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
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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    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

    • 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.

    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,

    • 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.


    • 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,


    • 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!


    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)


    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,

    • 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,

      • 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.
      [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

    How does Nvidia Quadro Graphics card Like P1000 4GB VRAM perform. I use Da Vinci Resolve 16 Studio Version. Can you please put more light on this.
    Anil Devasamudra

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Anil, years ago it used to be the case that Quadro cards were preferred for Resolve, but that’s no longer the case. Also the P1000 is an old GPU and will be vastly outperformed by a RTX 20-series or 30-series GPU.

  32. Leonidas Ioannidis

    Good evening I have a problem with davinci. I have a dell precision T7610 Intel xeon E5 2620 x2 cpu, 64 gigs ram and nvidia quadro k4200, after installing the program after I open it I just go to do an action suddenly the program closes….There is a great need for the program to work because I live from it

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Leonidas, could you tell me which version of Windows you are using, and which version of Resolve? Are you on the latest drivers from Nvidia?

  33. Abegail Dela

    Hi Richard,
    This is very helpful article. I’m just using Davinci recently for work and my desktop cant handle the workload. So Im interested in purchasing a laptop. A store clerk recommend that the Acer Nitro 5 would be a good fit but upon reading your article Im having doubts. The laptop specs as follows
    Win10 with i5-10300H, 8GB DDR4 RAM which he explains that can be expandable to 16GB, a 4GB GTX1650Ti and 1TB + 256SSD for the HDD. Is this a specs good to run davinci smoothly with a simple editing of 2mins video clips? Looking forward for your helpful insights.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Abigail, thanks! It’s not a bad entry level choice, and it will run Resolve, but I would definitely upgrade to 16GB RAM. The rest of the specs are ok, but for Windows I would also recommend buying Resolve Studio, rather than using the free version of Resolve, so that you can take advantage of GPU hardware H.264 and HEVC video decoding and encoding. This will make your video playback performance much more smooth, as it is likely that your camera video clips are recorded in these codecs. What camera are your video files coming from?

      Alternatively you could look at the new M1 powered 13″ Macbook Pro, even with only 8GB memory (there are some significant architectural differences between the new M1 Macs and PC’s… even 8GB in the Mac is used a lot more efficiently), this will definitely do what you need it to in Resolve, and the free version of Resolve for Mac has hardware H.264 and HEVC decode and encode enabled. The only downside of the Mac is that it’s a 13″, so the screen is quite small, but if it fits in your budget, it would be a great choice, and will outperform the Acer for sure.

  34. Dave Hibbert

    During Covid, we choir directors are having to do virtual choirs. I’m using the free Resolve on my laptop that meets your ideal system requirements, (i7, 32gb ram, nVidia 1660 gpu, 1tb ssd) but things heat up and slow down -to the point of stalling – after I’ve rendered about half the choir.
    I hear that a desktop system would solve these problems. Could you recommend a least-expensive desktop component list for this application? No gaming or spreadsheets here – just 3 minute virtual choir videos of 20-40 singers recording on iPhones! HD is fine (no 4k).
    Or, would an eGPU solve my heating up/slowing down issues with my laptop?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Dave, if I understand correctly, these are 20-40 picture in picture boxes arranged on screen concurrently? If so the main issue is processing 20-40 H.264 video streams, which is a huge amount of processing overhead. Even a desktop system is going to require a lot of resources to do this. One thing you can try is to transcode all your source files first into a less intensive video codec, such as Avid DNxHR SQ or HQ. Have you tried this?

      • Dave Hibbert

        Thanks. But no, I haven’t tried that. Is Avid a software installation? And what does “transcode” mean?
        Sorry, I’m new at this. If there is a simpler program that will do what I’m asking, I’m open to trying it.

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Dave, you can use Resolve itself to do this. Later today I’ll give you some steps.

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Dave, to transcode your media, go to your Media page in Resolve and open the Media Management tool at File > Media Management…
          The Media Management tool window will pop up, and you need to select “Clips” at the top where your choices are “Project”, “Timeline”, and “Clips”.
          Next, set a destination folder, I would make it a subfolder, perhaps called “Transcoded Media” inside the folder where your original clips are stored.
          In the “Settings” tab you can select “All Media”
          In the “Video” tab you can select the below.
          Video format: “MXF OP1A”
          Codec: “DNxHR”
          Type: “DNxHR SQ”
          The rest you should be able to keep as default, and when ready click “Start”
          It will likely take a long time, so you might want to let it run overnight as it sounds like you have a lot of media to work through. Make sure you have space on the destination storage, the Media Management tool will estimate how much space will be required. Once complete you will edit with the newly created files, not the originals.
          Perhaps you can test your edit with a few clips first to see if it makes a difference.

  35. Ayushmaan Gururani

    Hello, great article thanks.
    I am going to build a pc soon with a rtx 3080 for gaming and video editing on Resolve.

    I am confused between 5800x and 5900x. I currently do edits only once-twice a week but I have a weak i7 5th gen cpu and no dedicated graphics so I use very beginner software.

    I do plan on using DaVinci Resolve and will likely increase the amount of video editing ill do. Do you think its worth buying the 5900x over the 5800x for $100 more?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi! Thanks for reading, in all honesty for Resolve I doubt you’ll experience too much difference between them, but it all depends on what you’re doing. I don’t have real-world experience with either of these CPU’s in an actual build so I’m going off what’s on paper between them. For only $100 difference however I’d probably choose the 5900X.

  36. Hello Richard,
    Am so happy so read your articles. It is much detailed and focused on what needs an independant filmmaker today.
    I would like to get a performant and durable system for my workflow :
    1/ Using Davinci and grading colors from DNGRAW 4K (60fps).
    2/ I would like to avoid Windows system and limited budget up to 3000 euros (3500$).
    3/ Could give advices to choose in between these configurations below ? Should I run on M1 with limited RAM or stay on “limited” processor with 64go RAM? I guess that an eGPU ought to be plugged on MacMini kit anyways right ?

    Version 1 Mac Mini 2020 (1,300$):
    Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU // 16-core Neural Engine // 16GB unified memory 
(>> meaning only 8GB RAM and 8GB GPU ? ) // 512MB SSD storage

    Version 2 Mac Mini 2018 (2,500$):
    Core i7-8700B 3,2 GHz // 64GB RAM // 512MB SSD storage // 6-Core // GPU : Intel UHD Graphics 630

    Thank you very much. Take Care.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Matt, thanks so much. Unfortunately it’s way too early to give any kind of meaningful opinions on the new M1 Macs. I don’t have one, and won’t buy one until there’s a 16″ with more RAM and more powerful GPU. I can’t actually give you any detailed comment on this comparison because I just don’t know. I’m asking the same questions myself. At the moment I am just absorbing other people’s experiences and tests, looking at benchmarks etc. I think it will take more time to see how the first crop of M1 Macs perform with Resolve for users that have decided to be the first generation guinea pigs. When there’s more information and accepted opinion out there from Resolve power users, I’ll definitely compile the best info I can find, but until then, I’m not buying anything.

      I also need to upgrade, but am not willing to go Intel Mac now, or the first M1 Macs. So I wait. If I couldn’t wait, and if I was forced to choose, in all honesty I’d go Intel with more RAM and a good GPU. The GPU is going to be doing most of the work, and as good as the M1 integrated GPU may be, I have some doubts when comparing it to a high end discrete GPU even if the M1 CPU is impressively outperforming i7 and i9 Intel chips in benchmarks. Saying that, I could be wrong.

      I also have a lot of questions but unfortunately I don’t have answers yet.

    • Thank u a lot Richard. Pleasure to read u’r fast reply. It actually confirm my hesitation.
      I may think about it before being a guinea pig lol. When Mac products will give to us the real opportunity
      to upgrade the machine under 3000$? I will consider then about choosing in priority the GPU capacity/RAM to processor performances. If there is not oil, what aims the motor ?

      Kind regards. M/

  37. Andrew Hobbs

    Hi Richard
    I’m putting together a custom pc for resolve (plus some vmix/atem streaming) and am hoping you’d cast an eye over the specs.
    Note: I’m sourcing the monitors separately.

    Many thanks

    Processor (CPU)
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT 12 Core CPU (4.7GHz/70MB CACHE/AM4)
    ASUS® CROSSHAIR VIII HERO (DDR4, PCIe 4.0, CrossFireX/SLI) – RGB Ready!
    Memory (RAM)
    32GB Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3600MHz (4 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card
    10GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3080 – HDMI, DP (Delivery before Xmas not guaranteed)
    1st Storage Drive
    3TB SATA-III 3.5″ HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 64MB CACHE
    1st Storage Drive
    3TB SATA-III 3.5″ HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 64MB CACHE
    1st M.2 SSD Drive
    500GB SEAGATE FIRECUDA 520 GEN 4 PCIe NVMe (up to 5000MB/R, 2500MB/W)
    RAID 1 (MIRRORED VOLUME – 2 x same size & model HDD / SSD)
    Power Supply
    Power Cable
    1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
    Processor Cooling
    Corsair H115i PRO Cooler w/ PCS Ultra Quiet Fans
    Thermal Paste
    Sound Card
    Network Card
    USB/Thunderbolt Options
    MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit – inc. Single Licence [KUK-00001]

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Andrew, it looks good to me. How do you intend to configure and use the storage? It looks like there is a two drive mirrored RAID, and a 500GB NVMe correct? How will you use these? Which one is OS/system drive? Looks fantastic though. I wish I was ordering this!

      • Andrew Hobbs

        Plan is to have the os installed on 500gb. The raid will be used for storage/work files in addition to an external backup drive

        • Richard Lackey

          Ok, it looks good, depending what type and resolution video files you intend to work with, you may find that you need faster storage for your video files. That’s the only thing that stands out to me as a possible issue.

  38. Hi Rich,
    I recently purchased the MacBook Pro 16inch with the 5600m config(HBM2 8gb navi v-ram) Other specs include I9, and 64gb of ram. I have the latest version of Resolve and have attempted to playback 8k r3d files, but previews/playback are showing dropped frames(22 of 23.9) when I select ” All frames.” Without “All Frames” it drops several frames, albeit showing 23.9 on frame indicator. When I move to the “cut” or “editing” tab, the playback drops like 10 more frames. I tried every codec and still have issues. It barely works in quarter res. I also have istat menus and its showing that I’m only using 50 percent of my GPU. I know its a 4k timeline, but that’s strange. Is there a problem with the free version? I have it set to Red decompression/debayer with metal. I tried switching to debayer only and I’m having worse performance. Please let me know if you can diagnose my problem. Thanks.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Marc, unfortunately I don’t have the same Macbook Pro (mine wouldn’t stand a chance with 8K R3D) so I’m not going to be any help. This is something I would definitely look for guidance on some of the Resolve forums (Lift Gamma Gain etc) because there will be other people that have relevant experience and knowledge, some with identical hardware.

  39. Hi Richard,

    Thanks so much for all your help and knowledge!
    I have started work on my first commercial project with an i7 10th gen 1660ti laptop with 6gb vram and 8gb shared gpu + 16gb memory (which I can upgrade to 32gb).. However it seems my 1080x1080p 1 minute video in Davinci is beginning to max out the 6gb vram with optimized media turned on and only simple stabilization and text subtitles. I can half proxy it the optimised media and get 75% use but I’m more concerned that I will run out of vram soon. Is there a way to utilize shared gpu to future proof more intense editing?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Nicholas, are you watching GPU usage or GPU VRAM usage? Is Resolve actually giving you a warning that your GPU memory is full?

  40. Hi Richard,
    I want to buy a new laptop for Davinci Resolve, the Asus Rog Zephyrus M15 UHD. It has i7_10750 , RTX2070 maxQ, 16 GB RAM. Can upgrade RAM till 24 GB.
    I can read in your recommendations above that you recommend 32GB RAM.
    I’m shooting underwater footage in 4K and therefore I need to adjust colours.
    Is 24GB RAM strong enough for adjusting colours in 4K?
    Thank you.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Peter, thanks for reading! I’m glad you found it helpful. I’d say your choice is great, and yes, I believe 24GB RAM will be good for you.

      • Hi Richard, thank you for the information!

      • Hi Richard,
        My laptop has a RTX2070. Do you recommend the Nvidia Studio Driver to improve performance with editing in Davinci Resolve 17? If yes, which version do you recommend? Thank you.

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Peter, sorry for the very late reply. Yes you can try the latest Nvidia Studio driver, and see if it improves anything. This should be a pretty good GPU, is there anything particular that is bothering you performance wise? Maybe the GPU is not the cause.

          • Hi Richard, thanks for reply. Actually the studio version works very smooth on this laptop, working with 4K 30fps the laptop gets warm but it still works good. So while working on a project there are no issues. The only thing which is bothering me is that Davinci Resolve 17 sometimes suddenly stops unexpectedly, so unsafed edits are lost. And usually it does so when I’m working on transitions between clips. At the moment working on a project which is FHD 60fps, so it’s not even 4K, and still it stops sometimes.
            I still didn’t updrade the RAM from 16GB to 24GB. Do you think this could be the cause?
            Thank you

          • Hi Peter, I’m not sure what might be causing the crashes. This has happened to me before even on Mac but rarely. I wouldn’t be able to say definitively if it’s a memory issue.

  41. Benton Collins

    Thanks for the great article Richard. I was forced to abandon Nvidia cards for my Mac 5.1 running Mojave due to a lack of CUDA driver support which completely crippled the previous good performance I once had in Resolve. I went with the Sapphire Radeon RX580 and am ready to install it. What bios setting do you recommend? Gaming mode or Compute Mode? Compute mode might seem to be the obvious choice, but I didn’t want to assume anything. Thanks for your help!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Benton, that’s a good question, but one I don’t know the answer to. I would also assume compute mode, at least to begin with and you could try changing it later if you need to, but I don’t know this for sure. Assumptions are not facts, sorry I don’t know more.

  42. Charles Lyda

    What is the cost for a DaVinci Resolve System Software?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Charles, there are two versions. DaVinci Resolve is free, and DaVinci Resolve Studio which has a few differences that make it better suited to commercial professional use costs only $299.

  43. IWannaAnswer

    Hey, is this good configuration for basic HD/UHD work? Intel i5 9300hf, gtx 1050, little bit overdated so i dont know, 16 gb of ram, 500 gb? Usage for maybe little colour correction, cuts? I am also very beginner.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi, the best thing is to install the software and give it a try. You may be alright depending on what you need to do and what kind of video files you want to work with. There are ways to make things work if you have trouble, such as generating optimized media, and using Resolve’s render cache.

  44. Nancy Lacoste

    Hi Richard,
    it is really hard to find a computer with all the spec at a decent price here in Quebec, Canada! Every time i find the perfect laptop, it says cannot be shipped to Quebec!! I want to use free DR to play with videos made from Cell phone mostly, combine 3 videos playing different instrument/voice, mix the sound of the 3 and see the 3 on screen. (the audio source can come from a different file as well and mixed to the video)
    So… under 2000$ tax included here, i found a gaming laptop, Asus G17 G712LV
    I7 – 10750H
    512GB SSD
    16GB RAM
    GeForce RTX 2060 – 6Gb
    2.6GHz(max turbo up to 5.0GHz)
    Full HD 1920×1080 120Hz

    Is it enough? is it too much?

    Thank you for your time!

    • Nancy Lacoste

      Or for the same price, there is this one…
      Asus Rog Strix G15 G512LU
      1 TB SSD
      16 GB RAM
      GeForce GTX 1660Ti graphics 6 GB
      Win 10
      2.6GHz(max turbo up to 5.0GHz)
      Full HD 1920×1080 144Hz

      Dollar for dollar, which one is better?
      Thank you!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Nancy, sorry for the late reply. This looks ideal, actually both of the ones you mention are up to the task. I would lean towards the one with the better GPU (the RTX 2060) but either should be good for the work you intend to do.

  45. Hi, I’ve yet to install the software cause i’m unsure where my laptop specs stand. My plan is to edit Gopro hero 9 videos and i am going to be an ‘Absolute Beginner’ in editing and so far DaVinci Resolve sounds promising, If you could guide me on if my laptop can or cannot handle the software it would be a big help.
    Laptop specs (Acer Swift 3 2020) are as follows:
    CPU: Intel Core i5-1035G1 (quad-core, 6MB Intel Smart Cache, up to 3.6GHz)
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8GB DDR4 (2,667MHz)
    Display: 14″ FHD 1080p IPS
    Storage: 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
    NVIDIA GeForce MX250
    Sorry if there is unwanted info but I am hoping my laptop might just make the cut.

    • The GPU would be a problem but you could try installing resolve 15 which is not as resource intensive- not optimal but it may make the difference between being able to edit on the computer and not.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Katherine, I seem to have completely missed your questions and I’m so sorry I didn’t respond. To be honest I think you’ll need to look at upgrading to a higher spec machine. You can find laptops with a 10th gen Intel i7, 16GB RAM and a GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GPU for under $1200. I’m not sure you’ll find anything for much less than that. If you don’t need a laptop, the new Apple M1 Mac Mini can be a good entry level option for Resolve, either the 8GB or 16GB model, but I’d be tempted to go for the 16GB, this costs less than a Windows laptop of minimum required specs, but you’ll need a display, keyboard and mouse for it, and of course it’s not self contained and portable like a laptop.

  46. Richard – thanks for the work you put into this – would it be possible to use an older version of Resolve more suited to somewhat lower-spec hardware?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Steve, thanks for the question! One would think that an older version of the software might require lower specs, but unfortunately it’s not the software determining the requirements as much as the tasks the software is doing. The hardware requirements have not changed much (if at all) since at least version 12, even before that. So an older version of Resolve won’t help you unfortunately. The minimum hardware requirements have pretty much been constant for many years, it’s just the cost of meeting those minimums has dropped substantially in recent years especially, and it’s become cheaper to exceed the minimum specs. A few years ago for example, a GPU with 4GB VRAM cost a lot more compared to an 8GB+ gaming GPU today, but the minimum requirement is still around 4GB even now for basic 4K work. There are $1000 laptops now that will run Resolve, a few years ago it would have been twice that much to meet the minimum in a laptop.

      • It is not entirely true that the hardware requirements have not increased compared with older versions.
        I tried upgrading to DR16 and completely lost the ability to play any timeline in real time (went from being able to monitor at 60fps for 4k content down to 3-8fps even with lowly HD content).
        Rolling back to DR15 restored smooth playback on my stock Acer Aspire V Nitro laptop. That’s a mere i5 with a built-in 2 GB Nvidia GPU and a measly 16 GB of RAM.
        I would strongly recommend against people upgrading to DR16 in the hope of improving performance as my database was automatically modified in a way which is not compatible with DR15 so once I rolled back I lost access to every single video I’d made up to that point.
        It seems logical and indeed probable that a previous version of DR which stated lower minimum system requirements at the time (e.g. because there was no such thing as a 64 GB GPU card back then) would be likely to run with less issue.
        I would imagine that if I found a version of Resolve from pre-2015 it would actually run reasonably reliably on this laptop.

  47. Hi Rich !
    You are doing great! Greetings from India!
    I’m doing Color Grade for Ads and Short films. I would like to use DaVinci Resolve Studio new version. I’m using Prores HQ HD video for Offline Edit. I want to do Color Grade with RAW files like RED 8K, 4K, Arri 4K, Blackmagic 6K, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H, Sony A7S, Canon 5D & Pantham camera. How to does best work in affordable system budget. Usually we are doing 2 Min Ads & 10 Min to 30 Min Short films.

    what do you mean about this configuration ?

