I have been thinking about upgrading for a while, but haven’t been sure. Hello, if you could help that would be great. 2. I’d lean towards the single Vega 56, but I don’t have benchmarks to compare for sure. The 4K screen will definitely help in terms of the layout of the Resolve UI. Or I still need a video card for proper post production even if I use an extra GPU for monitor? Storage speed is also important, you’ll want a SSD to keep your media files (and render cache / optimized media). Or is the i7-10750H strong enough because Davinci Resolve is mostly relying on the GPU instead of CPU? But even smaller pictures caused rendering errors quickly. Intel HD Graphics 520. The second GPU that you install for the real work, that’s the one that is most important to have as high performance as you can afford. DDR4 will give you better performance overall, but DaVinci Resolve doesn’t depend on it, so only choose this if your budget allows for it. It barely works in quarter res. Hi George, thanks so much for such kind words! Hi Richard, thank you for the information! I think you’ll be fine with what you’re proposing. If I wanted to have such a monitor set up what would I need in terms of video card? How much difference should I expect between these 2 systems? It’s also approachable with exciting new features designed to make it easier for new users to get great results while they continue to learn the advanced tools. Quick question. Hi Nancy, sorry for the late reply. I’d go for Computer 1, with the GTX 1660 as it has the strongest GPU of them all. The AMD Ryzen 5800X is only a little slower than the Ryzen 5900X in Resolve and beats out most of the 10th gen Intel Core i9’s. So let’s say I had an R9 390x GPU (and possibly an R7 GPU with it if I have enough slots. Solid state drives (SSDs) have no moving parts and can really speed up your projects. Thank you very much for your reply. I wish I was ordering this! Case NZXT H511 MID-TOWER GAMING CASE (BLACK) Processor (CPU) AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT 12 Core CPU (4.7GHz/70MB CACHE/AM4) Motherboard ASUS® CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (DDR4, PCIe 4.0, CrossFireX/SLI) – RGB Ready! I have a very quick question. I couldn’t find any either. In the case that you are using a laptop or any system with a single, or integrated GPU, of course you can still run Resolve, but performance may be compromised compared to a system with a separate GPU for the desktop GUI. should i go for it . The footage plays back fine if read from here no stuttering. Hi Richard! While working in DR I oberved in windows task Manager that my maximum cpu usage is around 95% and maximum gpu usage is Around 30%. I always work on a 1080p timeline and monitor at 1080p even if the delivery will be 4K. Been editing GoPro files on an i7 10gb Asus ultrabook with Vegas. I will be editing mp4 drone footage either 2.7k or 4k. Until now it runs fine with about 10 pictures of about 4000 pixel in square. Thunderbolt 2 won’t provide the bandwidth required for full performance. This might be helpful. Thanks for your explanation above about DaVinci resolve. Hi Elizabeth, usually in a dual GPU system one GPU is for running the normal GUI desktop and the other is for intensive processing tasks. Please let me know if you can diagnose my problem. If there is any other card that fits the criteria, please let me know. Hardware acceleration is available in the free version of Resolve for Mac. I create videos for YouTube and am looking to get into more detailed video editing. Any Drawbacks between Mac and PC? If it has originated from R3D media then it is debayered already. I hope it goes well for you. Minimum System Requirements of Windows: Windows 10, 16 GB of system memory, GPU supporting OpenCL 1.2 or CUDA 11, Integrated GPU with at least 2GB of VRAM. Awesome read, thanks for putting the time into this! Specs? This TV would be fed by a video capture/playback interface card, like one of the Blackmagic Design Decklink cards. You first need to set up your optimized media format, and set your location to store the temporary optimized media files. Appreciate the Comment and showing us in the right direction! Thank you for your great work. Do you have any idea if there are changes regarding the GPU requirements for Davinci Resolve 14? I couldn’t agree more myself! Comes with charger. For instance if you’re planning on using a lot of 4K H.264 based codecs, it will likely struggle as decompressing H.264 into an uncompressed 32 bit space (Resolve works internally in YRGB 32-bit float space) is a heavy CPU dependent task happening alongside the color correction which is a heavy GPU dependent task, and it all gets a bit much to ask of