32 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2012 4:19 AM by Harm Millaard RSS

    New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks

    lordloco79 Community Member

      Afternoon one and all!

       

      Firstly, thanks to Harm for your very wise advice on going for those old Xeon X5690 chips and half usable 590-GTX which would have all been such useless additions to my new system!

       

       

      Anyway, with that in mind - I have just specced out a new PC (with my limited knowledge) and wanted to run it past some of you helpful people here just in case I have chosen any pitfalls that could be avoided before ordering the new kit.

       

      This machine will be used for editing AVCHD and native Canon DSLR footage, a lot of green/blue screen compositing, colour grading, multi-cam editing (3-4 cameras normally), and then animations and effects with After Effects.

       

      It is basically a Fujitsu Celsius R920 (i work for Fujitsu so am somewhat limited to choices here and there...) and this is the list of internal bits and bobs that matter for video work...

       

       

      • MSI nVidia 580-GTX Twin Frozr II GPU
      • Dual Xeon E5-2640 2.5GHz 15MB Turbo Boost (6 physical cores each)
      • 48GB RAM (6X 8GB DDR3-1600 rg ECC)
      • SSD SATA III 512GB high speed drive (for OS & CS5.5)
      • 7X HDD SAS 600GB 10k 6G 2.5" (Not sure on config yet)
      • SAS Controller D2607
      • Blu-ray Disc Triple Writer SATA
      • Windows 7 Professional
      • Adobe CS5.5

       

      Any advice would be great, and I will hope that no response means its OK to go ahead with!

      CHEERS for all your help in advance

       

      Bradley

        • 1. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
          Harm Millaard Community Member
          • Change the E5-2640 to E5-2690.
          • Increase RAM to 8 x 8 GB to profit from the quad memory architecture.
          • You can save money (needed for the 2690's) by lowering SSD capacity to 128 GB or there abouts. 512 GB is a waste of space and money.
          • Check those disks. If they are Velociraptors, are are better off with large capacity 7200 disks. If they are SCSI disks, you are better off with 15K models.
          • Don't know about the SAS controller, but it looks like just a simple backplane, not a raid controller and the one one the mobo is pretty slow.
          • Get a big tower. That Celsius R920 is only a mid-tower and will cause heat problems with all those disks, being filled to the rim.

           

          I suggest a case like this, with some expansion room for the future:

           

          Magnum TH10.png

           

          These remarks are solely based on your specs. I really think you can get much better BFTB by looking at a DIY build with an i7-3930K and overclock it.

          Mind you, the E5-2690 is over $ 2 K apiece, an i7-3930K is around $ 500, the dual CPU mobo is way more expensive than a simple X79 mobo, the ECC memory is way harder to get and more expensive.

           

          FYI, I'm looking at the case above for my new system, possibly with two PSU's.

          • 2. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
            Bill Gehrke MVP

            The SAS controller is a simple SAS controller based on the LSI 2008 chip

             

            "D2607 SAS/SATA RAID controller The Fujitsu D2607 SAS/SATA RAID controller, based on the LSI SAS2008, offers small businesses exactly the low-cost data safety unit which they have been looking for. The D2607 enables increased read/write performance thanks to its RAID 0, 1 and 10 implementation".

            • 3. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
              lordloco79 Community Member

              Hi Harm

               

               

              Thanks (again) for such a quick and detailed response.

               

               

              With regards to upping the RAM to 64GB to take advantage of the quad memory architecture, is this ONLY an advantage if I can upgrade to the Xeon E5-2690 CPU's? I am thinking that my company may bulk a little at the price of those as they are pretty much top of the new Xeon list!s

               

               

              At the moment as the current E5-2640's are 6 core I have the 48GB RAM as 6X 8GB modules which I presumed (very silly to presume somthing when I have a lack of technical knowledge) that worked with the CPU in groups of 3 which I was told works better, but I could have been given some duff information there?

               

              Unfortunately I dont have a choice over the tower, this is currently the largest Fujitsu do for workstations short of getting a server case possibly?

