DaVinci Resolve is the NLE and color grading software of choice for many creators. Find out more about DaVinci Resolve’s minimum system requirements.

Article Last Updated: August 2021

As with all things tech, change comes quickly, which means I have to revisit this article often. I originally started compiling this guide in 2015 with Resolve 11. I found that most of the resources and guides to the best hardware for DaVinci Resolve catered to the ideal, high-end, commercially professional user. This is still true. However, many videographers and creators are hobbyists, and students, exploring professional video post production, or just starting out. Most of the emails and comments I receive are from would-be Resolve users that don’t have the budget to build a monster multi-GPU workstation. The questions I get are from people that want to know more about DaVinci Resolve’s minimum system requirements rather than the ideal system we would all have if money was no object.

I’m a CSI (Colorist Society International) colorist and have been involved with Resolve both as a user, and consultant to post production companies for many years. I deal with high-end systems all the time. However, if you’re here wondering what are the minimum specs you can get away with, and you don’t mind being patient with your workflow, and using some of Resolve’s media optimization features when necessary, then you’ll find this article useful.

An Introductory note about Resolve on Apple Silicon Macs

I started this article in 2015, and for many PC systems, the general points you’ll find here are just as valid as they were years ago. However, I have to point out that the Apple Silicon Macs change a lot in terms of the minimum hardware requirements and cost of entry to professional post production for creators and filmmakers. From what I’ve seen DaVinci Resolve runs happily enough on an M1 Mac Mini with only 8GB of unified memory and plays 4K media on a 4K timeline with most operations on the Resolve Color Page processed in real time. Noise reduction is one of the exceptions, at least in a 4K timeline at full resolution, but still, that kind of performance from a $699 Mac is incredibly impressive. Of course, benchmarks show the M1 is not going to hold up against a high end PC running an AMD Ryzen 5950X with a Nvidia RTX 3090, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise, and in any case wouldn’t be a fair comparison.

Please note that the minimum hardware specs you’re going to find in this article apply to DaVinci Resolve running on a PC, or an Intel Mac. The Apple Silicon Macs are different, and make far more efficient use of system resources. More on this to come in a separate article.

As significant as the Apple Silicon Macs may turn out to be in the evolution of desktop computer architecture, many users will want more, and still value the ability to upgrade, change components, and tailor a build to exact requirements. If you’re building a PC, or looking for a good (non Apple Silicon) laptop to run Resolve, then everything below still applies.

DaVinci Resolve Overview

First things first, you can download the latest DaVinci Resolve 17 configuration guide here. It’s a good starting point for reference when building or buying a PC.

DaVinci Resolve is available for MacOS, Windows and Linux, and will run on a mid to high level gaming laptop as well as a desktop workstation. You can buy or build depending on your budget and level of tech proficiency. The truth is, whether you want to build a custom PC workstation, or buy a laptop, it doesn’t even have to cost too much.

DaVinci Resolve vs DaVinci Resolve Studio

There are two versions of Resolve. DaVinci Resolve is the free version, and DaVinci Resolve Studio adds collaborative workflow features, enables all the plugins without watermarks, and supports timelines and exports above UHD resolution. If you’re an individual creator just starting out, there isn’t really a lot of functional difference between Resolve and Resolve Studio. However, if you’re a Windows user, investing $295 in a Resolve Studio license is worth it just to enable hardware AVC / H.264 / H.265 GPU acceleration. Hardware acceleration is available in the free version of Resolve for Mac.

Resolve demands a lot from your system

DaVinci Resolve is an amazing and powerful piece of software, however just installing the software doesn’t constitute a workable system. Resolve is one of the most resource intensive video applications you can use and will bring any unprepared system to its knees very quickly. It’s not safe to assume that because you run Premiere Pro, or FCPX, or another NLE, that Resolve will be happy. DaVinci Resolve wants more, and it will use everything you give it. This being said, some things are more important than others depending on what work you will be doing. You may be able to meet DaVinci Resolve’s minimum system requirements with an existing PC just by upgrading your GPU, adding some RAM, and using some of Resolve’s built in media optimization tools.

If you’ve arrived here just looking for some good GPU options, I’ve put a DaVinci Resolve GPU list with purchase links (updated May 2021) at the end of this article. I’ve also compiled a complete list of the best Nvidia and AMD GPU options for DaVinci Resolve listed together and ranked by performance.

If you’re looking for a laptop rather than a desktop, I’ve also assembled a list of the The Best Budget Laptops for DaVinci Resolve In 2021 with Thunderbolt in a separate article. The list comprises some great choices under $2000, all with Thunderbolt 3 so you can add an eGPU and fast external storage. I’m starting to list some laptops around the $1000 mark also, although at that price point they don’t have Thunderbolt 3. Of course Thunderbolt 4 is out now too.

AVC / H.264 and HEVC / H.265 are not ideal for post production

The performance you can expect depends a lot on what kind of camera files you will work with. Highly compressed AVC / H.264 and HEVC / H.265 codecs have become the norm. For most users that this article is intended for, shooting with mirrorless cameras, many compact cinema cameras, camcorders, and even smartphones, you’ll be dealing with these codecs. Whenever anyone asks me about DaVinci Resolve system specs, or how to optimize Resolve’s performance, I always assume they must be working with H.264 or increasingly H.265 / HEVC camera files. These codecs are computationally intensive for real-time playback, and to be honest, are not ideal for post production in the first place. However, they have been widely adopted by camera manufacturers.

DaVinci Resolve Minimum System Requirements

Below is a summary of some minimum and recommended DaVinci Resolve system requirements in 2021 you need to be aiming for.

ComponentMinimum RequirementRecommended Requirement
CPUIntel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 9
RAM16GB32GB+
GPU4GB VRAM8GB+ VRAM
Media StorageSSD or RAIDSSD, Direct Attached RAID or NAS RAID (10GbE)
These are some minimum and recommended requirements for DaVinci Resolve
  • A decent Intel Core i7 CPU is a minimum, but Core i9, AMD Ryzen or AMD Threadripper are the best choices. If you plan on using H.264 / AVC and HEVC camera media, your CPU may be doing the decoding before your GPU even gets involved, however…
  • As long as you have a GPU with hardware accelerated AVC / HEVC encoding and decoding (all current generations from Nvidia and AMD do), then invest in a $299 DaVinci Resolve Studio license so you can take advantage of GPU hardware acceleration. Hardware acceleration is available in the free version of Resolve only for Mac at this time, for PC you’ll have to buy Resolve Studio.
  • You need at least 16GB system RAM for any laptop or desktop you are considering. I recommend at least 32GB.
  • Invest in your GPU, it’s the single most important component for Resolve (as long as the above points are met). At an entry level, I would recommend looking for a GPU with at least 4GB dedicated memory, whether it’s a mobile GPU in a laptop, or a desktop card but 6GB or 8GB is preferable.
  • If you are looking at a laptop to run Resolve, you can expand your GPU power by plugging in an external eGPU over Thunderbolt.
  • Storage bandwidth is important. Check the data rate requirements of the media you plan to use with Resolve and make sure you’ve got storage fast enough to deliver those data rates in real time. SSD’s are great, and you can consider a direct attached RAID, or shared NAS storage server on 10GbE ethernet.
  • Your desktop screen or monitor is not the best way to monitor for color. When you’re ready to step up your grading game, you should consider a separate video output interface (this can be a card, or an external Thunderbolt interface) and a calibrated reference monitor.

