Buying a laptop to run DaVinci Resolve on a $1500 to $2000 budget is easier than you’d think. I’ve selected a few excellent options.

Article Last Updated: May 2021

Any of the choices I suggest below represent great value for money, and while a year ago I did not include a Mac in this list, that’s changed now with the Apple M1 powered Macs. DaVinci Resolve has a few important minimum system requirements that need to be met, and in this price range the M1 Macbook Pro 13″ is also a good choice.

Below is a summary of what to look for in an affordable 2020 / 2021 model gaming laptop to run DaVinci Resolve. It’ll be good for HD and most 4K work on a budget.

  • The 10th generation Intel i7-10750H is a common processor to the laptops I investigated in this price and performance range. Since May 2021 I’m starting to add 11th generation options such as the 2021 ASUS TUF Dash F15 with the i7 11370H, configured with 40GB RAM and RTX3060 which is amazing value at the $1700 point. Nothing changes faster than computer specs, so I’ll do my best to update the info here and my selections at least every couple of months.
  • At least 16GB system RAM, but as you’ll see in my selections below, if you look carefully you can find 32GB in this price range also.
  • A decent GPU. Below you’ll see GeForce RTX 20-series and even RTX 30-series. Any of these will be perfect for HD and 4K use in Resolve and Resolve Studio with most common AVC/H.264 mirrorless camera files, Blackmagic BRAW, ProRes, ProRes RAW etc.
  • All of the below has SSD storage, some have SSD + HDD. In any case you’d likely want to consider fast external video storage as well.

I highly recommend you buy DaVinci Resolve Studio rather than use the free version of Resolve. DaVinci Resolve Studio enables H.264/H.265 decode and encode hardware acceleration using the GPU and this will make a world of difference if you’re working with any AVC/H.264 or H.265/HEVC media. The alternative is to transcode these camera files into high quality Avid DNxHR files before you start editing for better performance. The files will be larger, but require less system resources to play back, and are much more post production friendly.

Top Five Best Windows Laptops for DaVinci Resolve Under $2000 in 2021

Below are a few good budget laptop choices for DaVinci Resolve. In fact, they will be suitable for any video post production software. Most of these are well under $2000. These are Amazon affiliate links. It’s also worth taking a look at the “other products related to this item”. If you click on “see more product details” you can also check “compare with similar items” as well. You might find something slightly different that suits you better, or even at a better price but I would encourage you to make sure you choose a laptop with at least one Thunderbolt 3 port. The ASUS TUF Dash F15 even has a Thunderbolt 4 port (and a RTX 3060 GPU). Products on Amazon change all the time, but I’ll add links to others as and when I find good deals.

Apple M1 Macs for DaVinci Resolve

Apple have really turned the historical ideas of minimum hardware requirements for Resolve upside down with the M1 Macs. If you’re performing common color correction processes, using compressed video codecs, or even RAW, at 4K resolution, it’s now possible to run Resolve very well on a 13″ M1 Macbook Pro, or even a M1 Macbook Air with only 8GB of system RAM. This is counter intuitive to everything I’ve written before about minimum system requirements for Resolve, but Apple Silicon is just different.

My only hesitation with the first generation M1 Mac laptops is the small form factor. I’m holding out my own upgrade cycle for the upcoming Apple Silicon powered 16″ Macbook Pro. Nevertheless, the M1 Mac’s deserve the mention, and deserve your consideration.

Best Laptops for DaVinci Resolve for $1000 in 2021

Below I’m listing the best laptops for DaVinci Resolve that I can find around the $1000 mark. I’ll add more as I research what’s available and update them as often as possible. There is no Thunderbolt 3 on these, so expanding via a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU won’t be an option. For an extra $600 you can get a lot more performance looking at the list above, so I recommend trying to stretch if you can.

Expand DaVinci Resolve Performance with an eGPU

One important thing to consider when selecting a laptop for DaVinci Resolve is if it has Thunderbolt 3. This makes it possible to use an eGPU to expand performance.

All laptops now come with USB Type C ports. It can be confusing because both USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 use the USB Type C connector. However, just because a laptop has a UBC Type C port, doesn’t mean it has Thunderbolt 3. Be careful and check the technical specs of the laptop carefully. Don’t assume that because you see a USB Type C port, that the laptop must have Thunderbolt 3, it may not be the case.

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  1. great article. Just deciding if I should use Resolve 16 or Resolve 17 with my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
    2.9 GHz Intel Core i7
    16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Radeon Pro 560 4 GB
    Intel HD Graphics 630 1536 MB

    What do you recommend?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Ariel, thanks for the question. I would always recommend running the latest version of Resolve regardless. There isn’t that much difference in processing or memory demand between version 16 or 17, if anything at all. I am running the latest Resolve version on a Macbook Pro older than yours. The only thing you may find is that you need to generate optimized media to get decent playback performance depending on your source video files, and possibly also use render cache once you’ve added color correction or any plugins.

  2. Hi. This is all incredibly useful. Simple question from a newbie to video editing, and also historically a windows not mac user. If you were spending $1000-2000 would you get a) new macbook with M1? b) renewed Macbook with 16gb rather than 8gb RAM c) stick with a windows laptop? I really need a laptop as I am on the move so much. 13″ preferred but realise this limits options. Thanks again for your terrific advice on here.

  3. Hi Richard, thanks a lot for your recommendations. What do you think about ASUS TUF Dash but with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H instead of Intel?

  4. Hey Richard!

    It’s 2021 now. I guess you had a chance to try MacBook Pro with M1 already.
    Are going to update this post with details on that?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Alexey, not quite yet! I’ve been waiting for the 16″, which I’ll definitely do a proper review of once it’s out.

  5. Simon Howson

    Do you have thoughts regarding the Acer Swift X?:
    The high end version has a Ryzen 5800U 8 core 15 watt CPU with 16 GB RAM, plus a 40 watt RTX3050 ti with 4 GB RAM.
    Is the GPU likely to help, or is it too low powered at just 40 watts?
    There’s also a lower end version with a 5600U 6 core CPU, 8 GB RAM, and a RTX3050 4 GB RAM.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Simon, it looks good to me, and definitely meets the requirements. A lot of it comes down to what you expect from it, what kind of projects you will do, and what kind of video files you will be working with. The only thought I have, is that it doesn’t look like it has a Thunderbolt port, just USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C which may be perfectly fine, it just depends if for example, you might ever want to use external Thunderbolt devices either for video output, for storage, or for an eGPU in future.

