DaVinci Resolve Studio Workstation
Regardless of the content you work with, this system gives you fantastic overall performance in DaVinci Resolve Studio. In fact, while this system only supports a single CPU, due to the incredibly high core counts currently available it will typically be faster than a more expensive dual Xeon workstation.
This system is built around the Intel Core i9, providing an incredible amount of overall CPU performance. The i9-7920X can intelligently boost its clock speed, depending on the installed cooling solution. As such, the i9-7920X can hit a Turbo Max 3.0 of 4.4Ghz on 2 cores, in very lightly threaded situations.
This system can be configured with up to 18 CPU cores, is designed with 64GB of DDR4 RAM, giving the editor plenty of room to open large files and timelines, a range of powerful and efficient NVIDIA video cards, and multiple storage options. If your work benefits from having four GPUs, please contact us and we can quote you a configuration capable of handling four video cards.
Additionally, if you encounter a significant amount of RED RAW footage in your workflow, it might be better to get a system custom-built for that type of content. Please contact us if this sounds like you.
Overall System Performance
This DaVinci Resolve Studio Workstation performs well in applications optimized for highly multithreaded CPUs, with very high GPU rendering capabilities.
i9-7920X | PH-TC14PE Black | X299 FTW K | 64GB DDR4-2666 | 860 EVO 500GB | 970 EVO 1TB | Red 4TB | 2x RTX 2080 (blower) | Enthoo Pro | SuperNOVA P2 1200 | Windows 10 Pro | PH-F120MP
This DaVinci Resolve Studio Workstation is $7000 as Currently Designed
Workstations as Low as $1500 are Available
System Design Rationale & Upgrade Path
We've put a fair amount of thought into how we designed this system, and would like to explain why we chose the above components. We'll also explain the various upgrades to the system, as you might desire.
We chose the i9-7920X for its high single-core performance, high multithreaded performance, and support for 128GB of memory.
System Change: If you come across a need for more cores, you can easily upgrade to a more powerful i9 with no need to change the system otherwise.
To ensure that the CPU remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket air cooler. While water cooling does cool better than air does, a big air cooler will do quite well when leaving the CPU at stock settings. Air coolers are also more reliable, as they don't have a pump that can fail. If the fan on this air cooler fails, the system has enough internal cooling to allow you to quickly order a new fan, and finish your work.
However, we don't recommend leaving the system to do a heavy render with the main cooling fan disabled.
That being said, higher-end closed-loop liquid coolers do come with very long manufacturer warranties (upwards of 7 years), so the failure rate is extremely low.
System Change: If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.
Because this system requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from EVGA. This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, plenty of PCI 3.0 slots, support for multiple M2 NVME drives, and up to 128GB of memory. EVGA is widely accepted as one of the best manufacturers of motherboards.
System Change: Please ask us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.
We went with 64GB of Vengeance LPX memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips. This setup will give the user plenty of room for open applications.
System Change: If you come across a need for more memory, you can easily add in more sticks, with no need to change the system otherwise. The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 128GB of memory, in an 8x16GB array.
The main storage SATA SSD, caching NVME SSD, and archival HDD were chosen for their high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.
System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise.
The video cards were chosen for their memory capacity, CUDA cores, and support for 4K resolution. This video card has a very capable aftermarket cooling solution, and will prevent any sort of thermal throttling from taking place. Operations in DaVinci Resolve do work quite well with dedicated video cards, though we’ve seen diminishing returns past 3 GPUs.
System Change: If you come across a need for more graphical horsepower, you can easily upgrade your video card with no need to change the system otherwise.
The case was chosen for its high build quality, implementation of sound dampening foam, and incredible amount of cooling potential. We have selected a set of high-quality pressure-optimized fans to ensure sufficient airflow in the case to keep the system stable under heavy load.
System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point. If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.
The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load.
System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you change multiple draws of power, you may need to upgrade the wattage on the power supply.