I am hoping you can help with a question(I welcome other expert responses as well of course). I have run the PPDM and read all the recommendations so I have a good sense of what you recommend for configurations. I have an HP Z800, dual W5590 3.33Ghz, 36GB RAM, Quadro3800 with disks as follows.
c: OS, Programs
D: Media, Projects (Raid 0 2x1TB drives 7200rpm)
E: Pagefile, media Cache (120GB SSD)
F: Previews, Exports
My question is this, I am currently ranked #149 while two other Z800's are ranked #26 and #49 (somewhat similarly configured), and while I don't care so much about rankings I do want my machine to run as quickly as possible. I have had it for 2 years now and am willing to upgrade it (spent too much to completely replace it at this point), but I am not sure where my money would be best spent. Listed below are the two machines I am comparing against. An obvious difference is they have more cores than I do, but they also have more memory and different video cards. Disks seem to be similarly configured, but neither of them have a big raid system which I had previously thought was my biggest performance bottleneck(still possible I missed some aspect of their disk configuration).
Listed below are what appeared to me to be the biggest differences between their systems and mine.
So, my questions is, what do you think would be the smartest thing to upgrade, CPU, Video, memory, disk or a combination of these?
Thanks in advance!
26 Z800 MT Desktop HP Z800 Intel Xeon X5660
More CPU cores (12 cores with X5660's vs 8 with my W5590's), More memory(96GB vs my 36GB), different video (GTX 570 vs. my Quadro 3800), similar disk configuration
49 Civilization HT NM Desktop HP Z800 Intel Xeon X5680 3.33
More CPU cores (12 cores with X5660's vs 8 with my W5590's), More memory(48GB vs my 36GB), different video (Quadro 4000 vs. my Quadro 3800), similar disk configuration
149 BZ800 Desktop HP HPZ800 Intel Xeon W5590 3.33
Note: My current disk configuration above is slightly different than when I ran the test that is posted, but it returned essentially the same #'s.
There are two limiting factors in your setup, one is the W5590, which is an older generartion CPU and of course, as you already stated, with fewer cores. The second one is the FX 3800 versus the GTX 570. The latter may be of minor impact, but the older generation CPU is the most obvious one. It is somewhat comparable to an i7-920 versus an i7-2600K. The latter, being of a newer generation is plainly faster than the older 920. Same with your CPU's.
Whatever way you turn it, you will get better performance from the 56xx series of CPU's than from the 55xx series, but that raises the question: Is it worth the investment? I rather doubt it.
If you contact us via the PPBM5 contact link or create a new thread with details of your setup, either Bill or I will get back to you.
I'm going to set up fast input (media) and output (exports/renders) drives, but is there any need for the C drive (OS and programs) to be particularly fast? I'm planning on using a 1TB WD Caviar Black for the C drive. (I know that's excessively large, but I have an extra one and I like free stuff).
Wow, what a great resource! I just recently started using Adobe Premiere Pro again after a few years of being absent. My new machine seems slow since I started using HD files, which is weird as the machine is a year old, but when I read all this the answer is simple. I haven't set it up properly.
I have a 8-core Mac Pro 2.4Ghz (2010) with 48GB (1066Mhz DDR3 Kingston) RAM.
I have the standard ATI RADEON 5770 videocard.
But when I use Premiere or After Effects for my Canon 5D Mark II footage, it takes a long time to preview, especially when using Dynamic Link to link my AE footage in Premiere.
I haven't touched the settings, so that's where I failed.
Current setup has 5 disks.
1 - 240GB SSD - Mac OSX & Apps (including Adobe Production Premium CS5.5)
2 - 1TB WD "standard factory" disk - Junk
3 - 2TB WD Black Caviar (non RE model) - Projects (all my AE, PR and mediafiles) - Encrypted
4 - 2TB WD Black Caviar (non RE model) - Other Files
5 - 2TB WD Green Caviar - Media files (tv shows, movies, music)
I also have a Drobo (Firewire800) with 4 1TB disk for a total of 2,8TB backup space (They call it "beyond RAID") for Time Machine backups.