CPU

Choosing a CPU for DaVinci Resolve really depends on the balance of the other components in your system. It’s not as critical as it once was to have a workstation class dual Xeon setup, and if you’re only using a single GPU, then even a mid range CPU will meet DaVinci Resolve’s minimum system requirements.

At the high-end, the AMD Threadripper CPU’s are outperforming everything else. The AMD Ryzen 5950X and 5900X follow closely, and then it’s a mix between the AMD Ryzen 5800X and 10th gen Intel Core i9’s, then 9th gen Intel Core i9 and i7’s. 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. It represents excellent performance for the price at around $450. Spending a little extra on the Ryzen 5900X is not a bad idea though if you have an extra $100 to invest. Beyond that, you really have to jump up to a AMD Threadripper 3960X to see much difference in DaVinci Resolve.

RAM

You’ll need a minimum of 16GB RAM to run DaVinci Resolve well. However, I recommend 32GB RAM, especially if you’re going to use Fusion. If you’re choosing a laptop or building a desktop PC, make sure you can install more RAM in the future. Upgradability is a key factor in keeping a particular system useable for as long as possible.

GPU

In any entry level Resolve system, your GPU is everything. It is more important than your CPU or system RAM (both of which should be up to the task too). I’m assuming a single GPU for the purposes of looking at minimum requirements. However, the more GPU’s are in the system, the more benefit you’ll see from a faster CPU also.

DaVinci Resolve offloads intensive image processing to the GPU. It also employs YRGB 32-bit floating point processing for exceptional color precision.

Ideally, in a desktop PC, this should be a dedicated GPU just for image processing in addition to the graphics card running your desktop GUI (user interface). 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.

If you’re investing in a laptop, I highly recommend making sure you choose one with Thunderbolt 3 (or now 4) ports so you have the option of running an external GPU. Read more about this in my article The Best DaVinci Resolve eGPU Options.

I’ve listed some purchase links to some good GPU options at various budget levels at the end of this article. The Nvidia GPU’s listed are all the latest Nvidia Turing architecture and will give you GPU decoding of AVC / H.264 / HEVC media in DaVinci Resolve Studio. Hardware acceleration is available with the free version of Resolve on Mac. If you’re on Windows or Linux, you’ll still need to buy a Resolve Studio license for hardware accelerated AVC/HEVC decoding and encoding.

You might also want to check my complete list of the best Nvidia and AMD GPU options for DaVinci Resolve listed together and ranked by performance.

VRAM

Of course GPU cores matter, but GPU memory matters more when looking at minimum requirements. If you’ve been a victim of the dreaded ‘GPU Memory is Full’ error, the below may help.

  • 512MB – Forget about it
  • 1GB – You’ll be okay with basic HD ProRes work, checking RAW files but avoid noise reduction and optical flow.
  • 1.5GB – Approaching the absolute minimum to use Resolve with some level of complexity in HD. Noise reduction and optical flow will still be problematic. I’ve made a 1.5GB Intel Iris Pro GPU work well on a iMac and Macbook Pro, and manage to render a full 4K delivery.
  • 2GB – A comfortable HD experience, limited 4K work.
  • 4GB – Minimum for comfortable 4K work.
  • 6GB – You can tackle pretty much everything a project is likely to require.
  • 8GB+ – You can actually tackle everything any project is likely to require.

Bottom line, if you’re looking at a new system on a budget and you’re working mostly in HD, I’d recommend an absolute minimum of 2GB GPU memory, really 4GB is a more realistic minimum. The more plugins you want to use, the more GPU memory you need. Performance also depends on the resolution of your media, the resolution of your timeline and the codecs of the media you are using.

Media Storage

The next biggest issue is how fast Resolve can read media from your storage. Expecting real-time playback performance with heavy high res media stored on a single internal or external spinning hard disk just isn’t going to work. In my experience a typical single hard disk is capable of delivering about 80MB/sec which may be enough for a single stream of compressed video, but it will be a bottleneck for anything more.

If you’re considering a laptop, make sure it has NVMe flash storage, or connect fast external media storage via Thunderbolt or at least USB 3.

Internal and external SSD drives and desktop hard disk RAID arrays are all great solutions. A internal NVMe SSD will give you as high as 3500MB/sec throughput. An external NVMe SSD over USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB Type C connector) such as the Sandisk Extreme Pro Portable 1TB SSD can give you over 1000MB/sec. External SATA SSD’s such as the popular Samsung T5 1TB SSD and Sandisk Extreme Portable 1TB SSD are slower (but cheaper) and will give you about 530MB/sec. The Samsung T5, Sandisk Extreme and Extreme Pro Portable SSD’s are available up to 2TB capacity. However, SSD’s are still not cheap, and you’ll have limited total capacity unless you have a lot of money to spend.

When buying external hard drives, keep in mind just because an external hard drive has a Thunderbolt or USB 3 interface, does not mean the actual drive inside supports the full data rate of the interface. If you buy a cheap consumer USB hard drive, it’s going to be slow, even if it has a fast interface.

New RAW codecs such as Apple ProRes RAW and Blackmagic RAW promise raw quality at lower bit rates. This is exciting, but regardless of codec improvements, fast storage is your best friend.

External desktop Thunderbolt RAID arrays are perfect solutions for a single system, or you can configure a RAID internally as long as your system chassis has at least four drive bays free and you have a motherboard supporting hardware RAID, or a PCIe slot free for a dedicated RAID controller card.

Monitoring and Color Management

Monitoring and color management is another very important part of any color grading setup. While I don’t consider this an absolute minimum requirement for DaVinci Resolve, I’ve compiled a guide to building your own color managed and calibrated monitoring pipeline based around the excellent LG OLED TV’s. They can be perfectly calibrated for Rec.709 color correction and grading work.

You can add precision calibrated monitoring to your Resolve system for only $2200 – $3000 depending on whether you need to monitor in HD or UHD 4K. If you’re just starting out, or you work mostly on a laptop creating videos that will be viewed online, you can get away working from your laptop screen. When you want to step up your game, investing in monitoring is one of the best things you can do to improve your workflow, and the quality of your work.

