I’m going to put my actual setup (i7-920 Based) on retirement.
I’m planning to build a new rig based on AMD 3900X (maybe 3950X).
After days reading on the web about specs/tests/reviews/… I believe that you guys could give me some help.
-Cubase DAW --> 90% of my concerns are to obtain rock solid stability and performances using Cubase
-Reaper DAW --> I use it as Video Rig synched through MTC
-Premiére Pro editing --> I need to use Premiére Pro for Editing of sometimes large sessions, but it’s not everyday use like Cubase
In Cubase I compose/produce/record/mix
I use VEPro slaved to Cubase to host my Orchestral Libraries (on the same host, but I will transfer on a Server in future)
First of all, my assumptions (arguing is very welcome):
-Right now AMD seems a better value for music production/composition/mixing than INTEL.
-Intel seems to have a little edge over AMD on single core processsing (and overall on the non parallelisable processes), but it’s a small edge
-AMD seems to have a significant edge over INTEL on multi core processing (cause of its pipeline and core number)
-AMD seems to exhibit more “cross core data latency” than INTEL, which manifests in ASIO spikes and general instability at lower buffer sizes. However it seems that it mostly mitigated in the AMD 3000 series, and even with this “issue” AMD perform better than INTEL (at least in the same price league).
-AMD seems to be very sensible to RAM speed and timing than INTEL. The “cross core data latency” issues seems to be mitigated a lot using faster RAM.
-AMD CPUs seems to greatly benefit in stability when used in tandem with AMD Graphics Cards (ASIO Spikes are minimized). AMD with NVidia seems to not work well (ASIO spikes seems way bigger with NVidia GPUs)
-Is AMD really a Good Choice for a Cubase based DAW in 2020?
-Which Motherboard/Chipset do you guys suggest me and why?
-Do you suggest me a liquid cooler?
-Which RAM brand/speed/timing (or simply which product) do you suggest me? I’m planning to buy 64GB, eventually expand it to 128GB in future.
-Premiére seems to work a lot better with NVidia GPUs, so does it’s really needed AMD GPUs with Ryzen CPUs, or is it more cause of AMD GPUs bad drivers/past-records?
My actual INTEL Based Rigs lasted around 10 years, never a trouble, and since Windows 10 1603, it’s rock solid stable, never a crash.
My setup is built around
Audio Card: RME HDSPe MADI FX
Interface: Orion 32
Windows 10 Pro 1909
Cubase Pro 10.5.12
The latency roundtrip it’s acceptable even with a ASIO Buffer Size of 256, but sometimes it’s better to have 64 (or even 32) when recording vocals or similar.
Any suggestion is very welcome
P.s. I worked as System and Network Administrator in the last 15 years, so I’m not a complete noob in the IT field, feel free to talk technical.