I now know I need to separate my files, so I want to keep my SSD as is, use one 1 Black Caviar for project files and assets, the other Black Caviar for render and export.
Is this smart? And what about scratch disk? Do I need one with 48GB RAM? Can I make a 150GB partition on the standard factory disk which I can use for scratch disk?
The Drobo is not nearly fast enough to work straight off it, but I can use it as a backup box. Or are there better options?
Thanx in advance! These kind of forums are a Godsend! And I kinda noticed that Harm is the God in charge
Occasionally we try to be somewhat helpful and in the course of a long time I have written a couple of articles that can all be found under the Overview tab, Hardware FAQ list, amongst other articles of interest.
One in particular may be of interest: Adobe Forums: Storage rules for an editing rig. Some...
I admit I'm not familiar with MAC's, but on PC's partitioning is not done. It is all explained in the article linked to here. The Drobo is great for backups. Why have you used encryption on the 3-rd drive? It adds overhead and CPU cycles, thus reducing performance.
Hahaha, no, I actually mean photos. Why would you download porn as long as there is an internetconnection?
Okay, so a small drive is easy to do, but I don't really have the disk space anymore,... my 4 bays are full (and my optical drives as well, one has an actual optical drive, the other has the SSD).
But a scratch disk is nessecary? Even with the RAM? Must the disk contain nothing else?
I had a similar problem and have been through several variations. Your setup is similar to mine in that I have an Z800 machine that also only has 4 Sata/SAS drive bays and three optical bays. In HP's case, you can get an adapter and put two more SSD drives in the optical bay. Even though you have a lot of memory it will still use the cache/scratch disk quite a bit. I learned a few big lessons that are scattered about several other threads as well, so I will try and summarize them here.
1. SSD's are great for your boot disk and where you store apps, they don't do anything as an effective scratch disk. SSD's also seem to fail more than traditional disks in my experience (I have had two SSD failures, no HD failures). One "optical" bay down
2. What IS effective however is a SAS drive, but you have to ensure it is in a RAID configuration. I originally bought a 15K SAS drive in hopes it would be a great scratch disk, but what I learned is that when it is configured as an individual drive, it didn't do any better than a regular 7200RPM sata drive. However, hooking it up as a RAID0 with another SAS drive, and now we are talking, it blows away a SATA RAID0 configurat. For example 260MB(SAS) reads vs. 180(Sata)! As a single drive it's write performance...well sucked, and reads were just about the same as a SATA. In RAID0 thought it rocks, for both writes and reads and makes a great caching disk...two bays down.
3. For your project files (video and photo's), I also went with the Black Caviar's and put them in a RAID 0 configuration (if you have multiple HD streams in a project it will make a difference). Yes, I know this makes you live on the edge a little bit, but if you do frequent backups the risk is manageable, I have ran RAID 0 drives for 7+ years and have never had a failure...plus you are limited on bays. Two more bays down.
4. For exported files, since I was out of bays and didn't want to write to either of the drives above, I have found that USB 3.0 (or your drobo in this case), work really quite well.
5. My last word of advice that doesn't pertain to you as much since you are on a Mac, is to benchmark your machine with a fresh installation (Windows 7 in this case) with a utility like passmark, and then monitor your performance once you get your applciations installed. I actually was able to speed up my system by about 15% after reinstalling everything from scratch after having a machine with multiple CS installations over a 2 year time frame...much snappier. Not sure if the same applies to a Mac.
Here's a curly one for you.
We have Premier Pro installed at a school that specialises in media and arts.
The students have their user areas stored on a centralised SAN.
There are many classrooms with Macs in them and the students use different machines depending on which classroom thay are in (obviously)
How should the scratch areas be configured in this scenario?
Currently the students have been told to create a new project and save it locally in a folder on the Mac desktop.
Then when they have finished their class, copy it up to their network home drive.
When they go to their next class they can then download it to the desktop folder again and start working on it, then save it and copy it back to the network location again at the end of class.
This is causing issues however since the scratch area and the project area are not the same.
When the student logs onto the second machine they download their project but the scratch files still remain on the first machine.
What is the best way to resolve this?