               

              Thanks for your advice Harm

              • 4. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                Harm Millaard Community Member

                The optimal amount of memory in a system is not dependent on the number of cores, but only on the architecture of the memory controller, whether it is dual (1155), triple (1366) or quad (2011) channel architecture. You always want a number of DRAM's equal or a multiple of the architecture, so with dual channel 2 or 4 sticks, with triple channel 3 or 6 sticks and with quad channel 4 or 8 sticks. So in your case, independent of the E5-26xx CPU you opt for, go for multiples of 4 for the memory sticks, 4 or 8.

                 

                Did you notice the difference in storage capacity in your Fujitsu case and the one I'm comtemplating? The one I think about has the capability to use around 32 HDD's plus 4 SSD's plus 2 BR burners internally without modding, but with some modding can easily hold 40 or even 48 HDD's internally.

                • 5. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                  MM2004

                  Im also reading and finding out what would be my next rig.

                   

                  Regarding Harm's posts from today,,, I know you cannot overclock the new Xeon E5 as today,, so in your opinion, what would be faster on Premiere Pro and After Effects,, a couple of Xeon E5-2690s or the fastest i7 out there (i think is the 3960X extreme) overclocked?

                   

                  I know is comparing bananas to apples, but, other than $$ is there any reason to pick one overclocked I7 instead of two regular Xeon E5's?

                  • 6. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                    John T Smith MVP

                    Go to the results page at CS5 Benchmark http://ppbm5.com/ to see what is fast

                    • 7. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                      MM2004 Community Member

                      There are no XEON E5-2600 Series on the PPBM5 yet.

                      • 8. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                        Bill Gehrke MVP

                        That is because they were just introduced this week

                        • 9. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                          MM2004 Community Member

                          Yes, thats exactly why Im asking.

                          Ive seen the PPBM5 results before,, and I have submitte dmy own.

                          I was wondering if anybody (such as Mr Millard) would have an educated oppinion on how the new Xeon E5-2600 would perform compared to an i7 (even comparing a single i7 OC against a dual Xeon E5-2600 system withouth OC).

                          • 10. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                            Bill Gehrke MVP

                            If you do not mind spending twice as much you might get medocre results without the overclocking available.  If you look at PPBM5 results and first filter on CS5.5 under the version Tab and then Filter on Xeon's under the Model CPU Tab you can see that without overclocking dual Xeons are not a good bang-for-the-buck item.  I seriously doubt that will change when someone submits results from this new generation.

                             

                            Message was edited by: Bill Gehrke

                             

                            Now if you are a real heavy multitasker and use other demanding software there could be advantages to having two Xeons, my comments above are for a Premiere Pro user.

                            • 11. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                              RjL190365 Community Member

                              For the money that you spent, dual E5s do not perform anywhere near that much faster than systems equipped with single i7-39xx CPUs. In fact, dual E5s might actually perform slower than single i7s in H.264 encodes due to the excessive latencies in the switching in dual-CPU systems (and the more CPUs within the single system, the greater the latency).

                              • 12. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                MM2004 Community Member

                                I see,, just to make sure, we are talking about the new Xeon E5-2600 series right? the ones that just came out.

                                I though they were based on the same architecture as the i7 ,, the logic told me that two is better than one,, but with the being being OC Im getting all confused.

                                If the multi CPU increase latency, then why the Xeon exist to begin with? sounds like they are all slower than i7 then.

                                 

                                I wish that would be a little more clear.

                                • 13. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                  lasvideo Community Member

                                  Hey MM2004, I feel your pain. Im in the same exact situation as I consider investing in the most powerful system as possible. Able to handle Epic 5K jobs as well as AVCHD long forms.And both with lots of effects and AE motion graphics. I am also on the fence until I get a better understanding of the new chips performance. Apparently there are latency issues with the dual Sandy Bridge EP setups that could be an issue.

