I am building a a new system to edit with using CS5 and encore. We do mostly wedding videos and would need to edit 3 to 4 layers (from 3 to 4 cameras) of AVCHD 1920 x 1080 footage.
No single clip will be in excess of 45 minutes long. The videos can be as long as about 3.5 hrs each and we can do up to 13 a month, so we require a stable and responsive machine.
My question is will the specs below fulfill the criteria, of editing 3-4 layers AVCHD smoothly WITHOUT having to RAID? (I am really technically challenged and it RAID seems very complicated – so ive gone with fast components in the hope that we wont have to use RAID to accomplish our goal of editing these 4 layers)
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus
Asus Intel X58 Rampage III EX
R3459.00 + vat
i7-980X Core i7 LGA1366 3.33GHz 6.4GT/s QPI 12MB Cache 32nm Extreme (6 Core/12 Thread)
24 GB of KHX1600C9D3K6/24GX 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 6) XMP
1 x HDD210 Western Digital 300GB Velociratpor for OS
R2750.00 ex (Each)
3 x HDD280 Seagate 2TB 7200RPM for Video and Temp files
R1290.00 ex (Each)
Windows 7 Professional 64Bit
Blue Ray Drive
Your comments on the above System will be greatly appreciated.
As well as what comes "stock" be sure to add lots of large/slow/quiet case fans... such as 120mm (??) in the side, to blow air right on the motherboard and graphics card
Dear Harm and John,
Thanks for the reply. This helps alot to know that the system will do the job as is.
John is this system going to run very hot, or is it this case thats just not good with airflow?
I can't say if your system will run "very" hot... but since heat is the enemy of consistent operation, extra case fans are simply a good idea
My CS5 notes http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0 includes a link to what I built... which includes TWO side fans to blow cool air onto the motherboard and nVidia card
Also note that even though I do NOT overclock, I bought a "better than stock" CPU cooler
I think what John means is to guard against natural enemies for computers. Off the top of my head there are at least two: Jive 2.15 and heat. Jive is something we can't protect ourselves from, that is an Adobe decision, but heat is something we can try to avoid. I'm not familiar with the HAF, since I have a LianLi case, but have also added a large side fan, 25 cm, to lower the heat of the video card and the other components.
The HAF-X has excellent air-flow as delivered; HAF stands for "high air flow". John's idea of a side fan is good, but the HAF-X comes stock with a 230mm front fan, a 140mm rear fan and two 200mm fans (one for the top and one for the side panel).
Your system sounds great, and if I were you I would definitely plan on overclocking to at least some degree. Premiere Pro just loves clock speed and your 32nm CPU definitely has some headroom beyond stock so long as you keep it cool.
I have the HAF-X and Jim is right. It has a ton of grills/ports for airflow and all but maybe 1 has a fan in place. There are two ports on top - 1 has a stock fan. Not sure why they left that one out. You can easily add on a fan for that slot but it is not crucial.
The HAF-X is a sexy beast (can I say that?). One tip is in regards to the filters for each fan. They tend to collect dust rather quickly. Just keep some air cans near by to blow them out every so often. Other than that you'll be one cool editor.
Oh yeah, it isn't that loud either...
Dear Eric, Jim, John, and Harm,
Thanks for the feedback and info again.
Harm what is Jive 2.15 please? (please dont chuckle - I am not familiar with this) - you can just paste a link if you have dealt with this previously
Jim - is there a step by step thread or discussion or tutorial that i will be able to follow (as a layperson) to overclock this system/ cpu?
Harm wrote a nice post here regarding overclocking, see:
I run my i7-950 stable at 4.3GHz and cool with water, so it my case overclocking took some effort. There are lots of overclocking sites on the web if you wish to get really serious avbout it. The one I referred to a lot was called overclock.net.
Thanks I'll check it out. Can you tell me what one can expect in terms of increased speed/ performance on the 980x if overclocked. Are you looking at 10% faster or more possibly?
I would go with the new 990X CPU.
Here is a good review and video about it here:
Look at Premiere Pro BenchMarks (PPBM5) for the improvement that overclocking can provide. For instance the best non-overclocked i7-980X MPEG 2 DVD encode time is 31 seconds where my overclocked i7-980X does the job in 21 seconds!
Overclocking helps Premiere Pro CS5 performance quite a bit. As I chronicled in a thread in this forum titled How changes to CPU speed, RAM size, and drives (SSD and hard drives) impacted my PPBM5 score (http://forums.adobe.com/thread/790641?tstart=0), increasing the clock speed from the stock 2.8GHz up to 4.0GHz on a quad-core i7-860 system improved my PPBM5 score be 30%.
As Bill points out, the gains for 6-core CPUs is significant as well.
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