Run the Premiere Pro CS5 Benchmark http://ppbm5.com/ and compare your results
An nVidia GTX ??? (??? = 460 or current "best bang for the buck" model) will help with some things... back at this section's main page, go to the FAQ and start reading, especially the ones that have to do with CUDA and MPE
My CS5/AVCHD 1st Impressions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0 includes a link to the computer I built... since the GTX 285 is no longer sold, I would now go with a GTX 460 or whatever is the current "best bang for the buck" - AND I would buy 4Gig-by-3Sticks memory to be able to expand from 12Gig to 24Gig if needed
For my home hobbyist, family movies (which means that I am not trying to recreate Star Wars with video effects or many layers) AVCHD editing is "as smooth as spreading warm butter on hot toast" (also the MP4 video from wife's Flip camera)
My 3 hard drives are configured as...
1 - 320G WD Win7 and all programs
2 - 320G WD Win7 swap file and PPro projects
3 - 1T WD all video files... read and write
The WEI is a completely useless test with arbitrary scales and is better forgotten altogether.
What do you think of these results:
How do these compare to your system? What conclusions can you draw? NONE.
All the WEI tests are run off your boot disk and even a Velociraptor always shows 5.9. It is utterly meaningless.
If you want to know where your system is, where it can be improved, run the test John gave you a link to.
I have been using PProCS5 since it came out, but could not get the test to work. I think the part that I may not have understood is when it asked me to activate a video. What does that mean?
1) add 2 more drives and do 2 sets raid 0
use the 2nd set of raid for export/final render...
2) get a 470 or 570 video card.
I'd be wary of using AVCHD on a RAID 0. RAID 3 is the better choice for solid state media, where no tape backup exists.
If I put the three hard drives into a raid array, would I lose the benefit of putting scratch files on one hard drive and the video storage on another, and the program files on the third? The reason I ask is because I would have to put all these onto the three drives which make up the one raid array. Also, would I be better to have one huge drive or to have the raid array partitioned into a few drives?
Just make sure the H.264-BR timline is active, in the foreground, then proceed from there.
Jim's remarks are only relevant if you have an Areca raid controller card. If you don't, forget his remark.
With only 4 disks, start with 4 separate disks and do not raid yet. See how well your system is tuned by running the test and then decide on your next steps.
I was able to run the test and the results are posted on the site. My computer name is PRs-920-7-64. You can search for it and find it easily.
My assessment is just about the same as when I started. That is, I think I need a faster video card and a faster hard drive setup. I am not ready for SSD so I think I would like to try a Raid array. This goes back to my last question about Raid arrays for my system.
I don't think I need to put all four drives into the array, as I would like to save one for other things - like backup and other storage.
Any comments on my earlier post? That is, one array with 3 drives versus 3 separate hard drives and what about partitioning the raid array versus having one large drive?
it should look like this
1 single OS drive programs
2) set of 2 drive raid 0 everything else.
3) set of 2 drives raid 0 export
you do NOT want to read and write from the same drive unless a big 8+ drive raid 5,6
4) external back up.
Are you saying I should have 6 HD's? You list four items: one for #1, two for #2, and one for #4.
Since I only have four HD's, how would that be set up? I thought maybe like this:
#1 = 750GB boot/program drive
#2 #3 = 1500GB (two 750GB in Raid 0) for export
#4 = 1TB for everything else
i am telling you to buy more drives if you want increased performance.
having a raid export does little good without having the same speed work drive.
also having a back up is not a luxury its a requirement.
I remember your results from this morning when I added them to the results page.
I suggest you check your disks for fragmentation and allocation of files. Also check that indexing and compression are turned off.
Indexing and compression are turned off. Also, I use Smart Defrag that runs each morning. In retrospect, I should have turned off some of the things I have running in the background. Things like the antivirus, Team Viewer, etc. I will probably be getting the GeForce GTX 470 video card in the next few weeks. Is it acceptable to run the benchmark a second time and post the results again after I change the video card?
No problem at all, but please mention the new submission in the comments field.