                                   

                                  Tom Daigon

                                  Avid DS / PrP / After Effects Editor

                                  www.hdshotsandcuts.com

                                  Mac Pro 3,1

                                  2 x 3.2 ghz Quad Core Intel Xeon

                                  10.6.8

                                  Nvidia Quadro 4000

                                  24 gigs ram

                                  Kona 3

                                  Maxx Digital / Areca 8tb. raid

                                  • 14. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                    lordloco79 Community Member

                                    (sorry for the delay in my reply, I have Thanks again Harm - I now understand the quad channel thing now, much appreciated. I have upped the RAM now to 8x16GB sticks then giving me loads of RAM to play with!!.

                                     

                                    The SAS drives are 'Serial Attached SCSI' but I dont think that Fujitsu do 15k models, just the 10k ones and 600GB seems to be the largest I can specify, but I have emailed our IT guys to check so just awaiting a response from that question at the moment.

                                     

                                    I would really LOVE that 'Magnum TH10' case, that is one hell of a beast! I unfortunately dont have the option to go for that though as much as I would like to, although I think for my Workstation at home i might stick some cash aside to go for one of those next! It offers SO much expandability it really is an amazing case! The case I have is this Fujitsu Celsius R920.

                                     

                                    The BFB is not really too much of an issue as this is all financed through the company so not out of my own pocket, but for my own home system I am still all ears and listening to everything as I will upgrade my home system later this year so all the advice is still very relevant to me and is being noted!

                                     

                                    Regarding the Dual Xeon's,
                                    My only other choice I would have would be to go with a single Xeon, there are no i7 chips are avaiable at through work place so surely 2 is better than 1?

                                     

                                    I am a heavy multitasker user, and often have projects using the dynamic link between After Effects and Premiere and have them both running together, and often am also using Photoshop and Illustrator at the same time, so more RAM and CPU cores allows me to do this without compromising anything or constantly having to close programmes and re-open then etc. Its not about more money than sense in this instance.

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                    Thanks for your time one and all!


                                    Bradley

                                    • 15. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                      RjL190365 Community Member

                                      Bradley,

                                       

                                      Here is one major problem with all dual-CPU setups (not just dual e5s):

                                       

                                      No dual-CPU system performs anywhere near twice as fast as an otherwise comparable single-CPU system. In fact, without all of the latencies and bottlenecks that switchers, disk systems and graphics systems impose on the system, a dual-CPU system performs at best 41 percent faster than a single-CPU system. (In fact, one would need a quad-CPU system just to theoretically double the overall performance of a given single-CPU system.) Add in the chipset, disks and GPU, and the performance advantage could plummet to less than 20 percent. That's way too small of a performance improvement for such an astronomical increase in total system cost (which could amount to double or even triple the cost of an otherwise comparable single-CPU system). And that's not to mention that the second CPU increases the total system cost by at least $2,000 up to a whopping $6,000. No wonder why dual-CPU systems are relatively poor values (bang-for-the-buck).

                                      • 16. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                        Harm Millaard Community Member

                                        Those Fujitsu (well, currently Toshiba, after last years take over) drives are great and perform better than any SATA disk.

                                         

                                        Are you sure about 8 x 16 GB sticks? That would be the first I hear about 16 GB DDR3 sticks for the 2011 platform, but then I may be a bit deaf.

                                         

                                        If I were in your shoes, I would suggest my boss to save money and not go for a dual Xeon system (bosses love that you think in terms of saving money!) but instead invest some of that savings in an even better disk setup in combination with an overclocked i7-39xx.

                                         

                                        If your 16 GB sticks are accurate, maybe your company also has access to the i7-3980X with all 8 cores and full 20 MB L3 cache enabled. That would be the sweet deal currently I think.

                                        • 17. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                          lordloco79 Community Member

                                          Sorry Harm - my mistake, I meant to type 8x8GB sticks to total 64GB RAM, we dont have the choice for 16GB sticks as far as I know - my bad there, thanks for pointing that one out!

                                           

                                           

                                          Unfortunately I cannot go for an i7-39xx as we dont have the options on our 'System Configurer' to select these, it is Xeons only! But yes, my boss would definitly love to see me save them some money where possible!