    Retina 5K display
    27-inch (diagonal) Retina 5K display

    5120×2880 resolution with support for 1 billion colours
    500 nits brightness
    Wide colour (P3)
    True Tone technology
    Configurable with nano-texture glass

    # Processor
    3.1GHz 6‑core 10th-generation Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz

    # Memory
    8GB (two 4GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 memory; four SO‑DIMM slots, user accessible

    Configurable to 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB

    # Storage
    *Internal 256GB SSD
    *Guide me for External storage for DaVinci and Autodesk Flame or Smoke.
    How much TB willbe needed.

    # Graphics
    Radeon Pro 5300 with 4GB of GDDR6 memory

    #Blackmagic Decklink card to monitor (for 2k output 2048 x 1152)
    I would like to use DaVinci Resolve Studio and Autodesk Flame or Smoke

    # Monitor (Which one low budget good monitor. Eizo, Konvision, BenQ )
    I want to use SDI output to monitor.

    If i missd anything Guide me.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge !

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Sikandar, thanks for your comment. This system you have described is unfortunately not well suited to working with the raw video formats you want to work with. The 27″ iMac is capable but in a different configuration. You’ll need a stronger CPU, so go with the i7 option, and much more than 8GB system memory (upgrade to 32GB) and a stronger GPU with more GPU memory, so configure it with the Radeon Pro 5700 with 8GB VRAM. For monitoring you will need a Blackmagic Design Ultrastudio, and a suitable monitor. I highly recommend giving this video a watch for monitor recommendations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRT-arfdJHY

  48. Hi Richard,
    Thank you for your informative and thorough work. I have read extensively through your site and found it very useful.
    However, I am still very daunted: I am a musician first (not a video editor or gamer). I am getting into video and intending to go for DaVinci as a new user. I am firmly in the Mac camp but my understanding is that I’ll get more for my money if I go PC. Despite reading through your advice and specs (plus lots of other sites) I am completely clueless – it may as well be in another language!
    If I were to send you some specs would you be able to look over them for me and advise if it would make a wise purchase…? I realise you are busy and have better things to do but I am really out of my depth here (and scared of going the PC route, to be honest).
    Finding your site has finally brought a degree if clarity (even though I have a long way to go). Thank you for your great work.
    Kind regards,

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Nick, I am so sorry for taking so long to reply to you! I’ve started a new job recently and so my response time has suffered on the blog. Yes, please feel free to send me specs and I can have a look! You can send to richard @ richardlackey.com

      • Hi Richard,
        No worries. I decided to bite the bullet and went for the souped up pricey MacBook Pro option.
        One thing would be good to know however – can I connect a 2nd screen to my new laptop to split the Davinci interface between 2 screens? There is a lot going on so would be good to create some room.
        Many thanks. Kind regards.

  49. I have installed Resolve 16.2.7, free version on my Windows 10 PC.
    Unlike many comments ( and documentation) to the contrary, it seems to take advantage of my GPU card (GeForce GTX 1060 6GB)) which it discovered automatically. Payed Studio version may be required for multiple GPUs though.
    Easy to see in Preferences/ Memory and GPU panel

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Anthony, yes it will take advantage of the GPU for image processing and OpenFX etc, but not for H.264/H.265 decoding or encoding unless you’re using DaVinci Resolve Studio. Unless this has changed with the most recent Resolve release but I haven’t heard this yet. I will however look into this.

  50. Hi Richard,
    I really appreciate your thorough work. Thank you very much. I’m considering buying a new laptop. I sometimes make videos needed editing. But for the most part, I use the laptop for entertainment only. So, which laptop will be more suitable for me? (my budget is appox. 1500$, and I’m in two minds between Asus zephyrus G14 and Surface book 2. Is there any other option better?). And would you mind telling me what drawbacks I may encounter if I use DR free version?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Gina, at the $1500 point, between these two I would go for the Zephyrus G14. The main drawback with the free version of Resolve on Windows is that you won’t have GPU hardware decoding or encoding of h.264/HEVC video. This is actually a big factor for performance if you’re using these video codecs, which most of us are, as they are everywhere in almost every kind of camera that records video. If you experience playback issues, I would definitely recommend buying Resolve Studio when you are in a position to do so.

  51. Hello,
    I am having a hard time installing DaVinci Resolve 16.2. My iMac meets the requirements to run it. I am wondering if there is a specific Mac OS version that 16.2 needs.. I am running High Sierra 10.13.6

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Steve, sorry for the late reply. The oldest supported MacOS version is Mac 10.14.6 Mojave but I’m running it on Catalina with no issues.

  52. Hi Richard, I am trying to decide between the AMD RX580 or RX5500 or RX 5600 for davinci resolve free on macbook pro 13 ich (egpu enclosure) , i7 with 16gb or ram . I will be doing 4k video editing with some fusion effects .Right now render and playback is pretty bad.

    Any recommendation on which is best ?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi! That’s an interesting one because I don’t think the RX580 and RX5600 will differ that much, however I am not 100% sure. It would be worth asking this or searching through some of the Resolve forums to see what other users are saying.

  53. What is the minimum system requirement for making a 100 voice virtual choir(split screen) using Davinci Resolve 16

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Dinesh, sorry for the late response. Could you explain a bit more what you need to do? I am not sure what you mean by a virtual choir?

  54. Hello, currently I’m using Ryzen 5 3600 with 16GB dual channel RAM and a very basic GPU like GTX 1050..Now I’m planning to add more 16Gb RAM and Upgrade my GPU. and my question is between GTX 1660 Super / RTX 2060 / RTX 2060 Super which one would be the value for money choice!??
    I will work mostly with 1080p and 4k footages for now.. maybe 6K later..
    In any software I would be happy with 1080p playback..
    but in delivery I need both 1080p and 4K

    for *DaVinci resolve, Fusion and *Adobe After effects.

    So please help me out,
    thanks in advance!

  55. Shishir Aich

    Hi Richard,
    Thanks dor your valuable writing. I am a learner. I am using an under spec laptop. Thus I switched from DR 16 to DR 15
    Assuming that it will be less heavy for my system. My system configuration is as below:
    Intel Core i3 3110M 2 core/4 thread 2.4 Ghz
    16 GB RAM 1600 Mhz DDR3
    HDD 4500 RPM 500 GB
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Display Graphic)
    AMD Radeon HD 8670M 1 GB VRAM (Render Graphic)

    I mostly work with h.264 codec 4k video file from Sony A6300. I use optimized media,
    FHD timeline, render color output, render settings – user. With help of all these settings I
    Somehow able to make playback and render my project. But its not smooth at all. And I frequently
    Face crash, hang, freeze and other sort of problem. While working in DR I oberved in windows task
    Manager that my maximum cpu usage is around 95% and maximum gpu usage is
    Around 30%. As I am a learner and I dont have the budget
    To upgrade to a new system or buy the DR Studio Version, can you suggest me any possible
    Upgradation I can have in my existing laptop to improve DR performance? I can afford to replace
    Existing hdd with 2.5 SATA SSD, buy a Exp GDC Beast version 8.0 and use a 4GB vram graphics card on it.

    Thanks in advance

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Shishir, unfortunately I won’t be of much help as I’ve never even heard of the Exp GDC Beast adapter for an external video card, and couldn’t even guess if it will work. The list of recommended GPU’s are very old. I know it is not the answer you want but I doubt there is anything you can do except invest in a much newer, high performance laptop.

      • Shishir Aich

        Thanks for your response. I mostly struggle when I work in DR color page. Playback is still somehow manageable. As you described in your article cpu and other component only determine how smooth or fast playback will be. But the gpu will determine how complex color grading or effects can be done in DR. So playback is somehow managed by using optimized media. But I am struggling with color grading. If EXP GDC Beast Adapter work and I add 4GB/6GB vram graphics card will it help me small/medium increase in smooth performance in color page of DR? The main reason behind the confusion is the utilization percentage of my system: CPU=95% & GPU=30%. Sorry to bother you again, but if you have any additional opinion assuming EXP GDC Beast Adapter will work?

  56. Hello,
    I read thru your guide. i have a laptop with a i7 8750H with a RTX 2070 & 16GA of RAM. I am using a SSD 1st as storage. our video’s are all 1080p @ 60fps.
    are these specs enough? I ask because we are having trouble with smooth play back. we are using the free version. the FPS the playback is running at says 59.00 but I’m not sure that’s right because its laggy. if you could share any advice i would greatly appreciate it. thank you!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Jonathan, yes your system should be fine. I’m assuming you’re working with h.264 codec video? If you buy Resolve Studio, you should notice a big improvement to playback as Resolve Studio supports GPU hardware decoding and encoding of h.264 and h.265 media, the free version does not (except on MacOS).

  57. Richard — thanks so much for compiling and sharking all of this. I’m getting ready to put my gear into storage and set up a much smaller home office off of a late 2019 MacBook Pro (16inch, 8core 2.4Ghz/64GB ram/2TB SSD/8GB AMD 5600M). I will be grading off of my Eizo CG318 4K and/or LG OLED and Resolve Mini Panel. I should add I’m breaking down my MacPro 5.1s which have Titan X’s and Titan XP founders in them. I’m wondering if there is a recco for eGPU for that configuration? It looks like I need to by another graphics card (AMD land) which I’m not stoked about given I have a ton of hardware I could source from Mac and PC (4x MacPro 5.1s with Titan Xs or Titan XPs and 2x HPz840 with Cubix/BlackMagic 4k 12G and a bunch of stuff in it. Putting the bigger hardware in storage and working from home for a few months while between production cycles. During this time I’m going to be working on training myself up better in DaVinci and getting better on the panel. I have a big TB3 raid to hook up and work on. Virtually all the content I’m delivering is in Rec709 and HD but going to tinker with some other demo displays for HDR and 4K (nothing higher). We normally edit in Premiere on the Macs, grade on the bigger PCs in Resolve, do come Cinema 4D on the other PC and render ProRes when needed on a MacPro 5.1 with Resolve on it. Just wondering if there’s something that will work with the NVidia cards I have but my guess is not. Figured it was worth asking. I sincerely appreciate the info you put out. Its super helpful.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Rob, thanks so much! Yeah for eGPU you’d have to go AMD for Mac compatibility. It’s a real pain but it is what it is. I recommend the Blackmagic Ultrastudio Mini Monitor for the video output to your Eizo or LG, and to calibrate it of course. The Blackmagic Mini Monitor should work too, but I’ve been hearing some people reporting issues. The 5600M is ok though, what kind of codecs and resolutions will you be working with?

      • Thanks for the recco. We tend to edit in Premiere because on Shark Week shows we have a grab bag of Red GoPro Sony Phantom DJI. Occasional DSLR shot. Mixed resolutions and framerates, edit with the camera media but usually conform at 1920×1080 23.976 4444 ProRes and send that through Resolve with all geometry corrections stabilizations VFX etc applied and all we focus on is color. Send back to Premiere for graphics to be applied and generate deliverables from there. I’m debating moving the whole edit into resolve though, offline in LT then online to something else. Would like to tinker with DPX sequences and try to see the differences.

  58. Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the wonderful post – I am from India and we are using DaVinci Resolve Free Edition for House of Worship / Music Ministries Videos – Basically Small Setup with editing output from Nikon SLR Cameras – A couple of One Plus Phones – IPads – basically what is lying around nothing professional – We plan and hope to be able to buy a Mavic Mini someday if posssible.

    The main Query is that we are looking to build a new Rig for the Editing Works-

    We are not sure if in the free Edition there is any benefit of getting a heavy GPU-

    We want to future proof at some level as well

    What we are hoping to build is

    Ryzen 7 3700x with its in pack coooler
    Super GTX 1660 6GB or Rx 580; 8 GB – Confused to go with the GTX or the RX – the RX being almost 75$ Cheaper with 2GB more RAM – Plus as of now we are using the Free Edition
    B 450 aorus elite
    Antek neo Eco 650 Wt
    16 GB RAM – will try and Bump up to 32 GB maybe when there is some more budget
    500 GB M.2 Drive

    Any suggestions on the planned build would be appreciated.

    Sorry to be asking this but
    Also we are not very clear on how exactly we should use the GPU for best processing – Should the Monitor run off the Integrated Motherboard and we should leave the GPU Free??
    How do we need to activate GPU to be used by DaVinci – do we have to change some settings or just by being installed on the motherboard it DaVinci will detect and use the graphics.

    As of now we continue to use the free edition – and will consider a shift to the studio version when there is some budget.

    Any thoughts will be of great help – please let us know if you think it is an overkill for what we are doing. Your suggestions would go a long way in helping us

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Daniel, your proposed build looks good. The GTX 1660 will outperform the RX 580 but I would highly recommend you prioritize buying Resolve Studio. Seeing as most of your media is coming from consumer / prosumer cameras, it will all be h.264 or HEVC based codecs, and having GPU hardware decoding of these codecs enabled will make a big difference. This is only possible with Resolve Studio.

      The GPU only has to be present, with the right drivers installed. Resolve will recognize it and use it. I’d recommend you use the Nvidia Studio driver. You can plug your GUI monitor into it also.

      • Thanks so much Richard!

        Appreciate the Comment and showing us in the right direction!

        Will work towards the Suggestions – as well as procuring the studio version as soon as we have a budget after building the Rig! Thanks Again!

  59. Michael Lowe

    I am so thankful for your site… I found you a couple days ago and subscribed… I do interior and exterior drone videos, with both a Mavic 2 and smaller drones I build that fly a go Pro… I don’t have a land setup, but your site has really opened me to the possibilities of using an iPhone…. I need to upgrade my phone as mine is quite old, but I am planning to explore…

    But I’m writing here to ask a question… I have the current Resolve Studio, and a woefully under powered iMac… I thought I would be okay, but I really wish I had found your site when I started working with Resolve and bought this computer used at the advice of someone who really didn’t understand the Resolve requirements….

    In any case, I have a very good friend who is getting me a new iMac… He is willing to pay $3K toward the new iMac, and I am struggling with a couple decisions… At this time I do shorter videos, 1 – 9 min, with color grading and, for now, limited Fusion, some text, titles… Also do noise reduction, but I expect to have the noise reduction on only when rendering… the Mavic I shoot in log and H.265, and the go pro is also in log on H.264… At the moment I’m outputting HD content, but that could change in the future…..

    I’m trying to decide between the following configurations and I wonder if you’d mind advising me?

    1) i9 10th gen 10 core with the Radeon 5700XT (with 16GB video RAM) and a 512 GB SSD
    2) i9 10th gen 10 core with the Radeon 5700 (with 8GB video RAM) and a 1 TB SSD
    3) i7 10th gen 8 core with the with the Radeon 5700XT (with 16GB video RAM) and a 1 TB

    I am just a little short of funding to get the i9 with the 5700XT and the 1 TB drive, which is what I want…. My current iMac has 850 GB on the Fusion drive, so if I get the 512 SSD I will have to be alot more careful about what is on the drive…

    I’d be grateful to know your thoughts…

    Thanks again for a great site!!


    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Michael, thanks so much! Those three are all good, it’s tough to imagine you’d have too much of a usability difference between them. The i7 is already enough CPU power, but of course the i9 10 core is a useful boost. If the capacity of the built in SSD is important, then that rules out number 1. Between 2 and 3, I’d be tempted by number 3, but really, 8GB VRAM is also going to be perfectly adequate for your work.

      I don’t think you can make a wrong pick here.

      If you could afford a 1TB external SSD, like a Samsung T5 1TB (around $160 on Amazon) then I’d go for number 1 for sure, and just use the external for media storage.

      If not, I guess I’d lean towards the GPU over the CPU and consider number 3.

  60. ZamoraFotoCine

    Hello friend, thanks for your great contribution, after reading several questions and answers I was encouraged to make mine. I am going to edit my first feature film, shot in 4K with a lumix gh4 and some drone shots, I think the most demanding will be a decent color correction, and a 2 hour timeline, I have a low budget like many, I plan to mount 32gb ram, a ryzen 5 3600x processor or a ryzen 7 3700x although I have seen that they highly recommend the ryzen 53600 by economco, I will also use a 500gb m2 ssd and another 1tb ssd, I have the files on a red wester dgtal hard drive of 6tb…, now the complicated topic to choose is the Gpu, I had in mind a gtx 1080 or 1080ti that I see is not recommended in your article, a rtx 2600 super or a 1660 super 6gb because it is cheaper, where there is a difference of 150 $ approximately that could be used for something else, do you think that with the 1660 super I will have a fluid edition despite the 6gb ram, or do you think I should bet on the 8gb ram, normally I edit with adobe premier, but I would like to give the I jump to davinci someday and I don’t want cut me short on the gpu and be sure I made a good long-term investment. I was also evaluating the amd RX 5500 tx from amd that despite the 8 gb and the price falls short and also I think it is not highly recommended for these tasks and in all the forums I see Nvdia as more recommended for editing than AMD. Thanks for your time, I am honestly on the verge of madness trying to choose a GPU that suits my needs. I wanted to bet on a higher cost CPU so I thought of a cheaper gpu. Thanks again I await your advice. Greetings from this place called Venezuela.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi! Thanks so much for reading, and for the comment. I think you’ll be fine with what you’re proposing. What kind of video files will you be working with? From which camera? If you do decide to run DaVinci Resolve, I’d recommend buying Resolve Studio, instead of using the free version. Resolve Studio supports hardware GPU decoding and encoding of h.264/h.265 video codecs, which will make a big difference to performance if you’re working with those types of video files.

      • ZamoraFotoCine

        camara lumix gh4 panosonic, archivos, si siempre exporto a h264 y h265
        I got a cheap 8GB Ram gtx 1070 that also accepts the Nvidia Studio driver

        Thanks for answering friend you are great

  61. Thanks for the great post
    I have i5 4460
    16gb ram 1600mhz ddr3
    RX 570 4gb
    2tb HDD 5700 rpm
    could you advise me to what upgrade should I do
    if I go to i7 4770 will it be good or no?
    if I add SSD will it help to speed up the playback?
    I am in a low budget unfortunately so what should I do?
    save more money and get new pc but it will take about 1 and half year or sell this pc and get something used like Xeon?
    i work in 1080p 60fps files.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Amr, thanks so much for the question. What codec are the video files you are using? Are you using the free version of Resolve or Resolve Studio?

  62. hi richard,
    i’m just using old workstation thinkstation E31 with Intel Xeon 3.5ghz (2nd gen i think) 14gb DDR3 ECC ram and zotac GTX 1050ti GPU, is it sufficient enough for me just for editing 1080p full HD? currently use 240gb SSD for operating system and 1TB x2 hard drives for storage.

  63. Great article, Richard!
    I’m trying to figure out the best solution for 4k video editing in free version of Davinci 16 and you mentioned that dual xeons aren’t necessary anymore and 3900x has better value for money BUT i can’t really find any videos with face to face comparingg of those CPUs in same PCs. Could you please compare the next two configs and say what whould you prefer (they’re the same price in our country)?
    1st: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB, DDR4 64GB (2x32GB) 3466Mhz, Samsung 970 EVO V-NAND MLC 1TB M.2
    2nd: Dual Intel Xeon E5-2696 v2 (2,5 – 3,3 GHz), RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB, 128 GB PC3 12800R, ssd is the same
    I’ll really appreciate your help ’cause i’ve already got a headache about that -_-

  64. nurdin.orlic

    Hi Richard. I’ve been using desktop pc for editing for over year now, but I need now laptop, because I’m going abroad for about 6 months. I need some laptop with specs that can edit mostly 1080p and sometimes 4k. I don’t care if it takes too long to render or if sometimes playback is not smooth. As long as it can do the job (specialy with 4k editing, effects and color grade).

