December 12, 2016 at 7:08PM


i7 Vs Xeon for Editing


I'm building a PC workstation for my commercial productions, the difference between an i7 and Xeon processor of the same clock speed is +/- $50.
All other components being relatively solid, is there an advantage to one intel chip over the other for Premiere Pro and resolve?


The CPU doesn't make as much difference for video rendering as the GPU does. You could even use an i5 and not notice much loss in performance. Without at least a middle of the line GPU though, HD video is horrifically painful, forget UHD.

December 14, 2016 at 7:27AM, Edited December 14, 7:27AM


So rendering and time scrubbing are now more GPU dependent? I would be better off spending the extra money on a better GPU?

Mitchell Alderson

December 14, 2016 at 12:26PM

I would say so. Using Vegas, I noticed no added performance going from a mid-level i5 to top-end i7, but a better GPU let me preview graded HD video in real time vs "blocky slide-show". The thing is, CPUs are designed to do a few complex calculations at a time while GPUs are made to do many repetitive calculations at a time, which is exactly what video is! The software has to support GPU rendering of course.

December 14, 2016 at 1:29PM, Edited December 14, 1:31PM

You voted '+1'.

Well as a computer systems tech student, I'd recommend the Intel Core i7 over Xeon. The Core i7 is the more stable processor.

December 14, 2016 at 10:05PM

Randell Acuram
Film Maker, Director, Musician, College Student

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