Computers and studio gear Tue, 16 Oct 18 01:23:20 -0600 Computers and studio gear en-CA Intell Cofee Lake S, 8 core CPU comes in Q3 2018 Wed, 09 May 2018 20:59:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19675@/talks/discussions image

Present rumors are that Intel will drop single cores frequency (around 5-10%) and also will require you to buy new motherboard.

Capitalism: Planning and DRAM Mon, 29 May 2017 08:04:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17041@/talks/discussions image


Capitalism is very efficient, somewhere. DRAM prices (same as NAND) is kind of mad, due to production/consumption issues and cartel agreements that followed.

Magewell Ultra Stream HDMI - Recorder and Streamer Sun, 07 Oct 2018 08:19:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20626@/talks/discussions

Blackmagic docking station for Mac with GPU Sat, 14 Jul 2018 09:55:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20064@/talks/discussions image

Mostly advertised by many resources as external GPU it is actually designed as dick station with build in GPU.

If you ask me, I much more prefer universal simpler and cheaper external GPU solution.


This one is $699, available only via Apple -

Btw it is good to notice that BM follow Red, and it seems like we see first from many steps of another private agreement.

Nvidia RTX 20xx Turing GPUs - little performance for much more money Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:34:55 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19013@/talks/discussions Rumors for now

  • Initial announcement will happen at GPU Technology Conference at 26 to 29 March.
  • GPU will be based on simplified Volta architecture
  • Will have around 30% performance boost, mostly due to memory and more cores
  • It'll be variants with GDDR6 and GDDR5 RAM, staring with 4GB (due to RAM shortages)
  • Recommended price will be around 10% more than Pascal upon introduction
  • Actual price will be around 35-40% more for at least half a year
Intel Ice Lake will be first 10nm desktop CPU architecture Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:07:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17534@/talks/discussions

The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology.

This appeared on Intel site. Means that Cannon Lake will remain mobile only line with small amount produced.

And actual 10nm desktop chips will be available most probably around 2019.

Gemini Lake Fanless Little PC - Mele PCG35 Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:42:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20443@/talks/discussions image


Nvidia GT 1030, cheapest 4Kp60 card Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:48:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17150@/talks/discussions image

Note - if you plan to use two 4K displays (strange for such card, but) better get MSI card with DP port (as DVI is 1080p120 max).

Note - it is not really good card for BM or such.

Decoding modes (DXVA Checker, most important)

  • MPEG2and1_VLD: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K
  • MPEG2_VLD: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K
  • H264_VLD_Stereo_Progressive_NoFGT: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K
  • H264_VLD_Stereo_NoFGT: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K
  • H264_VLD_NoFGT: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K
  • HEVC_VLD_Main: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K / 8K
  • HEVC_VLD_Main10: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K / 8K
  • VP9_VLD_Profile0: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K / 8K
  • VP9_VLD_10bit_Profile2: DXVA2/D3D11, SD / HD / FHD / 4K / 8K
AMD Threadripper 16-core CPU Wed, 17 May 2017 02:42:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16950@/talks/discussions

Comparing the iMac Pro to the iMac5K Sat, 18 Aug 2018 04:18:48 -0600 andyharris 20257@/talks/discussions Virtually all the video I produce is in 4K and started as 4.6K RAW. I do a fair bit of 3D modelling and therefore many renders. Some scenes were taking up to 18 days to render out and so I hoped that the iMac Pro would deliver better performance than my previous system:

iMac5K (2017)

  • 4 Ghz i7
  • 32GB Memory

This presents as an 8 core system.

The new system:

Model Name: iMac Pro

  • Model Identifier: iMacPro1,1
  • Processor Name: Intel Xeon W
  • Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
  • Number of Processors: 1
  • Total Number of Cores: 18
  • L2 Cache (per Core): 1 MB
  • L3 Cache: 24.8 MB
  • Memory: 128 GB
  • Boot ROM Version: 15.16.6059.0.0,0

Presents as 18 cores and has significantly more memory at 128GB. I set out to do a couple of tests that I could measure and then sum up how the two systems feel.


