All this work... for what?? - Upgrading the Video Render Server

  • Published: 10 July 2019
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    We tried to improve our video rendering times significantly with a hardware upgrade, and the results were... interesting.

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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips   7 days back

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    • J van
      J van  3 days back


    • John Doh
      John Doh  4 days back

      You have mountains of hardware and instead of doing a comparison in a separate test machine you rip out the server, change the hardware and only then do you do a comparison?
      Linus you're a retard.

    • Logan Foutz
      Logan Foutz  5 days back

      I want to the LTT shirt that says "sold my soul to Intel back in 2016"

    • rtorbs
      rtorbs  5 days back

      No. They make condoms to stop reproduction at a couple of quid, why would i spend £20 on a hoodie for the same effect ?! Cool vids though bro lol

    • Articulated Monkey
      Articulated Monkey  5 days back

      Strange how you always have issues with XMP, I seem to have been lucky with it so far lol

  • der bender
    der bender  60 minutes back

    try cooing the cpu not with water or some cooling fluid

    try cooling with alcohol e.g. vodka or ipa for that matter

    • Jay Bollman
      Jay Bollman  1 hours back

      why not use a epyc, or TR chipset that is more geared for multicore performance? and upgrade to like nvme or just anything from this decade?

      • Reboot
        Reboot  3 hours back

        I have very little expertise with adobe premier, but wouldn't the encoding software itself play a huge role in this? Using ffmpeg, preset veryfast on a crf value of 18 on libx264, i did a 4K30p reencode of video game capture in Blackmagic RAW format of 30 minutes, and it took me around 40-45 minutes to complete and it gave me an average bitrate of 65-70Mbit/s (on a Ryzen 5 2600x clocked at 4GHz)

        • Zishan Ali
          Zishan Ali  10 hours back

          Which laptop is that at 13:22 ?

          • ناصر الأذينه
            ناصر الأذينه  12 hours back

            how about an amd cpu

            • Ghost Potato
              Ghost Potato  16 hours back

              *Cough Cough*
              Ryzen 9
              *Cough Cough*

              • Mottwally
                Mottwally  17 hours back

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                • Dodge Rider
                  Dodge Rider  19 hours back

                  While I can appreciate some of why y'all use Adobe, you've forgotten the basic principle that premiere is trash and Davinci Resolve is vastly superior.

                  • spapbp
                    spapbp  19 hours back

                    this is a render server, so the editors are able to send the Adobe file to the server and make it render without slowing down the editing pc? Is that how this works

                    • bytejuggler
                      bytejuggler  19 hours back

                      If the faster RAM is making such a difference, wouldn't a Ryzen system with much faster RAM be even better?

                      • ETS_WOLF
                        ETS_WOLF  21 hours back

                        What would happen if you take the cpu out of a Ps4 and put it in a PC

                        • TheUndeadGamer06
                          TheUndeadGamer06  21 hours back

                          RGB THERMAL PASTE?

                          • Wini Grasu
                            Wini Grasu  22 hours back


                            • ACG 5506
                              ACG 5506  1 days back

                              Thanks for full screen video

                              • Raman
                                Raman  1 days back

                                0:37 I seriously think this is a Premiere limitation.

                                • Ellie
                                  Ellie  1 days back

                                  Does anyone else just see a hand reflection on the screen at 13:45

                                  • Tommy G
                                    Tommy G  1 days back

                                    TBH, i'd have taken a new ryzen or a epyc for that type of workload.

                                    • Alex Andreba
                                      Alex Andreba  1 days back

                                      Why don't you use AMD? XD

                                      • Plane Star
                                        Plane Star  1 days back

                                        Wow, that i9-9990XE had a larger tdp than the Pentium D!

                                        • James Wiley
                                          James Wiley  1 days back


                                          • Melancia Acrobatica
                                            Melancia Acrobatica  1 days back

                                            if you use 264 coddecs the gpu can help a lot on it... also... but youre using codecs that need brute force from cpus.. in this cases is better an amd processor that dont use so many shortcuts...

                                            • Melancia Acrobatica
                                              Melancia Acrobatica  1 days back

                                              DONT OVERCLOCK this much- it only works for fast test benchmark NOT FOR REAL WORK ! LOL WTF this guys...

                                              • Jonathan Marshall
                                                Jonathan Marshall  2 days back

                                                Wouldn't this be a perfect workload for a 2990wx? He tried 3 intel CPU's and didn't see THAT much of an improvement. For the price of that 9990XE he could do an 24c/32c EPYC build.

                                                • Cody Smith
                                                  Cody Smith  2 days back

                                                  We all have ifixit kits, but pleaseeeee Linus get that orange screwdriver you use and put your name on em! What is it?? I want one!

                                                  • zamb0nio
                                                    zamb0nio  2 days back

                                                    why windows 8 with classic shell?

