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Old 06-10-2017, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default Is this laptop overkill for Edius and Davinci Resolve

I just configured the following Sager laptop to replace my Macbook Pro. I believe it is overkill for Edius but probably not for Resolve. In fact, for Resolve, I probably should have chosen the 1080 GPU but that added an additional $350. I did want two mirrored SSDs and a SSD work drive with a 1 TB 7200 RPM backup and offload drive.

I also use Premiere Pro CC, Photoshop, and other CPU/GP intensive applications.

I'm probably going to have to sell my wife and at least one of my children along with my Macbook Pro. The total came to $4,268! Your comments are appreciated.

Here are the specs:

7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700K Processor ( 8MB Smart Cache, 4.20GHz)
- 17.3" 4K QFHD Matte Display with G-SYNC Technology (3840 x 2160) [+$150.00]
- 90 days No Dead Pixel Guarantee Screen Calibration [+$75.00]
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB GDDR5 Video Memory [-$350.00]
- IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU [+$35.00]
- Windows® 10 Pro 64-Bit Edition Preinstalled [+$50.00]
- Windows® 10 64-Bit Edition USB Recovery Media [+$25.00]
- 32GB Dual Channel DDR4 SDRAM at 2400MHz - 2 X 16GB [+$140.00]
- RAID-1 Storage ( Data Mirror - Requires 2 identical drives )
- 512GB Samsung 960 Pro M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD [+$310.00]
- 512GB Samsung 960 Pro M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD in RAID configuration [+$410.00]
- 500GB Samsung 850 EVO Series SATA3 Solid State Disk Drive [+$190.00]
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA3 Secondary Hard Disk Drive [+$70.00]
- Killer™ Dual Band Wireless-AC 1535 M.2 AC Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Module
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:31 PM   #2
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It looks very similar to the one I use all the time and is great for EDIUS and Resolve. I use one with a 1060 which is good enough for my needs. If it is the same model (which is sold under lots of different names and is made by Clevo) then it will not do Quick Sync with EDIUS which is a shame because that would help playback on some formats. But the only laptops I have seen with Quick Sync use laptop processors.

Also the laptop can be quite noisy when running at full power and there is not a lot you can do about it.

My one comment would be the hard drives - 2x M.2s and 1 SSD. Where are they putting Windows? Are they on the two mirrored M.2s? I would not mirror windows myself - you can make an image easily for back up.

In my laptop I have 1 M.2 for Windows and the rest is normal hard drives because the footage I use is generally H.264 based so does not need an SSD. A second SSD/M.2 would be nice for an After Effects cache.
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Old 06-11-2017, 01:58 PM   #3
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I configured it so that it would mirror my C drive which will have my apps and Windows. I just liked the idea of a mirrored system drive.

The SSD would be my footage work drive, and the 1 TB 7200 RPM drive would be a backup for that. I would use my external BD drive for archiving and additional backup using M-discs.

More4K, you are right about Resolve being a resource eater! I was wondering if UHD would be worth it. The other option was between 2k and 4K - I don't remember the specs.

I chose Sager since many on this forum seem to own them. If there are other brands you all would recommend, I'm willing to look at them too. I've got to sell my MBPro first anyway.

Thank you for your input.
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