    I found these two used laptops:
    -Asus Rog Zephyrus Ga502du AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, Quad-core, 2.3 GHz / 4.0 GHz, 6 MB cache, 16 GB DDR4 (2400 MHz), 24 GB max installable RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q, 6 GB GDDR6, Storage: 512 GB SSD, Screen size: 15.6″, Screen type: LED, Resolution: Full HD 1920 x 1080p, Screen features: 120 Hz display
    -Dell Alienware M17x R3, i7-6820HK 2.7GHz (3.6GHz Turbo), 16GB DDR4 RAM, 180GB SSD + 1TB Hard Drives, 17.3″ 4K LED Display, Dual Graphics: 1. Intel HD530 2. NVIDIA GTX 980M.
    Both 1000€ used. Which one of these is more suitable? Or none of them are not good enough?  Thanks

    • nurdin.orlic

      Oh and Nvidia GTX 980m has 8gb vram

      • nurdin.orlic

        And one more thing 🙂 I shoot with gh5 and have free version, but probably will upgrade in future for studio

        • Richard Lackey

          You’ll definitely want to use Resolve Studio if you can, for the GPU hardware video decoding, it will make a big difference.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Nurdin, I’d definitely take the Asus with the GeForce GTX 1660Ti, the GPU is better than the Dell.

  65. Hi, thanks for the great article. Is the 6GB GPU up to date in 2020 for editing 4k footage? Sorry for asking I just couldn’t see an original post date for the article and I see some of the comments are from 2015.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Ian, thanks for reading. Yeah, this article was first written a while ago but I keep it constantly updated. I should add a “last updated” date, that might be helpful. Yes, 6GB VRAM is perfectly fine for most 4K work, what GPU are you considering?

  66. Hi Richard, first off, thanks for putting in so much effort into your posts and replies. You really are one of the best sources of clear and understandable information on the web. I have 2 quick questions:
    1. I know you mention specific parts for the the CPU, GPU, Memory, motherboards etc, but I’m wondering if you have any complete “ready to buy” lists (at different price points) on your site that would take all the guesswork out of trying to coordinate all the compatible parts? I love the idea of building my new PC form scratch but I’m scared I’ll end up with either incompatible parts or improper specs.
    2. Do you have any articles that walk through the proper installation of Resolve studio once the PC is built and ready to go? I’m concerned about where on the drives the software should be loaded or if it should be spread over the various memory storage areas.
    Sorry for the naive questions but I appreciate your expertise.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Lorne, thanks so much for the feedback, that’s super encouraging to hear. Unfortunately I don’t have any specific recommended builds or component lists because I don’t want to mislead anyone by recommending configurations I haven’t built and stress tested myself. I’m not in a position to build custom PC’s and test components unfortunately. I’m happy to recommend GPU’s because they are known entities and are heavily benchmarked. As for proper configuration and installation of Resolve, I could totally write that up. That’s a great idea and I think a lot of people might find that helpful. I’ll work on putting that together over the coming couple of weeks.

  67. Hey Richard, first thanks for your awesome work!
    heres my question:
    Im mostly using HD videos from different sources- GoPro, Smartphones, Social Media étc.->
    I want to cut edit etc. maximum 2K videos.

    I´m looking for a Laptop(including Touch & the minimum Specs you were talking about)with a Price around 1500 if possible, here is what i found but im confused about the Specifications. I dont know if its enough.

    Laptop 1:
    HP ENVY x360 15-ed0176ng 15,6″ FHD IPS Touch, Intel i7-10510U, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, MX330, Windows 10
    On the site they say the MX330 has 4gb -but when i google it ……-

    Laptop 2:
    Lenovo Yoga 720 39,6 cm (15,6 Zoll Ultra HD IPS Touch) Slim Convertible Notebook (Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4 GB, Windows 10 Home) silber

    Laptop 3:
    Lenovo Yoga S940 Laptop 35,6 cm (14 Zoll 1920×1080, FHD, IPS, Touch) Slim Notebook (Intel Core i7-1065G7, 16GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus Graphic

    Laptop 3:
    HP Spectre x360 15-df1211ng (15,6 Zoll UHD Touch) 2in1 Notebook (Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB Intel Optane, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5, Windows 10 Home) dark ash silver

    Laptop 4:
    HP Spectre x360 15-df1002ng 15,6″ UHD IPS Touch, Intel i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD + 32GB Optane, GTX 1650,

    I don´t want to put to much here -im just very confused and im not a pro when it comes down to understanding the specs right.

    I would be very happy if you could help me out here.

    Best Regards

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Davis, thanks for the comment. Out of those choices, I’d definitely recommend one of the last two with the GTX 1650 GPU, also you’ll want to purchase a Resolve Studio license instead of using the free version of Resolve, this will enable GPU H.264 / H.265 hardware acceleration.

  68. Hi Richard! Thank you for this post! It was very helpful!
    I have an ASUS X555UB i5 8gb Ram with GeForce 940M with 2gb dedicated.
    I’m currently using Da Vinci Resolve 14 for editing 4k footages. I’m planning to upgrade my system with plus 4gb Ram and 1T SSD internal (So I will have the HD and the SSD).
    Do you recommend to install Da Vinci in the SSD? Would it be better for activities such as color grading and LUDs management?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Renan, it’s not important to install Resolve on the SSD, but it will help to have your video files on the SSD, and to set Resolve’s cache directory to use the SSD.

  69. Sterling Archer

    Thanks for the recommendations, but at this rate it seems the only computers that will be able to run Davinci Resolve will be built by NASA.

    • Richard Lackey

      Haha, yes, it can seem like that but it’s not really. Many gaming desktops and laptops are perfect. A decent GeForce RTX GPU, 16GB RAM and a SSD, and you’re good to go.

      • Hey Richard, I’m considering buying a gaming computer and was wondering if any of the computers i’m interested in could handle the software. I’ve tried to use it before on my laptop and my laptop was crushed.

        Computer 1:
        Processor: Intel i5 6400
        Graphics Card: GTX 1660
        RAM: 16GB DDR4
        SSD: 500GB
        Windows 10 Pro

        Computer 2:
        Ryzen 3 1200 CPU
        GTX 1050TI Graphics Card
        8GBs of 2666mhz RAM
        RGB CPU Cooler and Fans

        Computer 3:
        I7 4770k clocked at 4.1 ghz
        Rx 570
        16gb ddr3
        240gb ssd
        1 tb hdd
        Rgb case
        Aftermarket cooler

        Asus Republic of Gamers GL551J Gaming Laptop
        Intel core i7-4720HQ @2.60Ghz Processor, 16gb DDR3 Ram, 1 TB Solid State Drive, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 2GB Dedicated Graphics Card, Win10 and Ms Office. Backlit Keyboard. Comes with charger.

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Mari, thanks for reading, sorry for the delay in replying. I’d go for Computer 1, with the GTX 1660 as it has the strongest GPU of them all. I’d definitely recommend you invest in the license for Resolve Studio rather than using the free version of Resolve, as Resolve Studio gives you GPU accelerated H.264 / H.265 decoding and encoding, and this will really improve your playback performance. What kind of camera media are you working with? What codecs and resolution?

  70. Hey Richard, thanks for putting together this article. I just started using resolve and I get errors due to my desktop being very old and not too powerful. I have a black magic pocket cinema camera 6k and shooting raw the file sizes are big. Anyway, I was wondering if you can recommend a Windows desktop computer that is powerful enough to handle resolve and the files from the bmpcc6k. I am not really good at building computers, so I am looking for a computer that is already built with the Windows operating system on it. I would want to keep this PC for years, so I would like for it to be strong enough and then some. Is that possible with a 4k budget? If so, what would you suggest? Thank you for reading.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Rob, that’s totally possible on at or around a 4K budget. You could look at an entry level Resolve optimized system from Puget Systems. If you check the “Free Edition Optimized” and configure with the AMD Ryzen 3900X, 32GB RAM and a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti 11GB GPU, you should wind up around $4258 (at the time I’m writing this) https://www.pugetsystems.com/recommended/Recommended-Systems-for-DaVinci-Resolve-187

      This doesn’t give you media storage though. There are two SSD’s one 500GB Samsung EVO Plus PCIe M.2 which will be great for Resolve’s cache directory. Also a 512GB SATA SSD is there also, which I’d use for the OS and software. I’m not entirely sure which drive they ship the OS installed, but you can get in touch with them from the website. It’s a bit over your 4K, but Puget Systems build and optimize specifically for post, and other high end tasks and software. I wouldn’t worry that it’s “Free Edition Optimized”, it will fly when running Resolve Studio too, and is more than enough for BMPCC 6K work.

      For media storage, ideally you’d want a RAID, but that’s going to cost more, they have a drop down menu under “peripherals” on the configuration page for some external G-TECH options.

      I’m using an HP Z series workstation at work, which could also fit in your budget depending on the configuration, but they always ship with Quadro GPU’s and I think you’ll get more for your money with a GeForce GPU instead. You could look at gaming desktops, like those from HP (Omen). On the Omen website I can configure a system with Ryzen 9 3900, 32GB RAM and the GeForce 2080Ti 11GB GPU, with one 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD at $2759, which is better value than the Puget Systems workstation but otherwise almost identical. That leaves some budget for RAID media storage. Always consider backups too. You can use pairs of cheap consumer USB external drives for backups of media that is on your primary working storage, you will clone your media files onto these two drives, and put them both somewhere safe. They only exist for recovery if you lose data from your working storage but you’ll want to keep them updated and in sync whenever you add new media. I’ve written a guide about this also. https://www.richardlackey.com/best-storage-video-editing-post-workflow-backups/

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Rob, just to add to my previous reply, here’s a well equipped HP Omen. Intel Core i9-9900K rather than the Ryzen 9 3900, but an excellent configuration (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2Cp6tBr

      • Hi Richard. I took your advice and I ordered the Omen through your affiliate link. I upgraded to 64MB Ram instead of the 32. I hope you get the affiliate credit. Thank you so much again. – Rob

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Rob, thanks so much, you totally didn’t need to do that but thank you. Let me know how if I can help with anything once it arrives.

    • Hi, I am planning to edit basic 1080p videos. Currently have a laptop with 4gb ddr4 soldered memory with Ryzen Apu. I was able to launch, play around, and export in Davinci Resolve 16.
      Been searching if dual channel 4 + 4 upgrade or 4 + 8 flex mode is more beneficial for editing. Thanks!

  71. So helpful! Thank you!

  72. Thank you for sharing this article and everything you’ve written about DaVinci Resolve and computer systems requirements. Nice work!

    I’ve been using Resolve Ver15.x for about a year on an old (2013/14) Dell Inspiron, 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4440 (3.1GHz) Processor with 12GB of memory. I purchased this rebuilt Dell computer in 2014 and it’s still running today, six years later. The first thing I did when I first purchased this computer was upgrade the onboard graphics to a dedicated card; the EVGA GTX 970 with 4GB of onboard memory. Then I replaced the spinning platters to Western Digital Blue 1TB SSD’s using the original SATA connections. All of this while still running Windows 8.1 with very few issues surprisingly.

    Before 2019, I regularly used ‘affordable’ editing software that you would find on the shelf at your local electronics store. Then I discovered DaVinci Resolve and how powerful it is. I purchased the software and began regularly editing content on Resolve at a snails pace. This was due to the computers speed; or lack there-of. It could take hours to track a pixel of a 10 minute clip, depending how complex the projects are.

    Now, business is slowing picking up and I’ve decided to upgrade. The new system will include:
    – AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core, 12-Thread
    – ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570 motherboard
    – (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200MHz, 32GB total RAM
    – MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB
    – (2 x) Samsung 970 EVO 1TB – M.2 NVMe SSD
    – Windows 10 (unknown version at this time; any suggestions?)

    After a ton of research, some of which included your articles, do you think I will see a marked difference with this hardware in editing, process, and rendering times? Any potential conflicts with Resolve using this hardware? Additionally, what are your thoughts on using dual 4K tv’s for color/editing? I’m trying to keep costs down with expensive monitors. (1 expensive monitor *or* 2 cheaper 4K TV’s).

    Again, thanks for all your advice. They’ve been very inspiring and have influenced some of my new computer build components. I hope they work as good as they sound.

    Sincerely, Jeff

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Jeff, this sounds like a great setup. You will absolutely notice a performance difference. There’s no issues with anything you’ve chosen. I’d highly recommend you invest in Resolve Studio so you can take full advantage of hardware acceleration h.264/h.265 decoding and encoding. I’ve written a guide to setting up calibrated monitoring on a budget for Rec.709 work (99% of what most of us do) using a LG OLED TV. https://www.richardlackey.com/low-budget-davinci-resolve-monitoring-video-color-management-lg-oled/

      This TV would be fed by a video capture/playback interface card, like one of the Blackmagic Design Decklink cards. Then your desktop UI monitor can be any decent desktop monitor. The important thing if you’re going this route is that your reference display (an LG C9 or CX OLED for example is a popular choice) is actually receiving a proper Rec.709 10-bit video signal from a video interface card and is actually calibrated using a calibration LUT loaded into the TV. The calibration LUT is generated using the Calman software and a colorimeter. You can monitor in HD or 4K, it depends on your Decklink card but it’s definitely not a HDR monitoring solution. These LG OLED’s are popular with post professionals because they can be calibrated for excellent Rec.709 accuracy, but they are still consumer TV’s and there’s nothing available less than a $35,000 Sony BVM X300, Flanders Scientific XM310K or XM311K that can be called a true HDR mastering monitor (not even the Apple Pro Display XDR). But for Rec.709 work, it’s a great and affordable solution. Let me know if I can be of any further help.

  73. Hello Richard,
    I’m editing simple HD 1080 videos (mostly 10-15 minutes length).

    What do you think about this laptop:
    Asus vivo book x712fb
    I7-10510u processor
    16gb ram
    512gb SSD + 1tb HDD
    Geforce mx110 with 2gb VRAM gddr5

    Bigger vram’s cards are much more expensive. Do you think I will face any problems editing hd files with this laptop? If yes, so what kind of problems?

    Many thanks

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Ohad, for basic HD editing, most of the specs are ok, except the GPU. You may struggle with real-time playback of H.264 codec media. The MX110 doesn’t support hardware AVC/H.264/H.265 encode and decode. What is your budget? Maybe I can help suggest something?

  74. Hi Richard. I’m on a really tight budget but I still need to get some work done, so I’d like to know if Resolve 16 (or at least 15) would run in my system. I’m planning on doing simple grades though I’d like to add more complex ones but, after reading your article, I know my GPU with 0.5GB memory won’t take it.

    Here is what I have:

    Operating system:
    Windows 10 64-bits
    Intel Core i5 3470 – 3rd generation
    NVIDIA GeForce 605 graphics card

    Looking forward to your response. Thanks in advance.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Caro, thanks for the comment. Unfortunately you’ll struggle to run Resolve on this system, I am not even sure Resolve will run at all, you can try. Sorry not to give you better news. You’re best bet is to get something much newer, even if it’s inexpensive, that has a newer generation CPU and GPU. I recently came across this MSI GL63 at just around $1000 which would be a good choice for video post production on a tight budget. https://amzn.to/37dY5jv

      • Hi Richard, thank you for replying.

        I wanted to share my experience with running Resolve on my system (exactly the one I described in my previous comment). I could run it but in its 14 version. I didn’t try to run any newer versions because my system is very limited and I was forcing it to the max. I know this may seem impractical and far too old for many (it is for me too), but I adapted to the circumstances and went with it.

        This particular tutorial helped me get smooth playback in Resolve with my very limited, super old system:

        (I’m not getting paid to promote that video. I just want to share what helped me run Resolve and deliver the work.)

        That being said, I did struggle to run Resolve on my system and I was not able to apply the full node tree I had in mind, because Resolve would crash every time I tried to add grain/glow/any other effect.

        So, the bottom line is: yes, you can run Resolve on a very old and basic system, but you’ll need a MASSIVE amount of patience and will not be able to use complicated node structures.

        I’m actually about to start grading a short film with this very same system, so it is proof that you can do it.

        Please keep in mind I’m not encouraging the readers of this post to work with low quality/efficiency systems like mine. On the contrary, you should always strive to have the necessary tools for you to work with. I’m just sharing my experience since I understand how hard it is to be able to deliver quality work (e.g. having the theoretical/technical knowledge), but not being able to fully do it because of your system limitations.

        Thank you for your quality content, Richard. It has helped me quite a lot.


  75. Luke Payten

    Hi Richard,
    Great website and super valuable content, thank you!
    Just wondering if the XPS 15 (i7-9570H)with GTX1650 4GB and 16GB RAM is suitable for editing multiple streams of 4k footage shot on GH5? Also wondering what rendering times will be like into both H.264 and H.265. Looking at other machines for similar price with RTX2060/2070 but only FHD screens. What would your preference be in this scenario? Would it be better to go for better GPU, FHD screen and output to an external monitor?

    Thanks in advance for any insights – your website going to be a reference point I keep coming back to.


    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Luke, great questions. Real-time playback of multiple 4K AVC codec video streams is a stretch for any laptop to be honest, even a desktop workstation. The bottleneck is in decoding highly compressed video codecs like H.264/H.265, which falls to the CPU in Resolve unless you’re using Resolve Studio, in which case you can enable hardware GPU H.264/H.265 decode and encode acceleration. I think one stream wouldn’t be an issue for any of the machines you’ve listed (with Resolve Studio), but I’m not sure about two or more streams. The best solution regardless is to transcode your source clips to 4K Avid DNxHR before you start working, at a online/finishing quality and then edit and grade those. The transcoded file sizes will be larger, but they will be much easier for playback and I think you’ll get the kind of performance you’re looking for. Working in a 1080p timeline project will help too, you can just change the timeline resolution back to 4K when you render your final files. I can’t guess on rendering times unfortunately. I’d be tempted to go with the XPS 15 with the GTX1650, if I’m not mistaken it has Thunderbolt 3, so you can also look at adding an eGPU if you find that you need a boost. Definitely worth investing in a Resolve Studio license so you get hardware acceleration.

  76. Michal Solek

    My question, what is better solve: AMD Radeon™ RX 570 RS 8GB XXX Edition + 16gb ddr4 or GTX 1050Ti 4GB + 32 gb(but i must pay extra about 65usd)

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Michal, given those two options, I’d probably go with the RX570 8GB for the extra VRAM but I’ve never used the card, so it may be a good idea to search the Blackmagic Design forums for any info from people that have it. Whichever one you choose, you will only get hardware H.264 acceleration with Resolve Studio on Windows, so it’s definitely worth the $299 for the extra boost that gives if you’re working with AVC/H.264. The biggest challenge working with highly compressed source video files is that all the decoding happens on the CPU unless you’ve got GPU acceleration, which is only in Resolve Studio (for Windows and Linux, it’s available in the free version of Resolve for Mac). I’m not 100% certain which one to suggest you go with, as I haven’t used either, so best to look for some additional opinions from people using these cards.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi again Michal, I’ve done a bit more research and I think the RX570 is the better option to go with.