Getting the Most from Resolve on Limited Hardware

If you’re working to a budget, it’s important to consider your expectations and real world needs rather than your ideal setup if money was no object. After all, this is about looking at DaVinci Resolve’s minimum system requirements, not how to build a post production supercomputer. For most of us there is little real need for real-time 4K playback unless you’re monitoring in 4K. Even if your media is 4K or higher and you intend to render at 4K, you can easily edit in an HD resolution timeline and make far more efficient use of your system resources where real-time playback is essential.

Of course 4K monitoring is becoming more of a trend if you’re system is up to real-time 4K output. I’ve put together an article outlining exactly how you can put together calibrated and color managed external monitoring for DaVinci Resolve in HD or 4K on a budget using a LG C1 OLED TV.

Proxies and Timeline Resolution

One of the most useful features of Resolve is how quickly you can change timeline resolution non-destructively. For example, as long as your source media is UHD, you can drop your timeline resolution to HD for editing and your clips will be resampled down to HD for better playback. You can switch your timeline resolution back to UHD at any time and the clips will read at the full native UHD resolution. In addition, for RAW media formats you can change decode or playback debayer resolution. This means you can drop your resolution and debayer quality temporarily to ensure playback performance while you’re editing, and then ramp it back up for grading where real-time playback is perhaps not so critical.

Resolve Optimized Media and Render Cache

In situations where dropping debayer quality and/or timeline resolution still doesn’t result in real-time playback on a particular system (most likely a laptop), there are a couple of ways to handle it. One way is to have Resolve create Optimized Media. Optimized Media files are lower resolution, compressed proxies (copies) of your high resolution camera source files. These temporary files are entirely handled by Resolve and can work very well for your edit, you can then relink to your original full res camera files for grading and delivery.

Resolve’s Render Cache is also a very useful tool enabling a background render of a particular shot, sequence, or even an entire timeline to a intermediary codec to ensure real-time playback. You may also want to consider transcoding AVC/H.264 or HEVC/H.265 camera media into a more post friendly codec before you start working.

DaVinci Resolve Minimum System Requirements FAQ

Below you’ll find answers to some common questions I get asked all the time.

What is the first thing I should upgrade to improve my system performance in DaVinci Resolve?

The first thing you should consider is your GPU. Other components might be limiting your playback performance, or how quickly you can export videos but your GPU, and GPU memory will determine if Resolve will run at all on your system, and how complex your color correction can be.

What is most important when looking at GPU options for DaVinci Resolve?

When considering minimums, and building on a budget, the most important specification to look at first is how much memory the GPU has. Regardless of how many processing cores, it’s video memory that limits the resolution you can work in, the number of correction nodes, and memory intensive plugins and effects such as noise reduction.

Are GPU cores important for DaVinci Resolve?

The number of GPU cores will determine how quickly a GPU can process image data. When considering a GPU under 4GB, memory is a more important factor than GPU cores. For GPU’s with more than 4GB memory you can consider memory and number of GPU cores equally when making a decision which GPU to buy.

I have only 8GB of system RAM. Should I buy a GPU or more system memory?

This is a tough choice because in this case, really you should do both. If you can only afford to buy more RAM or a new GPU then the best decision depends on your existing GPU. If your existing GPU has at least 2GB video memory then it’s better to buy more system RAM. However if your GPU has only 1GB or 1.5GB video memory, or is a integrated GPU that shares your system memory than a new GPU is the best decision. Either way, whichever one you don’t upgrade right away should be your next upgrade.

My video files won’t play back smoothly in DaVinci Resolve. What should I do?

The most likely reason your video files aren’t playing smoothly is because they are H.264 / AVC or H.265 / HEVC encoded files. DaVinci Resolve may be relying on your system CPU to decode these complex video files before handing over uncompressed image data to your GPU. Read more about this in my article XAVC / XAVC-S / H.264 / HEVC and DaVinci Resolve. It’s likely that your CPU is the bottleneck if these video files are not playing back smoothly. The solution is to decrease the timeline resolution to HD if you are working with 4K video files, and to create optimized media or use render cache on your timeline.

What codec should I choose for DaVinci Resolve’s optimized media and render cache?

If you’re on a Mac, I recommend choosing HD resolution Apple ProRes 422 for both optimized media and render cache. If you’re using a Windows PC, I recommend choosing HD resolution Avid DNxHR HQ for your optimized media and render cache. Both of these codecs are high quality and far less complex to decode. Choose a fast internal or external hard drive as the destination for your optimized media and cache files.

DaVinci Resolve 16 On A 2015 Macbook Pro

I still have Resolve 16 running on a 2015 Macbook Pro with 16GB system RAM and integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics that has access to 1.5GB of shared system memory.

However, I wouldn’t recommend it.

So far, it’s still working well enough on HD resolution timelines, even using both the FilmConvert OFX plugin and Neat Video OFX plugin. I have yet to see a GPU out of memory error, however I keep my grades fairly simple and straightforward. I could definitely provoke an out of memory message without much effort.

On this system I’m making use of either optimized media or render cache for everything, every clip on the timeline. This is time consuming but the only way I have real-time playback of H.264/AVC media on this aging laptop.

Many creators are just starting out with Resolve, learning to color grade, and working with what they have, so I want to put it out there that this older Macbook Pro is running Resolve 16, even with some OFX plugins and still chugging along.

Buying a GPU for DaVinci Resolve

If you’re interested in purchasing a new GPU for your PC. I’ve listed some good options below (as of 2020) at different budget levels. I have also created a complete list with the best Nvidia and AMD GPU options for DaVinci Resolve listed and ranked by performance.

To give you an idea, a Titan RTX is around $2400, a RTX 2080 Ti is about half that at $1200. The sweet spot for performance vs price in my opinion is the RTX 2060 Super at well under $500. These are Amazon affiliate links, and prices can change but they are listed most expensive to least expensive. Deals change quickly, so scroll down a bit on any of these product pages and take a look at the “other products related to this item” as you might find something suitable at a better price.

NVIDIA

The NVIDIA GPU’s listed below will all give you GPU decoding of AVC / H.264 / HEVC media in DaVinci Resolve Studio on Windows. This is a big enough reason alone to purchase Resolve Studio. Make sure you’re using the latest NVIDIA studio drivers rather than the gaming drivers.

AMD

Buying a Laptop for DaVinci Resolve

If you’re looking for the best value for money, you’ll be looking at a Windows laptop, not a Mac. I’m a Mac user, and I prefer MacOS to Windows, but unless you have some extra money to spend I would recommend going for a decent mid level gaming laptop.

I’ve assembled a list of five good 2020/2021 laptops to run DaVinci Resolve that meet DaVinci Resolve’s minimum system requirements. These can easily be upgraded with more RAM, and all have Thunderbolt 3, which opens the possibility of using an eGPU.