Blender Render (Cycles)

Old iMac 5K 1:16:41 H:M:S
IMac Pro 15:58 H:M:S

Cheetah 3D Render

Old iMac 5K 28167 S
iMac Pro 12082 S


So, Blender has a 5 times speed up and Cheetah3D has just over twice. I checked the activity monitor and both were using pretty much all the CPU.

The installation of the iMac Pro was painful, many painful. In the background the audio and Lacie RAID drivers were disabled. The trouble is that Lacie didn't write the drivers so it's not obvious which drivers should be enabled. I basically re-installed all the audio and RAID drivers and got to thinking that the Thunderbolt 3-2 adapters didn't work because the Lacie and Focusrite kit are Thunderbolt 1. Five hours of forum hunting later and all was running.

In truth I'm underwhelmed with the performance improvements compared to the three year difference and the eye-watering £10K price tag.

What is useful though is the ability to comfortably run other programs whilst Blender/Cheetah3D/Fusion/Resolve are thrashing through renders.

Of note is that the Radeon card supports the RadeonProRender plugin for blender, this can offload the render work to the graphics card. However you need to be aware that materials used by the Cycles render engine don't work with ProRender, and that the tool that converts between the two silently barfs on stuff like hair. I run the app from the terminal so that I can see the debug messages - this led me to changing enough materials to get the renders going.

It can even run FCPx and Blender (whilst rendering an animation). My guess is that this is a function of memory as well as the number of available cores.

So, perhaps the real joy of ownership is that the editing/grading interface is more responsive.

In the meantime, I've been looking at the cost of online render farms, which for me will work out at 3$ per frame -- so that's another ouch moment.

Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:16:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20054@/talks/discussions


Apple updated MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the most advanced Mac notebook ever. The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70 percent faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance — ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects, or doing advanced image processing or film editing. Already the most popular notebook for developers around the world, the new MacBook Pro can compile code faster and run multiple virtual machines and test environments easier than before. Additional updates include support for up to 32GB of memory, a True Tone display and an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing. And with its powerful Radeon Pro graphics, large Force Touch trackpad, revolutionary Touch Bar and Touch ID, dynamic stereo speakers, quiet Apple-designed cooling system, and Thunderbolt 3 for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs, it’s the ultimate pro notebook.

“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with 8th-generation 6-core processors, up to 32GB of system memory, up to 4TB of super fast SSD storage, new True Tone technology in its Retina display and Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced security and a third-generation quieter keyboard packed into its thin and light aluminium design with all-day battery life, it’s the best notebook for pro users.”

Faster, More Powerful Pro Notebook Computing

The new MacBook Pro is now faster and more powerful, with 8th-generation 6-core Intel Core processors on the 15-inch MacBook Pro for up to 70 percent faster performance and 8th-generation quad-core Intel Core processors on the 13-inch model for performance that’s up to twice as fast.* With the option to add up to 32GB of memory on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, users can run more apps simultaneously or load larger files into memory. And with up to a 2TB SSD on the 13-inch model and up to a 4TB SSD on the 15-inch, MacBook Pro gives customers the flexibility to work with large asset libraries and projects wherever they go.

Retina Display with True Tone Delivers Ultimate Viewing Experience

With 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide colour gamut, the Retina display on MacBook Pro is the best Mac notebook display ever. Now with True Tone technology, the display and Touch Bar deliver a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing email.

Apple T2 Chip Delivers Enhanced Security and “Hey Siri” on Mac

Also new to MacBook Pro is the Apple T2 chip, first introduced in iMac Pro. With the Apple T2 chip, MacBook Pro now delivers enhanced system security with support for secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage, and also brings “Hey Siri” to the Mac for the first time.

15-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights:

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage2
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

13-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights:

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage2
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

Back to School with MacBook Pro

The new MacBook Pro is also part of Apple’s Back to School promotion starting today and available to college students, their parents, faculty and staff through the Apple Education Store. The promotion includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad Pro for college, as well as education pricing on Mac, iPad Pro, AppleCare, select accessories and more.