  77. Hi Richard, Art again. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to use the reply function. I use video’s shot on my phone, I don’t know what codec it is. My motherboard is a atx socket 1151 motherboard (Gigabyte GA-B150-HD3P). The biggest upgrade I can make is the i7-7700K, although I cannot overclock it on my mobo. And it’s going to cost quite a lot, together with new memory. Maybe it’s a better idea to keep using vegas for some time, to later on upgrade to a whole new system with a ryzen 7 3700x? I think that will be a more future proof upgrade. And resolve will profit from the extra cores as well. Will the ryzen 7 3700x together with 16gb of ram and my rx 480 be enough for my needs?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Art, you’re the second person to say they couldn’t reply to an existing comment. It looks like I might need to debug something in my website! That’s always fun. Yes, you’re right, and I was thinking the same thing as I responded to you, but I didn’t want to be discouraging. It might make sense to wait a bit and build on a newer foundation later rather than max out your current motherboard with a CPU that is already older. It looks like there are newer generation i7’s that are going for less than the 7700K. I think your idea of a Ryzen 7 3700x with 16GB and your current GPU would be perfect.

  78. George Beinhorn

    Superb. Funny – I arrived here through a Google search and mentally commented as I read, “This is truly excellent.” I smiled when I saw the author. “Of course.” Okay, having said that, thank you SO much for giving us the truth about DaVinci Resolve requirements. Sadly, discretionary funds are earmarked elsewhere, so it’s PP for the duration.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi George, thanks so much for such kind words! Nothing wrong with Premiere Pro at all. Let me know if I can ever help when you’re looking to build a PC or find a laptop with some horsepower. It actually doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot, unless you’re heart is set on a Mac, then it kind of does. 🙂

      • John MacGibbon

        I’m assessing DaVinci Resolve (DVR) from a much lower perspective than the other posters, but hoping you can give me the time of day! For many years I’ve been a photo journalist and have built up a large portfolio of still pix, plus a few video clips.

        In my retirement I’ve been creating short video slide shows, which are much better to look at on our big TV than looking at albums or images on a computer screen. My friends seem to enjoy then too, but I am not interested in monetizing the process. I’ve done it by trial and error using Microsoft Movie Maker (ugh!, I hear you say). The more I’ve learned, the more I’ve realised that MMM just doesn’t cut the mustard for some of the things I’d like to do. (And the list of these failings keeps growing!) So I’m considering using the free version of DaVinci Resolve.

        My biggest concern is whether I can effectively use DVR at all on my relatively underpowered laptop. I’m not overly concerned about speed – I no longer need to be super-efficient to meet commercial deadlines. But I am concerned whether essential things will work at all. When people say a certain spec is unsuitable, what standards are they measuring it by?

        I have an Acer Swift 3 SF314-42 14 Inch Ryzen 7 4700U 4.10GHz 16GB RAM 1TB SSD Laptop with Windows 10 Home.

        Upgrading this system is out of the question.

        I do HD resolution videos, with music soundtracks, that are up to 30 minutes long and mostly use stills. I’ve been using effects from Movie-Maker’s limited palette, but would like to go further – e.g. doing the Ken Burns effect.

        I can see I would need to invest a lot of time into learning to use DVR. I don’t want to waste my time if DVR is not going to produce even low-end videos on the hardware I have. I am happy to continue producing in HD resolution.

        I’d appreciate your thoughts.

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi John, thanks for the message, and I apologize for taking so long to reply. You might be surprised though, it might work fine for your needs. I would recommend downloading Resolve, installing, and seeing if it works for you. Your laptop is on the low side, but I’ve heard of others successfully running and using Resolve with less. You have an integrated Radeon GPU which shares memory with the system, this is the only thing I’m not sure about, but easy enough to install and try it out.

  79. Hi Richard, thanks for your article! I’ve got a pc with a 4 core i5 6400, 8gb of ddr4, rx480 4gb and a sata ssd. Will I be able to edit 1080p 60fps video’s with the newest resolve version? At the moment I’m using Sony Vegas Pro 14, but it is getting pretty old.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Art, thanks for asking. I’m pretty sure Resolve will run, but 8GB system RAM is half what I’d consider a minimum for system memory. With the free version of Resolve I doubt you’ll get 1080p60 real-time playback with (or without) color correction if you’re working with AVC/H.264. What codec is your source media? Resolve Studio will give you hardware h.264 decoding which could be the difference between bad playback and smoother playback. If you could upgrade your CPU and motherboard to a newer generation i7 and add another 8GB RAM to make 16GB total, you’ll probably be in a better place. What motherboard are you using?

  80. Hi Richard! I tried hitting reply to your reply to my comment, but it just takes my page to the end of your reply and there is no box to type a reply in. Sorry I have to reply like this.

    With old battery and new battery, if I unplug the laptop it just dies automatically. Just like if you would unplug a desktop. I have done all sorts of stuff as far as power settings and BIOS and everything a couple different websites said to do.

    I have been thinking about upgrading for a while, but haven’t been sure. Kind of surprised what you said about keeping it plugged in, as that is what I have had to do on current laptop (when it did run on battery, at about 30 or 35% it would be almost unusable in it’s lag when editing), but my friend Joe’s macbook has been smooth. Maybe it is a grass greener on other side, or maybe he has lag that he doesn’t mention when on battery. I know he edits on battery an absolute ton.

    Would you say macbook with both Radeon in it and an eGPU would work better than gaming laptop with core i7, 16gb ram and RTX 2070? I am looking at used macbook with an i9, 32gb ram, radeon 560x. Would that work as well as the gaming laptop because of the better processor and ram, or not as well because Radeon isn’t as good as RTX? Or am I splitting hairs?

    Thank you for your reply! You have been a ton of help so far.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Dewey, that’s ok, WordPress can be weird, plus I’m in the middle of changing a bunch of stuff on the back end and updating the whole thing, so sometimes I break stuff without knowing it. I keep mine plugged in because I notice the drop in performance in Resolve especially but it’s not so obvious in FCPX, it depends on the software. A Macbook Pro is not a bad option at all, mine’s been going for 5 years and has never let me down, battery and all. I think the specs you’re looking at are strong, and you can always add an eGPU later, which will need mains power in any case. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed even with the 560x, that’s not a bad machine. I apologize if you’ve mentioned this already, but what camera source files will you be working with mostly? I assume you’ll be rendering out your final projects at 4K. I always work in a 1080p timeline in Resolve to keep performance smoother and then switch the resolution up to UHD to render the final output. As long as your camera source files are at least 4K, this is entirely non-destructive. The Radeon 560x does support hardware AVC/h.264 decoding so that’s important if you’re using h.264 encoded camera files. Resolve (free version) now supports hardware h.264 acceleration on Mac (not on Windows or Linux), whereas before it was only Resolve Studio that enabled GPU decode (still true for Windows and Linux).

  81. Hello! I am looking to upgrade my laptop, and am switching from Premiere to Resolve. I have come to your page time and again just to remember the minimum requirements, but now I finally ask advice.

    I currently have a 2017 Acer V Nitro 17 with Core i7 (2.8 ghz i think?), 16gb ram, GTX 1060. The problem has been battery life, and now it has some issue where if I unplug it at all it just completely dies (like unplugging a desktop). I have switched batteries and done a ton of different things, nothing works to save it. I figure I would rather do editing on a newer laptop and still get life out of this one for other reasons.

    I have been looking on switching to Macbook for a while. I know RTX cards are the best for Resolve, but would a Mac work well with the Radeon, since Mac is like configured to do better for video editing? I have a fellow videographer friend that only trusts Mac, and honestly his 2015 Macbook has outlived both the desktop I built in 2015 and my current laptop, and still has amazing battery (he can edit on Premier for literally 5+ hours without having to plug it in), so battery life is a huge part of my decision.

    Am I sacrificing quality specs for battery life? Am I crazy to go with Mac after a lifetime on the PC? Does Resolve work better for PC or Mac? Would a good gaming computer (like core i7, 16gb ram, RTX 2070) be a ton better for me, despite the terrible battery life? I just am so all over with this. I also wonder if in my mind the grass is greener on the other side concerning battery life, and Mac doesn’t actually have this ridiculously amazing battery that I perceive it to, but I dunno. Thank you for your time. You have been awesome.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Dewey, thanks for posting. I’m also using a 2015 Macbook Pro, like your friend, and it’s still going fine, it even still has decent battery life and it’s on the original battery. If I’m running Resolve, or FCPX or any heavy software I always plug it in to power in any case. What you’ll find is that performance is throttled when it’s running on battery so it’s best to be plugged in regardless. Resolve doesn’t care if it’s on Windows or MacOS or Linux, it really comes down to the hardware. I prefer the Mac operating system, but I’ve often considered that I might switch to a PC laptop when I next upgrade because the new Macbook Pro in a decent configuration is just so expensive. You can get a great PC laptop, with a good GPU and Thunderbolt 3 for $2000 or less. But, then I’d definitely miss the Mac retina display for sure and my workflow would be a bit more complicated because everything else I use is Apple, so I’m kind of locked in.

      You can go either way, and to be honest, I’d recommend not editing or grading on battery power in any case because it will draw a lot of power when running Resolve. So you’ve replaced your battery and it’s still not holding a charge?

  82. HI,

    in 2 hours i am going to buy
    24 GB DDR4
    Geforce Gtx 1050 Ti 4gb
    256ssd + 1tb hdd

    I hope this is enough for 1080p time line (with 4k down scalling).

    and thank you for responding to almost all the comments.


    • Richard Lackey

      Hi James, looks good to me. It might be worth bumping up to one of the Turing architecture GeForce GTX cards, like the 1660Ti, if you can. For a 1080p timeline you’ll be fine with the 1050Ti though, even for some 4K work. It supports hardware h.264 and h.265 decode, so that’s good, if you’re using Resolve Studio you can enable hardware acceleration of those codecs. Honestly, I think you’ll be good with that setup.

  83. is a core i5 9400f and gtx 1060 6gb palati oc with 16gb if ram dual channel good fir 1080 editing cause i am really on a budget

  84. los videos que requiero editar son de bici y en hd

  85. Hello, I have installed davinci solve the free version, I have the problem that the video is not mp4, it does not work with images or audio is cut.
    my pc is a sony vaio, intel (R) core (TM) i5-3337 processor. installed memory (RAM) 8.0 GB. 64-bit operating system
    intel (R) HD graphics 4000 …
    the pc has usb port 3 …
    What should I do to make the video flow and be able to edit … thanks

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Beto, thanks for reading and asking your question. I think you’ll be able to get better performance if you use Resolve’s optimized media or render cache tools. On your system, you should also only be working in a HD resolution timeline. Your system will not handle 4K editing, but you should just about be able to work in HD if you generate optimized media. Are you using internal storage in the laptop or do you have an external hard drive? The reason I ask is that this may take up some storage space, so best to use a fast external hard drive if you can. If you generate optimized media in Resolve, it will create new temporary versions of your video files in a format that your computer can play back more easily.

      You first need to set up your optimized media format, and set your location to store the temporary optimized media files. To do this, click on the gear icon in the bottom right corner, this will open Resolve’s Project Settings. The Master Settings tab should be open by default. Scroll down until you see the section called “Optimized Media and Render Cache” Set the “Optimized Media Format” to “DNxHR HQ”. Below this section you’ll see “Working Folders”, here you need to set “Cache files location” to a directory on a hard drive where you have a good amount of free space. Then you can save these settings.

      To test if this will work, select just one clip from your media pool or timeline in the edit page, right click on it and select “Generate Optimized Media”. Now Resolve will create a new temporary version of this clip, in Avid DNxHR HQ codec instead of your source camera codec. When it’s finished generating the clip, try to play that clip on your timeline. If that clip now plays smoothly. You can select all your clips in your media pool, right click and select “Generate Optimized Media”. Now, depending on how many clips you have, it may take a long time to generate the optimized media, so you might want to leave it overnight to finish.

      Let me know if this helps.

  86. Hello, i would like to buy macbook for davinci resolve, any recommendations? i only need middle performance since i pretty much doing music cover (like accapella one, with mutiple channel), thanks for your concern

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Gilbert, you could definitely go for the minimum spec 16″ Macbook Pro with the 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 5300M GPU and 16GB RAM. The disadvantage with this is you can’t upgrade the RAM, so I’d prefer to recommend that you get it with 32GB. The minimum 16″ Macbook Pro only comes with 512GB SSD, but you can use external SSD drives to edit from also. The latest 13″ Macbook Pro is also an option but you’ll likely be making use of render cache to get real time playback of 4K material. In both cases you can expand the capabilities by using an eGPU over Thunderbolt 3. It all depends on your budget, and whether you see yourself wanting to do more involved videos in future where you might need a bit more performance.

  87. Hey Richard! Thanks for the guide. I have a very quick question. Would Resolve also run on an i5-9300h with 16gb, 1000gb ssd and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650? I don‘t want to edit 4k, 1860p max and the final videos will only be about 2-3 minutes long, so the editing won‘t be that intense. I don‘t really know much about computers so all of this is very confusing to me lol

    • Oops I meant 1080p max, not 1860. Don‘t know where that came from.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Paul, thanks for reading and for the question! I think you’ll be just fine for the work you want to do. You can always use Resolve’s render cache or generate optimized media if necessary. What camera are you shooting with? Will you use the free version of Resolve or buy Resolve Studio? The only reason I ask is because Resolve Studio enables GPU decode of H.264 codecs, so that may help your performance.

  88. Hi Richard, thanks for reply.
    The RTX2070 mobile for laptops is not as strong as a desktop RTX2070 right? Do you know how much weaker? Can I compare it to a RTX2060 desktop GPU?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Pedro, as far as I am aware the mobile GeForce RTX2060 operates at reduced clock speed compared to the desktop RTX2060 by about -15%.

  89. Hi Richard,
    I’m shooting underwater footage in 4k, 30fps. Because I have to white-balance/adjust colours I want to work with Davinci Resolve studio.
    Few times a year I’m doing a dive trip and make a movie of the underwater footage.
    Most of my work will be cutting, add music and adjust colours, so probably not so much extra effects.
    I have my eyes on the new Asus Rog Zephyrus M15.
    Do you think this notebook with RTX2070 mobile will work perfectly fine for the purposes I want to use it for in DR? Do you recommend the i7-10875H? Or is the i7-10750H strong enough because Davinci Resolve is mostly relying on the GPU instead of CPU?

  90. Hi Richard,
    I’m shooting underwater footage in 4k, 30fps. Because I have to white-balance/adjust colours I want to work with Davinci Resolve studio.
    Few times a year I’m doing a dive trip and make a movie of the underwater footage.
    Most of my work will be cutting, add music and adjust colours, so probably not so much extra effects.
    I have my eyes on the new Asus Rog Zephyrus M15 (gu502lw)
    Do you think this notebook with RTX2070 mobile will work perfectly fine for the purposes I want to use it for in DR? Do you recommend the i7-10875H? Or is the i7-10750H strong enough because Davinci Resolve is mostly relying on the GPU instead of CPU?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Pedro, I think this looks like an excellent laptop for Resolve. I think either CPU will work just fine. The rest of the specs look great.

  91. Shashank

    I recommend you to go over Youtube and watch Linus Tech Tips video which exactly fulfills your requirement…He installs a traditional GPU via a convertor from PCIE slot to thunderblot which directly plugs in into back of the iMac..”Linus tech tips E-gpu on iMac”

  92. Bhuvnesh Verma

    Hi, i have mid 2011 27 inch i7 iMac with 24 GB RAM and 2 gb graphics video card and 1 tb ssd. I use DaVinci Resolve studio and edits ProRes RAW or BRAW usually. Is there a way i can use egpu with this system? This imac has thunderbolt 2 port only. Can you recommend any egpu which works with this system?

  93. Avtar Singh

    First of all thank you so much for this detailed explanation about DaVinci Resolve. Before proceeding further please take a look on my specs:
    Amd Ryzen 9 3900X
    Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero
    Corsair DOMINATOR PLATINUM 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3600MHz C18
    Corsair Force Series Gen.4 PCIe MP600 500GB NVMe
    Samsung 860 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD 2TB

    I mostly record parties and events on Sony A7III. Apart from this my wife is working part time as online tutor. Now here are my few concerns:
    1. What would you prefer? Free version or Paid?
    2. Does it take any advantage form PCIe Gen4 GPU or NVMe drives?
    3. What about hardware acceleration with AMD OpenCL?
    4. If I buy Black Magic 6k Camera and record Blackmagic RAW then what difference, if any, it’ll make in post production?

    Please let me know. Thank you!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Avtar, this looks like an excellent build. To answer your questions.

      1. It all depends, the paid version opens up a bunch more built in OFX plugins that are useful, and are watermarked on the free version. You’ll also get GPU hardware accelerated AVC (H.264) decoding with the paid version. Saying that, the free version is very capable and you can always use it to begin with, and buy the license whenever you want.
      2. Resolve can use up to the full maximum bandwidth offered by your SSD, or any storage attached to the system, either internally or externally. In most cases, and with the kind of source media you are using, you won’t even need close to the full data throughput of a NVMe SSD, but it’s a good choice, and offers far more data throughput than a SATA 3.0 SSD, so definitely go for NVMe if you can. For GPU, any current mid to high range gaming GPU will work just fine but Nvidia leads in performance over AMD in Resolve at the moment. Here’s a good write-up on PCIe Gen4: https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Does-PCIe-Gen4-improve-GPU-performance-in-video-editing-apps-1565/
      3. I am not sure specifically about the state of hardware acceleration on the AMD GPU’s, I would have to do some digging but I know Nvidia has the edge right now, but here’s some useful info for you. You can see that choosing something like a GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB is likely a better choice: https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/DaVinci-Resolve-GPU-Roundup-NVIDIA-SUPER-vs-AMD-RX-5700-XT-1563/
      4. Blackmagic BRAW is great, and both the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K are a whole lot of camera for the money. I saw that the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is currently on a decent discount too, for under $2000.

  94. can the 2020 dell xps 13 run Davinci Resolve 16?

  95. Hi

    I’m totally new to this kind of thing. I create videos for YouTube and am looking to get into more detailed video editing. Im currently researching a new computer and found one with the following Specs. Would these be enough to run Resolve (free version to begin with if that makes a difference)


    Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9GHz
    Up to 4.1GHz
    9MB Cache
    6 Cores

    MSI H310M Pro-VDH Plus

    16GB Vengeance (1x16GB)
    2 x DIMM (1 used)

    1TB BarraCuda HDD
    120GB Gigabyte SSD

    Operating System: Windows 10 Home

    NVIDIA GTX 1660 6GB

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi James, brilliant! I hope it goes well for you. It can feel a bit overwhelming but there are a lot of good resources available online. That spec looks good to me, you should have no issues. Even if you run into some things that don’t want to play smoothly (there are many reasons this might happen) you can always drop your working resolution down to 1080p temporarily, and/or use render cache features in Resolve or generate optimized media. There are tweaks and ways to get optimal performance. Let me know if there’s anything I can help with later on.

  96. Angel Jucan

    This system is good for the Davinci?
    Sistema operativo
    Windows 10 Home 64
    Memória (RAM)
    Processador Intel® Core™ i5 de 8.ª geração
    Tamanho do ecrã
    39,6 cm (15,6 pol.)

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Angel, with only 8GB RAM and i5 I don’t think so. You haven’t given the GPU but already I can tell you’ll need to look at a higher-end machine.

  97. Hi Richard,
    I’m using GoPro Hero 8 Black in 4k. Could you please help me, which notebook setup is better for 4k editing/grading etc. in DaVinci Resolve? i7-9750H + GTX 1660Ti vs Ryzen 7 3750H + RTX 2060?
    Thanks in advance for your assistance.
    Regards, Kamil

  98. Christopher Allen

    No worries Richard, thanks for pointing me to the lift gamma gain forum. I think I will ultimately opt for the Vega 56 to avoid any potential headaches.

    Thanks again for the insight and resources you give freely!

  99. Hey Richard,

    Love the blog and hope you’re well, I was just wondering if you got my email regarding the Blackmagic Pocket 6K and the 27 inch iMac?