  6. When is old too old? Looking to start using Davinci but on a budget. I have a Macbook Pro, Processor 2.4 Ghz intel Core i5
    Memory 4GB 1600 MHz DDR3, Graphics Intel Iris 1536 MB.
    Is this too old in your opinion?

    • Richard Lackey

      Oh wow, yes, even if you can install and run Resolve (which I’ve never attempted on a machine with only 4GB RAM), you’ll struggle to do much with it.

  7. Hi Richard,
    Looking at the Asus Zephyrus G15 2021 edition for my next laptop and I want to do streaming and get into basic video editing in 1080p would the 16GB in the 3070 model be enough for AUD$3099 or would you go for the $3899 model which has 32GB dual channel ram 3080 8GB VRAM both have the Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU? Also, for the ram upgrade is the capacity so the amount of ram 16 32 64 GB etc. more important than the dual-channel or single-channel nature since with more than 16GB in the 3070 model and 32GB in the 3080 model it would become an asynchronous dual channel or even single-channel speeds?! Thanks so much and yeah I am new to all this.

  8. Will Campbell

    Hey Richard,
    Just pulled the trigger on a used HP Omen per your specs. I have only armature production plans merging GoPro and Drone video. Ultimately want to develop 4K so seems logical to start with a platform that handles 4K.

    Thanks for all your info!

  9. Hello Richard
    Congratulations on an extremely useful endeavor. I have long wanted to use Resolve to learn heavy duty editing for my drone footage, but do not have the hardware to run it (budget constraints.) I am trying to learn with training courses and stuffing as much YouTube videos as my brain can handle.2
    However, knowing my hardware would not run DR, I thought I would download it and give it a shot anyway. The worst that could happen is that I would just uninstall the app until I get better hardware. But, to my pleasant surprise, it is so far running acceptably well. I have only learned one or two fusion applications, but it seems to work reasonably well. Admittedly, it is very slow to load, but once loaded, it is acceptably functional.
    After reading your article, I’m even more amazed. This laptop is five years old, has an AMD A10-9600P APU, Radeon R5 graphics (with 512MB of VRAM) and 16GB of RAM. These specs do not even approach those you have described. And, because I started using it before I knew anything about optimization, I’m running it with stock settings. I’m in the middle of a learning project right now, and so far have had only one crash while I was trying to add a blur special effect. I restarted and it was successful the second attempt with no further crashes.
    What gives? Why would this machine run it when I don’t have anywhere near the minimum specs. I would be very interested to read your comments.
    Best regards4

    • Richard Lackey

      Wow, that’s great news and very interesting. I’m curious to know what kind of video you are using in Resolve, and what Resolution you are working in? As far as I am aware the Radeon R5 doesn’t have dedicated VRAM but shares the system RAM. This might have something to do with it, also it has hardware H.264 video encoding up to 4K, which may also play a role. Very interesting indeed!

      • Hello and thanks for replying. I’m editing my drone footage which shoots in 2.7K, but mostly i have been working with 1080P. Since I last wrote, I have gotten further into the software and it is indeed extremely difficult to do anything in fusion. But, if I stay within the realm standard editing, it is acceptable performance, as long as I am willing to wait for 7 to 10 seconds for each screen to load. I have temporarily gone back to a lighter weight editor because the system resources are, even though working, are obviously terribly strained. Under the DaVinci Resolve tab, the software is reporting that just under 5GB memory has been reserved leaving about 11GB for everything else. Your article was extremely helpful. I continue to want to use DR, but to be effective I will have to wait until I can afford a meatier laptop. I found Shotcut to be good alternative (although even that pushes this system), there are a lot of professional looking features, though no where near what I could get in DR. Thanks again for this fantastic article.



        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Bob, sounds like a good plan. You might want to look at the latest M1 powered Macs, I’m not sure if I may have suggested this already because I can’t see our whole conversation thread while replying, at least from within WordPress… anyway, even if I am repeating myself, the Apple Silicon M1 Mac Mini or Macbook Pro (I think even the Macbook Air) are all handling Resolve very well. The 8GB Mac Mini is only USD $699 and I can hardly believe I am saying it (because traditionally Apple has not been known for having the best performance/price ratio), it is great value for money in terms of performance. The way the unified memory architecture works, even 8GB on these new Macs seems to be working very well with Resolve. I know a Mac Mini doesn’t help you when you need to be portable, because you’re tied to a desktop monitor, but it’s cheap for what it can do for you in Resolve.

  10. Hey Richard, i’m just looking for Legion 5 with AMD Ryzen 5 4600, 512gb SSD nvme, 16gb RAM, GTX 1650 Ti 4gb to work with Davinci Resolve…. Do you recommen this one to run a Davinci Resolve? Thankyou

  11. Hi I have a P53 with T2000 GPU 32GB RAM and 512GB storage.
    I am using DR 17 beta free and are finding it very slow.
    Is there a setting I missed to get the Nvidia GPU working as most of the time it is the CPU in use.

  12. Hey man great article! I’ve learned a lot here. I just got the Ursa 12k, and my current laptop won’t cut it; the footage is just too much for it and I’ve been searching for a more powerful one. My question to you is, would this Dell Inspirion work? It has an Intel i7Core and 32gb RAM in it. Let me know!

    • Hey Kendall! From what I have heard and seen, the 12K footage will run best with as much VRAM as you can give it. I would highly suggest looking into the 30 series RTX cards in laptops (if they aren’t all out of stock haha). I am guessing you’re running resolve studio to be able to use 12k footage so a good 6-8 core processor and 32gb of ram would be great the the GPU will be the best especially with BRAW.

  13. Hey Richard, hats off to you for the work you ‘re doing here mate!
    I have just bought a Black Magic Pocket 4k and I need a decent and portable machine to edit and grade Braw footage.
    After some research I have ended up in three options and I would love your opinion on that, as I can’t really decide!

    So the options would be:
    a) Lenovo Legion 5P Ryzen 7 4800h, 16GB RAM, RTX 2060 6gb,1TB NVMe SSD
    b) HP Omen 15 Ryzen 7 4800h, 16 GB RAM, RTX 2060 6gb, 512 GB SSD
    c) Macbook Pro M1 2020 8GB RAM 256GB SSD
    Very tempted to go with the M1 but maybe it’s better to go with Lenovo and do a RAM upgrade later on?
    Thanks again for all the info!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Angelos, thanks so much for the comment! All three of those options are good. I’m also tempted by the Apple M1 but am waiting for the 16″ MBP, hopefully coming this year at some point. I can’t really advise on the M1 vs the other two because I don’t have first hand experience, only reading what others are saying. Can you wait for a 16″ M1 Macbook Pro or you need to make a choice now? I feel the 13″ is a bit too small physically, and the upcoming 16″ should have more powerful GPU performance.