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546 Comments

  1. ANTONIOS PAPANTONIOU

    Hi Richard,
    I discovered recently your excellent website and subscribed to your youtube channel as well.
    I would highly appreciate if you could help me on the following matter :
    I want to replace my old GPU in order to be able to use properly the Da Vinci Resolve 15 Version for 4K Color Correction.

    Here are the specs of my MAC PRO :
    Mac Pro (Mid 2010)
    Processor 2 x 2,66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon
    Memory 64 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Startup Disk SSD WD 2TB
    Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB

    Most of the users I’ve been able to contact, who have almost the same specs as my Mac, recommend the following GPU :
    Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8GB Pulse

    Can you please confirm, if this card willI be compatible with my Mac ?
    If yes, will DaVinci 15 Version be able to run smoothly with it ?
    Is there another card which you would find to be compatible as well and perhaps even more fast ?
    Or due to my Mac’s older specs a faster card would not be compatible ?

    Taking into consideration that the prices have tripled since last year, I don’t want to spend 650 euros on something which wouldn’t work.
    Thank you in advance
    Antonios

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Antonios, unfortunately I can’t confirm this with any certainty. I don’t have any valid experience with a 2010 Mac Pro. I’m sorry I can’t be more useful to you.

  2. Thanks for the great article Richard! I have an I7-6700K (stock), Asus Z170-AR motherboard, 2 x 8 GB HyperX Fury 2133 Mhz, Intel SSD 480GB 3500S, LG monitor model 24BL550J IPS with HDMI and DP, and can choose between a GTX 1060 6GB or a GTX 1650 Super 4GB. Windows 10 X64 21H. I just intend cut my videos. I think my PC is old, but what do you think about it?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Vincente, thanks for the question. I think you should be able to run Resolve just fine for editing. I would recommend using Resolve Studio however so you can take advantage of GPU accelerated H.264 / HEVC video decoding and encoding.

  3. Michael deGruccio

    Wow. Richard. I am sure glad I ran into you and this awesome site.
    You have a great list of what you think are the best GPUs, and best bang for buck. Many of them are not available as you certainly know so I will have to figure out how to get by with a cheap 2GB card (VisionTek Radeon 5450 2GB DDR3) as a disposable GPU until the one I want comes into stock.
    I have a i9x and 64GB Ram, on an Asus Prime board. Any first-blush advice on which cards (make or model) that would be the most stable with this set up? I hope to spend under $500, if that is realistic. This is all very confusing to me.

    • Michael deGruccio

      by the way, Richard. I have a 6k Blackmagic and am planning on buying an Ursa 12K. Color grading is not essential right now, and I don’t imagine using intense plug-ins. I hope to mostly work with proxy files. I will probably shoot in 8K at most.—Mike

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Michael, thanks for the question and I’m sorry for not replying right away. It’s a lame excuse but work has been intense and replying to comments on the site has been the thing that has suffered. A quick browse on Amazon shows you should find a GeForce GTX1660 6GB for that money. Here’s one I found (affiliate link) https://amzn.to/3EQkGmL

  4. Wait really? I thought CPU was doing the heavy workload on davinci resolve. But you stated, “GPU is everything.” Now I am confuse.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Prince, it all depends what you’re doing, but yes, GPU is definitely doing the heavy lifting. If you’re building a system with multiple GPU’s then CPU choice becomes more important. If you are running the free version of Resolve on Windows, then your CPU is doing some heavy lifting also, in the form of video decode and encode. This is where running Resolve Studio has an advantage, it enables GPU accelerated H.264 / HEVC encoding and decoding.

  5. If I have this configuration for HD 1080P Editing … i´ts ok??
    i7, 32gb ram, GTX 1060 (6gb Vram) SSD.

    Thanks in advance !

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Julio, sorry for the late reply. Yes, you should be good with that but I would recommend you buy a Resolve Studio license to enable GPU video decode / encode.

  6. Thomas Rooth

    Hi Richard!

    First of all, hat off for your engagement in giving support to all of us who tries to get out the most from Davinci Resolve from a decent level of investments.

    Since some time ago I downloaded Resolve 15 but I soon discovered that it was almost impossible to run the program on a iMac of late 2011. Not even with full memory capacity installed. I’m now waiting for your results of a deeper investigation how the new iMac with the M1-chip will live top to the requirements from Resolve.

    I’ve subscribed for updates but I’m not sure it has been registered as I didn’t get any notification of your latest update your article concerning the minimum requirements for running Resolve. Please check if I’m in the list!

    Kind regards
    /Thomas Rooth

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Thomas, thanks! Yep I see you subscribed on Feb 3rd. I haven’t actually sent anything out since before you signed up. I don’t want to spam people in any way, shape or form, so I’ll only send out an email if there’s something I really think people will find useful. We all get way too much junk mail these days, I don’t want to add to it. I’m still holding out for the expected 16″ Apple Silicon powered Macbook Pro, so that’s also when I’ll cover my thoughts on it in the context of Resolve, and video post in general.

  7. Marek Wojciechowski

    Editing and rendering of 8K / h.265 materials – recommended minimum hardware configuration – especially in terms of processor and video card.
    ———————-
    8K is already available even in some smartphones, so I tried to record something and then create a film from a dozen or so fragments in 8K (7680 x 4320 8K Ultra HD – this is how it is called in Studio).
    Unfortunately, my Geforce 2070 SUPER 8GB graphics card was getting out of breath both when editing the movie, and the production of mp4 / h265 became quite impossible – I had to do it with the Ryzen 2700X processor to the h264 – and it only took 3-4 times longer than using the card graphic.
    Therefore, I have a question: what configuration will be able to smoothly edit 8K / h.265 movies and then save them to mp4 / 8K / h265?
    And I’m more concerned with configuring for a desktop computer than for a laptop.
    Thank you very much for valuable hardware tips and I count on a handful of information in the field of 8K.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Marek, you are using Resolve Studio correct? not the free Resolve? 8K is tough in Resolve, 8K h.265 even more, it will push every component. I’ve never worked on anything in 8K, so I won’t be able to give you a confident answer. I would recommend searching the Lift Gamma Gain forum and asking there if this hasn’t been discussed there before. I would imagine if you transcode your 8K h.265 into a less compressed 8K codec, you might see an improvement, but less compressed 8K is going to create very large files, so then the capacity and bandwidth of your media storage also becomes a factor.

  8. Hi Richard, thank you for the very useful info!
    I have a question – in the article I see Intel i7 as minimum requirement. I have an offer to buy a configuration consisting of Intel Core i5-9400F, 16GB RAM, 480GB SSD and Geforce GTX1660 6GB. My budget is more than limited and this is the only offer with buying conditions that suit me. I would upgrade RAM to 32 GB but I can’t change the CPU. Will that be a problem? I would edit in HD but the final product is rendered in 4K.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Lena, sorry for the very late reply. You’ll probably be just fine with it for HD editing and 4K export.