a laptop. I saw a YouTube video from a DR user saying that the free version of DR uses the CPU for processing as opposed to the paid version which takes advantage of the GPU. DaVinci Resolve is an amazing and powerful piece of software, however just installing the software doesn’t constitute a workable system. Hello and thanks for informative article! If I buy Black Magic 6k Camera and record Blackmagic RAW then what difference, if any, it’ll make in post production? Input is for capturing video signals from external sources and I don’t think you’ll use it, but the output is important. Good question. I think I found a computer. I currently have a 2017 Acer V Nitro 17 with Core i7 (2.8 ghz i think? Best Buy and purchase that will run Davinci Resolve 12.5 smoothly..I just wanna practice on the go ..been studying for awhile and I would like to get started color grading….thanks…. So, I want to build a bad PC, being able to noise reduce, and using div. Any potential conflicts with Resolve using this hardware? Nice work! Do you know how much weaker? I’m planning to upgrade my system with plus 4gb Ram and 1T SSD internal (So I will have the HD and the SSD). I have come to your page time and again just to remember the minimum requirements, but now I finally ask advice. I will say that in my experience, you’ll be using the Optimised Media and render cache features in Resolve a lot. Thanks for your help! I answered your other comment regarding GPU choice, any of those can work, I guess I’d be tempted to go GTX 1050 Ti /4GB, saves you $50 and I’m not sure you’ll see the difference between 4GB and 8GB GPU memory running the free version of Resolve (no noise reduction) on 1080p and occasional 4K work. So, the bottom line is: yes, you can run Resolve on a very old and basic system, but you’ll need a MASSIVE amount of patience and will not be able to use complicated node structures. I’m also using a 2015 Macbook Pro, like your friend, and it’s still going fine, it even still has decent battery life and it’s on the original battery. Best regards. When I add some jpgs to the timeline I get GPU memory errors. So, which laptop will be more suitable for me? I am seeking your advice. 4K 10-bit DPX at 24fps will be about 1195MB/sec, this is MB not Mb, there are 8 bits (b) in a byte (B). What do you suggest. I won’t take any responsibility for pointing you to this if something goes wrong! Thanks for the guide. I’m having trouble getting resolve to work smoothly on my computer. Nice find. I’d go for the flash for this reason if I were you. I would like to use DaVinci Resolve 12.5 full version. Would a good gaming computer (like core i7, 16gb ram, RTX 2070) be a ton better for me, despite the terrible battery life? Thank you for this post! (1) Did you recommend the video output card because I am not going to use any extra GUP only for Monitor? You mention looking at the Dell XPS 15 – I’m assuming you’re referring to the 4K version for $2099, vs. the full-HD version for $1585 (today’s prices on Amazon). For something a little more wallet-friendly, consider the RTX 2060 Super which is still a superb product. I have just three more questions. It’s cheaper to build and will most likely outperform the Mac Pro in any case depending on your GPU configuration. When grading UHD, to be honest most professionals won’t grade in a UHD timeline, they will still grade in a 1080p timeline for lots of reasons, and then just kick it up to UHD for delivery. You could look at using an external RAID on USB 3. Just like if you would unplug a desktop. I don’t know or have experience with all possible GPU’s that work. Hi Rich, great article, what do you think of the following MacPro configuration, for a HD-workflow (BMPCC-Footage: ProRes, RAW?) I don’t think you’ll be disappointed even with the 560x, that’s not a bad machine. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/manuals/DaVinciResolve/DaVinci_Resolve_12.5_Supported_Codec_List.pdf. The GPU is the most important component when it comes to DaVinci Resolve. I can’t guess on rendering times unfortunately. Thanks Rich… I’ve done some more checking and found this one at Costco for $1,099 through July 17: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Touchscreen Laptop | Intel Core i7 | 4GB Graphics | 4K Ultra HD. I know its a 4k timeline, but that’s strange. DaVinci Resolve offloads intensive image processing to the GPU. If it can get solid performance I want to upgrade the GPU. In my price range is this, Graphics Processor – Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, Mouse and Keyboard – Wireless Mouse & Keyboard. Fusion, color grading, effects, and the Neural AI engine are all heavy graphics-related functions and simply won’t be