      • Hey Richard thanks for the reply, yeah I have as well read everything that is online for the M1 but no actual hands on experience!

        I am aware of the upcoming 16″ model, but I just got the camera and although it might be wiser to wait a bit for that one, I just cant hold it at the moment! (Both being overenthusiasiastic for the camera and out of necessity!!)

        I dont mind if the 13″ is small, when in my place I ll be using an external monitor, and while on the go it actual would serve me quite well! My issue with it is that i dont know how heavy grades it could handle and also the fact that i cannot really upgrade it.

        That’s why i am looking for a windows laptop as well, although there is no thunderbold in these ones! Whatever I get, I just don’t want to be disapointed at the end and be able to work!

        Anyway thanks again for your thoughts on it! I need to decide soon as I cannot edit my footage at the moment hehe!

        Happy new year by the way, i hope you are safe and sane! Cheers!

        • Hey Angelos, I’d really suggest checking out the Asus Zephyrus G14! Though it is only 14″, it has a super powerful Ryzen 9 and a 2060 which should be great for 4k BRAW. Also it has great battery life (like 8 hours) which would be a huge plus if you are going to be traveling!

  14. bonjour je suis un grand fan et nouveau filmaker pouvez me donnez votre ordre de préférence car les prix ne sont pas les même aussi lol j’hésite entre le :
    MSI GL65 15.6 i7 10750H ssd 512Go mémoire vive 16Go Nvidia RTX2070S.

    Asus STRIX SCAR17 17.3 i9 10980HK SSD 1 To mémoire vive 32 Go NVIDIA RTX2070 Super avec Max-Q Design.

    HP OMEN 15 i7 10750H SSD1To mémoire 32Go Nvidia RTX2070.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Shino, sorry I can’t reply in French, but thank you so much for reading and for the question. All of these are good machines, and all have the same RTX2070 Super Max-Q GPU (I think the HP Omen also). Either the Asus or HP have 32GB system RAM, so this is better, and then just comes down to size. I think I would choose the HP because it’s more compact, but either one will be a good choice.


    Hey Richard,

    Would appreciate your guidance as my iMac needs replacing, and I am looking to buy the best FUTUREPROOF machine for video production/editing. I don’t want to buy new again for a while so what I buy will need to work in current configuration and/or be upgradable.

    I use Premier Pro, DaVinci Resolve and After Effects and tend to use dynamic links. I usually edit 4k (RAW) footage but am looking to push into higher resolutions such as 8K (RED), with multiple nodes/heavy effects.

    I also use an Mac Pro for editing on the go.

    My thoughts are:
    64-Core 2.90 GHz AMD RYZEN Threadripper 3990X 3rd Gen
    256 RAM (4 x 32GB DDR4 3200mhz)
    2 NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti 11GB Graphics Cards (or should I go for QUATRO)
    2 x 4TB SATA SSD Storage (as I already have a QNAP NAS)

    I’m not constrained by budget.
    Does this look a good spec and should I be thinking about anything else?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Aileen, wow, this looks great, and building a good workstation is definitely futureproofing because you can always update components. If you can find them, I’d consider the RTX 30 series, but apart from that everything looks good. It’s worth having a peek at Puget Systems builds as they have tested a lot of combinations and have benchmarks too.

    • Hey Aileen, As Richard suggested, Puget Systems has done a ton of testing specifically for Resolve. From their recommendations, I would go with the 32-core TR and not the 64-core because the clocks are faster on the 32-core. Also, as he suggested for the price of the 2080 Ti’s, I would go with a single RTX 3090 because of the power and the amount of VRAM. Since Resolve only uses one card’s VRAM, you would only get 11GB with the 2080 Ti versus I think 24GB with a single 3090! I would also look into the type of RAM. Since you are using TR, you should think about using ECC RAM for a slightly more stable machine. I would say that everything else otherwise looks great!

  16. Hi Richard, I’ve been looking at these two laptops, and it looks like the main differences are the GPU and the SSD space. Is the extra $600 worth it, or are there other brands you might recommend?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Josh, I see the difference is the SSD capacity and the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q vs the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. To be honest both are capable GPU’s and you’re likely to notice a difference in rendering times only. I can’t estimate what time difference that may be because it’s dependent on too many other things. Saying that, the combination of 2TB SSD vs 1TB, and the slightly higher performance GPU would be worth the extra $600 in my opinion. I generally rely on high speed external SSD as working media storage, but a 2TB internal SSD means you could work off internal storage for projects that will fit, that’s nice. Either way I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I would definitely invest in a Resolve Studio license so you get H.264 / HEVC acceleration.

  17. Thanks for being so resourceful, Richard! I posted a query in a Reddit community, and thankfully that landed me here.
    I am looking forward to edit 10 bit 422 videos from Panasonic GH5 as well as, hopefully, Braw from a BMPCC 4K down the road. I would like to be able to edit long duration timeline (say60-90 minute). Davinci would be my preferred application, Premiere being the second choice. I am eyeing on two laptops with the following configurations

    Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (Ryzen 4900HS, 32GB RAM, 1440p 60hz display, RTX 2060MaxQ 6GB, 1TB NVME SSD)

    Asus ROG Strix Scar (Intel Core i9-10980HK 10th Gen, FHD 300hz display, 32GB RAM, RTX 2070 Super GDDR6 8GB, 2 TB SSD)

    Also, at around the same price point as the ROG Strix, I can get the Macbook Pro 16 inch (i9 9th gen, 16 GB, Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB) although I lean more towards windows. And, I need to say that the Zephyrus g14 with Ryzen 4900HS will be more pocket friendly ( its price is 75-80% of that of the Strix) and has a much better battery backup for day to day use as well. Neither of the windows laptops has thunderbolt.
    Could you please help me make a decision here?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Anshuman, thanks! All of these are valid options. I’m a Mac user, and now that the first M1 Mac’s are out, I’m avoiding the 16″ Intel Macbook Pro because I want to see what the capabilities are of the upcoming Apple Silicon 16″ Macbook Pro, assuming we might see it sometime in 2021. On the Windows side, I would lean towards the Strix Scar because, assuming it’s not a RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, and is actually a RTX 2070 Super, then that’s a great GPU and I think you wouldn’t regret the extra spend. You can’t make a wrong choice however, Resolve will run quite happily on everything you’re considering here, Windows and MacOS.

