2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 12, 2008 11:07 PM by Mylenium

    What do I need to speed up Rendering?


      I'm planning to buy a new workstation to get better rendering results on
      AfterEffects CS3 and Premiere CS3.

      Here is a list of 4 processors that I can afford:

      1.) Intel Core 2 Duo E8600, 3.33GHz, FSB1333, 6MB cache, 45nm

      2.) Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300, 2.5GHz, FSB1333, 6MB cache, 45nm

      3.) Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700, 2.66GHz, FSB1066, 8MB cache

      4.) Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450, 2.66GHz, FSB1333, 12MB cache, 45nm

      On one hand I think that 4 core processor could have 4 processes at the
      time, which in my opinion is better than 2 core cpu, but on the other one,
      maybe AE could be faster with 3.33Ghz instead of 2.66 Quad core?

      Also what would be the optimal amount of RAM?

      Thanks in advance!
        • 1. Re: What do I need to speed up Rendering?
          Navarro Parker Level 3
          More Cores = More Better

          So #4 looks to be the fastest.

          But you need have at least 2GB of RAM per core.
          • 2. Re: What do I need to speed up Rendering?
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
            Well, on a simplistic level Navarro is of course right, but it all boils down to which OS you are using. If you merely use Vista 32bit or XP Professional 32bit, a dualcore is all you are ever going to need since you can't have more than 4GB of overall RAM in any case. Only a 64bit OS will play out all the advantages of a quadcore, in your case with at least 8GB of RAM. It also hinges a lot on what your typical workflow is - you don't need a quadcore if you are doing more straight editing than effects. All that power really only has a meaning if you are throwing tons and tons of effects on your footage and the average processing time per a given number of frames can be lowered by having 4 of them being calculated at the same time using multiprocessing, which may not always be possible. If you are working e.g. a lot with time-remapping and speed ramps, MP will not be used at all for these things.