  9. Dana M. S.

    Hello Richard,

    Thank you for this post and your feedback, it’s greatly appreciated!
    I was wondering your thoughts on upgrading to DaVinci Resolve 17 from 16 on a 2015 MacBook Pro?

    Currently I am NOT able to edit 4K footage on my machine, it’s simply too much for my machine to handle. I’d really like to update to the 17 version of Resolve, but for obvious reason’s I’m hesitant to for fear of it not functioning properly, and if that was the case, I don’t know that I would successfully be able to revert back to 16 (nor do I have a tone of experience of doing this sort of thing, so I wouldn’t want to mess it up.)

    Thank you in advance for your time, effort and energy, truly appreciated!
    I look forward to your reply.

    Cheers!
    Dana M. S.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Dana, sorry for the embarrassingly late reply. Exactly which Macbook Pro is it? I have Resolve Studio 17 running on a mid-2015 15″ Macbook Pro with 16GB RAM and 1.5GB Intel Iris Pro integrated GPU. While I edit in HD (but export in 4K) and I generate optimized media and use render cache heavily to get usable performance, it is working perfectly fine.

      • Hi Richard,

        Which optimised media codec do you choose? I have the same setup but Davinci does not play smooth, even when I put a quarter resolution (720p) for some reason. That helped with sound only so far – not choppy anymore.

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Alexey, I like to use Apple ProRes 422HQ for optimized media, in 1080p resolution it works just fine for me on an old Macbook Pro.

  10. per merakerli

    Hi Sir. I used to have a Titan x. 12 Gb in my PC. Then after I bought the RTX 1Gb, I found that they could not operate together.
    Its about 2 years ago, Do you konw if now, lately , after the release of 17, the two can work toghether ?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Per, unfortunately I really don’t know because I have no experience using these cards together. I’m sorry I can’t help you.

  11. Alan Mahon

    Hi Richard
    This is a great resource, thanks a lot.
    I am a colourist, I work almost exclusively on HD online footage, 25/20fps, about 60-90 seconds. So relatively ‘light’ in terms of computing power requirements. I work on a 27″ 2017 imac, that is fine for the task in hand. I have a flanders 17″ reference monitor and Black Magic mini and micro panels. I am an Apple user.
    BUT… I am trying to build a system that can be put into luggage and on to aeroplanes for remote grading projects that will last a month or so. The problem is:
    Imac 27″ is just too big to travel with, but its the only imac with more than 16GB ram
    New imac 24″ has only 16gb RAM.
    Macbook pro is very expensive, and really needs a separate screen, as its too small for grading.,
    I keep going in circles, and I cant decide what the best way to go is.
    I suppose the $64k question is whether I can survive in the16gb ram, of the 24″ imac.
    I’d love to hear your thoughts!
    All the best
    Alan Mahon

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Alan, I think you’ll find the new 24 inch M1 iMac with 16GB RAM to be perfectly adequate. The way the new Apple Silicon ARM chips manage memory is different to what we’re all used to in x86 architecture systems. I haven’t used one, so I can’t give you a actual first person recommendation, but from my research, I believe the new 24″ iMac with 16GB RAM should be just fine.

  12. Greetings Richard,
    I’m between 2 laptops that have the same specs except the GPU and CPU and I want to know your opinion,
    The first one:
    AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

    The second one:
    Intel Core i7 10870H
    Nvidia Geforce GTX1650 TI 4GB GDDR6

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Diego, I think on paper the i7 10870H will slightly outperform the Ryzen 7 4800H but I’m not sure you’d actually detect much difference in real world use.

  13. Nicholas Turner

    Hi, thanks for putting all the work into this article, it’s very useful. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on AMD Ryzen APU’s? They seem to be quite powerful (e.g the Ryzen 7 5700G) and with the current shortage and overpricing of graphics cards, do you think they would offer a good alternative to separate CPU/GPU set up?
    Thanks again for a great article,
    Nick.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Nick, that’s a very good question, and unfortunately I haven’t put the research into it to give you a useful answer.

  14. Hey Rich,
    I’m very new at this but want to learn how to edit, handle davinci resolve, and gain the basic computer knowledge required to move my way around. What is the best way you would suggest doing that? Thanks for the help!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Oscar, good to hear it. If it were me, I’d go to YouTube. I don’t have a channel to specifically recommend, but these days it seems many people are making all kinds of Resolve tutorials.

  15. Hello Rich,
    Thank you for this great information. I currently use a 2017 13″ MacBook Pro (dual-core i5, 8GB ram and 2GB integrated graphics). This worked fine for me so far; however, it has started showing its age. Also I will be upgrading to either a Sony a7SIII or the upcoming a7IV which means I’ll need a system that will allow me to edit 4k 10-bit 4:2:2 SLOG footage. I’m considering the M1 Mac mini with 16GB unified memory and 1TB SSD. I will mostly use Davinci Resolve and Adobe Lightroom. Will the M1 Mac mini be good enough for my work or should I consider switching to a PC? I would personally like to stick to the macOS over PC.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Chintan, thanks for the question. I would totally recommend the M1 Mac Mini, I think it will do everything you need it to.

  16. Achintha Mohan

    Hi Richard Lackey,
    Can I use the davinci resolve 17 on my laptop?

    My system config:
    ASUS VIVO BOOK (X513EP-BQ117T) 11th Gen
    Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor 2.4 GHz (8M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz, 4 cores)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® MX330 2GB GDDR5 x Intel® UHD Graphics
    1TB SATA 5400RPM 2.5″ HDD 256GB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 3.0 SSD
    4GB DDR4 on board + 4GB DDR4 Ram

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Achintha, is this a laptop you already own, or one you are considering buying? It’s definitely on the low side in terms of specifications, but you may be able to run Resolve, just with limited performance. The best thing is to download Resolve and install it, and try it out. If you are looking to buy a laptop, you should definitely look for one with an i7 CPU and at least a GeForce RTX 1660 GPU (something like a RTX 2070 would be better), and at least 16GB system RAM, if not 32GB.

  17. Hi Richard,

    Brilliant content – thank you for making everything so clear.

    I wonder if you could help by giving me your opinion on the specs I want for my new PC. I actually drew up these specs after reading your minimum requirements post so I hope I’ve got this right.

    I want to run Resolve smoothly and edit/colour up to 4K Raw footage I take with my URSA Mini.

    – Ryzen 5900x
    – B550 Motherboard
    – 32GB RAM
    – 1TB SSD
    – 3060 12GB GPU
    – 750w Power Supply

    I’m trying to find the line between budget and future proofing. I do worry a little about the GPU, only because I can’t find much about its capabilities with Resolve. I do wonder if I switch up the CPU for a 300 series and invest in a different GPU?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi John, I think you’re on a good path here. What kind of work will you be doing? and what kind of video files?