New Leather Sleeves for MacBook Pro

First introduced with MacBook, Apple leather sleeves are now available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro in Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and, for the first time, Black. Designed with high-quality leather and a soft microfiber lining for extra protection, the sleeves are a perfect complement to MacBook Pro for users on the go.

macOS Mojave Coming this Fall

This fall, MacBook Pro can be updated with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organises messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.


Starting at £1,749 and £2,349 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar are available today through and in select Apple retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers later this week. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at

Xiaomi Mi Notebook 2018 Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:22:54 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20323@/talks/discussions image



Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro - MacBook Pro competition Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:40:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17719@/talks/discussions image

  • 15.6″ FHD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 4 core i8 CPU up to 4.0GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • 8-16GB dual channel 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • one free SATA SSD slot for SSD or HDD
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • 60 Wh battery
  • Connectors - HDMI, 2 х USB 3.0, 2 х USB Type-C, 3,5-mm headphones out
  • 360,7 х 243,6 х 15,9mm
  • 1,95 kg
  • Prices
    • i7 + 16GB + 256GB: CNY 6999 ($1073)
    • i7 + 8GB + 256GB: CNY 6399 ($981)
    • i5 + 8GB + 256GB: CNY 5599 ($858)

AMD Threadripper 32 Core CPUs Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:27:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19920@/talks/discussions First Cinebench results coming (here it is overclocked 4.1Ghz one)



  • Threadripper 2 will have two models - 2990X and 2970X
  • 12nm Zen+ architecture
  • 64Mb cache
  • 2990X will have 32 cores/ 64 threads
  • 2970X will have 28 cores/ 48 threads
  • Nominal frequency will be 3.0Ghz
  • Turbo boost frequency will be 3,4-4.2Ghz
  • 4 channel memory
  • 60+4 PCI-E lines
  • 250W TDP
  • R4/X399 platform
  • Available since August 2018
Sandy Bridge - old but usable, even for 4K Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:26:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17145@/talks/discussions For starters small tip. Not all guys know that you can overclock even non K models, if on proper MB.


Usually it is enough to use build in MB automatic feature.

On average it'll be 3.8Ghz for 4 cores mode + 103Mhz BCLK, overall it is 15% performance rise (it takes Intel around 4 CPU generations now to do same :-).

In reality, of course it is simpler to get i2500K for around $58 (like Z77, P67 does not support it)

Around 95-99% of CPUs work perfect at 4500Ghz, and around 30-40% on good cooler can work at 4.8-5Ghz.

Overclocked Sandy Bridge with GPU like 1050 / RX 460 still is cheapest build for 4K editing, especially with proper editor.

Chuwi Lapbook SE Laptop - 13.3" IPS Gemini Lake for $299 Sun, 12 Aug 2018 03:46:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20229@/talks/discussions image

  • Intel Gemini Lake N4100 Quad Core 1.1GHz,up to 2.4GHz
  • 13.3 inch Screen with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM for Advanced Multitasking
  • 32GB eMMC + 128GB SSD Storage Capacity
  • Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFi
  • HDMI Output

The Definitive Hackintosh topic Sat, 04 Aug 2012 21:06:24 -0600 artiswar 4150@/talks/discussions I'm sure someone out there has a behemoth to show off. I'm in the process of building and Ivy Bridge Quad-core with 32gb of RAM, SSD boot drive, and newer NVIDIA card. All for a bit over $1000. Super stoked.

Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop - made for video editing Tue, 27 Mar 2018 03:15:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19278@/talks/discussions image

  • 15.6" wide-color gamut ultra-thin bezels, 72% NTSC gamut, 300nits
  • 7300HQ and 7700HQ 7th gen Intel Core i7 processors
  • Basic - i5/8GB/Geforce GTX 1050Ti/128GB SSD/1Tb HDD (around $955 in China)
  • Middle - i5/8GB/Geforce GTX 1060/128GB SSD/1Tb HDD (around $1115 in China)
  • Middle 2 - i7/8GB/Geforce GTX 1060/128GB SSD/1Tb HDD (around $1270 in China)
  • Advanced - 16GB/Geforce GTX 1060/256GB SSD/1Tb HDD (around $1400 in China)
  • Professional keyboard
  • Fast SD card reader
  • Lots of USB 3.0 ports - 4 total, and USB-C port
  • HDMI port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 3.5mm jack with headphone amplifier
  • 20.99mm thickness
  • 55Wh battery
  • WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.1
  • Digital array microphone
  • 364 x 265.2mm x 20.9mm
  • 2.7kg
  • April 13th. shipping
  • Windows 10

Equipped with Intel's 7th generation Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, 16GB dual channel DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD + 1TB hard drive, Xiaomi’s first gaming notebook Mi Gaming Laptop 15.6” delivers powerful performance for users’ work and entertainment needs.

Mi Gaming Laptop has a minimalist design, along with a keyboard that supports 16 million colors over four zones, and anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover for precise and accurate gaming input. Five programmable keys are located on the left side for quick access to important functions. For great performance even during long gaming sessions, it comes with large heat pipes, a 12V cooling fan and four fan outlets for effective heat dissipation.

Available in China starting 13 April, Mi Gaming Laptop will retail starting from RMB 5999, going up to RMB 8999 for the version with Core i7+GTX 1060+16GB.




OpenCL vs CUDA for Editing in Adobe Products / Davinci Resolve Thu, 28 May 2015 09:13:54 -0600 Vortek 13065@/talks/discussions Hello,

I need some help by experts on this topic. I know that a lot of people think that CUDA works best because it was supported already a long time ago but my question is since Adobe supports OpenCL acceleration in newer version which is the way to go for editing. Open CL becomes more and more influencial and supported and AMD Cards generally are better in it (and how will future HBM memory bandwidth in R9 300 cards affect the game?)

Thank you!

4K Recorder and monitor - Convergent Design Odyssey 7 and 7Q Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:03:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6511@/talks/discussions image


Specifications (all recording parts for 7Q only):

  • 7.7″ OLED, 1280×800, RGB 8-Bit
  • Waveform, Zebras, Histogram, Vectorscope, Focus Assist, False Color, Timecode Display and Audio Level Meters, and 1:1 Pixel mode.
  • SDI Video I/O
  • HDMI Video I/O (up to 1080p60 422 8-bit)
  • HD/2K RGB 444 8/10/12-Bit up to 60p/60psf
  • HD/2K YCC 422 8/10-Bit Up to 120p, QHD/4K 422 up to 30fps
  • ARRIRAW (16:9) 12-bit up to 60fps, ARRIRAW (4:3) 12-bit up to 48fps
  • Canon Raw QHD/4K 10-bit up to 60fps
  • LUT Support (ARRI, Canon, Sony)
  • High-Speed (120fps) and Simultaneous RAW + Proxy (DNxHD-36) mode
  • Record File Formats: DNxHD, Uncompressed, HD/2K Raw, Canon Raw, ARRIRAW
  • SDI record trigger (ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Red, Sony)
  • 2-Channel Embedded Audio (48KHz, 24-bit)
  • Odyssey7Q support 8 channels
  • 2.5″ server grade SSD in 240/480/960 GB sizes
  • compatible with off the shelf USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt adapters
  • 540 grams cast-magnesium case
  • 200 x 155 x 25 mm)

More information at:

What CPU and GPU to edit 10bit 4k video? Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:30:21 -0700 apefos 16454@/talks/discussions GH5 offer 10 bit 422 4k video.

There are some 4k 10 bit monitor from Samsung, Asus, and so on...

So the question is: what Nvidia GPU will offer 10 bit support for editing 4k 10 bit 422 in premiere cuda aceleration? Will the GeForce GPU be good enough? Or there is a need for highend Quadro nvidia gpu?