    Best 🙂

  100. I have an 2,3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and 1,5 GB VRAM in my Mac. I’m using DaVinci Resolve 16 for about 10 Months or so an it worked perfectly fine since I got it!

    • Richard Lackey

      Fantastic! I’m always interested in hearing what is working on the lower end of the specs. What kind of camera files are you working with?

  101. Hello there, im a newbie and am looking for the cheapest means of running DVR16 … i wont be doing major effects and im fine with waiting a bit as long i can do them in the first place… im tight on cash so ive come up with this laptop as my top pick, again im a newbie and would really appreciate your input . Thanks.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Viju, thanks for the message. I’ll get back to you on this tomorrow.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Viju, you mentioned you’ve got a laptop in mind, but didn’t explain which one? I think any current gaming class Windows laptop is a good place to start for Resolve and will be cheaper than a Mac. Look for something with at least 16GB RAM (32GB is better) and a good GPU (ideally 6-8GB GPU). To be honest though, you’re probably looking at around the $2000 range. If you start looking at specific laptops, and want any comment on them, just let me know the actual specs you’re looking at.

  102. Christopher Allen

    Awesome read, thanks for putting the time into this! I have a RX 570 4GB GPU, which seems to handle the basics of some 4K (H265 & ProRes) clips… I have the opportunity to pick up a 2nd RX 570 4GB for a good price, will I see a fair boost in performance with a second GPU, or should I hold out and save up for a VEGA 56, which I can also get for a fairly decent price second hand?

    • Richard Lackey

      That’s a good question. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough experience of that particular comparison. I’d recommend you ask this question in the lift gamma gain forum though, maybe someone there has more insight. I’d lean towards the single Vega 56, but I don’t have benchmarks to compare for sure. Sorry I can’t help with a solid answer.

  103. Hi Richard,

    Thanks so much for this informative post. I am looking to build my first Resolve station and a bit overwhelmed by some of the options. I don’t need anything super fancy but would like my system to be capable of grading 4K material, mostly ProRes and h264. If raw footage comes in to me I would be planning to transcode it prior to grading and don’t need top speeds on that, just something reliable. Do you think the setup below is sufficient and the components will work well together? Is there anything I’m missing here? Would it be better to stick with Asus for both motherboard and GPU or is it ok to combine between Asus motherboard and MSI GPU?

    Windows 10
    ASUS Prime Z390-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel i7-9700 Coffee Lake 8core 3.0GHz (4.7GHz Tubo) LGA 1151 65W
    MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super DirectX 12RTX GAMING X 8GB 256-bit GDDR6 PCIE 3.0×16
    16GB RAM (2x8GB) 288-PIN DDR4 DRAM 3200 (PC4 25600)
    1TB SSD – M.2 2280, PCIe Gen3 X4

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Rebecca, it looks good to me, I’d recommend bumping up to 32GB RAM if you can. You don’t have to stick to the same brand for motherboard and GPU, it won’t matter, that combination is fine. I’d love to know how it works out for you once you have it built.

  104. Hi Richard,

    I am using a BMPCC 6k and recently filmed a event in 6k BRAW 12:0
    My current GPU is a 1060 3gb VRAM and I’ve quickly realized I’d need to upgrade that to a 2070 super or a Vll Radeon 16gb.

    Just wondering if anything else I may need to add or replace as I’ve got an older workstation.
    Motherboard: MAXIMUS VlII GENE
    CPU i7 4770k overclocked to 3.0mhz
    24 gbs of 1600 mhz DDR3 Ram
    GPU 1060 3gb VRAM
    OS 240 gb SSD
    4 tb of HDD.

    should I add a couple terabytes of SSD? I’m new to Resolve and appreciate your informative article.

    • Richard Lackey

      That’s a good system. You could definitely go for either of those GPU’s and should see an improvement. A bit more ram wouldn’t hurt but I don’t think that’s your problem. Your media should definitely be on some fast storage, that could be SSD or a RAID. Are you working in a 6K timeline? I would definitely work at 4K or even HD resolution for editing, since resolution really doesn’t matter so much for the process of editing, then you can increase your timeline resolution when you’re working with color, finishing and of course delivery at whatever final resolution you need. It will always reference the full res original camera files so temporarily changing timeline resolution for better playback performance is entirely non destructive.

  105. Hi Richard,

    I want to start editing 4K videos particularly from my Gopro Hero 7 Black
    My pc specs:

    GPU: Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 – twin fan edition.
    CPU: Ryzen 5 2600X
    Storage: 250 GB SSD + 1TB HDD
    RAM: 16 GB 3000 mHz
    OS: Win 10 Pro

    I assume these specs will proper handle Resolve 16 but I want to hear your opinion.

    Will I get much better performance having 32 GB RAM instead of 16?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Christian, you’ve got a good setup there. If you can do it, 32GB is probably a good idea. Looks good though, I don’t think you’ll have a problem with that.

  106. Ben Danili

    Shooting in 6K (Black Magic Pocket Cinema)

  107. Ben Danili

    have sent you information via the contact us page

  108. Ben Danili

    Hi Rich,

    Can you possibly vet these specs im building for Resolve 16.2 please? comfortable to work with 6k footage?

    Ryzen 7 3700x
    64GB DDR4 2400mhz
    2080 Super RTX
    Samsung 970pro nVME

    need to spend the extra cash on a Ti or go to a Ryzen 9 instead?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance!

    • Richard Lackey

      That looks like a fantastic build Ben. What kind of work will you be doing? What resolutions and camera media?

  109. I create videos for youtube, came here for Davinci review. Currently I am using intel core 2 due with 1GB RAM & no GPU thing at all. But after reading this article, it feels that I am Alien in this world. Am I dreaming extra big?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Shehroz, unfortunately there’s no way Resolve can run on that machine. You’ll need something with a newer CPU, at least 16GB ram, and a recent GPU with 4GB video memory.

  110. hi…
    i have desktop pc
    i5 haswell,
    10gb ram,
    4gb radeon GPU,
    and msi b85-g43

    can i use davinci as video editing software for my pc

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Esa, ideally you would have more system RAM, but I think Resolve should run. Performance may not be great. Have you tried it yet? Let me know how you get on. Also, what kind of media resolution and codec are you working with?

  111. Hi Richard,

    Thanks for this. Yes it seems like the 2011, even with a 2gb GPU upgrade was not the best choice, but will hopefully get me started out doing basic video editing, perhaps for now using another program like Shotcut or Final Cut Pro 7 instead of DR. Do you know if these programs would be better suited to an older computer like mine and still have the potential to edit HD video, or am I still better off to try using a newer program even with this GPU? I got the computer quite cheap, the 2gb GPU on ebay are expensive, so I will see how this one goes for now and upgrade in future, if too slow for my needs. Thanks again!

  112. Hi Richard. Thank you for helping all of us with our problems!
    I just got a BMPCC 4K and want to shoot in Blackmagic RAW 3:1
    I have a Dell Inspiron 5584 with an i7-8565 [email protected] 1.8 Ghz (4 core), 8 GB of RAM and a Intel UHD Graphics 620 card with 3.9 GB shared memory.
    I’d like to be able to rough cut the material on-site with a laptop with Davinci Resolve 16.
    On my laptop Davinci crashes. Can I upgrade the Inspiron to edit 4K BMRAW? If so, what would you recommend for memory, GPU etc.?
    If not, what Windows laptop can handle the BMRAW 3:1 in Davinci Resolve 16?
    Thank you again for sharing your knowledge.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi James, for 4K BRAW I’d say your system is well underpowered. I’d recommend taking a look at any gaming class laptop with at least 16GB RAM, preferably 32GB and a dedicated gaming class GPU. The Dell XPS 15 is a good choice, with a GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GPU. This should be around the $1900 mark with 32GB RAM and the i7-9750H. An extra $300 gets you the i9 CPU. On the Apple side, the 16” MacBook Pro will do the job but is more expensive.

  113. Hi Richard, jpegs at around 1440×600, RGB, size 53KB on disk. Yes it seems to crash when working in the timeline… but also when switching windows say from Cut to Edit to Fairlight. I can’t really build a project with this level of instability. Sometimes audio playback is ‘stuttering’.

  114. LOVE the information! Quick question. My CPU is running at 100% when i’m playing back r3d raw footage. its an i7 8700 @3.2GHz. I have a gtx 1080 TI. Should I upgrade my CPU?

  115. Boris Tahmasian

    Hi Richard,

    Thank you for doing this article. This is the most helpful article I have read in regards to DR video editing requirements.

    A few points about my usage. I am a photographer and graphic designer first and occasional video guy second. However, I am getting into more videos per my client’s request.

    Questions 1:
    I have a mid 2014 Macbook Pro (i7, 16GB RAM, 2GB GPU). I am getting into more video editing and after using Premiere Pro for one project a few years ago, I have decided to go with Davinci 16 as my software for current and future projects. I shot a recent project in 1080P on a Fuji X-T30. The timeline playback is fine until I get to the transitions and text overlays at which point the playback gets really choppy and it skips over the transitions and text effects. Please note that I am using the free version of DR. Is that the reason my timeline playback is choppy?

    I saw a YouTube video from a DR user saying that the free version of DR uses the CPU for processing as opposed to the paid version which takes advantage of the GPU. In your experience, is that an accurate assessment of the free vs. paid DR.

    Questions 2:
    My Macbook Pro is five years old (nothing wrong with it) but I am thinking of future proofing my computer. Given that I want to stay with Mac and also have the mobility, I am thinking of the new MacBoook Pro 16. I am expecting this machine to last me another five or so years and I want to make sure I do not regret not including important components.

    I am going to go with the following: i9/2.3, 8GB GPU, 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD
    Do I need to go to the faster i9 processor (i9/2.4) and do I need 64GB RAM for my DR editing? I will most likely get the paid version of DR if that is one of my performance bottlenecks. Since this is a long term investment, I do not mind spending the extra $$ to max out the machine. I just want to know that the faster i9 and max RAM are necessary and not a waste of $$ for DR video editing.

    I would appreciate any feedback you may provide.

  116. Hi Richard, Thanks for your reply. It just crashes to desktop with no warning or pop up box. It seems to be random and could be anything like adding a clip, switching from one window to another. I’m really just learning the interface and working with a series of jpeg stills to create a montage plus mp3 audio track, nothing very intensive. I’d like to get serious with the software as I like the thinking behind it’s workflow and features. (Maybe I’m just due for a new computer …)

    • Richard Lackey

      I’d be interested to know the typical resolution of the jpeg images you’re using? This could be the problem, if they are high res images, they consume a lot of memory. Does this happen when you are working with video files in a timeline only?

  117. Hello, if you could help that would be great. I have been searching for days trying to figure out the best option for us. We are looking to upgrade from a 2015 MacBook Pro on iMovie, to a new system so we can use Davinci resolve. I have been debating between building a pc (which seems more expensive but more powerful) or simply purchasing a good gaming laptop. Our camera records in 4k. We want to make sure our playback time is good and doesn’t skip as well as the exporting time is fast as well. **could you tell me what controls exporting speed, I have no clue**

    Could you please tell me if the below specs work:

    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 (base: 1395 MHz, Boost: 1560 MHz; TDP: 50W)
    Latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750h Hexa-Core processor. 48WHrs, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion battery
    15.6” Full HD 1920×1080 IPS Type Display
    16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM | 1TB PCIe SSD | Windows 10 Home | Gigabit wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11AC 2×2)
    Rog intelligent cooling Thermal system with dual 12V fans, anti-dust technology, and adjustable fan modes

    If this does not work could you recommend some good laptops that may that ideally aren’t going to break the bank as well

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi James, the specs look fine but I doubt you will get smooth real time playback of 4K media in a 4K timeline depending on what format and codec it is. I could be wrong though. What camera do you shoot with?

      It’s easy enough to drop the timeline down to 1080p for smooth editing, and then set it back to 4K for output. Rendering speed depends on so many factors, such as source media codec, complexity of grade and if any process intensive operations or plugins are being used, and of course what codec you’re rendering out to.

  118. Thanks Rich for the excellent material and explanations. My Resolve 16 keeps crashing after 10 or 15 minutes, even on very simple edits. I guess from reading your article my MacBook Pro is under spec. Is there anything I can do to to ‘beef it up’.
    MacBook Pro 13in Mid 2012; OS X High Sierra 10.13.6; 2.9GHz Intel Core i7; 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3; Intel HD GPU Graphics 4000 1536 MB;
    Firewire up to 800 Mb/sec; Thunderbolt Speed up to 10Gb/s x2
    (I note you comments on GPU Memory, I am pretty sure my Thunderbolt is not v3)
    Thank you, Kind regards

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi David, that’s an interesting one. The GPU memory shouldn’t be an issue. I’m running Resolve 16 on a 2015 MacBook Pro with an integrated 1.5GB GPU. Yours is an older GPU though, I’m not quite sure. Usually Resolve either runs or it doesn’t. How does it crash? An error or just crash to desktop? Is there anything you’re doing that makes it crash? Any particular plugin or operation?

  119. Hi Richard,

    Thank you for this write up, it has been really helpful.

    I’m looking to download DaVinci 16 to make music videos and short films. I am fairly new to video editing and won’t be doing anything too complex at this stage. I will probably just work in 1080p, using footage from a Sony A7.

    I recently bought a mid 2011 27-inch iMac running on High Sierra.
    Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    I am running the OS off an external 512 GB SSD
    Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1024 MB

    I am wondering if these specs will be sufficient for basic video editing with Resolve?
    I am thinking the graphics card needs updating?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Bethany, yeah the GPU will need to be upgraded. I’ve read that this is possible in the mid 2011 iMac, but have no idea what cards are compatible with which MacOS versions. A quick Google search brought up this, but no idea about compatibility with the later MacOS versions. https://www.ifixit.com/Story/18646/Successful_iMac_Upgrade_to_GTX_880M

      • Richard Lackey

        In fact, reading through the comments on the article I linked to, it looks like maybe this isn’t working with High Sierra. Can you rather get a newer generation iMac? Something with at least a 2GB GPU.

        Or you could look for an original Apple GPU, search on eBay for: AMD HD 6970M HD6970M 2GB A1312 ATI Radeon DDR5 MXM VGA Card for Apple iMac 2011

        I haven’t run Resolve 16 on this iMac with this GPU, so although I think it should be ok, I can’t say that with certainty.

        A newer generation iMac with at least a 2GB GPU would be your best bet. Something like the late 2015 27” 5K iMac would be great.

  120. Also should I add another 8g or 16g of ram?

  121. I have an Acer Nitro 5 with a 17.3 inch display, 4g GTX 1650, 8g ram, Intel Core i5-9300H, and 512g ssd. Should I be fine with using Davinci Resolve or will I run into issues?

    • Richard Lackey

      Everything looks ok apart from RAM, definitely up it to at least 16GB total. Then you should be good! Performance still may not be real-time, especially at 4K, but there are ways to deal with that. Temporarily dropping your timeline resolution to HD while you’re working helps a ton. Generating optimized media and using render cache also help.

  122. Thanks Rich…

    Incidentally, I didn’t ask about Linux to be looking for an advantage. I asked since I run a Linux Mint 19.xx machine already…I HATE all things Microsoft!…LOL


    • Richard Lackey

      Ah, I see! I couldn’t agree more myself! If I wasn’t on Mac, I’d want to be running Linux for sure.

  123. Thanks for the quick reply Rich. I have two brief followup questions:

    First, your opinion on the OS. I know most of the Hollywood big boys run Linux, but I don’t have the funds for their kind of tech backup and I have heard that Resolve can be a bear to get to run right on Linux systems. Your opinion?

    Second, if I ever EVER decide to shoot in 4K (unlikely in the extreme, but since my camera has the capability I can’t say is is impossible) do you still think either card will work or does that possibility knock out the less expensive card as one to consider?

    Thanks Rich…you are a great resource.

    • Richard Lackey

      I would definitely run Windows. You won’t see any meaningful advantage on Linux.

      When looking at 4K performance, it’s not just down to the GPU, but also the rest of the system. I think at that point your CPU may also become a bottleneck depending on what you’re doing. In any case either GPU will work. You’ll be able to work on 4K timelines but you may not get real time playback at 4K with either card. However, that’s where temporarily dropping timeline resolution back to 1080p for better performance helps, and making use of optimized media and render cache.

  124. Pavle Sisevic

    Hello can I make 4k video gtx 1660ti intel core i5 9400f 16gb ram

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Pavle, yes you can. You probably won’t have real time playback in 4K, but you’ll be able to handle 4K media and render out 4K projects. You will probably need to temporarily drop your timeline resolution down to 1080p while working and then change it back to 4K when you’re ready to export a file. Resolve’s optimized media and render cache can also help a lot.

  125. Pavle Sisevic

    Hello can I make videos in 4k with gtx 1660 ti intel core i5 9400f 16gb ram

  126. Hi Rich…It looks like you are a great resource. It is much appreciated. I have two questions, one about hardware requirements an I would also appreciate your thoughts on my OS of choice.

    I run a Linux Mint 19.xx OS on a box with an AMD 8350 cpu on a dated ASUS Sabretooth 990FX v1.0 motherboard with zero onboard video, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a crap GeForce 660 video card and 3TB of storage (2x1TB HDD and 1x1TB SSD, which has the OS on it.

    I have the capability to shoot in 4K but have never used it. 99% of what I shoot is 1080p and is exported at 3840×1920 at 2:1 aspect ratio.

    I have been running Shotcut on the box and it works fine, but I want to up my game to DaVinci Resolve and my video card won’t run it. I tried 16 and 15 both and neither will run.

    I am on a very tight budget (live on Social Security) and need to go as inexpensively as possible, but not cheap. I am considering either an ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB PHOENIX (single fan), or a ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of RAM.

    I know the 1060 is superior, but is it enough better to justify the extra $50? Or are both insufficient?

    • Richard Lackey

      Thanks for commenting! To be honest I think both of those will work for you. You will most likely need to make use of Resolve’s render cache and optimized media regardless, and consider working in a 1080p timeline until you’re ready to export. That’s what I do in any case. Resolve scales the source video files non destructively according to the project settings which is great, because you can just change the project setting when you’re ready to export back to 3840 x 2160 or whatever ratio you want, and it uses the full source media resolution to make the render.

  127. Hi Team, I setup a machine with WIN 10 Pro, an old AMD 6870; 6 Core Xeon double thread, 24 gb of DDR3 Ram and I can’t run anything above Resolve 12.5. Similar setup on another machine with Win & Pro and can’t run anything over 12.5 either. Can it be the need for a newer video card. e.g. Davinci Opens up doesn’t plan anything then crashes.

    • Richard Lackey

      The GPU is the most likely culprit. The Radeon HD 6870 is vastly under spec. You can pick up something suitable for only a couple hundred dollars. Take a look at a Radeon RX 570 8GB, I see them on Amazon for around $150.

  128. Leonard Levy

    I’m looking into getting a 2017 iMAC with
    4.2 GHz I7 processor,
    “Kaby Lake” 4.2 GHz Intel “Core i7” processor (7700K) with four independent processor “cores” on a single chip, and 8 MB shared level 3 cache,
    8GB video RAM (Radeon Pro 580)
    24GB RAM,
    1TB SSD,

    I can add to the RAM easily and inexpensively, but do you think the basic unit will allow me to edit comfortably in Resolve?
    Will adding a 2nd eGPU help in the future?


  129. my pc is really bad it has only 4 gb of ram 450 gb of memory and a gxt 220 and a intel core 2 quad cpu Q8400 am i ok?