      • Hi Richard,

        Many thanks for the feedback.

        I plan on making short narratives primarily but not exclusively.

        If you have any advice on video files that would also be much appreciated.

  18. Bob Johnson

    “..invest in a $299 DaVinci Resolve Studio license so you can take advantage of GPU hardware acceleration.” Will a desktop with an NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 1660 (or Super) still work if I do not buy the license?

  19. Hey Richard,

    Thank you very much for putting all of this information together! I want to edit 4K videos and high res images and I’m open to both desktop and laptop options. At the moment I am using my gf’s ASUS ZenBook 15 so I can only do basic editing and can’t render out a video. What would you recommend? My max budget is £2,000-£2,500? My set up has two 22 inch monitors as well.

    Any feedback would be MUCH appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Gedi

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Gedi, you’ll definitely get more performance spending that budget on building a desktop, but you can find a capable laptop in that price range also. You could look at something like the Alienware m15 R4, this is a very powerful laptop. The advantage of course is mobility, but you’ll definitely be able to put a faster processor, more RAM and storage into a desktop build. If you’re not that interested in building a custom PC, you could look at something like an HP Omen 30L desktop with a RTX3080 GPU and add a few upgrades.

  20. Hi Richard,
    First of all, thank you for sharing so much useful information. Your website is truly awesome.
    I have a Mac Mini (late 2018) with the following specs:

    – CPU: 3 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i5
    – RAM: 32 GB 2667 MHz DDR4
    – Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB

    I am considering buying the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck RX 560 (besides being on a tight budget, I need a portable solution). However, I would love to hear your honest opinion if it would make much of a difference. I mean, how well can I expect Resolve 17 to run on an i5, 32GB RAM Mac Mini + RX 560?

    Thanks again,

    Alvaro

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Alvaro, I’m going to be completely honest, I would highly recommend you look at the new Apple M1 Mac Mini. Even the entry level 8GB version is running Resolve very well and is great value for money. If you can stretch for the 16GB even better, but I think you’d be happier with the performance of a new 8GB M1 Mac Mini than adding an eGPU to your existing one.

      • Hi Richard Lackey
        I saw your answer about M1 mac mini but i wanna know that how much ram do i need for 4K video editing and simultaneously I do browsing and some more stuff life whatsapp web etc
        so plz tell me 16GB or 32GB which one is sufficient for next 5-7 years

  21. Nicolaas Cottenie

    Hi Richard,
    Thanks for this very interesting article!
    I’m in the process of selecting the components for my first editing PC- I’m on a relatively tight budget. I’ll be working with H.264 from my Nikon D750 in 1920×1080, mostly to do music videos: around 8 tracks of video, some color grading and an effect here and there.
    First: I’m considering AMD CPU’s, and not sure whether to get the 5600X, 5800X or the 3900X (which would save me getting a separate CPU fan). Or would the 3700X be a good option? Anything saved on the CPU could be invested in the GPU.
    Second: I notice that you’re not mentioning the RTX 3060. Is there a reason for that?

    Thanks a lot for your feedback!
    Nicolaas

  22. DONALD MCPHERSON

    I have a good speck i7 laptop with 16Gb ram but let down with 2GB GPU 250Gb SSD for windows and 500Gb for data.
    I would change the GPU but as you know most are soldered in like mine.
    I will need to stick with proxies until I can afford a new laptop.

  23. Martin Goodman

    Hi Richard, I’m a 35mm guy who has completely missed the last 30 years of DSLR development, and am now playing catch up. I am essentially a travel photographer and am trying to put together a package where I can shoot video and stills, edit and publish from a rucksack. I have the free version of Resolve (pending current issues will upgrade to Studio) and am loving it, but my laptop not so much. It is a Dell XPS 9360 with 16 GHz RAM but no video card, and it overheats and crashes after about 45 minutes run time of video, the last time meant surgery. Having read your blog and other resources I understand that this set up is wanting, and so I am ready to upgrade the laptop, but really do not want to use an eGPU, and have no need of external monitors. Because of my space constraints I would like to buy a 13″ laptop; can you tell me anything about ‘Intel Iris Plus’ graphics card, and if that would be sufficient for basic editing and a few fusion effects? Link https://www.dell.com/de-de/shop/laptops/xps-13-laptop/spd/xps-13-9300-laptop/cnx93023. I’m not looking for a crazy amount of PP, just basic video editing in 1080 30.

    Any insights would be greatly appreciated; if I did not have the added constraints of miniaturisation I would have a workstation already, but small is beautiful in my world, indeed, small makes my world possible.

    Love your blog, thank you for writing it, and thank you in advance for any information you may offer.

    Martin Goodman.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Martin, thanks for the message and I’m sorry for the delay in response. Rather than something with an Iris GPU, I would highly recommend you take a look at the new M1 powered 13″ Macbook Pro, which counter intuitively, even the 8GB RAM version is proving to be very capable running Resolve. I would definitely look at that, it’s going to be small, light, good battery life and will definitely do everything you need in Resolve with 1080p footage, and even 4K if you need.

  24. This info is so so helpful, thankyou, I actually understood it 🙂
    You’ve probably saved us thousands of pounds and hundreds of wasted hours.

  25. Hello, your website is awesome! To keep it brief I have a Ryzen 5 1600 processor and an RX560 Gpu, 32GB ram, and 2SSDs, one for OS and one for working on. I experience terrible play back issues on the edit page of DR17 but not on the Fairlight page. GPU rendering seems limited to 5% on edit page but runs at 15%on fairlight. Any suggestions? I am unlikely to purchase studio if I don’t know I can run it first

  26. Sir,
    Please see the below Laptop spec and advice.

    10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
    Windows 10 Home Single Language 64 – HP recommends Windows 10 Pro.
    32 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (onboard)
    1 TB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC SSD
    NVIDIA® Quadro® P520 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated)

    https://store.hp.com/in-en/hpnow/hp-zbook-firefly-14-g7-mobile-workstation-2p0h5pa.html

    Is this is a suitable configuration for DaVinci Resolve 17? Please help.

    Thanks in advance.

  27. (same mail with some little corrections)

    Hello Richard,

    First I like to show you my appreciation for the good work you’re doing by helping people who just have a small budget but want to make nice videos anyway. It’s important in this world full of madness that people help each other. It’s a good remedy against negativity.
    And also, your site is amazing! It’s clear you know what you’re talking about. Very inspiring!

    I am a musician and have my personal homestudio for recording instrumental and vocal music, be it in solo or with other musicians. I also use sampled sounds and effects from Native Instruments.
    Besides that, last year, I began using DaVinci Resolve to make videos from our music performances and some kind of music clips. Also, for years I wanted to make art videos. With Resolve all this finally becomes possible.