                                           

                                           

                                          Thanks for all your advice, i find it so very valuable and it is also teaching me a fair bit about getting the correct set up and the fact that what is often deemed to be better, often is not the best choice for video work!

                                           

                                           

                                          Bradley

                                          • 18. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                            lordloco79 Community Member

                                            Hi Harm,

                                            Just got a reply about the HDD's, they do make a larger 900GB capacity disc but apparently they have some 'heat' issues so they are being revised and thus have been removed from our config selection at the moment

                                             

                                             

                                            Glad to hear that the SAS 'Serial Attached SCSI' discs are a good choice

                                             

                                             

                                            Thanks once again for your help and advice

                                             

                                            Bradley

                                            • 19. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                              MM2004 Community Member

                                              Harm

                                              I stole your suggestion and ordered a Magnum TH10 Case.
                                              :-)

                                              Ill move all my Dell T7400 internals to that case to improve ventilation and speed up my learning curve for when I decide between the i7 or the dual Xeon E5 2600 set up.

                                               

                                              Manny

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                                                Scott Chichelli Community Member

                                                so far i am not impressed with the new Xeons..

                                                we have a dual here but having issues with it. at some point we will have #s

                                                 

                                                we ran up a single Xeon 8 core (they drop into X79 boards) against the rest. is was soundly beat by everything

                                                NOTE: these DO NOT overclock

                                                 

                                                once again GHZ is king over core count..

                                                 

                                                CS5.5

                                                Video material - AVCHD 1080P 24 Frame Each Cut to 30 minutes of material

                                                Export Codec - H264 HDTV 1080P 24 Preset Default

                                                4 Effects per Layer - Fast Color Corrector, Brightness & Contrast, Video Limiter, Sharpen

                                                Each Layer Scaled to 50% for 4 frame PinP view.

                                                 

                                                E5 2670 @ 2.6 GHz 8 CORE

                                                32GB  1600

                                                570GTX 2.5GB

                                                4  1Tb Sata 32 Meg Cache 600 Drives in 2 Raid 0 arrays

                                                CS5.5.2

                                                3 Layer -

                                                4 Layer - 40:41

                                                 

                                                X79 3.3 @ 3.8 GHz

                                                32GB  1333

                                                580GTX 3GB

                                                4  1Tb Sata 32 Meg Cache 600 Drives in 2 Raid 0 arrays

                                                CS5.5.2

                                                3 Layer - 32:15

                                                4 Layer - 35:19

                                                 

                                                X79 3.3 @ 4.5 GHz

                                                32GB  1333

                                                580GTX 3GB

                                                4  1Tb Sata 32 Meg Cache 600 Drives in 2 Raid 0 arrays

                                                CS5.5.2

                                                3 Layer - 27:43

                                                4 Layer - 30:02

                                                 

                                                I7 2600K 4.7 GHz  4 core

                                                16GB Blackline 1600 CL 9

                                                570GTX

                                                4 WD 1Tb Sata 64 Meg Cache 600 Drives in 2 Raid 0 arrays

                                                3 Layer - 30:46

                                                4 Layer - 33:36

                                                 

                                                Scott

                                                ADK

                                                • 21. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                                  MM2004 Community Member

                                                  Wow,, thats an eye opener.

                                                  I was inclined to go the i7 way, but I use other programs that require multicore (like Photoshop, Autocad, etc)and I was thinking on a good balance for all of them.

                                                  Right now Im running a Dual Xeon E5420 (Harpertown at 2.5 Ghz),, I guess any Xeon (even the E5-2600 series) would be faster for me that what I have now.

                                                   

                                                  I was also considering getting the EVGA SR-X Mobo (designed for Dual Xeon E5-2600)  because EVGA says that today's Bios on that Mobo supports single i7 and have Overclocking capabilities.

                                                  Then if one day this year Intel release OC for Xeon at least I have everything else and I just swap CPUs.

