Best Workstation For Premiere Pro
Do you wish you could edit 4K or even 8K video with stunning colour accuracy? Is your setup struggling with the demands modern high-resolution video content takes to produce? Adobe Premiere Pro running off of tailored computer hardware can make this process a breeze. With the right tools, you’ll be able to create, edit, render and export stunning cinematic scenes in no time.
Adobe Premiere Pro is a highly advanced video editing software used by Hollywood filmmakers, TV editors and even YouTubers. Whether your video editing is small in scale, a high budget cinematic production or a virtual reality project, Premiere Pro opens a world of possibilities. Premiere Pro on its own, however, does not enable you to achieve your ambitions.
Premiere Pro requires the right hardware to run effectively and efficiently. Scrubbing the timeline smoothly, importing many assets quickly, encoding efficiently and fast renders are all essential. Inefficient hardware can cause bottlenecks to your workflow, which results in costing you time and money. We have many years of experience working with Premiere Pro users to create custom solutions tailored specifically for their workflow. In this article, we discuss the Premiere Pro Workstation optimisations we implement for our customers and show you how to get the most from your next Workstation.
What Is The Best CPU For Adobe Premiere Pro?
To get the most out of Adobe Premiere Pro, you should configure your system with a processor that has the right balance of high core counts and fast clockspeeds. Specific tasks within Premiere Pro have been multi-threaded such as Animation, Rendering and Exporting. Once a user goes beyond 8-18 cores, however, there are diminishing returns on performance and therefore your investment.
We recommend to our customers to maximise the frequency of a 8-18 core processor to ensure they receive the optimum performance possible. Adobe Premiere Pro runs perfectly well on a 4 or 6-core budget processor option when working with lower resolutions, but you may be left wanting a bit more power at times.
The top of the range Intel Core X-Series processor is the very best option for Premiere Pro users featuring 18 cores. If you are aiming for a 8-core option, you should select the top tier Intel Core i9. This range offers far better value for money and a slight improvement in GHz performance over the X-Series range.
Should You Pick An Intel Xeon?
For Adobe Premiere Pro users, we do not recommend Intel Xeon options. Although offering higher core counts, Premiere Pro does not efficiently make use of those extra cores and the relatively low clockspeeds they offer impacts on performance.
We have also found that Intel Xeon is only marginally more reliable than the Intel Core and Intel Core X-Series processor. With the high reliability now available across all Intel processors, there isn’t a benefit to selecting Intel Xeon for video editing.
Intel Vs AMD For Adobe Premiere Pro?
We have found that the latest generation of AMD Ryzen processors can go toe to toe with Intel within Premiere Pro. Certain tasks may run a bit quicker on an Intel-based solution, but the difference is rather negligible. The cost savings AMD offer may be quite substantial as well so AMD for some users may be worth considering.
We generally still recommend Intel-based solutions to our customers because they often use other Adobe products such as After Effects and Photoshop. Our research shows Intel solutions are currently outpacing AMD on Adobe applications in general.
Professional Overclocking For Adobe Premiere Pro?
The increased GHz performance available from a professionally overclocked solution such as our WS-X Frequency Enhanced range can give a 20% boost to performance. Your system would feel more responsive as well as improving Premiere Pro rendering, importing and exporting times.
Extensive research and development has allowed us to select high-quality components and robust cooling solutions. These foundations enable us to produce a range of frequency enhanced Workstations that increases performance and productivity while never compromising stability.
How Much Memory Does Premiere Pro Require?
Memory bottlenecks severely impact on your system’s performance, so it is essential your video editing Workstation has enough memory to cope with this demanding workflow. We generally recommend 32-64GB of memory for Premiere Pro users, but more specifically a safe bet would be to have 3-6GB of memory per core.
The total amount of memory you require may also vary based upon the complexity of your project and the video resolutions you are working with. It would also be worth including some additional Memory for other applications you may be running.
Estimated Required Memory:
- 3-4GB per core for 1080p editing
- 5GB per core for 4K editing
- 6GB per core for 8K editing
Which GPU Should You Use For Premiere Pro?
Graphics cards for Premiere Pro are important, but currently, they are not as important as selecting the right processor. Adobe is adding more and more GPU acceleration to the application, but at this time, we recommend you focus more on your budget elsewhere.
We suggest NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards to our customers because they offer fantastic bang for your buck. These graphics cards also support NVIDIA CUDA technology which is essential for Adobe GPU accelerations.
You may also consider the NVIDIA Quadro graphics card range; however, this is generally unnecessary for video editing Workflows. They work exceptionally well although you do not get quite as much value for money compared to the GeForce range. Quadro cards do have a lot more onboard graphical memory which may be useful on very high-resolution projects.
What is the Best Hard Drive Configuration for Premiere Pro?
We often use a 3 to 4 drive configuration for Premiere Pro users to get the very most out of the application.
Firstly, we recommend a dedicated M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive (SSD) for your operating system and applications. These are the fastest drives available today and ensures your system is as responsive as possible.
Secondly, we would configure your system with either a SATA based SSD or another NVMe SSD to hold your active project files, cache and scratch. Separating this from your application drive can improve performance dramatically.
Thirdly (optional), you may wish to separate your files further by having a separate SSD from your active project files for cache and scratch files. These temporary files require high-speed access when scrubbing timelines and separating them from other files on a drive guarantees stable results.
Fourthly, we suggest a traditional high capacity Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for long term storage. Although extremely slow by more modern standards, they give incredibly high capacities for storage at exceptional value for money.