  18. Hey Richard, I’m just starting out with video editing. How important is VRAM to the functionality of DaVinci Resolve? I’ve been shopping around and finding a number of decent laptops with all of the specs you’ve recommended, but no VRAM. Just a n00b trying to understand as well as I can. Will Resolve even function without VRAM? Thanks so much. The article was a great read. I apologize if someone else has asked something similar or if it was addressed in the article and I missed it.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Aaron, thanks for reading and for the question! VRAM is just the name given for the RAM dedicated to your GPU, so when you see a GPU that has 4GB or 6, or 8GB RAM, that’s VRAM, and it’s separate from the system RAM. Some laptops have an integrated GPU, and this will share system RAM instead of having it’s own dedicated memory. Just check more closely into the specs of the laptop you’re considering and you should be able to find how much memory the GPU has. Or feel free to post some links, I can take a look if you’re unsure.

  19. Hi Richard,
    Notebook with specs: i7-10750, 16GB (upgradeable till 24), RTX2070 maxQ, 1TB SSD.
    Do you know if Davinci Resolve will work fine with 24GB of when editing colours in 4K? It will not be daily work, doing a few projects a year, but I want it to run it pretty smooth when I use it. Maybe rendering time will be longer when the RAM is 24GB instead of 32GB?
    Thank you very much.

  20. Hello Richard !
    simple question for a future notebook for Color in Davinci.
    More power with a ryzen 4800H / rtx 2060 but no thunderbolt or better a Intel i7 with 2060 with thunderbolt 3 ?
    i read is necessary a TB3 port to connect a Decklink for Reference external monitor . . . and i think is a plus in Colorgrading work

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Al, yes all the current Blackmagic Design video interfaces are Thunderbolt 3, and having Thunderbolt 3 also opens up the possibility of using an eGPU at some point. It all depends, I would recommend a Thunderbolt 3 equipped laptop for anyone other than those really at the bottom end of the budget range where there just are no options with Thunderbolt 3. What kind of work will you be doing? What resolution and what kind of camera media?

  21. Thanks for sharing.

  22. wonderful .i think it will be helpful for me.Thanks for sharing.

  23. Have you heard of the upcoming Acer ConceptD 3/5/7 Ezel lines? I was wondering what you think of their monitors, which they advertise as covering 100% of the DCI or sRGB gamuts with “Pantone certification” (whatever that means, I’m sure that’s more for product designers than video editors). The D7 Ezel runs about $3000USD, with an I7 6-core processor, 32GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, and NVIDIA RTX 2080. It’s by no means budget, but would you say that it’s the perfect standalone laptop, particularly because of the monitor’s color calibration?

    • Richard Lackey

      For video color grading, attempting to use the GUI monitor for accurate color representation is full of problems. You’re right, this is set up for graphics and print, not video. It is up to the OS to manage desktop GUI color, and although it should be possible, none accommodate transforms for video well. So in my opinion the laptop screen doesn’t matter, you’re never going to be able to rely on it for accuracy no matter how good it is, or whether it is “calibrated” or not. Calibration of your reference display needs to be done according to the video color space you are delivering, and is much better served with a dedicated video IO card, and a Rec.709 calibrated external video monitor. This isn’t to say this may not be a good system to run Resolve, the specs look great, only that the display (and the way the OS handles color) is not going to give you a correct image for Rec.709 video. It does however give you Thunderbolt 3, so you can use an external video interface, like a Blackmagic Ultrastudio, to feed video out to a reference display calibrated for Rec.709. All of this said, it depends how accurate you need or want to be. sRGB (which your computer OS and software gives you to your GUI monitor) and Rec.709 (video) share the same color primaries and gamut, the difference being the transfer function. Plenty of people work with video color on a laptop, regardless of the fact it’s not technically accurate, and still render and upload to YouTube, or wherever. You can do this, and many people do, as long as your expectations are served by being happy with how it looks on your laptop display, and any other displays you play your content on to test how it looks, but the specs of this particular display and whether it is calibrated for sRGB won’t make any difference for video in terms of actual technical color accuracy for delivery of video. I hope this makes some kind of sense. It does look like it would run Resolve well though.

  24. Hi Richard,
    I originally had a 2004 Apple PowerPC laptop and desktop until both kernel panicked in 2008. Apple had switched from PowerPC to Intel in like 2005 so Apple replaced them both with Intel machines, under AppleCare (when service used to be outstanding).

    I own a 2008 G5 desktop and a 2008 17” Apple MacBook Pro 10.6.8 2G upgraded to 4G RAM; I own all my MS and Adobe software and it still runs great. However, technology has surpassed my poor old computer and nothing is compatible. I am unemployed but willing to get into debt again to have a functioning computer that will allow me to edit 4K. I have a Samsung S10 Note+ phone, DJI OSMO ACTION I’d like to be compatible as well as a 2017 iPad PRO. I want to be able to color grade with DaVinci and eventually use their editing software or AVID since I heard Adobe Premiere crashes a lot now (never had issues on my Snow Leopard).

    I was set on the Apple MacBook Pro 16” (upgrading 16G to 32G RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 4GB to 8GB)
    * 2.3GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
    * 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
    * AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
    * 1TB SSD storage

    Is this overkill? Can this be reduced? I hear I should be upgrading to 2TB SSD and to AMD Radeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory. I hear that the AMD Radeon Pro 5500M causes the machine to overheat. I dunno. The price jumps are eye watering!!

    The big issue is the new Apple Silicon is coming up with ARM chips in these MBP 16” most likely by next Spring 2021 and Apple says all machines will be fully integrated out of Intel into ARM in 2 years. Obviously peripherals like my Brother Laser Printer and software like Davinci Resolve, MS Office will have to conform. Adobe has already begun this transition. So I fear I will again be buying an outdated machine and having software incompatibility issues. But this isn’t a simple tech upgrade, this is a drastic change in the architecture of computers! So getting into this kind of debt for God knows how long and for how long do I get to use it?

    I have been in colorist meetings here in the entertainment industry and they say Davinci doesn’t work great in OS Catalina and the new OS Big Sur is going to make the MAC into an iPhone iPad (which I dislike). I also hear that it doesn’t work great on PC without some other things to make it work. Uggh. But the good news is, the performance will be faster and the machine cooler and also cheaper in price since they don’t have Intel to share profits with.

    I just want SIMPLE.