able to manage if your computer has an inadequate GPU. Hi Gina, at the $1500 point, between these two I would go for the Zephyrus G14. Technically, a single SSD for media (drive E in your suggested config) is probably fine and should be fast enough even for 4K RAW media at normal frame rates. tokyojerry It's an excellent, powerful, and thorough video NLE program. A decent Intel Core i7 CPU is a minimum, but Core i9, AMD Ryzen or AMD Threadripper are the best choices. Still, it’s not a deal breaker. Thanks for the recco. You’ll be able to do some UHD work on it too, and when real-time playback begins to lag, that’s when you can use Resolve’s proxy cache and optimised media features. For more information, details on system requirements, and instructions for running PugetBench for DaVinci Resolve Licenses, follow the link to PugetBench for DaVinci Resolve. Then should I buy some internal SSD’s storage instead of SATA 7200 1TB system hard drive. I am a photographer and graphic designer first and occasional video guy second. Hi Sam, yes in this case, between these two choices, the higher spec GPU in the entry-level 27″ outweighs any disadvantages of the i5 CPU. It looks like a really GREAT software! The good news is that you can install and run Resolve, and you’ll be able to get started as long as you’re working in HD resolution. H.264 is a very efficient, but also very computationally intensive codec. Hi Jonathan, yes your system should be fine. It all depends on what type of media you are working with really, resolution and how compressed (or not) the media is. I am running High Sierra 10.13.6. Hi Caro, thanks for the comment. The GPU upgrade is definitely a good idea though. Your website is a great wealth of knowledge regarding video production. I know the 1060 is superior, but is it enough better to justify the extra $50? Hi Humauin, thanks for the comment. Resolve 17 is in beta, and I originally started compiling this guide in 2015 with Resolve 11. It all depends on your budget, and whether you see yourself wanting to do more involved videos in future where you might need a bit more performance. The GPU is going to be doing most of the work, and as good as the M1 integrated GPU may be, I have some doubts when comparing it to a high end discrete GPU even if the M1 CPU is impressively outperforming i7 and i9 Intel chips in benchmarks. Similar setup on another machine with Win & Pro and can’t run anything over 12.5 either. You won’t see any meaningful advantage on Linux. You can always use Resolve’s render cache or generate optimized media if necessary. 64GB RAM would not hurt, either. Considering my limited budget, is it a wise choice to choose the quad-core base model, but get at least the D500? I love the idea of building my new PC form scratch but I’m scared I’ll end up with either incompatible parts or improper specs. Thanks for the recommendations, but at this rate it seems the only computers that will be able to run Davinci Resolve will be built by NASA. i have a laptop with a i7 8750H with a RTX 2070 & 16GA of RAM. If your budget stretches, the RTX2080TI has unbeatable performance per dollar, but the cost represents that. You could try 9000. If you can only afford to buy more RAM or a new GPU then the best decision depends on your existing GPU. I don't do 4K, mostly just HD footage. The first bottleneck you may run into is the speed of your storage. Is 24GB RAM strong enough for adjusting colours in 4K? Hi Lorne, thanks so much for the feedback, that’s super encouraging to hear. Hi Brian, I’m a little confused about one thing that will help me understand further if you can clarify. Thank you for sharing this article and everything you’ve written about DaVinci Resolve and computer systems requirements. I’m really just learning the interface and working with a series of jpeg stills to create a montage plus mp3 audio track, nothing very intensive. That’s what I do in any case. Out of interest, what spec is your Macbook Pro? Thank you for helping all of us with our problems! I think you’ll be able to get better performance if you use Resolve’s optimized media or render cache tools. What would your preference be in this scenario? Hey, awesome post! I apologize if you’ve mentioned this already, but what camera source files will you be working with mostly? What would be your advice on this? Hi Eduardo, for monitoring output you don’t use the output from any of your GPU’s at all, the GPU’s are just doing number crunching so it really doesn’t matter whether they support a 10-bit output or not. It is not entirely true that the hardware requirements have not increased compared with older versions. Hi Rich…It looks like you are a great resource. Thanks so much for