                                                   

                                                  I cannot make up my mind yet, so, for now Ill focus on case, HDs, RAM, etc.

                                                   

                                                  Manny

                                                  • 22. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                                    Scott Chichelli Community Member

                                                    At this point unless doing animation a single X79 over clocked is recommended.

                                                     

                                                     

                                                     

                                                    Obviously until we get numbers on the dual Xeon I can only “guess”

                                                     

                                                     

                                                     

                                                    We tried every way to OC that Xeon it aint happening they have it locked down big time, I don’t see how the EVGA can unlock a locked product

                                                     

                                                    They ticked Intel off with the last board they did and I think this is Intels answer to that..

                                                    • 23. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                                      MM2004 Community Member

                                                      I guess EVGA will have a great time explaining to the community things about the SRX Mobo :-) and how they release a product that is dead withouth being born.

                                                      (on the Xeon compatibility, at least).

                                                       

                                                      Nobody wants to spend that kind of money just to run stock speeds.

                                                      • 24. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                                        lasvideo Community Member

                                                        Scott - "we have a dual here but having issues with it. at some point we will have #s"

                                                         

                                                        Hi Scott. What kind of issues are you having with the dual Xeon board?

                                                        • 27. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                                          lordloco79 Community Member

                                                          So...

                                                           

                                                          My new workstation has finally arrived after a bit of a mishap with the address I gave them, but it has now been found and delivered! It is huge in comparison to my last workstation!

                                                           

                                                          I am going to try and get this set up this week and wanted to ask some advice on the disc set up.I have installed in the case the following...

                                                           

                                                          x1 - SSD SATA III 512GB

                                                          x7 - SAS 600GB 10,000rpm

                                                           

                                                          The SSD drive is for OS (Windows 7 64bit) and also for the CS5.5 (CS6 when it arrives) and the rest for all media, caches, previews etc. So with that in mind if anyone can help advise me that would be really great as I am still ini the learning phase about these set-ups and exactly what is best!

                                                           

                                                           

                                                          Many thanks in advance...

                                                           

                                                          Bradley

                                                          • 28. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                                            lordloco79 Community Member

                                                            Hi everyone.

                                                             

                                                            I am trying to work out my HDD set up for my new machine, I have been reading that with the 8 drives I have (1 SSD for OS and CS5.5) and 7 drives remaining, I have read that a RAID 3/5/6 setup would be good?

                                                             

                                                             

                                                            Can anyone explain to me what the benefits of each are please?

                                                             

                                                            Also, when using RAIN 3/5/6 does this become basically my 7 drives working as one? Secondly, if so would I just create a folder each for Projects, Media, Cache, Previews and Exports?

                                                             

                                                             

                                                            Thanks for any help as always... I will get there soon!

                                                             

                                                             

                                                            Bradley

                                                            • 29. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                                              Harm Millaard Community Member

                                                              Have a look at the Featured Discussion at the top of the page about Raid performance and rebuild issues. Follow the links in there as well.

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                                                                J. Simon Community Member

                                                                can help advise me

                                                                 

                                                                Here's what I'd consider using those drives.

                                                                 

                                                                System (Windows & Programs) - SSD

                                                                Projects - 600GB

                                                                Media - 600GB x 4 in a RAID 3

                                                                Previews - 600GB

                                                                Exports - 600GB

                                                                • 31. Re: New Video Workstation PC Spec - Any advice on my new build?? Thanks
                                                                  lordloco79 Community Member

                                                                  Hi Harm,

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Thanks for the reply, but I cannot see where this Featured Discussion link is, any chance you can add a link to this thread for me please?

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Jim,

                                                                  thanks also for your reply, I am waiting to find out exactly what RAID device i have as the IT guy here who I just saw passing in the corridor thinks that only RAID 0, 1 and 10 are supported so I probably cannot choose the RAID3 option... Grrrr, things are never very easy are they!As soon as I find out for sure I will add my comment here again.

                                                                   

                                                                  Thanks for the advise from you both

                                                                   

                                                                  Bradley