My new AMD build
A month has past in building the perfect super music production / mixing machine. I’ve opted for an AMD Ryzen 9 3950x CPU as it’s benchmark is 36,000; compared to my old Sandybridge i7 3.4 2600k with its benchmark of 7600!
I completed it 3 days ago following motherboard issues and opened a hefty project during the first few tests. Found that rather having used up a wopping 95% on the CPU, I’m on only 35% with the new machine. With this am using a buffer size of 64, rather than the typical delayed 512!
On building this machine over the last month I had some issues trying an Asus x570 Prime Pro Motherboard, which ended up not allowing certain PCIe cards to work, including a TI Firewire PCIe card with my Fireface 800 sound card, which the Asus board froze during system boot.
Have learnt that Asus made a buggy Bios update and do not plan to fix it.
There are apparently issues with AMD with UAD cards and think the true issue is simply that various newer mother boards bios’ are not supporting older PCIe cards. It’s not the CPU that’s the problem here, it’s the bios updates.
Following installing the new Asrock x570 Extreme with AMD Ryzen9 3950x, 2x Ryzen 3600mhz 16GB ram cards, old Nvidia 560 graphics; I started a new track yesterday. Had 3 instances of Serum (which would have cracked and popped the old machine (guaranteed), abbey road piano in Kontakt (which I previously could never use the default sounds and reverbs), abbey road drums (which I would have needed to freeze at times with all the other plugins), Absynth5, and a load of VTM (hmm, should I say anything about this?) tracks on various groups. The CPU was at 10% with all these plugins, which would have started to crackle and pop in the i7 machine. This AMD machine however, is solid as a rock!!
Was running at 64 buffer size, monitoring through Cubase and recording vocals with an artist with no issues at all.
So, just wanted to give a confident thumbs up on using and building an AMD Ryzen9 machine… And looking forward to getting more into intensive analog emulator plugins from now on, without any glitches