the compliment! I’m using Prores HQ HD video for Offline Edit. – Rob. Unfortunately you’ll struggle to run Resolve on this system, I am not even sure Resolve will run at all, you can try. The Blackmagic Mini Monitor should work too, but I’ve been hearing some people reporting issues. I trust the scopes to know my balance is right more than the screen, and then generally if it looks pretty on screen, it’s not far off looking pretty on any digital device pretty much. These codecs are resource intensive for real-time playback, and not ideal for post production in the first place. And if that’s still out of your price range? It’s at the bottom of the Read Me. You can send to richard @ richardlackey.com. The i7 is already enough CPU power, but of course the i9 10 core is a useful boost. On the Omen website I can configure a system with Ryzen 9 3900, 32GB RAM and the GeForce 2080Ti 11GB GPU, with one 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD at $2759, which is better value than the Puget Systems workstation but otherwise almost identical. That looks like a fantastic build Ben. Thanks for your response. You can go either way, and to be honest, I’d recommend not editing or grading on battery power in any case because it will draw a lot of power when running Resolve. I’d definitely look into getting OSX running on a new build workstation, the older Mac Pro’s will limit you from the beginning. Hi Rich, thanks alot! Looking forward to your response. I’m primarily working with 4K media but in a HD timeline, but I’ve often switched the timeline back to UHD at the end of the grade and rendered a UHD file. Thanks in advance. …, what DeckLink function is if i may know …. Hi Justin, I’d say you look good to go but I would definitely recommend the jump to 16GB RAM. But the gpu will determine how complex color grading or effects can be done in DR. I am in a low budget unfortunately so what should I do? You can use pairs of cheap consumer USB external drives for backups of media that is on your primary working storage, you will clone your media files onto these two drives, and put them both somewhere safe. USB 3 ports, and look for something with Thunderbolt 2 or 3 ports if possible. I don’t think I did. (no color correction has been applied as yet , this is just the imported dpx sequence) I believe any debaying is done on the GPU with spillover onto CPU if necessary (does compute on GPU need to be on for this, or only if you want to use the 2nd card to do some or all of the debaying? It may actually allocate up to 1.5GB of the system memory to the GPU, it is the Intel Iris 6100. any other options? I sometimes make videos needed editing. I saw that the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is currently on a decent discount too, for under $2000. However, most of the emails and comments I receive are from would-be Resolve users that don’t have the budget to build a monster workstation. Would this combo work great with Davinci? Eizo, Konvision, BenQ ) I want to use SDI output to monitor. And would you mind telling me what drawbacks I may encounter if I use DR free version? Could you send it again to [email protected]. I hope this makes sense, let me know if you have any further questions. I will be grading off of my Eizo CG318 4K and/or LG OLED and Resolve Mini Panel. Hi Rob, it sounds like a good plan, and you seem well on your way. DaVinci Resolve Studio 15.1 for Mac is a professional application to deal with the color correction and enhancement features for the media files. When Mac products will give to us the real opportunity to upgrade the machine under 3000$? DaVinci Resolve Lite is a free version of the popular DaVinci Resolve software. Hi Ferhan, your specs look good. For me Resolve freaks out when im trying to edit 4k prores from an Ursa mini 4.6k. You probably won’t have real time playback in 4K, but you’ll be able to handle 4K media and render out 4K projects. My system configuration is as below: Intel Core i3 3110M 2 core/4 thread 2.4 Ghz 16 GB RAM 1600 Mhz DDR3 HDD 4500 RPM 500 GB Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Display Graphic) AMD Radeon HD 8670M 1 GB VRAM (Render Graphic). I have learnt that FE gets hotter and noisy comparatively. It’s the transition effect. They only exist for recovery if you lose data from your working storage but you’ll want to keep them updated and in sync whenever you add new media. Footage is coming off a USB 3.0 RAID and transcoding over Fibre Channel. Hi Pedro, I think this looks like an excellent laptop for Resolve. Due to some issues with the Power Requirements for the new Pascal Engines, I dont’t want to go with the 1080 TI or Titan-XP. 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