That was considered but sadly there is not much chance that the school will ever have the funds necessary to fork out for 1400 eSATA disks, and the onsite support team would not be willing to support removable storage.
Is it possible to use the "Consolidate Project" (or whatever it is called these days) menu option to save everything up to the network at the end of a class?
If so this would resolve the issue as they could then be sure that they were downloading all of the required files on the second machine.?
I'm trying to decide if I will need RAID 0 if I buy the 2600K. I'll be only doing HDV for now with some enlarging, some dissolves, some light color correction, etc. Nothing too demanding. At some point I might do some 1 to 5 minute talking head stuff with a green screen and insert a background. What do you think?
I save my media files on a two disk Raid 0. You suggest always keeping your project file in the same location as the media files. I'm wondering what your reason for this is? I'm concerned that if my Raid 0 fails, I will also lose my project file, plus all my Auto Save files. If I dedicate a separate physical drive to just my PPro project files, would that be ok?
Actually, I would not save anything at all on any (R)aid0 (although the use of a (R)aid0 array is OK for those files that are to be kept for only a short period of time, such as media cache and pagefile as well as those media files that are to be transferred to something else immediately following your editing and/or encoding session). They have a risk of having everything on all of the drives in the array permanently lost if even one drive fails. Back up everything on a separate disk or a parity RAID (3/5/6) array if you must use (R)aid0.
I have a question I'd like to ask to clear up some conflicting info. I am using basically the three drive setup. One for the OS and programs, one drive for media, and a drive for previews/renders/media cache.
I'm using just a standard WD Caviar Black for my C:, but my question is, between the media drive and the previews/renders/media cache drive, if one of those drives was a little bit faster than the other, which should it be?
I ask because I'll be reconfiguring my drives soon with and I'll be using a 10,000rpm Velociraptor for each of those two drives, (I already have the drives, they're just not installed yet) one of them is a 3gb/s, the other is a 6gb/s. Which do I put where?
One source told me that the render drive should be the fastest, the other source told me that the media drive should be fastest. I could use your expertise.
Sorry, they're RAID 0 if that makes a difference (not with eachother, I have two 3gb/s and two 6gb/s) I didn't mention the raid because I didn't think it would make a difference as far as that goes and I didn't want to have the subject changed to everyone's opinion of RAID 0 as always seems to happen. Does 3g/6g still not matter?
Why don't you test both setups. Then you can see what you really are getting instead of the rather useless specifications. The best test is HDtune Pro to test both read and write speeds full disk tests, The complication is that to do the write test it has to be empty and unformatted. Next best test that does both read and write testing is the ATTO disk benchmark
Only an infrequent Premiere user and although I will do some film work I will be using it mainly to make AV shows from my still photographs. I am still a bit confused with terminology and set up questions. Thanks to earlier advice in another post about external network drives and USB2 drives not being fast enough I have now bought a new 3TB internal SATA drive and am about to physically put it into the machine.
I understand the bit about what goes onto C: (Windows, the Adobe Suite, Pagefile and Media cache) with the source images on a 2nd drive but I am still not sure if I should partition the new drive or not. Although that creates a 3 drive system as far as the software is concerned it is still physically one piece of hardware so might have read/write conflicts.
So for real newbies could the issue of what is what in the names, the scratch disk locations etc., be spelt out as getting this programme set up seems to be harder to do than making the creative input into the finished shows.
Note - I do know from earler research that archiving my stills and finished shows on external drives is OK but for a new project the media will need copying onto the inernal SATA drives first so that Premeire works with those copies to get the necessary speed.
You want three physical drives. Partitioning a single drive defeats the purpose, and you are correct about the fact that a partitioned drive will be fighting itself on reads and writes. It sounds like you'll have two physical drives. Don't bother partitioning the second one. Just follow the guide on page one. Windows, Adobe, pagefile and media cache on main boot disk, and Media, Previews, Projects and Exports on second disk.
A third physical disk would help, but you know that already.