  130. fikret cüre

    The RAM features 16 GB and 3000 MHz.
    (AMD RYZEN 5 2600) cpu and
    (MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT MECH OC 8GB GDDR6 128 Bit) gpu

    The working environment is 1080p (logitech c922) and windows screen will be recorded.

    What do you think about the hardware?

  131. fikret cüre

    Hello my friend.

    Davinci to resolve 16
    (AMD RYZEN 5 2600) cpu and
    (MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT MECH OC 8GB GDDR6 128 Bit) gpu

    is it enough ?

    How does the GIGABYTE Radeon RX590 GAMING 8GB GDDR5 256 bit gpu work?

    Thank you 🙂

    Thank you 🙂

    • Richard Lackey

      What kind of camera media and what resolutions do you want to work with? I think it will be just fine for a lot of normal work in Resolve. Try to put in at least 16GB RAM. For 4K H.264/AVC video shot with mirrorless cameras, even Blackmagic RAW from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K or URSA Mini you should be fine. If you use processor intensive plugins and find the performance drops, you can always use render cache.

  132. can you keep a reference table for past specs and when you update the minimum spec? i feel like i5 2-core 2gb gpu did meet the req 3 years back.

    • Richard Lackey

      Do you have an i5 with 2GB GPU? I’d be interested to know how well Resolve 16 runs on it if you do. I think it should still run but practically it would be quite underpowered for a lot of tasks.

  133. Richard Lackey

    Thanks for the question! It depends on how you intend to use the SSD. If the SSD is your primary media storage, I would say no, 1TB is not nearly enough. However, you could also build in some cheaper large capacity normal spinning hard disks, maybe even set up a RAID with them if you have enough drive slots in your PC case. Then you can collect and keep all your media primarily on the larger hard disks (remember to have a backup plan too… maybe backup to external drives), and only shift media over to the SSD that you intend to edit with immediately for active projects. So your SSD kind of becomes a temporary swap working space for your active edits where you can keep media that you need the highest performance. Once a edit is finished you delete it from your SSD.

    I do this with my internal SSD on my Macbook Pro. I keep all my media on slower external hard drives (which I duplicate) and only shift media onto my internal fast SSD that I need to edit with. Then when the edit is done, I delete the media from the SSD because that media is all on my external drives anyway. Then the SSD is free for the next project.

  134. I’m building a custom PC for the 6K Blackmagic camera for school use. Need advice on storage size. Will a 1TB m.2 SSD be enough storage?

  135. Hi Richard,
    I have Davinci 14.0.1 and a GTX 750 Ti with 2GB. When I add some jpgs to the timeline I get GPU memory errors. Do you maybe know a workaround to prevent the memory error? Like making videos from the jpg first or something like that. I am surprised that I can process 4K videos (as long I don’t do optical flow or complex nodes) but just the existence of some jpgs cause rendering errors.
    Best regards

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Sascha, that’s an interesting bug which I’ve never experienced myself. What resolution are the jpg’s?

      • The issue showed up quickly after adding pictures of about 4000 pixel square. But even smaller pictures caused rendering errors quickly. I found no workaround, neither compound clip no optimized media help me. Therefore I simply bought a 4GB GPU. Until now it runs fine with about 10 pictures of about 4000 pixel in square.
        Thank you very much for your reply.

        • Hi Sascha,
          thank you very much for shareing this information.
          I could verify this with Davince Resolve 14.0.1 when creating a “simple” slideshow with some Nicon RawFormat-Pictues with a resolution of 4256 x 2832 pixels with some randomly selected video transitions.
          According to XRG – an Mac tool to see the GPU utilization – the GPU-memory usage where up to 3044 MB – imho much to many for a 2 MB GPU.

          After all, I’ll have a look for a Titan or Titan-X for upgradeing my machine.

          Thank you very much for your helpful response.

  136. Hi Richard,

    the current release of Davinci Resolve is 14.0.1.

    Do you have any idea if there are changes regarding the GPU requirements for Davinci Resolve 14?

    Right now I’m useing an Apple MacPro 5,1 with 24 vCPU’s and an AMD HD7970 OC with only 3 GB VRAM. Due to the fact that I’m running an Apple MacPro, I’m limited to some special graphics cards that have an flashed BIOS as I need the BootScreen some times.

    I’m just thinking about two GPU’s: first one is a Titan X (non-XP for Power Requirements) fitted with 12 GB VRAM the other one is a GeForce 980 Ti with 6 GB VRAM.

    Due to some issues with the Power Requirements for the new Pascal Engines, I dont’t want to go with the 1080 TI or Titan-XP. There exist reports that they draw too much power, causing the Mac’s to shut down unpredictable.

    I’m currently working with HD-Material (1920 x 1080) in general and am using DR 14 Studio Edition for some reasons and wonder if the FX-effects require 12 GB.

    In a nutshell: Could you please give an advice if the 980 TI would be sufficient or if I should go better with the Titan-X?

    Thanks in advance..


    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Rainer, sorry for the delay in the response. If you’re mostly working in HD then the 980 Ti should be plenty to be honest, but I haven’t actually tried it in your proposed configuration. From a GPU memory point of view, 6GB should be more than enough. If it is absolutely certain that the Titan X will not cause issues with power draw, then of course 12GB would be great, but I don’t think you’ll have any issues going with the 980Ti.

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  138. Humauin Kabir

    Hi Richard, I am going to buy gtx 1080 for my HP Z820 workstation (base model/rack minitower). I am confused between the founder edition and the customized model. I have learnt that FE gets hotter and noisy comparatively. Could you please suggest me which one could be better for davinci resolve 14 with respect to my hp z820. Thank you very much.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Humauin, thanks for the comment. I don’t know either of these cards well, both will work but in terms of heat and noise, that’s something only users of those cards will be able to tell you. As far as Resolve is concerned both should work.

      • Humauin Kabir

        Thank you very much Richard. I am just curious to ask you if a single 2gb GPU can handle the display monitor+2.5k raw editing from A to Z using davinci resolve 14?

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Humauin, this is a good question. I assume you are talking about raw dng footage from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5K? It’s borderline, if you’re working in a HD resolution timeline, then it should work for basic correction. I’ve had 6K RED R3D files on an HD timeline with a 1.5GB GPU, but for certain if you try heavy optical flow effects or noise reduction you might run into problems.

          • Hi Richard, thanks for your valuable comments. Yes, I meant the BMCC 2.5k. I tried with my 2 gb gpu and things did not run smoothly. I just bought gtx 1080 and now it is perfect. Thanks again for your comments.

  139. Francesco Giuliani

    Hi Richard,

    I would like to use DaVinci Resolve 12.5 full version.
    what do you mean about this configuration ?

    Intel i7 6850k (3.6 GHz 6 cores 15 MB cache 40 lanes PCIe)
    ram: 32 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX CL14
    mainboard: Asus X99-A II

    Nvidia Quadro k600 (for dual UI monitors)

    Geforce GTX 1080 (8 GB ddr5 2560 cuda cores)

    SSD for windows 10 64 bit

    Raid controller + 2 disks Sata3 7200rpm raid 0 (media files and cache)

    Blackmagic intensity pro 4k (preview)

    What files can i handle whit this hardware ?


    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Francesco, thanks for reaching out. Your setup looks perfect. The current version is Resolve 14. Everything looks perfect, my only comment would be your RAID, a two disk 7200RPM RAID 0 will limit you a bit as it’s not fast enough for many high res, high bandwidth formats, especially RAW. If you have enough drive slots in your chassis to have an 8-drive RAID, you’ll be in a better place. Then I would also go RAID 5, not RAID 0 so you have protection for one drive failure. Alternatively you can go for SSD instead of spinning disks.

  140. Hello Richard,
    recently I made a upgrade of my pc, but Resolve keep crashing after 1-2 minutes of editing/grading/whatever else I am doing in Resolve.

    My PC:
    – AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (previously AMD Athlon X4 640)
    – 16gb RAM ddr4 2400 (previously 6gb ddr3)
    – SSD 250gb
    – MSI Radeon 5770 Hawk

    I know that my GPU is defenitely not a perfect match for Resovle, but i really hope at least i can edit HD footage and make a little grading. Well, I cant. Do you have any suggestions where the problem could be please? Thank you!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Jiri, looking at the specs of your GPU, I’d say that’s definitely a big part of the problem. It’s a 1GB card, and you’ll need a 1.5GB – 2GB minimum to work even at HD. If you can upgrade your GPU to even a slightly higher one, your problem might be solved.

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  142. Arthur Woodle

    I am a ex FCP7 user that took the time to move to Adobe and now am really tired of the Adobe CC (no customer service having) workstation. I have a early 2009 Mac pro..with the following mods…..OWC SSD bootdrive, 32g b ram and just installed a Nivdia GeForce 680 2gb……can I replace Premiere and After effects with Resolve and fusion?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Arthur, it really depends on what type of work you are doing and what resolutions you want to deal with. If you are just doing basic HD resolution editing and color correction, Resolve should be fine with 2GB of video memory. However if you apply optical flow effects or start using noise reduction, you may run out of video memory. I’d recommend a GPU with at least 4GB memory if possible.

  143. Tony Sewell

    Thank you Richard for your recommendation and advice, I have gone for the full 4k screen with 32gb Ram and 1Tb hard drive. I look forward to using Resolve on a laptop that can run it properly. Many thanks Tony

  144. Tony Sewell

    Hi Richard
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and advise, it is very kind of you. I am looking to buy a Del XPS15 with 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5, it comes with 16gb ram is it worth upgrading to 32gb? and there are two screen options an HD anti glare screen and a 4k gloss screen I do some editing outside so thought the anti glare screen would be fine, is there a good reason why I should go for the 4k screen. I will be editing mp4 drone footage either 2.7k or 4k. Thanks for you help.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Tony, the specs sound great. No problems there, if you can go for 32GB system RAM it certainly won’t hurt. The 4K screen will definitely help in terms of the layout of the Resolve UI. It gets a bit cramped at 1920×1080. Good luck!

  145. James M Powell

    Hi Richard. Would you be able to advise what upgrades I need to run Davinci Resolve on my laptop please? I have an Acer Aspire 5532 with an AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core Processor L310 2CPU 1,20GHz, 4GB RAM, 64 Bit OS, ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics. Many thanks in advance!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi James, unfortunately I think your laptop probably cannot be upgraded enough to run Resolve.

  146. Chris Brands

    Hey Richard,

    I had a question about CUDA vs OpenCL. I’ve read some places that Resolve runs better with CUDA but haven’t seen actual tests or documentation..just seems to be general thought that’s the case. What is your opinion on one vs the other? Also I have come confusion on Resolve’s support of 10-bit display. Do I need a decklink card if I want to output 10-bit in Resolve at all – or only if I want a 2 displays to be able do output at 10-bit. I’m looking at the AMD Radeon Pro WX 5100 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 as possible GPU’s for a new system. Thanks for the help!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Chris, I haven’t had enough experience of CUDA vs OpenCL to tell what the performance differences are. You should really be using a dedicated output card like a Decklink or Ultrastudio to drive your grading monitor. It’s not only about 10-bit color depth, it’s about having a color managed output to a display you can trust. Of course you need a calibrated monitor as well to take full advantage. Your desktop GUI is technically not giving you a true video color space, granted the differences between sRGB and Rec709 are small, but a Decklink card will give you a true 10-bit color managed dedicated output in the correct video color space.

  147. I am looking to purchase the following laptop and specs and wanted to know if I will have any problems running DaVinci on it; ( Thank you)

    ● Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.80GHz)
    ● Windows 10 Home 64
    ● Windows 10 Home 64 English
    ● 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080), anti-glare, IPS
    ● 32GB(16+16) DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM
    ● Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.80GHz)
    ● NVIDIA Quadro M1200 4GB GDDR5
    ● 720p HD Camera with Microphone
    ● Keyboard with Number Pad – English
    ● 3-button TrackPoint pointing device and 3-button multi-touch touchpad, No Color Sensor
    ● Integrated Fingerprint Reader
    ● Hardware dTPM2.0 Enabled
    ● 1TB 5400rpm HDD
    ● 512GB SSD PCIe TLC OPAL2
    ● 1.5TB
    ● 170W AC Adapter – US(2pin)
    ● 6 Cell Li-Polymer Battery, 90Wh
    ● Intel Dual Band Wireless AC(2×2) 8265, Bluetooth Version 4.1

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Dirk, It looks good to me. If there’s an option for a higher resolution display that would be good.

  148. I’m on a budget here. Going from lenovo i3 core 4gb ram 128ssd… I’m giving up on it haha definitely not good for resolve or eny video editing.
    So I’ve been looking at something like i5 core 6300 2,8-3,1 ghz dual 8gb ram geoforce gtx 940 .. like to do some 2k, is it possible to get some work done?? I know it isn’t going to be perfect but I can live with some issues.. I’m on a tight budget

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Mark, it’s really going to come down to three things, most important to get Resolve running is the amount of GPU memory your GTX 940 has. What kind of codecs and media do you plan to work with? Storage speed is also important, you’ll want a SSD to keep your media files (and render cache / optimized media). How much video memory does the GTX 940 you are considering have?

  149. Hello Richard!

    Im looking to build my own PC and I plan on using Davinci Resolve 14 as my only Editing Software. My biggest concerns are GPU and SSD (as stated above, they are vitally important to the software) Let me know if this looks like a good build and where I could use more power.

    GPU: MSI GeForce 1070 8gb
    SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500gb
    CPU: Ryzen 5 16000
    MB: MSI B350M Mortar AM4
    PS: EVGA 650W Gold
    RAM: 16gb Hyperfury X DDR4 2133mhz
    and a 1tb HDD.

    Any input would be helpful 🙂

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Robbie, as far as I can see you should be good to go with that build. Only thing is I’ve never run Resolve on a AMD platform and most recommended builds are Intel but I don’t see why it should be an issue. You’ll quickly want more SSD space, but you can always add that later (or configure an SSD RAID). Good luck 🙂

  150. Preston Hatchell

    Hi Richard,

    I just downloaded Davinci Resolve 12.5. It looks like a really GREAT software! However, there are two issues I’ve had. The first was that I got an error message that there was no OpenCL Acceleration Hardware detected. I found a fix for that placing some code in the preferences. However, now I get an error message saying No CUDA Acceleration Hardware detected. I’ve done some research for this to but haven’t found a fix. In fact, it would appear that there is no fix without buying a new computer. I currently have a 17″ Dell Laptop running Windows 7-64,

    So, saying all that to ask this. 1 Is there a fix for the No Cuda message. 2 Can I use the software in this condition or will it crash on me if I attempt to do anything?

    Thanks for your time and help,


    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Preston, can you give me more details about the full specs of your laptop, especially GPU model?

  151. OR, with my 16GB MAC BOOK PRO. MID 2012, COREi5, 2.5GHZ. What is the best GPU upgrade I should go for out there, that will have a great impact on Davinci, even at 2k files. Something compatible?

    I am not quite certain the “NVIDIA GTX 970, 4 GB, 2 x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort (1664 CUDA Cores” is compatible.

  152. Richard the god. I am currently running 16GB MAC BOOK PRO. MID 2012, COREi5, 2.5GHZ. WANTING TO UPGRADE MY GRAPHICS CARD TO A “NVIDIA GTX 970, 4 GB, 2 x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort (1664 CUDA Cores”

    Would this combo work great with Davinci?


  153. Hi Richard,

    I am Playing back a 10/15 second clip – 10bit DPX sequence uncompressed RAW 4K
    in resolve studio 12.5 on windows 10.
    No caching , no proxies, technically we believed the system should have been able to handle playing back raw 10bit 4K however that doesn’t seem to be the case.

    on a system with the following specs

    supermicro X10 Motherboard
    2 x 12 core Xeon 2.8ghz v3 procs
    128gb ram
    3 x Titan 12gb cards
    mellanox dual 10GB ethernet bonded via MCS
    blackmagic extreme 4K 12g

    Read speeds using aja disk check 1900Mbs

    However when playing back the sequence in real time it stutters on both GUI and broadcast monitor

    We replaced the system with an almost identical system that uses an internal SSD raid 8x 1TB in a raid 5
    we get read speeds of 4000Mbs

    The footage plays back fine if read from here no stuttering.

    My question is i was led to believe that playing back 4k red uncompressed needed around 1300Mbs, the read test speeds indicate we are way above that with the iscsi san and yet it stutters. (no color correction has been applied as yet , this is just the imported dpx sequence)
    I believe any debaying is done on the GPU with spillover onto CPU if necessary
    (does compute on GPU need to be on for this, or only if you want to use the 2nd card to do some or all of the debaying? I want to make sure resolve is able to use all 3 cards for computing if necessary)
    We are about to replace the dual 10gb card with 40gb card to see if we get better speeds, however im not convinced that is the issue, unless you know why we would be going over or close to that 1900MBps read speed?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Brian, I’m a little confused about one thing that will help me understand further if you can clarify. Are you playing back R3D raw or DPX? R3D raw requires debayering real-time, which is done on the GPU unless you have a RED Rocket card installed. Raw is bayer sensor data (and can be compressed or uncompressed) but DPX is not raw, DPX is uncompressed RGB image data and requires no debayering at all. If it has originated from R3D media then it is debayered already.

      R3D raw will be intensive on your GPU but not necessarily your storage bandwidth, at least not to the extent you are speaking of. DPX will not be intensive on your GPU but will be far more intensive on your storage bandwidth. 4K 10-bit DPX at 24fps will be about 1195MB/sec, this is MB not Mb, there are 8 bits (b) in a byte (B).

      If you are getting real time playback from a 8x SSD RAID, then it definitely sounds to me like a storage and/or networking bandwidth issue, not a GPU issue.

      Looking forward to your reply and seeing if I can help dig a bit deeper at all.

      • Hi Richard,

        you are correct forgive my previous error, i was laying two separate questions into one whole.

        yes the footage was R3D Raw i believe at one point (this is what i’m being told by the editor), It shows in resolve as uncompressed 10bit DPX 4K RGB sequence.
        So you are right any debaying would have been done already when the DPX were created.
        so in this case playback on the broadcast is done via the BM4K, playback on the gui is done via the titan (which should have no issues) and therefore the stuttering
        is most likely coming from the DDP storage or the Network cards.
        I had previously figured it should be around 1200 -1300 MB/s , again forgive my typo the DDP is getting a read of 1900MB/s which should be more than enough.
        Which is why its a little confusing.

        Secondly regarding the debaying of Raw R3D, how does resolve take advantage of all 3 cards if needed, are 3 12gb GPU cards overkill is this when we would set one of the GPUs as a compute in settings?
        or will resolve take advantage of them when rendering out as well?


        for your input!!

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Brian,

          I usually try to diagnose these things by ruling things out logically. Since you have no playback problems when the media is on internal SSD RAID, and since the media is DPX, GPU is certainly not the issue, and it sounds like disk throughput should not be an issue either. I’d take a close look at your bonded 10Gb ethernet settings, what is your MTU set at? 1500 or higher? You could try 9000. Without seeing it or having a bit more info on your setup I can’t really tell. Is your storage directly connected or through a switch? Are you bonding two 10GbE ports on one card, or two cards? Sometimes a single card can’t deliver the full bandwidth you’d expect when bonded, I know this is the case with at least some Intel cards.

          Just thinking out loud here 🙂

        • Richard Lackey

          Another question, and forgive me for this one, but I’m interested to hear why you are working with 4K DPX instead of the camera R3D raw files? I assume this must be part of your VFX pipeline?