    But, my actual studiocomputer is not able to handle Resolve and I think upgrading it is not a good idea. Probably most of the components would have to be changed. Another reason is to keep it as it is because it works on Windows 7. For the music recordings I use two Mackie mixers: an Onyx 1640i (= 16 tracks) and a Blackbird (= 8 tracks) so I can record 24 tracks simultaneously. But Mackie hasn’t upgraded the drivers to Windows 10 for these 2 mixers (shame on them). So I have to work with my old PC with Windows 7. No way buying new mixers, they work very well.
    These are the specs of this PC:
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
    CPU Intel Core i7-980X @ 3.33GHz, 3333Mhz, 12Mb cache, 6 cores, 12 threads
    RAM 12Gb
    GPU NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 – 1Gb VRAM, OpenCL 1.1, CUDA 1.2
    MB Asus P6T Deluxe V2
    2 screens (these I will keep on using): 1 > Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD (23″) + 2 > Medion MD20461 BE (23.6″) – later I might go for a better one for video, but not now
    I suppose you will also advice not to upgrade this rather old machine (build in 2010).

    With the heavy Native Instruments samples the computer has some difficulties to keep up, and we’re even not talking about Resolve. So it’s time to go for a bigger computer. Thus, I went to a shop to make me a new PC. The man of the shop proposed me this configuration:

    component ……………………………………………………………………………………………… quantity .. price
    CPU Amd sAm4 – 12 Core – Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8Ghz / 4.6Ghz – No GPU Inside …….. 1 ……. 499 €
    cool NZXT Watercooling KRAKEN Z73 3×120 360mm RL-KRZ73-01 …………………. 1 ……. 299 €
    MB Asus sAm4 – 3/4xxx – Amd X570 – Gaming Rog Strix X570-F / Atx ………………. 1 ……. 319 €
    RAM Corsair DDR4 *RGB* – 3200 Mhz – 32Gb / Vengeance Pro Black CL16 ………. 2 …….. 229 € x2
    HD Seagate Barracuda 4000Gb 3.5In – 256MB 5.4K SATA ………………………………… 2 ……. 109 € x2
    SSD Samsung M.2 – 1000Gb – PRO 980 – 7000/5000Mo/s – M.2 NVME PCIe 4 …… 1 ……. 249 €
    GPU Asrock Radeon RX 6900XT Phantom Gaming 16GB DDR6 256bit ……………… 1…… 1695 €
    case Cooler Master MasterCase SL600 Black Edition ………………………………………..1 ……. 109 €
    pow LC-Power 850 Watt – Metatron LC8850III V2.3 Arkangel 850W 80+ Gold 92 … 1 …… 238 €
    OS Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64Bit – FR – Oem + Install & Configuration ……….. 1 …… 179 €
    con IO PCIe FireWire Combo 2x 1394B 1x1394A – Delock …………………………………. 1 ……….. ? € ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Total with all taxes: 4263 €

    Another possibility he proposed is same components but with a bigger CPU
    Amd sAm4 16 Core – RYZEN 9 5950X 4.90GHZ ………………………………………………… 1 ….. 1099 €
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Total with all taxes : 4863 €

    That’s a lot of money. Initially I hoped to have a machine around 3000-3500€ and at least stay below 4000. On the other hand I want to have a big and stable computer that can handle these heavy programs and that will do the job for many years (I buy a new studio-PC about every 10 years). So if it’s really necessary I can afford to do an extra financial effort as it will be for a long period.
    What do you think? Is this bigger CPU really worth it? And what about the GPU? And the other components? What about the RAM = 2×32Gb, the SSD, the 2 DDR’s, the 2 HD’s?
    And concerning backup, are these 2 DDR’s and HD’s for double backup? Maybe I should ask this to the man of the shop. You also speak about RAID and NAS etc … ?
    The case is a very silent one, he said, with many fans. The fans will not turn all together all the time. Just those who are necessary at the moment. The heavy programs like Resolve will need many fans. But for recording fewer fans can do the job and thus be more silent. That’s what I need. Or maybe you know something better? (I cannot put the tower outside of my studio)
    For my solo recordings (with or without overdubbing) I intend to buy a small interface with just the minimum necessary tracks as the Mackies probably will have to stay on the old computer.
    Although the FireWire connections are for the 2 Mackies (he couldn’t say the price, but it’s not much). Despite they haven’t upgraded the drivers at Mackie, I saw on the net there might be a possibility to make the mixers work with Windows 10 anyway. If it won’t work I will have to keep on working with my old computer for the multitrack recordings (with several musicians together) as said before. If so, I think about putting the computers together in a network.
    I suppose you will also advise me to go for Resolve Studio.
    Concerning the video sources, recent material is mostly coming from smartphones, but I also have lots of films made with an older Sony handycam (HDR-XR200). Other cameras could be used and in the future I might buy a better camera, who knows.

    Ok, sorry for the very long mail.
    I hope you can advise me as I don’t know much about how to build a good computer.
    All the best and many thanks,
    Mark

    • Lukas Nordanskog

      Hi Mark, just some friendly advice from a fellow musician and PC-enthusiast. The specs look promising however I would change a few things to make it more cost-efficient.

      Firstly I would suggest buying a Noctua NH-D15 (BeQuiet has a good alternative as well) instead of the watercooling-sollution. Air cooling is more reliant and if you plan on kleeping your system for say ten years then I would defenitely go with that. Furthermore it is cheaper and watercooling is not necessarily more quiet. Keep in mind though that this is when put in a conventional case. The SL600 has a very different layout, pushing air from bottom to top, preheating the air to the CPU via the GPU, so maybe watercooling would make more sense here BUT I still wouldn’t do it for a ten year-period if I didn’t plan on buying a new watercooler anyway after five years or so.

      Speaking of the case, there are a lot of options and I would advice you to check some reviews of the case before I buy that. I can recommend checking ot Gamers Nexus’ review of the SL 600M. They have a website where you can read about it and they also make informative videos on YouTube. Their reviews are very thorough and their testing is systematic.

      Secondly, the Samsung 980 Pro is an excellent drive but the 970 Evo is almost equally excellent and cheaper. Unless all you do is switching data on and off the drive all day, I wouldn’t buy the Pro. You could probably get almost 2Tb 970Evo instead of 1Tb 980 Pro.

      When it comes to the power supply, I have no idea what brand that is. I strongly advice you to switch that to f.e. a Seasonic or BeQuiet 850W Gold. Those are reputable brands with high reputation and long guarantees (Seasonic has ten or twelve years of guarantee) and their power supplys really are excellent. An eventual increase in cost of say €10-50 is definitely worth it.

      Regarding the ram, 16*2Gb would be enough, halfing the cost of ram today and making an upgrade to 64Gb (16*4) later on possible. I personally have 16Gb and it works (altough I really advice 32 since you can afford it) so 32 will have you covered.

