This particular build is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor available on board. Based on AMD new’s game-changing ThreadRipper CPU architecture, the unit provides enough processing power for seamless 8K video editing in real-time. Moreover, the performance benefits of ThreadRipper surpass those of the Xeon and i9 line built by the engineers of team blue (Intel). Looking at the Cinebench scores comparing ThreadRipper, i9, and a Xeon processor, we found that AMD can achieve 37% better performance compared to Intel’s line of processors.
Even with both the i9 and ThreadRipper processors overclocked, AMD still manages to pull ahead of team blue’s flagship product. AMD’s ThreadRipper architecture can be hailed as an example of the progression of processor speeds today. A Geekbench comparison, where we compared the speeds of the Intel 6700K, the former standard for efficient video editing, against other processors, including the ThreadRipper.
It goes without saying that the other essential component for the efficiency of every video editing workstation, besides the processor, is the graphics card. In this build, we put to the test three different GPUs – the AMD Vega Frontier (Brand New) for those using DaVinci Resolve, NVIDIA 1080 Ti for those who want to take advantage of CUDA support when editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, and the AMD Radeon RX580 for those working on a budget. At the end of the day, the ThreadRipper-based beast was able to complete each task with low rendering times and no perceivable issues.
Regarding efficiency, the ThreadRipper/Vega combination blows the competition out of the water. After placing 14 LUTs on a 4K clip inside of DaVinci Resolve, the program was able to playback the footage flawlessly with only 35% CPU usage and 65% GPU usage, now we’re talking Editing Power !
If you think this editing PC wasn’t jaw-dropping enough, keep in mind that it can even handle the playback of 8K footage, which is the equivalent to playing four streams of 4K footage simultaneously. This type of performance is absolutely insane, especially when you consider that’s not edit-friendly codecs like ProRes or CineForm, but REDCODE Raw 8K footage. The fact that this machine can even handle such quality is an indisputable evidence of its computing power.
Meanwhile, here’s the full list of components you will need to build this 8K Video Editing Beast from scratch.
Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB Computer Case (B&H, Amazon US)
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 Power Supply (B&H, Amazon US)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU (B&H, Amazon US)
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer 360, High-Performance CPU Water Cooler (Amazon US)
GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard (Amazon US)
Ballistix Sport LT 64GB Kit RAM (B&H, Amazon US)
Samsung 960 EVO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD (B&H, Amazon US)
Corsair SP Series, SP120 RGB LED, 120mm High-Performance RGB LED Fan (B&H, Amazon US)
AMD Radeon RX Vega Frontier 64 8GB Graphics Card, used in the video (for DaVinci Resolve) (B&H, Amazon US)
NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Graphics Card (for Adobe Premiere Pro) (B&H, Amazon US)
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB Graphics Card (the budget option) (B&H, Amazon US)
As an alternative, here is some publicity from HP about the Power of their workstations : –
HP’S NEW Z8 WORKSTATION LETS YOU EDIT 8K IN REALTIME WITH UP TO 3TB RAM AND 48TB STORAGE
September 14, 2017
HP have revealed a truly insane powerhouse of a PC
Housing dual Xeon CPUs with 56 processing cores, Hewlett Packard’s new Z8 workstation takes up to 3TB of RAM (I know!) and 48TB of storage space. While a fully decked Z8 might be out of the price range of most creatives, the base price isn’t actually that bad, at a mere $2,439. For comparison, the 6 core Apple Mac Pro with 16GB RAM starts at $2,999.
There are actually three systems in HP’s new “Z” range. There’s the most powerful, the Z8, and then the imaginatively named Z4 and Z6 for not-quite-so-power-hungry users. Even the lowly Z4, though, is rather impressive.
Starting at only $1,249, the Z4 has a single 18 core Intel Xeon W-2155 CPU, up to 256GB RAM and 4TB internal storage. It’s aimed primarily at 3D CAD users. The Z6 starts at $1,919, for the base model, with 48 cores of Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processor and supports up to 384GB RAM. The Z6 does support dual processors, too, and this is aimed more at photographers, video editors and visual effects artists.
The Z8, though, is built for the seriously hardcore. With 56 cores, 3TB RAM, 48TB storage, and 3x Nvidia Quadro P6000 graphics cards, it’s an absolute monster. Getting one to that spec, though, is probably going to be substantially more than the $2,439 base model price.
Of course, if you’re actually shooting and editing in 8K, even fully loaded, this computer is likely going to be nothing compared to what you paid for the camera.
HP Z4, Z6 and Z8 prices start at $1,249, $1,919 and $2,439 respectively, and should start to become available from October for the Z6 and Z8 and November for the Z4. You can find out more about them on the HP website.
Very sexy sounding machines, although personally I think I’ll stick to building my own. It’s easier on the wallet.
And, yes, there’s probably a typo on HP’s website. the Z4 doesn’t really support up to 256TB of RAM.
What are the system requirements to edit and produce an 8K video?
There are not actually hard-and-fast rules. Things like FCP X and Premiere Pro CC actually support 8K video editing now. You’ll want to make sure that you have a GPU supported by either product, and plenty of CPU and RAM (16GB at least).
However, most of all, you need blazing fast disks. USB3 is probably not going to cut it. You’ll need either an internal disk array (very large, very fast) or an external array on Thunderbolt or, better, Thunderbolt 2.
Mind you, if you are spending $100,000 for an 8K camera (like the Red WEAPON 8K), the computer’s really the least of your worries. You can buy whatever the manufacturer suggests.
Displaying your 8k video will be expensive. This size of video is currently used in huge venues and has two or three massive projectors. To avoid having the seam where the projectors overlap on a video one or two of the projectors will play a neutral background while the 2K/4K video is playing. A software/hardware presentation device is used to separate out the projector feeds.
But the big question is why 8K? No commercially available cameras can shoot it, no monitor can display it at full res and no single projector can project it without downscaling it. If you are looking to futureproof it a simple 4K version is way way easier to do on all fronts measurable and will be a viable standard for years to come. In fact a great deal of content that is effects heavy is still rendered in 2K to save render time.
In 2014 only 1% of American homes had 4K TV’s. We are sitting at about 10% now in early 2016 and estimates are that by 2020 it may be around 40-50% (source New York Times) that is just 4k.
8k over 4k will definately be on the side of diminishing returns.
The quantum jump from B&W TV to color was amazing. Everybody was blown away.
The hop from VHS to DVD was jaw dropping.
The switch from standard def to HD was stunning.
Going from HD to UHD is a nice improvement for some content.
The switch from 4k to 8k (whatever it will be called) will be ok but most people with average sized 8K TV’s will not even notice the difference over their old 4K set.
By 16k nobody will care anymore.