Best SSD (SATA / NVMe) configuration for Davinci Resolve

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iniya57

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Best SSD (SATA / NVMe) configuration for Davinci Resolve

PostThu Oct 15, 2020 9:52 pm

Hi,

I am just building my hobby video-editing and music-production workstation and I am not 100% sure which SSD I should use for OS/footage/project/cache/exports.


This is my hardware:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3950x
Mainboard: Gigabyte Aorus Master x570
Memory: 2x32GB Crucial DDR4-3200 CL16 @ DDR4-3600 CL16
Graphics: GTX 980Ti (will be replaced with a RTX 3090 when it is available)
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SSD1: Samsung 980 PRO 1TB NVMe PCIe4.0
SSD2: Corsair Force MP600 1TB NVMe PCIe4.0

SSD3: Crucial MX500 2TB SATA
SSD4: Samsung 860 1TB SATA
SSD5: Samsung 860 500GB SATA

HDD: 2x3TB WD Red (Synology NAS)


Imho this config makes sense:

SSD for OS
SSD for Footage
SSD for Projects
SSD for Cache
SSD for Exports
NAS for Backup

...now my question is: what configuration would give me the most efficient system?

I think that the fastest drive should be for the cache, so the 980 PRO may is the best choice.
Now is it better to use the other NVMe (Force MP600) for projects or footage? ...or is it better to put projects AND footage on the NVMe instead of using one of the slower SATA SSD for either projects or footage? The Exports SSD is the least important afaik, so it could be the 1TB 860 for example?
Still I am not really sure how to configure it in the best possible way.


Thanks in advance for any help :)


Regards,
iniya57
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Re: Best SSD (SATA / NVMe) configuration for Davinci Resolve

PostFri Oct 16, 2020 8:05 am

As long as you have source footage, the OS and cache on separate drives it will be pretty much optimal. The bottleneck for performance will be the 980ti.
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Re: Best SSD (SATA / NVMe) configuration for Davinci Resolve

PostFri Oct 16, 2020 2:54 pm

thanks for the answer.
Well, as said the 980Ti will be replaced with a RTX 3090.

So let's put the other hardware aside... what profits the most from a fast SSD? is it cache/footage/....? ...
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Re: Best SSD (SATA / NVMe) configuration for Davinci Resolve

PostMon Oct 19, 2020 1:18 am

iniya57 wrote:So let's put the other hardware aside... what profits the most from a fast SSD? is it cache/footage/....? ...


Cache, thumbnails and waveform for sure. Footage only profits if it has a very high data rate.
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Re: Best SSD (SATA / NVMe) configuration for Davinci Resolve

PostMon Oct 19, 2020 11:34 am

That board and micro have little PCI-LANE for both devices.
better TR4 or xTR4

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