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  1. #1 Optimal Editorial Workstation Hardware for Premiere Pro CC [w/Benchmarks] 
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    Backstory: I produced one of the first feature films shot on Red #20 and #21 in March of 2008. I have been editing on Macs for years, and pushed my current system to the max. Frustrated by its limitations in Adobe CC effects rendering, I decided to return to the PC world after a 20-year absence. This decision, coupled with a desire to ready a system for VR, lead me to the supportive community of PC builders and several entertaining YouTube creators - including the ultimate man cave of one Barnacules Nerdgasm - who lead me to Puget Systems (they build his PC's and those of edit/post houses), which lead me to their Friday live PC builds, Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC benchmarking and information sharing, which is what I wanted to share with the Red community. Since this company researches and compiles mountains of data when consulting and building editorial and design workstations for post houses, I'm thankful they freely share their findings with the community. Feel free to jump straight to links below.

    Since I decided to build my own system, to flatten my learning curve and be able to better solution problems on the fly, I did not engage any third-party build vendors, nor do I have any affiliation with one. This information saved me a tremendous amount of time, so I wanted to share it in case others are researching their own editorial workstation build. Current status: I did not opt for a dual, 12 core Xeon processor system, as described in the linked article below, but as the article concluded, "you ideally want the highest frequency six core CPU if possible. A higher core count shouldn't hurt anything (unless you have two physical CPUs), but it makes no sense to get a CPU with a higher core count if it means making any sort of a sacrifice in terms of operating frequency." Also, "You may notice that the charts above (and the dual GPU charts in the next section) often show faster render times on the Core i7 system than on the Dual Xeon system. This is not a mistake! If you read our Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 Multi Core Efficiency (Update1) article, you will see that when exporting to 1080p, Premiere Pro is not very good at using a high number of CPU cores and will at times actually see a drop in performance with two physical CPUs verses just a single CPU."

    I went with the new Broadwell-E i7-6850K 6 core, which has a Max Turbo Frequency of 4 GHz, and am awaiting stock of the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080 GPU (July? August? No one knows). Also linked Puget's Premiere Pro GTX 1070/1080 article and my current build list below. Hope this information helps others. I have ordered and returned unopened parts (probably enough for two complete systems!) over the previous two months as my learning curve has continued to flatten. Links:

    Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 Multi Core Performance (Update1 June 8, 2016): https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/ar...e-Update1-806/
    GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Premiere Pro Performance (June 11, 2016) Note a bug in GTX drivers did not allow Red 4k/6k tests, but they will update:
    https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/ar...rformance-810/
    Barnacules' sick man cave: http://www.youtube.com/user/barnacules1
    Bearded Houston's Live PC builds every Friday: https://www.twitch.tv/pugetsys/profile
    My current PC Build Parts list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/XtVgsJ
    Tracking stock of GTX 1080 - site refreshes internet stock every 30 seconds: http://www.nowinstock.net
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    thanks for sharing Eric.
    this is very helpful, im in the same situation here. returning to PC world after years...
    please put your configuration after you finish your build...
    best! ;D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Teixeira View Post
    This doesn't take into account that some simple overclocking, will render those dual XEON scores to second place.
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    Doesnt take into account the clock speed of both Cores and DDR4 which are both locked on the Xeons and unlocked on the I7's. The 6950X for example clocks to 4GHz and handles DDR4 2800+ easily. The results change drastically especially with GPU acceleration just by those clock speed differences.
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    Glad to see people going this direction too. I'm jumping back to PC now after 10 years. Only way to do proper 6K to 4K edit and finish as far as I can tell. There are some great articles on the Puget Systems site. Look forward to hearing about people's experience after making "the switch"
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    I have had two Puget System computers. They have absolutely impeccable customer service.
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