  154. Andreas Hung


    I’m having trouble getting resolve to work smoothly on my computer.
    My footage is from a sony action camera. Both H.264 media with 4k res at 30p or HD res at 120p stutters in preview from resolve.
    Is my CPU too old for this? Here are my specs:

    i5 3570K @4.2GHz
    16GB ram
    GTX 1060 GPU

    Thanks for the help

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Andreas, thanks for the message. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with your system per se. H.264 is never going to play back real-time in Resolve, it just won’t. H.264 is a very efficient, but also very computationally intensive codec. Because Resolve processes video in uncompressed 32-bit floating point accuracy regardless of the original camera media, your CPU has to decode all that first into memory, and then hand it over to your GPU for further processing. This is a huge task, and one that most systems fail to do in real-time. Your solution (and everyone else’s) is to transcode your media to a more post friendly format such as Apple Prores or Avid DNxHD / DNxHR. You can also use Resolve to generate optimised media from within the Media Pool. Let me know if I can help take you through that process.

      • Andreas Hung

        Hi Richard,

        Thanks for the reply. Out of all the transcode options, which would you suggest to be most storage efficient?
        I’ve tried going down this route before, but the media becomes at least 10x as large and I don’t have the storage space to handle this.


        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Andreas, unfortunately for your storage space the whole reason to transcode is to avoid having to rely on your system to decompress and decode h.264 on the fly, which in Resolve can’t do quickly enough. Any time you make less compressed (and thus easier to play back) files, they will be larger simply because they are less compressed. You don’t gain any quality making the larger files, that’s also important to understand, but they will be easier and faster for Resolve to work with.

  155. Hi Rich, fantastic article and really helpful! I was wondering if my setup was powerful enough to successfully use DaVinci Resolve 12.5. Would you mind taking a quick look at my spec also please? I use a Dell XPS 13 – 9350. Intel Core i7-6500U Processor. 256 GB SSD. Windows 10 Pro(64Bit). 8GB RAM. Intel HD Graphics 520. 8GB DDR3 1600MHz. Thanks so much, it’s much appreciated!

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Andy, hmm… interesting. I’d say you’re probably borderline. How much memory is allocated to your GPU? The integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 shares system RAM.

      • Hi Richard, many thanks for getting back to me! I asked Dell Technical Support how my memory is allocated as I didn’t really know. Their response is as follows:

        “Your XPS 9350 has 8GB memory and an inbuilt Intel HD Graphics card that can use upto 2GB of internal memory if needed. The graphics card will first execute all graphics within its capacity. If it requires additional memory it will then get upto 2 GB of memory from the RAM through the GPU on your system. All this is done automatically within the system and there is no requirement from the user to make any manual changes.”

        Hopefully this provides the answer we need as to how borderline I may be? Thanks again for your time and advice, it’s greatly appreciated!

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Andy, sorry for the delay in my response. Your GPU has access to enough memory then to get started with Resolve. Is there any possibility of increasing the overall system RAM to 16GB?

          • Hi Richard, totally no need to apologies your thoughts have been invaluable. Especially, now I know that I can safely run Resolve. Sadly I don’t think I can increase the overall RAM. I believe that my Dell XPS- 13 9350 is effectively an Ultrabook and therefore has the RAM soldered onto the motherboard for space saving. However, I’m still delighted to know I can definitely give Resolve a go. So, I must say, many many thanks for helping me make a solid decision on this!

          • Hi Andy, please let me know how it goes!

  156. Hi, Richard,
    i have Mac Pro (early 2008)
    Processor 2×3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Memory 8 GB 667 MHz DDR2
    Graphics Card NVIDIA Quadro 2000 1024MB
    Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5

    can you please tell me what Resolve Version can i use for HD or 4K raw???

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Neo, unfortunately you won’t be able to run Resolve at all without more system RAM and at least a 2GB GPU for basic HD work, even then you won’t handle 4K RAW, definitely not real-time. For that I’d really recommend a completely new up to date system.

  157. Hi Richard
    I’ve read your comments about 15” MacBook Pros, but I’m planning to do some documentary work for an NGO overseas and need to travel as light as possible, so I’m specifically looking at the new 13” MacBook Pro so I can save some weight.
    I’ll be shooting with a GH4 in 4K UHD, but will mostly work in an HD timeline. I won’t need to do any really heavy grades and operations – I just need to produce some 1080p work in the field to show clients, and can do the final work on my desktop machine when I return home.
    In terms of graphics, the 13” MacBook Pro only gives the choice of Intel Iris Graphics 540 or 550, whereas the 15” MacBook Pro offers Radeon Pro 450 with 2GB or Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB. Do you think the 13” MBP could handle light work in Resolve?
    If I could get away with a 12” MacBook I would, but these only offer 8GB RAM & Intel HD Graphics 515 so I doubt this would cut it.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Sam, to be totally honest I wouldn’t consider the 13″ but I am saying that without having ever tried to run Resolve on one. I’m assuming you’re referring to the latest generation. It’s going to come down to GPU RAM and system RAM, and the integrated Intel Iris GPU’s share the system RAM. Technically if the GPU allocates at least 1.5GB, Resolve should run and you should be fine with basic HD work. However, saying that, I’m not certain if having only 8GB system RAM (minus whatever is allocated to GPU… and OS demands) will cause issues, it’s not a lot of memory for such an intensive application. Even if it runs and is stable, you’ll need to use render cache for your work with 4K off the GH5. You absolutely won’t get real-time playback of the native GH5 camera files in Resolve. It’s H.26x based (I am not certain if it’s H.264 or HEVC H.265) and will need to either be transcoded to ProRes first, or cached as ProRes proxies using Resolves render cache or optimised media. This adds significant time to your workflow as the system has to create these files. This brings me to one last point, and that is the need for fast storage. The internal 256GB flash storage is fantastic and you can use it, but it will fill up quickly, so plan on investing in external SSD drives on USB 3 or Thunderbolt 3 (or Thunderbolt 2 with an adaptor). I hope this info helps, I don’t mean to be discouraging, just giving you some facts.

  158. Richard Lackey

    I answered your other comment regarding GPU choice, any of those can work, I guess I’d be tempted to go GTX 1050 Ti /4GB, saves you $50 and I’m not sure you’ll see the difference between 4GB and 8GB GPU memory running the free version of Resolve (no noise reduction) on 1080p and occasional 4K work. You’ll be fine. I’d love to hear how it’s going?

    • Daniel Natzke

      Hi Richard,

      Well four months later I have a rather lovely little machine, however I think I did something wrong in the storage department. I have a 250gig SSD as the C drive and my content is on a 2 gig 7200 rpm drive.
      I would take it that this was my mistake?

      I imagine that I need either an SSD or Raid (well, you posted this. I misread it) how much space should I need for this?

      • Richard Lackey

        Hi Daniel, ah yes, you’ll want the fastest storage (SSD) for your media, not as a system drive, although it always is nice to have a fast system drive as well. However 250GB is not a lot for media and will fill up quickly. As for the question of how much space you’ll need, it depends a lot on the kind of codecs, resolutions and media you are using, can you let me know what kind of codecs you’ll mostly be working with?

  159. Richard Lackey

    Hi Daniel, a GTX 1050 Ti 4GB is perfect. You can go RX 470 with 8GB RAM if you want, but the GTX 1050 will most likely do everything you need it to. There’s no wrong choice between those.

  160. Any Drawbacks between Mac and PC? I was either thinking of getting an older Mac Pro or building a newer pc platform desktop.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Alex, good question. I’m mostly recommending PC right now, especially for very high performance requirements. For lower and medium requirements a decent spec iMac or Macbook Pro with lots of RAM and dedicated GPU is totally viable, those tend to be the maxxed out specs which get pricey, that’s the only thing. I have no bias really, for me it’s just important to have a system that is stable, powerful and responsive enough to do the required work. I far prefer OSX to Windows, but that’s more of a OS preference to any kind of particular hardware preference. For most clients that don’t have any wish to build a custom PC and want manufacturer based support it’s tough to beat a HP Z840 based system. You can build something custom for less money too though. The drawback of running Resolve on Windows is the lack of ProRes encoding support but that doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. Plenty of professionals are running Windows systems and relying on various Avid DNxHR codecs in place of Apple ProRes.

  161. Where can you rent this beast of a package ? Software pre-loaded machine

    • Richard Lackey

      Hmm… I have not heard of any place that dry rents the system, not a bad business idea though if you wanted to start! (depending on the likely demand in your area of course)

  162. Sundeep Paul

    Hello there,

    If anyone can please help me. I’am just starting to use Davinci Resolve 12.5 and amazed by how much you are getting for free.
    For the moment I am using footage off D7000 and Gopro4 (HD and 4K) but will be moving to a lumix camera and mostly working on 4k (100mbps 30f)

    At the moment, the playback is really a struggle, making it impossible for me to edit files. This is my system configuration :

    PC : HP Elite 8200 SFF (I want your advice , keeping in mind that this is a small factor case with a PSU 240W)
    Inter Core i7 -2600 3.40GHz
    16 Gb RAM
    Nvidia GeForce GT 710 (I think the problem is here)

    Since I need a low profile card, would the gigabyte 750ti hp elite 8200 handle 4K ? If there is any other card that fits the criteria, please let me know.

    Please help me out here !!
    Thanks in advance.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Sundeep, Thanks for leaving a comment. You would benefit from a faster GPU with more video memory, but this is not the main problem you are facing. The real issue has to do with the codecs you are working with. I wrote an article about why h.26x based codecs are such a struggle in Resolve here: XAVC / XAVC-S and DaVinci Resolve | Why You Need to Transcode I’ve been working with a lot of 4K 100Mbps h.264 media lately and I transcode everything to ProRes 422HQ before I start editing. I just archive the original files and work with the ProRes. For small projects I’ll cut the native h.264 media in Resolve but generate optimised media (basically the same thing as transcoding). Let me know if you need any help with that.

  163. Hi !

    I want to get a proper color suite and upgrade my system and i’m reading in a lots of forums that you need 2 GPUs, and it looks that the way to go is getting a Quadro (for GUI and also beacuse can output 10bit) and a GTX for the image processing. My doubt is if it’s really necessary to have the Quadro or if a Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K (which also output 10bit 2160p) could do the job. I don’t know if the quadro and the decklink do the same or they are complementary…Is the GUI really using a lot of resources to just have one card just for that purpose?

    My idea would be having 2 monitors, a shitty monitor i have for the GUI (via HDMI or DP) and a grade 1 calibrated monitor for grading (Flanders, Sony… via SDI). Can i just do that from a 1 GTX and get a 10bit workflow (output decklinck–>SDI–>Grade monitor input)? Would the Quadro+GTX+Decklink be a major improve over a GTX+Decklink ?

    Thanks Richard !

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Eduardo, for monitoring output you don’t use the output from any of your GPU’s at all, the GPU’s are just doing number crunching so it really doesn’t matter whether they support a 10-bit output or not. What matters for GPU’s is memory and CUDA cores. Your output reference monitor should be driven by a video output interface such as the Blackmagic Decklink Mini Monitor or any Decklink card, and that will give you the 10-bit output you need. In any case Resolve doesn’t give you the option of a full screen output on any desktop GUI output. Also the GUI card doesn’t need to be a particularly high end card, except in systems which only have one GPU. I hope this makes sense, let me know if you have any further questions. I’ll be glad to help.

  164. Cedric Cornell


    I posted something deep in the tread about transcoing GoPro files. Will get back to that in a sec.
    I’m in the process of putting together a system, if you can give some feedback it would be very helpful.

    processor:Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake
    Cooler:Corsair Hydro Series H55 CPU Cooler
    MB: ASUS Z170-E, Socket-1151 MB (6xsata)
    Ram: HyperX Savage DDR4 2400MHz 32GB
    ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 ROG Strix Gaming
    Samsung PM961 SSD 512GB M.2 NVMe
    Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5” HDD

    • Cedric Cornell

      Opp, somthing went wrong at I posted before finishing

      processor:Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake
      Cooler:Corsair Hydro Series H55 CPU Cooler
      MB: ASUS Z170-E, Socket-1151 MB (6xsata)
      Ram: HyperX Savage DDR4 2400MHz 32GB
      GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 ROG Strix Gaming 8GB
      System disc: Samsung PM961 SSD 512GB M.2 NVMe
      Media Drive Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5” HDD Will install a second drive as a “render to” dick. Will look at Raid later.

      As for GoPro files, my I7, 10gb ASUSZenbook runs Gopro Studio (cineform) transcoded 4k clips pretty well with Sony Vegas 1080p like knife thru butter. No problems.
      In Resolve, I can’t get anything to run smoothly. Optimised media etc.

      What would your workflow be for Gopro files? I imaging and hope the new system listed would work well. Convert to AVI with Studio (Ciniform) or just run native files and get optimized media working.

      Thanks for your time.

  165. Why on Earth you don’t state it clearly in your article about CPU: 32-bit and 64-bit, or 64-bit only? Why no one word about it?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Oleg, I don’t think it needs to be stated. It is safe to assume everyone is working on 64-bit CPU’s. 64-bit CPU’s have been the standard now for a very long time.

  166. Hey Richard, i wrote a couple of months ago, ok SO i was thinking about building my own computer, but its a taunting task, so I talked to my IT guy here at my station, and we are getting brand new computers,I told him what I was trying to do and he suggested these specs:

    is this set up ok??

    Dell Precision Tower 5810 ­ Build your own
    Intel® Xeon® ProcessorE5­1603 v3 (4C, 2.8GHz, 10M, 140W
    NVIDIA® Quadro® M4000 8GB (4 DP) (1 DP to SL­DVI adapter
    16GB (4x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 RDIMM ECC
    integrated Intel AHCI chipset SATA controller (6 x 6.0Gb/s) ­ SW RAID 0/1/5/10
    C1 SATA 3.5 Inch, 1­2 Hard Drives
    500GB 3.5″ Serial­ATA (7,200 RPM) Hard Drive
    Boot drive or boot volume is less than 2TB

    is this good enough to run Davinci resolve, instead of building all this with windows 10 keyboard, monitor etc comes out to about 1800

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Rob, this looks ideal. The only thing I would advise is to use a dedicated hardware RAID controller rather than the integrated software RAID.

  167. Greetings from Qatar!

    I’m shooting with GH4 4k footage and would like to put together a pc build that will last me for a long time without upgrading. So i want to run resolve 12.5 as my nle and grading software (time to say by to PP). After reading all the posts I feel this should comfortably do the job. I will sometimes need to render out in cinema 4k and of course sometimes in full Hd.

    intel core i7 3.5 Ghz K 5930 (6 cores and 6 threads)
    nvidia gtx 980 ti 6GB DDR5
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB (system)
    2x 240 ssd samsung evo (raid) (cache and media)
    ram DDR4 2300 MHz 32 GB
    S X99 motherboard, gaming 7
    windows 10 pro

    Also i would like to run 3 monitors incl a fully calibrated one for grading as ive always used a dual monitor configuration in the past and would like to have a 3rd TV HD display to see finished videos in all their 4K glory. If I wanted to have such a monitor set up what would I need in terms of video card?

    I also own a 27inch imac non retina and a full hd smasung calibrated monitor, could these be used as displays in the setup!

    Thanks for all your help.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Ferhan, your specs look good. You’ll need a Blackmagic Decklink card to give you the output for your dedicated monitor. Preferably of course this should be a calibrated color critical reference monitor. A Decklink mini monitor card is all you need.

  168. Hey,

    I am building my new workstation (on windows 10). I consider to put NVIDIA GTX 1080 inside, and wonder if I can also put in a 2nd graphics card for UI for example. Does it necessarily need to be exactly the same, or can a put a lower gpu thats more priceless? I have another GTX 680 in my old Mac Pro (2009) – could I use that too even its from mac? its the evga gtx 680 mac edition.


    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Phil, yes the GUI can run on a less powerful GPU, they don’t need to be the same. I am not sure if you can use a card straight out of a Mac on a Windows build as it has different firmware.

  169. Hi Richard.

    Firstly to echo the praise for the info on your site. Very useful.

    Secondly, just about to take the plunge on an iMac 27, with all the right bits from Jigsaw24. I have only one question: is 2TB Fusion or 512Gb Flash the best option.

    I expect this machine to be almost exclusively for Davincj Resolve and to be using usb 3 or thunderbolt external storage for the files.

    I am currently working on 2k, but obviously 4k is coming.


    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Nick, good choice. As long as your media files will be on fast external Thunderbolt or USB 3 RAID or SSD drives then the internal storage isn’t so critical. Assuming it’s just for OS and other files. However, you may want to use it for Resolve’s cache files and optimised media, in which case the 512GB flash is the way to go. Cache files you can always delete if you run low on space as Resolve can regenerate them. I’d go for the flash for this reason if I were you.

  170. I am planning to make the jump to Davinci Resolve (the free edition) from Premiere Pro. I am a part time photographer and cannot justify the full CC subscription but I do occasionally do some small video projects and timelapse videos so the Adobe Photo Plan and Davinci Resolve seem like a great option.

    My current system includes a Skylake i7 6700K and 16GB ram. I am debating between a GTX 1050 Ti (4GB) or a GTX 1060 (6GB). My question is whether the 1050TI can handle Resolve and if I will see a significant increase in performance with the 1060 that justifies an extra $100.

    Any guidance in this respect would be greatly appreciated. Your website is a great wealth of knowledge regarding video production. Thanks in advance.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Pete, sounds good to me. To be honest you probably won’t notice that much difference, but if you can spare the extra $100, I’d put it into the GPU for sure. Still, it’s not a deal breaker. You’ll be fine in Resolve either way.

  171. I am upgrading to new custom pc
    my wishlist is
    i5 6500
    ddr4 kingston hyper x 16 gb
    gigabyte g1 sniper gtx 1020
    hhd 2 tb seagate 7200 rpm
    is this config good ?
    or should i add ssd also ?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Mohit, it looks good to me but you’ll definitely need faster storage for media. A 7200rpm disk won’t be fast enough. For sure you’ll want to go SSD.

  172. Hello Richard. I found your article very interesting and I was wondering if could maybe solve a question I have. I’m planning to build a new station for DR mainly and also some After Effects and CInema 4D. The thing is that as X99 motherboards are not as easy to find though my distributors I’ve been looking for dual PCI Gen3 x16 on motherboards with LGA1151 sockets. There’s almost none, apart from EVGA Z170 Classified 4-way, i haven’t find any. The thing is, is there any x16/x8? I couldn’t find any either. And what about building a dual x8 on x16 Gen3? Would there be a bottleneck or any performance reduction using gtx 10? Thanks for your help.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Adrian, thanks for getting in touch. I have to say though this is one question I don’t know enough to answer so specifically. Sorry about that. I’d reach out in some of the Resolve forums, pages or groups on Facebook, there’s a good chance someone will be able to advise you.

  173. Hi, I’m looking to get an ultra book, the lenovo ideapad 710s

    It has an i7 6560U
    Intel iris 540
    8 GB of RAM
    256GB PCIe SSD

    Would this be enough for 10 minute 1080p edits?
    I won’t be adding much effects (think Casey neistat type of videos)

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Ges, it’s on the low end, but really comes down to the Intel Iris 540. It shares system memory but I can’t seem to find out exactly what total amount of memory the GPU can access. You really want to be looking at 16GB system RAM also, it’s not an ideal notebook for Resolve but without knowing the exact GPU memory I can’t really say. As long as the GPU can access at least 1.5GB (at the absolute minimum) you should be able to run Resolve.