Media cache should be pointed to OS, and Previews pointed to 2nd (other) disk. There should be a check box to uncheck in order to allow media cache files to be located elsewhere, and there are two pulldowns to select. Then there are the Previews, and they have four pulldowns to select... audio x2 and video x2. One is under Preferences, the other is under Project Settings. I'm on a Mac, and I seem to recall the setup being slightly different on a PC, but you should be able to find both "scratch" setting sections and set them up accordingly.
I was wondering if some might guide me a bit I have alot of questions:
For my situation I will list my build, I wont be spending and more on the hardware.. for a while so..
This is at the house about to be put together:
Intel I7 core 3930k c2 SR0KY
ASUS p9x79 Deluxe Mother Board, BIOS 0906, x79 Socket 2011
32 GB DDR3 1600mHz Corsair Vengeance
EVGA Geforce GTX 580 3GB
Cooler Master Storm Trooper Case
Corsair H 80 Liquid CPU cooler
MS wireless touch mouse
MS 2000 Wireless
MS Windows 7 Pro 64bit Service pack 1
Adobe Production Premium CS 5.5
Lite-On iHBS212 12x Internal Blu-ray Disc Drive with Cyberlink Software - Retail
Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 Series Modular 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply RS850-AMBAJ3-US
Corsair Force GT 180 GB SATA III/6G SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive - CSSD-F180GBGT-BK
2 of Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB 3.0 16 GB USB Drive (CMFVYGT3-16GB) (for raid drivers??, maybe windows 7 install?? )
2 of Barracuda 7200RPM 1 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive -ST1000DM003
2 of Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive -ST2000DM001
to be purchased: (Not now Cause I'm da** BROKE) Audio Interface( for my music- currently on MAC with Pro Tools Mix Cube), and External Storage Solution, new dual 27inch monitors.. because I want them!!
ok.. I am not a techie nor do I have any formal computer science degree so go easy!
I will not be buying a raid card in the forseeable (don't know how to spell that) future.
I want to Put my OS/ APPs on the force gt ssd...
I want 2 of the hdd to be a raid 0 ... don't worry about be backing it up because I will.I will make copies of things on different drives until I can get an external back up, I will also be backing up source to bluray and archiving in a fireproof safe so future generations of space invaders can study and learn from one of the true great masters
I want the last two hdd's to be seperate.
I have been reading for weeks so please no more links I just wanna to play guitar really.
Here's my shizzle:
AVCHD from EL Cheapo Canon Vixia HF M 31, Stop Motion From Nikon D300, Smart Phone Footage, and in very soon but at least a few months for DSLR footage... I was thinking Nikon D7000 because I have Nikon Lenses (not that many but a few and a friend with about 15)
I seen Dave H. from adobe talking about the container nikon uses.. but I am betting CS6 will be solving that and by the time I have the money there will be a new camera I will be after..) I will be doing smaller projects and a very low budget feature later...
Here are my questions:
Which controller for which drives?
NCQ on or off for which drives?
Sector setting for raid??
Drivers and firmware updates to drives before windows install?
Should I leave off all drives except the ssd and the odd till windows is installed?
Setting in BIOS before WIndows install?
Install from a ODD or make usb drive windows install?
All my disks are sata 3 , 6gbps, since I have only 4 sata 3 ports should I make one of these drives an esata external on the external powered esata 6 gbps port?
WHat about my bluray burner, what port/controller does it go on.. sata 2 or 3.. is it only bootable on the intel chipset?
Should I use the 2TB or the 1TB for the raid 0, I have several thousands of pics I'll be Migrating from the mac, plus many more I'll be taking, plus at about 500gb of personal files...many audio???
If I use the 2x1TB it I can have the two other for a long term build up of personal junk..and later I can add more to the raid and maybe turn it redundant so I am not always copying files here and there.. I always save projects and source in a few different places before/ and during projects??
Does the raid have to be on intel chips? Or can I use them on the marvell? and or does the ssd have to be on one or the other? I have heard that not having the raid on one and the boot on the other chipset can cause problems?
Its a UEFI BIOS can I set up after windows as long as before I install I select RAID in BIOS for that ??
