hello, you might want to install evga precision (or another gpu monitor) to see how much work the quadro is doing and when
you could also open up task manager > performance > resource monitor > disc usage
and see if/where there is a HDD bottleneck
my thoughts: you need more hard disks to separate out the tasks involved in PPRO:
1) os, projects
2) media cache
4) final renders
what are the speeds of your HDD : they should be at least 7200rpm (non eco) drives
also: how full is the ssd? performance slows as the ssd/hdd fills up (again another reason for as many hdds as you can hook up)
and then have your raid for backup
i use 8 separate hdd in my rig, others use lots more
the hardware forum has a wonderful thread somewhere by Harm M. that discusses all this
i have a quadro 4000 and love it
hope some of this helps, cheers, j
i see JoeBloePremiere is already on the case!!
Message was edited by: tfi productions 44
You have a couple of issues with this system:
- Slow E5-2620's. You would be much better off with E5-2687W's
- Limited memory. 32 GB is around bare minimum for a dual processor system.
- Outdated Quadro 4000 card, which is very slow in comparison to newer cards and is generally not used when transcoding.
- Far insufficient disk setup. You need way more disks.
- A software raid5 carries a lot of overhead.
- The crippled BIOS of Dell does not allow overclocking.
- The SSD may suffer from severe 'stable state' performance degradation, reducing performance even more.
You would not be the first to leave a Dell in the configuration it came in. If that is the case, you need a lot of tuning to get it to run decently.
Second thing to consider is what source material are you transcoding to what destination format? If you start with AVCHD material and your destination is MPEG2-DVD, the internal workings of PR may look like this:
- Convert AVCHD material to an internal intermediate, which is solely CPU bound. No GPU involvement.
- Rescale the internal intermediate to DVD dimensions, which is MPE accelerated, so heavy GPU involvement.
- Adjust the frame rate from 29.97 to 23.976, which again is MPE accelerated, so GPU bound.
- Recode the rescaled and frame-blended internal intermediate to MPEG2-DVD codec, which is again solely CPU bound.
- Apply effects to the MPEG2-DVD encoded material, which can be CPU bound for non-accelerated effects and GPU bound for accelerated effects.
- Write the end result to disk, which is disk performance related.
If you export AVCHD to H.264-BR the GPU is out of the game altogether, since all transcoding is purely CPU based, assuming there is no frame blending going on. Then all the limitations of the Dell show up, as you noticed.
"256GB SSD as my primary drive. This is where the majority of my work is performed."
If you are storing your video clips on the C: drive, that is a problem. Always use a fast, separate drive for your media. Adobe requires a "Dedicated Video Drive"
It basically uses the majority of my computer's resources and doesn't allow me to do much else. This means, that I can't do other work while stuff is rendering or transcoding.
That's normal and exactly what you want to happen. if it wasn't heppening, exports would go a lot slower.