Best pc workstation for cubase

We see that Intel Hybrid Gen 12, and Gen 13 processors have issues with E Cores. Can someone chime in with what might be the most compatible system overall from yesteryear’s system? Key veriables would be Chipset and Processor and to a lesser degree, brand and OS (Win10 vs Win11). .

Memory amounts, graphics cards, and drive speeds are all very selective and open so in acquiring a new system, the two, chipset and processor.

Thank you!

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The way i’m struggling with dpc latency on mine, maybe you should get an Apple computer.

AMD wound up being my preference. Rock solid for months now once I got the GPU sorted (Don’t overlook the impact of the GPU on Cubase performance).

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I’m using a Threadripper Pro 5975WX and WRX80E motherboard. Works great!

However, the particular motherboard I got (Supermicro) has a super whiny chipset fan that cannot be replaced (it’s a specially designed part for this motherboard) and it takes over a minute to boot through the BIOS screen, so I’d recommend trying some other brand.

That being said, if you only do music on the workstation, and especially if you do recording in the same room, silence has to be the top priority! Almost any modern CPU is “good enough” for almost any modern recording setup, unless you’re “ALL THE PLUGINS AND ALL THE PRESETS” and hate bouncing to disk.

You could also try some music-focused systems builder, like a Rok Box CR Z or something.

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“SMT” on or off?

I would go with a AMD Ryzen 7 7700. It’s a beast. Runs quite and cool (typical TDP is 65watts) Runs on socket AM5. Must use DDR5 RAM. Check out it’s benchmarks on “Passmark”

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About to build a super power house, z790, 13900k, 64g DDR5, 4 m2 pci e 4, water cooled, will update, recently reformatted and re installed win10 on my current machine 7 year old generation and not a single crash since, but I hit a wall when I get into large projects. Will update.

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What’s the size of your ram? I used x79 with dual e5 2680v2, 512GB ram and the boot time is more than a minute.
I am also looking forward to purchase threadripper for its high frequency and large ram support. Also it has fewer power cosumption than Inter W3300/3400 series. So can I ask what type of music you are composing? And what is the asio usage when you are composing?

What is steinbergs current statement on number of cpus? I think it was a limitation to 14 cores for Cubase 12 so a 96 core threadripper likely not good value choice.

I have been considering a similar build. I very interested if the 13900 /24 cores makes a substantial difference, especially with virtual instruments.

I went with Windows 11 and haven’t had any stability issues, my thinking was that it’s like a 2 day process to reinstall software so I wanted a clean start where I didn’t have to worry about upgrading later.

I have an intel i9 11th gen 10 core unlocked version, it works great - Asus gaming board. Decent nVidia GPU. 32GB DDR4. As a poster above said don’t skimp on GPU, I made that mistake last build and ended up having to buy another one.

The only Minus with the 11th gen is that you can’t use the newer nvme slot right next to the processor, but performance with 2 other nvme is stellar so I’m not sure I’m missing anything.

Definitely loving the liquid cooling, I splurged on high end fans and a nice rad, super quiet operation, and party lights are a bonus.

Gold 850 PSU seems to work fine, I was a bit worried about power draw but haven’t had an issue yet.

Good question. I wish they will answer with an official updated info.
For instance will it be better if I disable virtual cores (SMT) on my Ryzen 5900X (12 cores, 24 threads)?

What kind of problems did you have with cheap GPU?

This was quite long time ago. Cubase 8.5 wasn’t even usable from what I remember, glitchy and crash prone. I bought a cheap 2GB Radeon thinking it wouldn’t make a difference for an audio workstation (it didn’t until I upgraded from 5). Replaced with nVidia card, and problems were gone.

I doubt you need something high end by today’s standards, but I won’t overlook it again.

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