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Andy Stockglausner
Best use of SSD drives for Video Editing and Creative Cloud
on Sep 18, 2018 at 5:15:58 pm

I just built a new system and I'd like some advice on the best way to use my SSD drives for video editing, and for Adobe programs across the board.

Raw video footage and photos are stored on a Synology DiskStation DS1817+. In addition to the video, I deal with hundreds of thousands of photos that are edited in Lightroom, but stored on the NAS.

For video editing on my old system I would copy the video footage from the NAS to the SSD and then import it into Première Pro thinking it would speed things up but I actually didn't notice a ton of difference, so I just used the SSD's for cache and scratch disks.

My system details are below:

AMD Threadripper 2950X 16 Core (Overclocked to 4.2GHz)
Motherboard - ASUS ROG STRIX
RAM - 64GB Gskill DDR4 3200MHz (4 x 16GB)
GPU - AMD FirePro W9100 with 32GB VRAM
I actually have 2 of these but I put both in the system, so 64GB of VRAM, and didn't see any performance improvement in CineBench, so it doesn't seem worth dealing with the heat they create

Hard Drives
OS is on 512GB SAMSUNG 970 PRO M.2, PCIe NVMe
2nd M.2 SSD Drive - 1TB Samsung 970 EVO - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280
3rd SSD Drive - 750GB SAMSUNG 840 EVO (Used for Dropbox and different files that I edit often, not video stuff but a lot of Photoshop and Illustrator)
4th SSD Drive - 500GB Crucial and I have another 128GB SSD that was the OS drive from one of my older systems that I don't really use.
3 Misc HDD's from old system for extra storage and backups

Power Supply - EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 80+ PLATINUM

CPU Liquid Cooling - Enermax LiqTech 280

Although I'm getting nervous about this one after reading the reviews on Amazon, the guy at the Micro Center store recommended it because it covers the full 2950x CPU but Amazon's reviews on this are horrible, any tips? I can still return it and get a Corsair or Cooler Master if needed.

Case - Cooler Master Cosmos C700p - I'm not a fan of it. It only has 2 brackets for mounting regular HDD's in it but I already put the system together and tearing it apart seems like too much hassle.

My questions about best practices are:

Should I keep my PPro projects on my 1TB M.2 SSD? Does saving the PPro project files on the fast SSD speed things up?

Should I use the other SSD's for cache and scratch disks for PPro and other Adobe apps like Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, After Effects, etc?

Is there a benefit of saving my Lightroom catalog files on one of the SSD's?

Not the photos, just the catalog info, the photos are on the NAS

Is there really any benefit in copying raw video from the NAS to the SSD, then importing into PPro while I'm editing it?

Basically just putting them there temporarily while editing that project and removing them later when I need the space on the SSD. That's what I did before but I didn't really notice a big performance difference.

Basically, what is the best use for my SSD's?

One other random thing I noticed that I'm curious about

My old system had an Intel i7-5930K 6-Core Overclocked to 4.2GHz, 64GB RAM and the same FirePro W9100 with 32GB VRAM that I put in this new system. However, in CineBench the GPU rating was lower on my new system with the same exact card. The old system rated at 137 frames per second and the new one rated at 88 fps. Even when I put BOTH W9100's in the new system the fps was basically the same. The CPU rating tripled with the Threadripper, but the GPU went down. Any idea why that would happen?

Sorry for the long post and I appreciate any help you can provide. I'd like to make the best use of my investment as possible.

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