      Regarding the processor, if you can find a 5000-series AMD-processor, it is not a bad option and it certainly is a big leap over the 3900X. However the 3900X is still an excellent CPU and has come down a lot in price since the introduction of the 5000-series. You could also upgrade from the 3900X to a 5950X in the future, should the need arise.

      Finally, if budget is anything to go by, I would get the 6800XT over the 6900XT. The difference between them really is more a price than performance difference. They both have 16GB of memory and the difference in processing power isn’t very big. If your budget is €3000, then the 6800XT would be my choice.

      Overall, I would say that the suggestions you got from the salesman are good and it would certainly work well, but I hope that this will help you to maybe get your PC performance at a little better price. If you have any further questions I would gladly answer them!

      Regardless, your new PC will blow your mind once you have it, I promise!

      All the best,
      Lukas

      • Richard Lackey

        Thanks so much for adding that valuable info Lukas, that’s better, and more specific advice than I could give to Mark on this specific build. Appreciate it!

      • Hello Lukas,
        Thanks a lot for the answer. I’m cheking out your suggestions, interesting!

    • Been running a WIN10 PC with a Mackie 1640i for the last 2 years… not sure why yours isn’t.
      JerryPH
      [email protected]

  28. In the components list something went wrong, all large spaces were omitted.

    component ……………………………………………………………………………………………… quantity .. price
    CPU Amd sAm4 – 12 Core – Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8Ghz / 4.6Ghz – No GPU Inside …….. 1 ……. 499 €
    cool NZXT Watercooling KRAKEN Z73 3×120 360mm RL-KRZ73-01 …………………. 1 ……. 299 €
    MB Asus sAm4 – 3/4xxx – Amd X570 – Gaming Rog Strix X570-F / Atx ………………. 1 ……. 319 €
    RAM Corsair DDR4 *RGB* – 3200 Mhz – 32Gb / Vengeance Pro Black CL16 ………. 2 …….. 229 € x2
    HD Seagate Barracuda 4000Gb 3.5In – 256MB 5.4K SATA ………………………………… 2 ……. 109 € x2
    SSD Samsung M.2 – 1000Gb – PRO 980 – 7000/5000Mo/s – M.2 NVME PCIe 4 …… 1 ……. 249 €
    GPU Asrock Radeon RX 6900XT Phantom Gaming 16GB DDR6 256bit ……………… 1…… 1695 €
    case Cooler Master MasterCase SL600 Black Edition ………………………………………..1 ……. 109 €
    pow LC-Power 850 Watt – Metatron LC8850III V2.3 Arkangel 850W 80+ Gold 92 … 1 …… 238 €
    OS Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64Bit – FR – Oem + Install & Configuration ……….. 1 …… 179 €
    con IO PCIe FireWire Combo 2x 1394B 1x1394A – Delock …………………………………. 1 ……….. ? € ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Total with all taxes: 4263 €

    Another possibility he proposed is same components but with a bigger CPU
    Amd sAm4 16 Core – RYZEN 9 5950X 4.90GHZ ………………………………………………… 1 ….. 1099 €
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Total with all taxes : 4863 €

  29. Peter Szijaro

    I have workstation from Puget Systems built for editorial, an 18 Core 10980xe, 128GB Ram, RTX 2080ti, Samsung 512GB 980Pro for Programs, Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB for Cache/Scratch, and an external raid in the form of a Lacie 8Big Thunderbolt2 32TB Raid 600-900MB/s writes, 1000MB/s reads. Running Davinci Free version.

    I know I know, it’s ironic, just haven’t seen the need to buy the full Studio version. Are you saying the free version doesn’t take advantage of my system fully?

    Also I am conforming a film right now that has a ton of VFX shots that are EXR image sequences, and it doesn’t play back smoothly. The EXR and other media is on the raid. Each EXR frame of the sequence is a 2k/16bit 25MB sized file, which I know is a lot as that’s 600MB a second for 24FPS playback. I’m guessing my raid’s sustained read speeds aren’t keeping up in order to play the whole timeline back smoothly. I was going to finally upgrade to the the Areca 8050T3-8 (thunderbolt 3 8 drive raid that can put out around 2000MB/s) as my Lacie 8Big is five years old now.

    What are your thoughts? Thank you Richard!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Peter, wow, what an awesome build. Resolve Studio will enable hardware encode and decode of H.264/H.265 (HEVC) media on Windows, but this is not a limitation on any other codecs, your EXR’s are fine. I would imagine the bottleneck on your EXR playback could be one of a few things, either it’s hitting close to the read bandwidth limit of the drive array, or it’s the Thunderbolt 2 connection. Are any other devices daisy chained on the same Thunderbolt 2 bus? I’d recommend running the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test on your attached RAID. If the test shows you’re getting at least 600MB/sec sustained read speeds, the only other thing that comes to mind is what possible processing is going on in Resolve. Are the image sequences alone not playing back in real time? or after you do some compositing in Fusion or any color correction? Those EXR’s are heavy in file size, but Resolve unpacks everything into 32-bit float (per channel) anyway, so it seems like it should be a data bandwidth issue. When playing back is it just pulling the EXR’s or some other video files simultaneously off the same storage, and if so what kind of video?

  30. Kind Richard Lackey
    I have a notebook
    » Asus N752VX-GC133T
    Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit.
    Screen: IPS Led anti-reflective 17.3” 16:9 (Full HD 1920×1080).
    Chipset: Intel HM170.
    Cpu: Intel Core i7-6700HQ (2.60 / 3.50 GHz, 4 core, 6 MB Cache L3).
    Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 530 (OpenGL 4.4)
    + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (Cuda 9.1version 338.73) 4 GB DDR3.
    Hard Disk: Ssd 256 GB + 1 TB Sata 3.0 7200 rpm.
    Ram: 32 GB DDR4-2133.
    With these features, given the various execution problems with DaVinci Resolve even with performing computers, which version can I use? 15 – 14 – 13 ….?
    Thanks for your interest. Good job.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi! Thanks so much, I don’t usually recommend using older versions of Resolve. Have you tried Resolve 16 or the Resolve 17 beta on your laptop yet? I would recommend installing it, giving it a try with some video files and see what issues come up. It’s very likely that you would find the same issues with the older versions of Resolve also, because the software requirements have not changed too much. Give the latest version a try, and if you have problems, you can uninstall and try something like version 13, and see if there’s much difference. I imagine Resolve will run just fine, but you will likely need to make use of some performance workarounds like generating optimized media, and using render cache on the timeline.

  31. Anil Devasamudra

    Hi,
    How does Nvidia Quadro Graphics card Like P1000 4GB VRAM perform. I use Da Vinci Resolve 16 Studio Version. Can you please put more ligh