                                                    • Sneddz1
                                                      Sneddz1  2 days back

                                                      Would love to see this tested with a beefy AMD cpu and Davinci Resolve!

                                                      • GodLike Greg
                                                        GodLike Greg  2 days back

                                                        what the f&^k dude... you cant have nice things

                                                        • Faivre Samuel
                                                          Faivre Samuel  2 days back

                                                          why not use liquid metal or a thermal pad for the cpu

                                                          • mjc0961
                                                            mjc0961  2 days back

                                                            7:33 - Because that worked well last time, right?
                                                            7:40 - Thank you, Taran.

                                                            • mjc0961
                                                              mjc0961  2 days back

                                                              Published July 10, so probably July 3 for Floatplane, meaning actual building, recording, and most importantly part selection was done in June.
                                                              I bet most of the comments are going to be complaining about not using a 3700X or 3900X.

                                                              • mjc0961
                                                                mjc0961  2 days back

                                                                Okay, so not most of them surprisingly, but plenty of them still exist.

                                                            • Gerardo Rivero
                                                              Gerardo Rivero  2 days back

                                                              Just one word to you linus. "Ryzen"

                                                              • kilrahvp
                                                                kilrahvp  2 days back

                                                                5960X still rocks... Mine runs at 4.3GHz on all cores since 2014 and this proves there's still no point in upgrading it yet 😂

                                                                • Karl of Lochalsh
                                                                  Karl of Lochalsh  2 days back

                                                                  Hahaha I like a good laugh on a Monday morning.... keep em coming Linus....

                                                                  • Karl of Lochalsh
                                                                    Karl of Lochalsh  2 days back

                                                                    XMP? hmmm - one intel 5820K; 3 motherboards and the 2800Mhz ram would not go past 2400MHz (64Gb off it). 18 months of Threadripper 1920X and its been running faultlessly @ 2800MHz and the CPU does 4.2GHz on its own... with a Notctua push/pull 140 fan arrangement... EK watercooling incomming!

                                                                    • cnnfllsht
                                                                      cnnfllsht  2 days back

                                                                      i had 5820k and veneance lpx 4x4gb 2666. i could never launch it with 2666 only 2400. once i did it with 125 bclk and got 2750 but the cpu voltage was 1.9v so i ruined it with a mobo. this very ram works now on 3466mhz paired with 2200g ryzen.

                                                                  • Varun M
                                                                    Varun M  2 days back

                                                                    why aren't your servers ungraded with Ryzen zen2... ?

                                                                    • 周傳勳
                                                                      周傳勳  2 days back

                                                                      This Time give AMD a YES.

                                                                      • Deep hug
                                                                        Deep hug  2 days back


                                                                        • XantheFIN
                                                                          XantheFIN  2 days back

                                                                          Waiting new video how RED is scamming Linus with their lower cost SSD choices.

                                                                          • Atlas Atlas
                                                                            Atlas Atlas  2 days back

                                                                            1. Use AMD
                                                                            2. Ram bandwidth have major impact on cores scaling
                                                                            3. Delete GPU

                                                                            4. Use FreeBSD and FFmpeg for encoding

                                                                            • Deep hug
                                                                              Deep hug  2 days back

                                                                              Quick Sync is not used for CineForm. Are there other benefits from CineForm worth the increased rendering time? (Full disclosure: I've spec'd out an Intel-based video editing

                                                                          • William Kendrick
                                                                            William Kendrick  2 days back

                                                                            i think the only thing worse than being linus would be watching his videos for intelligent information.

                                                                            he literally wasted 5000 bucks to try to get his server faster and all he managed to do was 1 fucking minute faster.

                                                                            i'd have fired his stupid ass a long time ago, what a sorry excuse for a technician.

                                                                            • Simon Spencer
                                                                              Simon Spencer  2 days back

                                                                              Yeah, right: "we could do that... but there are advantages to (spending more money)".

                                                                              Some aspects of video software isn't open to interpretation, meaning even with user-settings, the way it handles transcoding has a minimum duration - no matter what hardware you happen to use.

                                                                              • W
                                                                                W  2 days back

                                                                                9:03 that 980 tho

                                                                                • djchristian82
                                                                                  djchristian82  2 days back

                                                                                  Linus it's not surprising. Going from a HDET system with four channel memory to a consumer system with dual channel memory and two cores less.

                                                                                  • faraz_ 224
                                                                                    faraz_ 224  2 days back

                                                                                    Around 12:00
                                                                                    RYZEN CPU chilling in the background

                                                                                    • faraz_ 224
                                                                                      faraz_ 224  2 days back

                                                                                      What about the *EPYC* CPUS from bigboy AMD

                                                                                      • fredEVOIX
                                                                                        fredEVOIX  2 days back

                                                                                        funnel please ! ><

                                                                                        • honeymak
                                                                                          honeymak  2 days back

                                                                                          what do u guys think about egpu stuff for this kind of situation?