    So with all this dilemma I thought maybe I’ll get into PC (not a fan of PC but maybe will work best with my cell phone). I looked at MSI, ASUS, ACER, RAZER, DELL and Lenovo and all of them felt like cheap crap compared to my sturdy Apple EXCEPT the Lenovo. What interests me is long battery life, stays cool, works fast, excellent everything else.

    So I was looking at Lenovo (all have Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos speakers, 500NIT screens, I believe) but wayyyyy toooo many customizable specs to make my head spin, way too many options and I dunno what’s what anymore. AMD vs Intel, ughh! Lenovo guy basically said P53 or X1 Extreme but I didn’t realize there was like thousands of configurations for it!
    * ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 Laptop (up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10885H Processor with vPro)
    * ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 15” (up to 9th Gen Intel Core i9 with vPro)
    * ThinkPad P53 Mobile Workstation (up to 9th Gen Intel or Intel Xeon E-2276M with vPro)
    Or which PC is best? I know regular desktops are but right now I need mobility with a robust machine able to travel.

    So overwhelmed, not sure what direction to take with ARM around the corner and most likely kinks get worked out in 3-4 years. PC or Mac and what configuration, in simple terms should I go with if I want to eventually edit 4K while multitasking?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Christina, thanks for the questions! I can understand how overwhelming it can be, especially when it’s such a large investment. I’m actually looking at exactly the same configuration Macbook Pro, with the 5500M 8GB, not the 5600M. I haven’t heard of the overheating issue, but any GPU is going to get hot under load, and laptops are notoriously bad at getting rid of heat. This is where desktops make much better video post production machines, but of course they aren’t portable.

      I don’t know anything for sure, but I’d be very surprised if we see Apple Silicon ARM chips in a pro level machine soon. I’m expecting we will see entry level Macs with them first. So I’m not going to wait for something that may or may not come soon, or end up being much later when I need a solution now. I think the current generation Macbook Pro 16″ is a sound investment for another 5 years to come. This is just my opinion though.

      In Windows world, yes, there are a lot of options with a lot of possible configurations. The fundamental requirements however are the same. As fast a CPU as you can afford, at least 16GB (but go 32GB) RAM, and a beefy GPU with a good amount of memory. I can have a look at some of the machines you’ve suggested and get back to you.

  25. Hello.
    I cannot choose between the two systems
    1) ryzen 4800h, rtx2060, 32gb, no thunderbolt 3.
    2)intel 10875h, rtx 2070, 32gb, thunderbolt 3.
    I work in davinchi with 4k 60fps.
    AMD system has better temperature.

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  26. Sri Raghavan

    Thanks for the nice article. Can you also list down a few Desktops? which can support multiple monitors for screen real estate?
    with larger storage and RAM. As personally, I do not need the mobility and portability of the laptops for Davinci /Youtube (and other high demand digital media creation and big data work). Sri.

  27. Hi Richard!
    Thanks so much for all the information you provide. I often get a little confused when it comes down to the computer side of things. I recently purchased a BMPCC6K and can not get my footage to play smoothly even before going into Davinci. It constantly pauses in the Blackmagic raw player. After reading your article i’m sure its because of my laptop specs.
    I have a Macbook Pro 2017 with Four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
    Processor: 3.1 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
    Memory: 8 GB 2133 MHz
    Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 1536 MB

    Unfortunately I can not afford to upgrade to another laptop at the moment. Would the eGPU option work for me? Or is that not possible since I only have 8GB of RAM?
    I appreciate you taking the time to read this.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Shanna, it’s going to be difficult on your system because of both RAM and the GPU memory. You could use an eGPU but I can’t give you a guaranteed opinion on if it will make the difference you need for smooth playback. Have you tried creating optimized media from the raw media? You could create HD ProRes 422 optimized media for example, work in a HD resolution timeline, and should have smooth playback. Then you can turn off optimized media when working with color, and also when you make your final render. If you need smooth playback in the color page, you could then switch to using render cache. It’s time consuming and slow, but this is what I have to do when working on my older Macbook Pro.

  28. Adriaan Boshoff

    Hi Richard, thank you for your great website. Please advise if you can, I need to do programming mostly (good keyboard decent portability) with some video editing on the side. I have a Canon M50, Gopro 7, and maybe a Mavic Mini oneday. I can’t find a lot of information on 2.7k as every review focuses on 4k capabilities. I can run DR on my 5-year-old laptop if, i5-5200u and 2gb Radeon M360 with 8gb ram. But it’s a slow process even editing 1080p with optimized media. I need to edit 2.7k video.

    I hope to be able to play around in Fusion transition and effects in the future and I don’t mind generating optimized media or using handbrake to change formats if needed.

    My budget is about between $800-$1200.

    My current options:
    The budget option – Acer Swift 3, i5 1035g1, 8gb ram, Nvidia MX250 with Thunderbolt – $830
    – Will this be able to edit 2.7k video?
    My preferred choice for overall quality and size – Asus Zephyrus G14, 4600h, 16gb ram, Gtx 1650 no thunderbolt but 100%srgb – $1160
    Most powerful but bulky – Asus TUF A15, 4800h,16gb ram, 1660ti no thunderbolt – $1090
    – If no what would you choose? Or would you suggest something else?

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Adriaan, thanks for posting. Definitely your last two choices are the ones to pick from. At this price range I wouldn’t worry about Thunderbolt. That said, I think you can find better. Take a look at the MSI GP65 Leopard 10SDK-049 – (affiliate link). This gives you an i7-10750H with 16GB RAM and a GTX 1660Ti and should be in your budget.

  29. Thanks so much Richard for this post, your articles help me understand more about the hardware/software as well!! I ended up purchasing the XPS15 and now Davinci freezes occasionally and sometimes crashes… exactly the reason why I wanted to trade in my old laptop sigh. Any idea for me where I can start to figure out why this is happening? I haven’t purchased Studio (yet) as I want to understand if this is really the reason rather than some setting I am missing. I’ve opened task manager and when I am working in Davinci both the Intel and Nvidia seem to be put to work. I thought fusion was what tripped my computer up, but later Davinci even crashed “just” on the timeline.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi! So sorry to hear you’re having trouble. Are you using the Nvidia gaming driver or the studio driver? I’d recommend installing the studio driver and see if this makes any difference to stability. Please let me know if this makes any difference, these things all help me to help others also 🙂

      • Aahhh Richard, you have NO idea how grateful I am that you got back to me to help me on my way!! I had already tried to get Davinci to work on Ubuntu and gave up, so it not even working on Windows put me at a loss. The techies in my environment weren’t able to help me either because they don’t have experience with Davinci, and the forums out there are way above my league. Anyway, all to say why I’m so grateful you’re helping me in a way that I understand 🙂 I’ve managed to dowload the studio driver via Geforce Experience so I suspect I wasn’t using that. I’m going to test it out this week and see if it solves the crashes, will let you know!

