First here is some background information about the king of thing I am dealing with. I mainly use Premiere Pro CC for encoding YouTube videos. Source media is 30fps and is rather large, around 50gb for 18 minutes of footage. I use dxtory capture using Lagarith Lossless which is pretty much the standard for YouTube, I encode using the Premiere Pro CC youtube h.264 preset. Most videos end up being from 15-20 minutes long and I upload twice a day. It has turned into a bit of a business for me so reducing bottlenecks like encoding time would be quite nice!
Previously I had been doing everything off a 1.5TB drive with my OS and programs being on a 240gb crucial m4. It's not the best SSD but it was a very good price at the time. I recently upgraded, getting a 7200 rpm 3TB Seagate Barracuda and a 240GB Kingston V300. Again while a WD Black and one of the Samsung SSD's would have been optimal I am working on a budget and am trying keep costs kind of low since I have had to spent a lot on my audio setup. It's also worth saying that this system has got to do both gaming and video work.
This puts my system specs at the following
GPU- 2x GTX670
SSD1-Crucial M4 240GB
SSD2-Kingston V300 240GB
HDD1-Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB (I am 90% sure this drive is 7200rpm)
HDD2-Seagate Barracuda 3TB
PSU - Corsair TX750
Motherboard - Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
Here is my current Premiere setup
C(240GB M4) - OS, Programs, Pagefile
D(1.5TB HDD)- I'd ideally like to keep this for other things as this computer has to store a large amount of games.
E(3TB HDD)- Media, Projects
G(240GB V300)-Previews, Media Cache, Export
To benchmark I used a 5 minute test project which used 15 minutes of game footage (as described in the first paragraph) 15 minutes of 720p webcam footage.
I emulated my previous setup with the project, media, export, scratch disk etc all being on my E drive. The render time was 11.22.
I then followed the above settings and got a render time of 11.05.
Basically I am not sure if the performance increase is less than expected. At any rate I am still very happy with the upgrade since it allows me to keep a large library of in game stock footage and in general give me a lot more room to play with. I am a little concerned over my CPU and will probably be upgrading to an I7 broadwell at some point.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be really appreciated, I've still got quite a lot to learn!
I really wouldn't expect swapping one internal SATA drive for another to make much (if any) difference in encoding speed. If you were moving up from an external USB 2.0 or some other bottlenecked storage, sure, otherwise no. Encoding is processor-intensive, and the graphics card might also be used (scaling, etc.) and those would be the main areas of concern.
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