upgrade to an M2 slot NVME supported device, or get a PCIe slotted NMVE SSD device that uses the 40 lanes side of the CPU to operate projects from, or at least boot drive. NVME has significant reduction in latency and can handle multiple disk operations simultaneously. This will off load the majority of the disk IO from the DMI bridge. Use SATA ports for longer term project storage.

Make sure the board BIOS is kept up to date, and the DDR4 RAM is running at the board maximum stable frequency. Maxing your memory bandwidth is a low cost upgrade that can be determined with "winsat mem" from an admin command prompt when the system is idle. You want to be able to move the data as quickly as possible between Memory, CPU, and GPU. Make sure all your memory dimms are matched for speed and latency. Single high density DIMM per memory channel is better than filling the memory slots.

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Thomas Brohl
Re: Best Bang for Buck upgrade?
on Jan 27, 2016 at 1:22:02 am

Thanks for the reply and suggestions.

I think I'll get a new AMD graphics card. I'll monitor the new release of the Polaris to see how it effects pricing, thanks for that.

I never thought about using my M2 slot, Good idea!

My RAM is matched (Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz (PC4-21300)) and currently running at 2666Mhz. Hopefully that is good enough?

I do keep my BIOS up to date.


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