        • Richard Lackey

          Great, it’s just a guess, and would be the first thing I’d try. I don’t know 100% that it will be the solution for you, but it’s a first step as I know it’s an issue with Resolve on some laptops.

          • Hi Richard! Pretty good news I think, since my last reply Davinci has only crashed once. Definitely not bad right? I mean, it’s not fixed, but definite improvement!

          • For sure, that’s an improvement. When it crashes now, is it giving you any error, or just crashing to desktop?

          • Nope, no error, it just freezes. Seems like it especially hates it when I go into fusion.. and I don’t really do tricky things in fusion because I’m not that savvy hehe.

  30. Hi Richard,

    You are doing great work here!!
    I am thinking to buy a laptop with below config for my Da Vinci resolve studio 16. My actual choice was RTX 2070 Super – 8.0GB GDDR6 in place of RTX 2060 – 6.0GB GDDR6 along with Thunderbolt port but it is crossing my budget 🙁
    Please let us know if below will be good enough to take most from Da vinci (4k+ fusion)
    Processor (CPU)AMD Ryzen™ 7 Eight Core Processor 4800H (2.9GHz, 4.2GHz Turbo)
    Memory (RAM)32GB Corsair 2666MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
    Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 – 6.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM – DirectX® 12.1
    M.2 SSD Drive500GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3200MB/W)
    External Hard Drive 4TB Seagate Backup Plus, External HDD, USB 3.0
    Memory Card ReaderIntegrated 3 in 1 Card Reader (Full Size SD / SDHC / SDXC)AC Adaptor1 x 180W AC AdaptorPower
    1 x USB 3.1 PORT (Type C) + 2 x USB 3.1 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT(No Thunderbolt port)


  31. Hi Richard!
    So I’m currently looking for a laptop to buy for Davinci Resolve + Fusion (I have the free version of Resolve). Admitting that the MacBooks are quiet appealing laptops, I really ask myself if the base Macbook Pro 16 will be enough for my projects. I mostly cut ~10 Min Videos in 1080p with Fusion Effects and Color Grading but I’d like to have the opportunity to bump up to 4k some time. So will it be sufficient?

    Here are the specs of the base 16″ Macbook Pro:
    i7-9750H 6-Core
    AMD Radeon Pro 5300M – 4GB
    16GB RAM
    512GB SSd (I’ll maybe upgrade to 1TB)

    Thank you for your help in advance!! I’m struggling for a long time now but there is just not a review of it that makes me comfortable buying one ?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Jannick, to be perfectly honest you should be fine, unless you wind up using some heavy GPU intensive plugins at 4K, in which case GPU memory is the biggest limitation. Fusion likes RAM, so you might want to think about stepping it up to 32GB. Everything you want to do will run, the only question is real-time playback performance. However, that’s where render cache, and generating optimized media come in. Also I keep trying to tell people that 9 times out of 10 it’s not necessary to do the bulk of your work in a 4K timeline. Even if the project will be rendered out at 4K, working at 1080p temporarily can really help performance, and then you kick the timeline up to 4K when you want to check things, or pixel peep, and when you render your final files. You can always add an external eGPU later if you need more GPU power. I’d highly recommend thinking about 32GB RAM though.

      • Thanks for your help!
        I actually thought of upgrading the GPU to the 5500M 8GB instead of the SSD. But as you mention RAM is also to be considered: Do you think that GPU or RAM is more important? Does Resolve, generally said, run better on Mac than Windows Laptops because of the optimization for Mac OS? With a Windows laptop I get somewhat better hardware for the same price however will cutting with this Mac (maybe also with better GPU or RAM) make a huge difference to cutting with something like:

        HP ENVY Notebook 15-ep0760ng
        Nvidia 1660 Ti Max-Q 6GB

        or even :

        MSI GS65 8SF-057
        Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB

        Would there be a significant increase in playback “smootheness” and general use that I will really be able to notice (I don’t really care about render times?)? Sorry for being so persistent ^^

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Jannick, both GPU and RAM are important, I was just suggesting 32GB RAM might be worth considering if you plan to use Fusion intensively. One thing to consider with Windows, is you will only get hardware GPU accelerated H.264/H.265 decoding and encoding when running Resolve Studio, and that makes a massive difference when working with any H.264 codec video files. On Mac, even the free version enables acceleration. So on Windows, that’s another $299 to consider for Resolve Studio, however, maybe you will want to invest in Resolve Studio regardless. You can definitely get more performance for your money with a Windows laptop. What’s your overall budget?

          • Hi Richard!
            So my budget is about 2000€ (living in Germany where tech is more expensive?). I won’t be able to use an eGPU as I will move to Thailand if everything goes as planned and as I need an international warranty on top, I’d rather stick to the free version of Resolve because it can do everything I really need. So without the accelerated encoding on Windows, a better GPU like the 2070MQ or the 1660tiMQ won’t actually help much or am I wrong with that? So, if thats true, sticking with MacBook and a slower GPU won’t effect the editing experience as the CPU of all the Laptops I consider are on the same level perfomancewise in comparison to the Windows laptops with more powerful GPUs.
            Thanks for your expertise!

          • Hi Jannick, in this case I’d definitely stick with Mac, as you’ll get GPU decoding in the free version of Resolve. Even the original specs you posted (with 16GB) should be ok, it was just a suggestion to go for 32GB since Resolve and Fusion share memory (you can change how much RAM is assigned to each in the Memory and GPU panel of Preferences). Go for the best configuration you can afford, but you should be fine.

  32. Hi Richard. You Sir, are a hero. Thank you for putting all the work into creating a comprehensive/realistic breakdown for determining if davinci resolve would work on my computer. I do basic 1080P edits for youtube and i have fallen in love with resolve but have been having issues with editing.

    I’ve been having issues with choppy playback and after researching resolutions for days, I finally came across your website which has been a god-send but also incredibly overwhelming with the amount of information. I’m about ready to return the new laptop i bought and purchase the MSI GL639SDK611 you have recommended because of the choppiness issues i’ve been experiencing but I think my issue may also be that i need to purchase the pro version of resolve and i might be able to still use my current laptop. Before i do that, i wanted to see if you could help me determine if that would fix the issue.