AM4 boards VRMs table Sun, 22 Jul 2018 03:52:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20106@/talks/discussions Very useful if you choose Ryzen motherboard


Quantum dots - next big thing in monitors (aka Sony TRILUMINOS) Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:08:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10963@/talks/discussions

Idea behind this displays is to use quantum dot effect making very sharp spectrum peaks for red, green and blue. Such approach allow to improve color gamut while keeping energy efficiency.

Sony’s approach uses an uncoated LED inside a thin glass tube packed with red and green quantum dots supplied by Massachussetts company QD Vision. When the dots get blasted with electricity, they only emit light at their characteristic wavelengths, which, combined with the blue light from the LED, form a white light that’s more intense at those three points.

It is used in their TV, Monitors, tablets and phones.


HiSense introduced a 4K quantum-dot “Wide Gamut TV,” which uses QDEF film rather than the QD Vision rail. It will enter the Chinese market in March; U.S. in the summer. Maximum size is 85 inches, and there is an H.265 decoder built in.

See more at:

GDDR6 Memory Coming Soon Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:54:49 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18213@/talks/discussions Samsung will start to offer GDDR6 in 2018





Asking advice: laptop computer for Post-production Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:41:05 -0600 RoadsidePicnic 19887@/talks/discussions Hi people, I'm needing to go mobile and considering buying a laptop. Already own a FX 6300 + R7 260x desktop, will be selling it after that.

I have a $1000 cap. I'm outside U.S. so, Dell would be better because of support here. Also need to buy on Amazon. So, find those two computers:

Dell G3 - 8th gen i7 six-cores, GTX 1050ti 4GB, two fan slim chassis; or Dell 7000 - 7th gen i7 quad-core, GTX 1060 6GB, better cooling and chassis.

Both have thunderbolt and have same price. Other things are identical or not relevant.

Application will be primary Adobe CC and Davinci, but plans use it to learn Nuke, Flame, Vegas and game development things (Godox, Unity, Unreal, Maya).

What do you think?

Xiaomi Mi Air, same as Apple but cheaper Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:20:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15427@/talks/discussions


  • 12.5" model is $525 Core M3/ 4GB RAM/ 128GB SSD/ USB 3.0 and HDMI ports + USB-C port, 11.5 hours battery
  • 13.3" model is $750, Core i5-6200U/GeForce 940MX/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, 40Wh battery, 0.6" thick, 2.8 pounds
Small guys Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:56:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8094@/talks/discussions image

NUC. Now on Haswell :-)


BRIX. Same shit.

Tablet or light laptop for traveling Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:27:48 -0600 jagnje 19952@/talks/discussions I travel on my motorcycle alot. I would need something very portable that can handle bmpcc files in davinci resolve. Very short and basic edits and grades for instagram etc. Max 400€ budget! What would you suggest?

Best regards

AMD Ryzen aka Zen CPU - Broadwell-E Performance at a Lower Price Point Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:04:20 -0600 Tron 15549@/talks/discussions Potential rendering monster at an affordable price if benchmarks can meet the hype -

  1. The IPC of Zen is on-par or better than Broadwell.
  2. Zen will scale higher than 3.0 GHz in 8-core configurations.

Up to 8 cores / 16 threads (Rumored $300-$400 price vs. Broadwell-E at $1000-$1700). AMD will unify all CPUs on one socket (AM4). To be released in Qty early 2017.

Zalman I3 - good cheap case for video editing Sat, 16 Jun 2018 09:23:07 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19897@/talks/discussions image

Case uses all 2018 design trends:

  • 3 led lit fans
  • covered PSU / drives tunnel
  • transparent side panel

Good thing here is front mech panel without plastic shit behind.


Extremely good is fan controller for all 6 fans (case comes with 4 actually)


As all modern cases it focuses on SSDs, so only 2 places for 3.5" HDDs


Yet it has high clearance for cooler. Normal range is 150-160mm, here it is 175mm, good for large Noctua and similar coolers.


Very nice case, price is around $50.