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First PC Build - Switching from Mac Pro, All AMD, Video Editing, using this to try to switch from Mac for video editing. New Mac Pro desktop price is ridiculous.

Already owned the Radeon VII that I purchased on initial release to use as eGPU as well as monitor and Windows 10 license (was running bootcamp on Mac). I carefully picked these parts based on AMDs new X570 PCIe gen 4.0 platform to take advantage of the heavy data transfer speed between system processing and drives, which is key when doing 4K video editing. Cost me $2000 to put all this together even though ignore the listing cost of 3600, which maybe what it maybe valued as.

Gaming on this is incredible. CSGO runs 290+ on full settings. PUBG 100+ on full settings. System stays cool with AIO liquid cooling, placed at the front of unit with the 3 stock fans oriented as intake rather than output from the radiator. Games use GPU and not as much CPU, thus the fans at high output end up blowing 29-degree air from radiator into the system. This keeps GPU and motherboard cool during heavy gaming. Not sure if this will be the case in video editing and may need to reorient them as this task tends to be both CPU and GPU heavy driven. On that note, I have not had the opportunity to test video editing as I am still figuring out what software to use on the PC. Maybe will try the free trial from Adobe Premier pro. Unfortunately for me, Final Cut Pro X only works on mac.

I have not overclocked the system because I am coming from the mac world and typically, we are not allowed to do these things. Once I know what I am doing and why in the Bios I will be sure to carefully take advantage of the available potential power. I did however apply the XMP profile to take advantage of the 3200 DDR4 ram. This increased my bench numbers on Geekbench 5 significantly.

Geekbench 5 benchmarks: -CPU: 1362 (single), 14558 (multi) -GPU: 90183 (OpenCL), 105264 (Vulkan)

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  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Video editing on Windows pretty much means you'll be using Premier Pro. Unfortunately, Premier does better with Nvidia's CUDA than on the Radeon but you'll have to see if it matters for the work you are doing. I also use a Radeon VII, and it does fine for my purposes and I really like the 16gb of VRAM, but would doubtlessly benefit from a shiny new RTX 2080 Super.

I wouldn't bother overclocking the 3950X. It's pretty pointless on Zen 2, as the chip manages it's own boost in a highly efficient manner. Activating PBO might give you a slight bump in performance given your quality cooling solution. Overclocking your memory can make a difference though, primarily because the Infinity Fabric speed matches your memory speeds. Ideally you're memory would be running at 3600mhz (double rate of 1800mhz) with a Cas Latency (CL) of 16 or so, which allows the Infinity Fabric that connects your CPU Core Complexes (CCX) and cache to run at 1800mhz. This is primarily why your GeekBench scores improved drastically when you applied the XMP (3200-CL16).

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

this is a sick build

correct me if i am wrong so you used the Radeon 7 GPU with your Macbook as a eGPU for gaming right?

have you tried davinci resolve?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes exactly I used the radeon VII as an egpu for Final Cut Pro X was not able to crack half of its potential on Mac. Will let you Not sure whether to use Davinci or Adobe Premier I was hoping that the 2019 Mac Pro desktop would be reasonably priced and would buy install this card as a 2nd GPU but the starting price of those machines at base (8 core, 32GB, 256 GB, +crappy stock GPU) is 6000, which is ridiculous. At that price I would have installed a Ryzen 3970X (64 core) on a TRX40 motherboard, doubled my Ram to 64GB, and added a second NVME Gen4 1TB SSD.

I have not tried Davinci Resolve but I plan on downloading and testing it out soon since Davinci 16 is free on their site. Will let you know as soon as I do.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

sure thing enjoy your PC build

Apple is on crack to charge a Mac Pro for the price of a AMD Treadripper 32 Core system which will wipe the floor off the Mac Pro.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you considered using DaVinci as an editing program on this machine?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I downloaded the free version on their site but still have not used. Plan on doing so tonight.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

16 cores in the PC. Awesome!

You could have squeeze another 5%-10% performance by going w/ the faster memory as indicated in the prior comment. This should be fine for 4K video editing for some time.

Thumbs up from me. Enjoy!

P.S. Please peel the plastic of the case.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Use davinci resolve. It's free.