    Here are my specs:
    Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Gaming Laptop: Intel Core i7-1065G7 4 Core, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 13.3″ FHD 1080p 60Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB, Thunderbolt 3

    My question is: Should i return this laptop and get the MSI GL639SDK611 you have recommended? Or should i stick with my current laptop and purchase the pro version of resolve (will this eliminate all my choppy playback issues)? Or is there another option i’m not seeing?

    Appreciate your feedback!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Norman, thanks for reading! I’m pretty sure your existing laptop should be perfectly fine if you’re running Resolve Studio. Even if you did change it, you’d still need Resolve Studio in order to enable hardware h.264 decoding. So I think you’re fine but since you’ll need Resolve Studio anyway, you could try it on your current laptop, and if there’s still issues, look at exchanging it. However for 1080p work, I doubt you’ll have to swap it. It’s great that it has Thunderbolt 3, because in future you can add an external GPU too. Hope this helps, I’d love to hear if Resolve Studio makes a difference for you.

  33. Gav Stevens

    Thank you for publishing this! My work over the past few years has evolved into content creation (of all kinds) and DR is most likely the software I’m going to invest time and effort into learning properly. I need a new laptop but have been tormented with whether the GTX 1650 or 1660 Ti would be ‘good enough’ for 2k or 4k playback? I’m concerned about choppy playback? Can you help me understand whether one specific component causes it or spec that is too weak overall?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Gavin, I’d go for the 1660Ti between those two choices. What kind of camera source media do you work with? The codec makes a difference to real-time performance, but as long as you use Resolve Studio and not the free version of Resolve, you’ll have GPU accelerated H.264 and H.264 decoding and encoding. I don’t imagine you’ll have a problem with playback of uncorrected video, and even with some basic corrections, but once you get a certain number of nodes on it, and especially if using noise reduction, or any intensive plugins you’ll probably need to start employing render cache to maintain playback. This shouldn’t be a big deal though. You also don’t really need to be working in a 4K timeline to be honest, so it helps to drop timeline resolution to HD while you work, and then switch it up to 4K when you want to pixel peep something, and of course for final export.

      • Gavin Stevens

        Thank you for the prompt reply, Richard. I’m new to this and the terminology confuses me a little. Source media will come from 2k/ 4k video shot on my Samsung Galaxy S8 for now (I create on-screen tutorials with shots of me explaining here and there, at least at the moment). I’ll invest in proper camera equipment in due course once I know what my requirements are otherwise I risk wasting a lot of money on unnecessary tech. Without Resolve Studio will this source media be choppy in playback on an HD timeline? I’m not saying I won’t get Studio, I’m just trying to work out which dGPU to go for in a new laptop whilst not overspending! The Asus Rog G14 is perfect in every way, but gets more expensive when going for the 1660 Ti or 2060 – as this is a secondary device (my desktop wil be upgraded with Nvidia 3000 or Big Navi next year sometime) I just need it to be ‘okay’ at video editing should I absolutely have to do some on the fly if that makes sense? sorry, this is becoming a bit of a ramble so I’ll pause for breath! Any more thoughts?

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Gavin, thanks for the extra info, you’ll definitely want Resolve Studio. Since you’re dealing with h.264 files from a smartphone, playback without it will definitely be problematic. I shoot a lot on phones and hardware accelerated h.264 decode is a must have. The 1650 should be fine if the jump to a 1660Ti is too much.

          • Great. I’ll seriously consider the Rog G14 and dGPU options, safe in the knowledge a 4600H Hexa-core with 1650 will work reasonably when accompanies with Studio, and anything more powerful will only help (Asus device or otherwise).

            Thank you so much, I spent a long, long time not getting a definitive answer on this! I’ve bookmarked your site and subscribed to your YouTube channel 😉

          • One other thing, I hope!
            Is it necessary to have a dedicated SSD just for video editing files? I’ve heard somewhere that it is, or that if you don’t, your video editing software experience will be badly affected?

            The Asus RZ G14 only has one m.2 SSD slot so it’s impossible to have a dedicated drive. As I previously explained, the laptop is a secondary device, after my desktop, so it’s just got to be okay for video editing on the fly on those rare occasions… thanks again for any insights. G

          • Hi Gavin, that’s a good question. It really depends on what kind of video files you’re working with, resolution, codec and bit-rate. It doesn’t have to be a separate dedicated drive, it’s just often the case that it is, and it’s one of those best practices to split OS/software and video onto separate drives. Not absolutely necessary if you’re using a laptop limited to one internal drive. I’d recommend you use a fast external drive for your video files though just because you may find you don’t have enough space. Something like the popular Samsung T5 – or Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD –

            Backups are also always important. As the saying goes, if a file doesn’t exist in three places, it doesn’t exist. I recommend using pairs of cheap consumer USB external hard drives, format them NTFS (not ExFAT… I’ve lost multiple drives to corruption) and duplicate your video files onto these two drives, then keep them somewhere safe. They only exist to restore your video files in case of loss of data on your fast, primary working storage.

          • I can’t reply to your reply to my reply! So if this is in a funny place, it is my response to your advice regarding SSDs and backups 😉

            All makes perfect sense, and I’ll go with the 1TB SSD option, then fallback on ext SSD if needs be (although I doubt I’ll ever need it as the laptop is more of a satellite device to the desktop). I have a robust backup operation going anyway (5-4-1 structure – 5 copies, 2 devices (desktop & laptop) + 2 external backups (1x hot NAS, 1x cold ext HDD), and 1 cloud copy 😉 and I’m about to add a cloud backup service as well!

            You’re a star and I wish you all the very best. Stay safe.

          • Nice! Maybe I have some limit on the number of nested replies or something weird. I’ll take a look at that. With a backup strategy like that, you are clearly one of the enlightened ones. Feel free to reach out any time.

  34. Hey Richard, thanks for all the great info on meeting Resolve’s requirements.

    I need to edit 5.7k 360 video footage and I tried with a recent Lenovo IdeaPad L340 15″ Gaming to keep budget low but even with small clips (1 min or so), I easily get the dreaded “your gpu memory is full” error message.

    Should I return it to get something with more punch? Upgrade some components to give it more punch?

    Thanks !