  174. Hi Richard, it is very nice of you to be so helpful offering your advice here. I too am looking at getting a new workstation for editing R3D raw footage in premiere CC, then transferring to davinci for coloring. It looks like there are new Mac Pros released now. What would be your recommendation for building a Mac Pro tower? I am happy to spend the necessary amount to get a system that will run smoothly. I am concerned of making the mistake of getting unnecessary upgrades. I am planning on getting a 4k color grading monitor to go with it. What would be your advice on this? Also do you know any other sites I can learn more about getting the right system to handle my workflow?

  175. Which new Macpro should I buy to run DR?

    1) 13 inch, 2.9Ghz i5, 8GB ram, Iris Graphics card 550 1.5GPU for $1799.
    2) 15 inch, 2.6Ghz i7, 16GB ram, Radeon 2GB GPU, $2399.

    I do mostly home and travel videos using FCPX. I don’t do 4K, just HD footage.

    Also should I get the 256GB SSD storage instead of 512GB and save myself $2-300. I can get a 1TB external harddrive for under $100.

  176. David Verchere

    Sorry, i forgot to tell that i stock nothing inside this computer, no video, no photo, no heavy program, it’s just dedicated to youtube and one game .

  177. David Verchere

    Hello Richard,

    I bought 2 months ago a Laptop gaming MSI GE62 6QF APACHE PRO, Nvidia GTX970M, Intel core i7 6700HQ 2.60GHz, RAM 8GB, systeme windows 10, 64 bit but only on storage a SATA disk 970GB… no SSD i think at all.
    i would like to use this fantastic program DaVinci resolve 12.5 only for Youtube Vlog purpose with no 4K work, but i like go deeply on details to enhance video !

    I m wondering to solve the problem of storage maybe by purchasing a SSD PORTABLE type Sandisk extreme 900 480GO, max speed 850 MO/S ?… not too expensive

    This one : https://www.amazon.fr/Portable-SanDisk-Extreme-Vitesse-Lecture/dp/B01127E5J6/ref=sr_1_16?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1477496372&sr=1-16&keywords=ssd

    Is it All right for my purpose or did you see other difficulties about my requirements system ?

    Thanks for your explanation above about DaVinci resolve


  178. Hey Richard, the information you provide here is invaluable, thank you so much for your time and effort in keeping up with responses (for almost a year now). I have clicked on this page more times than I can count, and I am finally about to purchase a macbook pro (I have to have a laptop) for editing with Davinci, so I thought I’d make a query directly to you. I understand that the 15″ macbook pro with the “dedicated” AMD graphics card is preferred for editing 4k footage, but if I am ok with editing the 4k footage in HD could I get by working with these specs:

    MacBook Pro
    Intel Iris Pro 5200
    RAM: 16GB
    RAM Technology: DDR3L SDRAM
    Max Supported RAM: 16GB
    RAM Speed: 1600MHz
    Processor Type: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2.20GHz
    Number of Cores: Quad-Core

    Display Technology: Retina Display
    Display Size: 15.4″
    Display Max. Resolution: 2880 x 1800

    Thanks a lot for your time taken in responding.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Neil, you totally can use the 1.5GB Intel Iris GPU for Resolve. I use this exact same spec Macbook Pro at home (I’m on it right now). I’m primarily working with 4K media but in a HD timeline, but I’ve often switched the timeline back to UHD at the end of the grade and rendered a UHD file.

      I will say that in my experience, you’ll be using the Optimised Media and render cache features in Resolve a lot. I rely on them on this Macbook Pro with pretty much any format I bring in, from R3D to ProRes out of the Alexa Mini, and especially H.264 media from my iPhone, or lately the Fujifilm X-T2.

      You will struggle with any optical flow effects, or motion blur, noise reduction etc… the GPU just doesn’t have enough memory, actually it shares system memory.

      Also it will throw you GPU out of memory errors if you get into crazy complicated grades with a lot of nodes and heavy operations.

      However, it will work, within certain limits and with some patience to generate optimised media and let it cache clips on your timeline.

      • Richard Lackey

        Hi Neil, I just wanted to add… I keep my Macbook Pro’s internal flash storage clear for media. Granted it’s not a huge space, but it is very very fast storage. Also use fast external SSD’s on Thunderbolt or USB3. Apparently Apple may be launching a new generation Macbook Pro soon (Oct 27th) so it might be worth waiting a few weeks to see what the new models have in store, and the price points for different configurations.

  179. Hey I just got Davinci resolve and I just finished building my pc so I wanted to know if my system specs are capable to do 1920×1080 at 60fps, or at most, 4k videos from my galaxy s6, here are my system specs:
    CPU – I5 4690k clocked at 3.5ghz (I intend to overclock to 4.2ghz)
    Ram – 2 x 4gb sticks clocked at 1866mhz (totaling 8gb, will expand if necessary to 16gb)
    GPU – PNY GTX 1060 6gb edition
    Storage – 1x 120GB holding OS and device drivers, 1x 240GB for holding key applications (like Davinci resolve) and 1x 1TB.
    I also have a EVGA 750w gold PSU. It should be noted that I intend to work much more with the 1920×1080 60fps resolution than the galaxy s6 4k resolution. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Justin, I’d say you look good to go but I would definitely recommend the jump to 16GB RAM. You didn’t mention what type of drives, I assume your main drive for media is the 1TB, is it an SSD?

      I assume you are talking about slow motion as far as your 60fps material is concerned? So it will still be played back at your project frame rate and won’t be a problem.

      H.264 media (from phones and most consumer/prosumer cameras) is notoriously bad to playback in Resolve even on a high-end system, so you still may find yourself making proxies, or using optimised media in Resolve for that material. I do it all the time that way, it works, and I can help you with that workflow when you get to it if you’ve got questions later.

  180. I have a i7 870 with 16gb RAM and two graphic cards, a GTX 670 and a GTS 450: is the multi gpu support available only in Resolve Studio? Which workflow can I handle with this configuration?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Andrea, yes multi-GPU support is only on DaVinci Resolve Studio. The GTS 450 is a 1GB card correct? It won’t be much use with Resolve, except maybe as your desktop GUI card, so you’d run your desktop monitors from it. The GTX 670 will be fine to get started with HD work and even some occasional 4K as long as you’re not expecting lightning fast performance. However that configuration (using both cards) is only possible with Resolve Studio.

  181. Larry Dickinson

    Hi Rich,

    Very interesting to read your article and your indepth analysis.
    I am still a bit confused with the requirements, specially the GPU. Is there a limit to the number of GPUs we can use with DaVinci? Or the more the better? Would having 8 x GTX 1080 have a serious impact on performance?


  182. Hello Davinci community! I’ve heard a lot about the minimum system specs for this program, and I had a few questions.
    Build #1 the i7 6700, and GTX 1060 6GB;
    does that seem unbalanced to run full HD edits? Would it be more balanced if I went
    Build #2 i5 6500, and GTX 1070 8GB?
    Which would run davinci better? I’m on a tight budget, and unfortunately I don’t have the cash to build anything at a much greater price than either of those.
    Thank you so much guys, I really appreciate your feedback 🙂
    I hope to be editing soon! Thanks again,
    – Caleb

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Caleb, the i7 6700 and GTX 1060 6GB will be absolutely fine for HD work and easily tackle some 4K too. Just keep in mind you may still want or need to transcode some codecs for better performance, but generally speaking I’d go with the i7 6700 and GTX 1060. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions, I’ll try my best.

  183. Hi
    Just download DavinciResolve.
    My question are some 4K video from action camera able to import and some unable to import. Both H.264 and MP4. Any solution/s ?

    My Laptop specs are:-

    Intel® Core™ i5-6300HQ with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (2.3 GHz, up to 3.2 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)

    Intel HM170

    16 GB DDR3L SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)1600

    Video Graphics
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (4 GB DDR3L dedicated)

    Hard Drive
    1 TB 5400 rpm SATA however i’m using external flashdrive thru usb 3.0 and SDcard class 10 U3

    15.6″ diagonal FHD anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi, your specs are perfectly fine. The only bottleneck I see potentially is your storage speed/bandwidth, but I don’t think that will affect your action camera files. You might want to look at working off a USB 3 external SSD drive sometime in future.

      Action camera files can be problematic sometimes, it should import… although I might be wrong since I don’t deal with these files very often. You can check the supported formats here. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/manuals/DaVinciResolve/DaVinci_Resolve_12.5_Supported_Codec_List.pdf

      I would definitely transcode those files to Avid DNxHD/DNxHR in any case for better performance and a better overall experience in DaVinci Resolve.

  184. Reza Abdallah

    hi , Rich …

    since i’m really noob & newbie in video editing , does pci-e DeckLink is a must ??! …

    what DeckLink function is if i may know …

    • Richard Lackey

      A DeckLink card gives you dedicated video input and output. Input is for capturing video signals from external sources and I don’t think you’ll use it, but the output is important. The video output from the DeckLink card you would use for a high quality color calibrated monitor. It will give you an uncompressed 10-bit clean output for your main reference monitor. You can’t really trust your desktop display for color accuracy, not to mention that it’s set to a sRGB color space, which is correct for a computer display, but may not be the desired color space for your video project. Also, DaVinci Resolve gives you no option to view full screen on a second or third extended desktop monitor. The only way to get a full screen monitor is to use a DeckLink or UltraStudio to give you the correct video output signal.

  185. Reza Abdallah

    hi , Rich …

    i’m forget to ask you , did Resolve relies on CUDA cores or VRAM ??! …

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Reza, Resolve wants both 🙂 Lots of CUDA cores and as much VRAM as you can give it. Did you actually mean CUDA or OpenCL? It can use both.

      • Reza Abdallah

        hi , Rich …

        then dual gpu configuration with 8 GB ( GTX 1080 ) and 12 GB ( Titan X ) with SLI off is better & faster ??! …

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Reza, Resolve doesn’t do SLI very well. In fact I’d just go with the Titan X, it’s a beast, but if you want to use both, run your desktop screens off the GTX 1080.

          • hi , Rich …

            regarding CPU , does more core ( 6 , 8 / 10 ) make difference in Resolve ?! …

          • It will make a difference when decompressing some codecs for realtime playback, but not as much impact as the GPU.

  186. Alexandre Sepulveda

    Hi, Richard! What do you think about my new system for Resolve color grading and Avid/Premiere editing (4K raw)?

    GA-X99P-SLI Thunderbolt 3 Motherboard

    Xeon E5-2620V4 3.0GHz Processor

    64GB Kingston DDR4 2133MHz ECC Memory

    SSD 480GB Kingston UV400 System drive

    Single Geforce GTX 1080 8GB for UI and Grade

    Windows 10 Professional 64x

    Promise Pegasus 2 R4 – Thunderbolt 2 Storage

    Blackmagic Ultra Studio Express – Thunderbolt Video I/O interface

    Thank you!

  187. Thanks Rick for your instant reply and valuable suggestion. You are a life saver !!

  188. Hi Rich, I am planning to get a Blackmagic micro cinema camera that shoots RAW at 1080 p I want to switch to Resolve 12.5 for editing and color correction. Basically I used an old mac tower 2008 model which has crashed now. Time to get a new machine what do you suggest? mac book pro 15 inches or i mac 5k 27 inches or Mac pro with D500 cards? I may want to try editing sony a6300 footage in the future too. Please help me out.

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Ajay, if all of those are options for your budget, I’d choose the Mac Pro with dual-D500 GPU’s just for the extra graphics power. I use a 15″ Macbook Pro Retina, it’s less than a year old and I like it well enough, I use it a ton for Resolve, but it’s not hugely powerful. I’m always relying on render cache or optimised media. The 5K iMac is a good option but again it won’t have the GPU power of the Mac Pro. In order I’d choose, Mac Pro (dual D500), 5K iMac (go for 16GB RAM and AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory), lastly the Macbook Pro Retina (16GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory). Hope that helps.

  189. Hi Rich, thanks a lot.

  190. Richard, what do you think of this? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thewolfe/the-wolfe-supercharge-your-laptop

    I have a Macbook pro mid 2014, 2.8ghz i7, 16gb RAM, Nvidia GT 750m 2gb. For me Resolve freaks out when im trying to edit 4k prores from an Ursa mini 4.6k. Im going to purchase a flanders DM240 so i can do color critical grading of 4k prores and 5K RED footage, so hoping the above solution is a magic bullet for macbook pro’s like mine, but maybe eGPU solutions are limited in some way?

    • Richard Lackey

      Hi Ivan, I don’t know much about the link you shared but I’ll give you my opinion for what it’s worth. I believe that expecting to work with 4K RAW media effectively from your URSA Mini 4.6k on a Macbook Pro is not realistic. I can only recommend looking at a much higher power and newer PC laptop, or build yourself a workstation. You are putting the cart before the horse so to speak by investing in a Flanders monitor, and driving it from a very underpowered Macbook Pro. I know it’s not what you want to hear, but its the truth. No offence is intended I hope you don’t take my thoughts the wrong way.

      • I thought as much. Im getting an FSI monitor as much becuase im primarily a DOP and want color critical monitoring on set as anything else. Currently i edit with 4k prores on this macbook and do simple grades in Premiere, which i can just about make work. Im probably going to jump on the Wolfe eGPU solution just to see how much improvement it gives me and then if as you suspect im still underpowered to grade RED 5k (im becoming an owner/operator in the new year), i will build a proper workstation.

        Do you have an opinion on whether Hackintosh or Specced up older Mac Pro would be the way to go? I have built windows based PC’s before (15 years ago!!) so am up for the build challenge either way, but i want to stay on OSX and cant afford a new Mac Pro

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Ivan, You are heading down the right path for sure, good choice on the monitor. As for workstation, you can look at going the Hackintosh route. I last did it with a Supermicro workstation a few years ago, so it’s been a while. Worked great though, so I’m sure it’s still a totally viable option. I’d definitely look into getting OSX running on a new build workstation, the older Mac Pro’s will limit you from the beginning.

          • I got a great deal on a Mac Pro 5.1 12 core 3.46ghz so am going to give it a try rather than go full hackintosh for now. I’ll installing the OS and apps on a PCIe SSD and running a Titan X GPU, so the last thing to consider is storage for active projects. Do you think a single SSD drive will be quick enough to start working with RED 5k footage, or should I be looking at a RAID 0 set up there? Is it even worth thing about a RAID 0 HDD set up?

          • Hi Ivan, congrats! If you go SSD, I’d advise two SSD’s in RAID 0 but you should keep a copy of all your media somewhere else for backup. If one of the SSD’s fail all of your data will be lost. However, SSD’s will give you limited total capacity. Otherwise you can look at 5 HDD in RAID 5, this gives you a measure of data protection (any one drive can fail) but your throughput won’t be huge, should be enough however. Here’s some more info: http://create.pro/blog/mac-pro-51-best-system-creative-professionals-internal-expandability-unparalleled-customisation-king/

  191. I plan to purchase a new 13in Macbook Pro(i7, 2.9Ghz, 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Graphics Card <- apple doesn't list how many GPU. I'm assuming 1GB GPU.) laptop next month. So after reading the system requirements that you need at least 2GB GPU, that means this laptop won't be able to run DS12,5 right? I don't do 4K, mostly just HD footage.

    (The 15in Macbook pro comes with 2GB GPU, but it's too large for me to carry around.)

    • Richard Lackey

      It may actually allocate up to 1.5GB of the system memory to the GPU, it is the Intel Iris 6100. For basic HD work it will probably work but I’m saying that without ever having used or run Resolve on the 13″ Macbook Pro. You’ll want to stay away from any noise reduction or optical flow effects. It’s not ideal but if you are patient with it, and willing to use optimised media and render cache, you can probably make it work.

  192. Humauin Kabir

    Hi Richard Lackey, It is awesome post. I am seeking your advice.
    I want to edit 2.5k raw (BMCC-mft) using Davinci resolve. I am thinking to configure HP Z840 workstation according to BM recommendation.

    Dual Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 (dual 14 core) (Dual 8 core is minimum recommended)
    32GB RAM (8x4GB memory sticks)
    Use pairs of 4 for maximum memory bandwidth
    SATA 7200 1TB system hard drive
    1 x DVD-RW drive, SATA, Black
    Recommended Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro M 6000, NVIDIA Quadro K5200, NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, among which I chose GeForce GTX 980 (4GB).

    I would like to ask you IF (1) one graphic card (GeForce GTX 980 (4GB)) and one processor are enough for 2.5 k raw editing? But I intend to update them later on when I am capable; (2) 16GB RAM is enough? (3) I need any other things to add with the aforementioned specification ?

    Thank you very much. I appreciate your help very much.

    • Richard Lackey

      16GB system RAM, the single CPU and GTX 980 4GB will definitely get you going with your 2.5k RAW. But, make sure you have your RAW media on fast storage, such as some internal SSD’s. You’ll easily be able to upgrade this system as time goes on. Good choice. If you want to monitor properly to an external monitor, you’ll need a video output card. You can look at a Decklink card from Blackmagic Design for that.

      • Hi Rich,
        Thank you very much for your clarification. It already helped me lots. I have just three more questions.

        (1) Did you recommend the video output card because I am not going to use any extra GUP only for Monitor? Or I still need a video card for proper post production even if I use an extra GPU for monitor?

        (2) Regarding internal SSD, as Blackmagic design mentioned nothing about SSD for HP 840, I wonder why, but a SATA 7200 1TB system hard drive. Then should I buy some internal SSD’s storage instead of SATA 7200 1TB system hard drive. Or I can add some SSD’s along with SATA 7200 1TB system hard drive?

        (3) Referring to my first post, I meant one GPU for both monitor and image processing and so you?

        Thank you very much and looking forward to hearing from you.

        • Richard Lackey

          Hi Humauin,

          The GTX 980 is fine as a single GPU, you can run your desktop monitor from it, and it will do all the processing for Resolve too. Later on, you could add another GPU, but to begin with it will be fine. The only reason I mentioned the video output card is that technically speaking you can’t rely on a desktop monitor to be color accurate or display your full color gamut and bit depth that you may want for monitoring. So, you would use a video output card such as a Decklink card, and run a HD monitor attached to it. This should really be a monitor intended and designed for color accuracy. Plenty of people are learning to grade just by using their desktop screen, but it’s not accurate and technically speaking not good enough… but this is up to you. Grading monitors are not cheap, it’s something you can add later.

          As for SSD’s, you will not be able to play 2.5k CinemaDNG RAW from your 1TB 7200 RPM disk, the hard disk is far too slow. You can leave the system and other application files and any normal documents on it, but add some SSD storage internally for your media and Resolve’s cache location. A couple of SSD’s in RAID will work nicely, or you could add at least four additional 7200RPM HDD’s, all identical, and configure them as a RAID. You might want to look at a dedicated RAID controller card for that too.

          • Hi Rich,

            Thank you very much for your advice. Now things are clear to me. Just grateful to you. Much appreciated.

          • Hi Rich,

            I have got some minor issues on CPU and GPU selection. As I mentioned before, I wanted to buy “1xIntel Xeon E5-2697 v3” which is actually very expensive for me now. So I have found three others CPU I can afford one of them which are “Intel Xeon E5-2620 V3 2.4 GHz 6-Core-Processor” / “Intel Xeon E5-2620 V4 2.1 GHz 8-Core-Processor” and / “Intel Xeon E5-2630 V3 2.4 GHz 8-Core Processor”. Among those, I prefer “Intel Xeon E5-2620 V3 2.4 GHz 6-Core-Processor” since it is inexpensive comparatively and available with ready-made workstation here (Vienna, Austria). Do you think it can handle my job or any other suggestion?

            As to GPU, there are several brands (GeForce GTX 980 4GB) I discovered (