I have read posts about drives 2TB or larger needing to be gti instead of mbr (master boot record) for raid ..is this done after or before install of win 7. or was this something win 7 has solved... never owned windows 7, and i've never set up raid. barely know dos but I can follow a recipe, so can we keep to any command prompt stuff to a minimum, (making bootable )
If later I need a bigger apps /os drive... whats the best way to plan this... just a clone of my apps/os drive then swap and copy?
Will the raid 0 under perform if the 6gbps drives are on 3 gps port?
I have read that disabling ncq greatly improves raid performance and seen a bench mark suggesting??
I was thinking
2 storage/junk/ on the MARVEL controller which would keep them sata 3 and zippy
ssd on intel sata 3 with the chipset on raid not ahci??
ODD on sata 3 intel
2 raid 0 drives on intel sata2 (even though I paid for sata 3 drives??
which leaves 2 x sata2 ports open for raid change /additional raid drives or additional internal odd
will the raid and ssd on the same controller cause problems??
when I finally get external backup what should I do something ethernet or esata backup .... raid???
and would any techie just come over and do it all for me because they want to put together a x79 system!!.... haha??
and should put together the system, with raid on intel (but not install the raid drives till I get another identical one or 2 drives on my next payday)
to make to drives have some sort of redundancy) I really like the raid 0 with proper back ups.....I am not gonna be doin too much right off the bat...
if I add one more drive of either 1 or 2 tb 7200 seagate identical to whichever one I use for the raid... and then make it have some redundancy and there for no need to back up as rigorously like 3 x 2TB(or 1TB) raid 5
that would be :
ssd intel sata 3 ..set to raid but ssd will never be raid
ODD intel sata 2
2 storage sata3 marvell controller (it there special setting on marvell for that ahci or raid or ide)
install windows start messing around
then next payday buy 1 more (that all!!!) identical sata 3 ,7200 seagate barracuda 64mb cache (1 or 2TB)drive even though it will go on intel sata2 just to keep all the raid drives the same.
and install on the 3 remaining intel sata2 ... and setup a raid 5???
for now I have only 5 drives..
the last scenario would be 6 drives me adding one for a 3 disk raid 5 instead of a 2 disk raid 0.
there would still be 1 sata 3 intel left for a future 2nd internal blueray or big ssd when prices drop, or another storage .. or I could throw the odd to the sata 3 and add another to the raid on sata 2
ssd (ssd is sata3) on marvel sata3 if I can boot and setup windows with that ...possible??
1 sata 3 hdd storage on sata 3 marvell
odd on sata 2 intel
2 raid0 2TB's or the 1TB's (remeber they are sata3) on intel sata3
and my last storage sata 3 on the intel sata 2 more sata3!!... I know... I heard you guys say why it doesnt matter.. but I bought sata3 and they should be on a sata ! ..J/K
anyway, I need the best answer. This computer will not be just video!.. I have other stuff to fill the void.. besides hard drives!!.. I need a martin 28 as well! a dslr hd cam... I heli cam with gyros!!..need to start learning how to fly those little cheapos first!
dont forget the ncq on or off.. and sector size...what ever happen to "plug and play"!
So why not keep the OS on the hard drive and use the SSD for either the Previews drive or the PageFile/Media Cache drive?
(Note, I also use Lightroom 4, where the Previews drive is constantly being accessed.)
Alternatively, how about using the SSD to cache the Media Drive using something like Intel SRT?
SSD is not recommended at all for the cache or previews drive due to their very limited number of rewrite cycles. Due to this constant rewriting, the SSD can fail in as little as a few weeks - and such failure due to excessive wear and tear is not covered at all by any company's warranty.
You see, the cache/previews drive gets rewritten to hundreds or even thousands of times a day with heavy video editing use. And many MLC (that's correct: most consumer SSDs are MLC) SSDs are rated for a lifetime of only 10,000 rewrite cycles total.
One of the factors SSD drives improve on is Disk Latency. The access time for SSD drives is measure in microseconds instead of milliseconds. This means an SSD drive can handle a much larger execution queue than mechanical drives. This allows you to have the OS and some cache files like the page file on the SSD drive without losing performance. The current SSD drives from Intel are rated to handle 20GB or more of data a day for 10 years without failing due to blowing through the write cycles. So you should not have a problem with the number of write cycles either.