    Configuration Details:
    ● Processor: 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750HF Processor (2.60 GHZ, up to 4.50 GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 Cores, 12 Threads, 12 MB Cache)
    ● Display Type: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 250 nits
    ● Memory: 8 GB DDR4 2400MHz
    ● Hard Drive: 256 GB PCIe SSD
    ● Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Iass, thanks for the question! It reminds me I should put together a dedicated article specifically about setting up Resolve for 360 and VR. Trying to work with the files from my QooCam 8K is a nightmare. Definitely I’d recommend a GPU with more memory, and maybe a bit more GPU processing grunt too. One of the latest gen RTX GPU’s preferably, like a RTX 2080 with 8GB VRAM. Too bad you don’t have Thunderbolt 3 or one option might be to use an eGPU. Does it show you GPU memory is full immediately, or only when using certain plugins? What kind of operations and nodes are you using when it complains? I’ll have a look for some deals on RTX 2080 equipped laptops and post a link in another reply if I can find something that’s good value. I’ll also reach out to some people that may know more than I do.

      • Thanks for the fast reply. I’ll check with Lenovo if I can return this unit.

        I tested with something very basic. 1 min or so of 5.7k 360 footage, just one clip, to which I applied a Panomap node in Fusion to correct which part of the video would be in front of the viewer.
        Then export. And it is at that point that I get GPU memory full. Not always (tried exporting the same clip multiple times) but way too much.

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Iass, so I had a chat with the director of DaVinci software engineering to get some insight. It turns out that you might not need to go all the way up to an 8GB GPU, although it is a good idea if you can. Since your export completes successfully sometimes, it seems that you’re right on the edge in terms of GPU VRAM. So any of the laptops I’ve listed in the article with the RTX 2060 6GB and Thunderbolt 3 could be a good route to take. Having Thunderbolt 3 on board means you can add a beefy desktop GPU in and external eGPU enclosure in future if you need more.

          • Hey Richard, I ended up gifting this Lenovo to a friend after all. #worstcustomerserviceever

            So I am looking now at Razor’s line and they just updated it with CES going-on.

            With everything else being the same (incl. price) and keeping in mind I don’t play video games at all, would you rather go with :

            – 2021 version : Integrated: Intel® UHD Graphics + Discrete: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Laptop GPU (6GB GDDR6 VRAM
            – 2020 version: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 with Max-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM)

            Thanks !!

          • Hi Iass, definitely the RTX3060 🙂


    Will the Asus Zephyrus G14 be a good bang for the buck for resolve?

    1500usd, 4900hs (cpu) and RTX2060max-q (65w cap).

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Martin, Absolutely, I see a few configurations, how much RAM are you looking at? I don’t see Thunderbolt 3 on these however, which isn’t an issue if you don’t need it, just something to be aware of.

  36. Peter Deyell

    will this work well with Davinci?

    I know you’re not a big fan of the cast if Apple but…

    MacBook Pro 16
    2.4 Gb. 8 core 9th generation
    32 Gb ram
    AMD Radon pro 5300m – 8Gb
    1Tb SSD hard drive

    anything I should beef up? I appreciate your help.

    • Richard Lackey

      Oh, I’m a big Apple fan! I’m using a Macbook Pro. I just couldn’t put any in the list because I’m trying to keep it below $2000. I totally didn’t intend to give the impression I don’t have both feet in the Apple camp. 🙂

      Those specs look great. There’s nothing you should change or add to it internally. You can always add a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU down the line, and external attached storage. You’re good to go with that.

      • Trevor L Price

        This is the exact information that I needed as well. I really appreciate your information on your site about the DeVinci, which I am going to download once I buy a capable laptop (the iMac Pro 16 inch). I am extremely excited to start filming 4k on my iPhone and using the iMac and DaVinci to create some amazing videos. I will go through your website to learn more. Any suggestions of tutorials to learn the basics of DaVinci that will help a beginner? I have used editing programs in the past, but it has been a really long time. It will be a steep learning curve to learn it again, but I am excited about the prospects. Thank you for all your hard work and sharing that online. Eventually I will buy a Blackmagic 6K camera once I am comfortable shooting and editing video from my iPhone. Cheers, Trevor

  37. Many thanks! You helped me a lot. I wish you happiness and good luck!

  38. Hi, great selection, thank you very much. Please tell me if there is a chance to pick up a laptop for the price of $ 1000? In order to learn how to work in the program and perform non-complex projects?

  39. Bolton Peck

    It looks like all the Turing architecture cards do everything in hardware, up to and including 8K; VP8 and 9, HEVC 4:4:4, the whole enchilada. I’d be lying if I claimed that I even knew what every one of those is.. but apparently the machine I’m getting is pretty future-resistant 😉 (Nothing’s really future proof, they always come up with something new which necessitates hardware to match..) and as an added bonus: I ordered my Gazelle right as they’d run out of this year’s model so I’m getting the new one with 10th gen Intel 6 core/12 thread CPU instead of the 9th gen and faster memory clock, at no extra charge. But I have to wait a couple weeks. Super stoked!!

    • Richard Lackey

      Awesome! I’d love to know how it performs for you. I may hit you up in a few weeks to find out!

  40. Bolton Peck

    Right on, thanks! Resolve runs in Linux on my current laptop, an older core i7 with Geforce 840M 2GB graphics, except it won’t decode the videos from my Fuji camera because they’re H.264. But it’s really not up to anything other than 1080p, so I’m upgrading. I’m willing to buy the key and upgrade however, if it means I don’t have to command line decode/encode all my movies. The paid version handles said files, correct?

  41. Bolton Peck

    There seem to be a number of pretty nice laptops with CPUs as above, but with the GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GPU on board. I notice that one of your options has the older GTX 1070, another has the 1060.

    Is there some reason that no laptops with the Turing architecture 1660 Ti made the cut? It has 6 GB of RAM, but is there some other limiting factor that makes it less ideal for Davinci than a 1060? Also if it matters, I’m looking at a System 76 Linux laptop versus Windows-the new Gazelle with 15″ screen, 1660 Ti GPU option and lots of RAM/NVMe storage. Thanks!

    • Richard Lackey

      I will definitely look into this. It may have just been a limit in the number of models I researched. Now you have me curious though to check and maybe refresh the list. (I just updated the Razer Blade 15 to the model with the GTX 1660Ti) I’ll check out the System 76 Gazelle for sure, it looks impressive for the price. I’ve never tried to run Resolve on Linux on a laptop.

  42. Your Amazon link above to the MSI GS65 Stealth | 15.6″ | i7-9750H, 16GB, 512GB NVMe, RTX 2060 6GB
    links to the HP Omen on Amazon.

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