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Alex Galentine
Should I make a server or regular system for editing/effects
on Feb 24, 2014 at 8:29:19 pm

Hey. So i'm at a point where i need a new system.

I was wondering if I should make a AMD Dual socket server. With two AMD-8350's so i have 16 core's working instead of just eight in a normal system.

Would this double the power? So i can Dymalink with amazing render speeds?

Or should I just go with a normal AMD system?

Please help with pro's and cons of either. Thanks!


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Mike Sevigny
Re: Should I make a server or regular system for editing/effects
on Feb 25, 2014 at 10:42:46 pm

Hey Alex.

The CPUs is not the only factor for speed when processing video. Make sure you've got plenty of ram and more importantly, a good video card. I've been building computers all my life but I haven't had much success building a solid machine for editing/vfx that lasted more then a year or two so I can't help you when it comes to specific hardware. What I would suggest is modelling your build around something from http://www.boxxtech.com/

I picked up a customized 4920 Xtreme station a year ago and I will be buying my workhorses from them in the future. The prices don't seem competitive on the surface but you will not be disappointing.

You may want to post your question in a hardware forum.

Good luck,
Mike Sevigny


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Walter Soyka
Re: Should I make a server or regular system for editing/effects
on Feb 26, 2014 at 1:49:39 pm

[Alex Galentine] "I was wondering if I should make a AMD Dual socket server. With two AMD-8350's so i have 16 core's working instead of just eight in a normal system."

AMD has been lagging Intel on performance, but beating them on price. You'll have to decide which is more important to you.


[Alex Galentine] "Would this double the power? So i can Dymalink with amazing render speeds?"

Dynamic Link uses only a single "headless" instance of the Ae renderer which runs mainly on one CPU core when you are dynamically linking an Ae comp into a Pr project or Adobe Media Encoder. Thus, you'd be better off with higher clock speeds than with more cores in these scenarios.

However, when rendering from Ae, you can use multiprocessing. If you have a lot of RAM, then more cores can be very helpful.

As Mike noted, the GPU matters for Premiere. It is considerably less important for Ae, really only mattering for the ray-tracing renderer. A recent high-spec NVIDIA GeForce GTX card (770, 780, Titan) would be a good choice for both apps.

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