Premiere Pro Workstation
Workstations designed for editing in Premiere Pro have several key features.
This system is built around the AMD Threadripper platform, providing a competitive amount of single-core performance, as well as capable CPU rendering when needed. The latest versions of Premiere Pro CC have been redesigned, giving a great balance between per-core performance, and overall rendering capability.
Premiere Pro doesn't do that well with multiple video cards, and isn't very reliant on the GPU either. However, GPU selection is still important, as you'll find out.
This system has been configured 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.
Overall System Performance
This Premiere Pro Workstation performs well in applications optimized for highly multithreaded CPUs, with moderate GPU rendering capabilities.
2950X | NH-U14S TR4 | X399 AORUS EXTREME | 64GB DDR4-2666 | 860 EVO 500GB | 970 EVO 1TB | Red 4TB | RTX 2070 8GB | Define R6 Blackout TG | SuperNOVA G3 850W | Windows 10 Pro | PH-F120MP
This Premiere Pro Workstation is $5500 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 Threadripper 2950X for its high single-core performance, very competitive multithreaded performance, and support for 128GB of memory. Adobe recently updated their drivers for Premiere Pro CC, making the 2950X now more powerful than comparable Intel offerings.
System Change: If you come across a need for more cores, you can easily upgrade to a bigger Threadripper 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 come across a need for more cooling capacity, you can easily upgrade to a bigger air cooler, with no need to change the system otherwise. 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 Gigabyte. 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. Gigabyte has come a long way, and 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. As Threadripper is a quad-channel platform, the system is more stable by using at least 4 DIMMs.
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 boot storage SATA SSD, main/cache 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 card was chosen for its 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.
While Premiere Pro doesn't currently effectively use high-end video cards, the onboard memory does correlate to the resolution of your project. Additionally, Adobe may update Premiere Pro to better use CUDA rendering, as well as integrating Nvidia RTX technology.
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.