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    Default how to speed up my system

    my current set up will edit (1080p 50fps) AVCHD footage just fine.

    i use CS5 and Magic Bullet looks/Mojo.

    footage plays great on the timeline until i try to colour grade or add transitions then footage plays jittery.

    this is my system......

    intel (R) quad core CPU Q8300 @2.5 GHz

    6 GB ram
    Windows 7 service pack 1 64 bit
    600 GB Hard drive partitioned (from factory) 300gb and 300 gb.

    i don't know anything about raid set ups or how to best configure my existing hard drive.

    is it worth adding more ram or partitioning my hard drives differently ?
    Last edited by enc; 07-23-2011 at 01:02 PM.

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    I have a SSD for my OS and a separate drive for my media. The idea of splitting a HD to me seems like it is not the best way to set things up. It just means the drive has to work twice as hard or half as efficiently. I'm not a computer expert but this seems logical to me. There may be better ways to set up raids but I don't know what is the best for you. There is a simple explanation of the different raid set ups HERE.

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    Do you know what motherboard you have?

    Having a partitioned drive is exactly the same as having one drive except Windows shows it as 2, it's really nothing other than an organisational aid. Some people used to put their page file on a partition to stop fragmentation of their system drive, but that was when drives were a lot smaller.

    A partitioned drive still has the same limitations of read/write times as a single drive. It's still trying to do everything at once down the same connection so if you are exporting an edit your reading and writing from/to the same drive and not getting the full use of the maximum possible transfer rates. Similar limitations are caused when your accessing the OS, Premier and your rushes all at the same time on the same drive. Your not getting the most from your processor as your bottlenecking with your drive access.

    A separate system drive would make a massive difference and if it's an SSD an even bigger one.

    If the storage drive is a raid 0 it writes half the info to one drive and half to the other, it reads half from one and half from the other too giving you twice the access speed to your source files. You get the full storage space of the two drives combined as 1. Windows sees them as one drive.

    A raid 1 writes the same data to both drives (in much the same time as writing to a single drive) giving you a back up if one fails and reads half from one and half from the other giving you twice the speed of read access to your source files. But it only gives you half the storage of the two drives total capacity. Windows also sees them as one drive.

    A raid would make a big difference but if you got a Cuda compatible graphics card it would make an even bigger difference with transitions, colour work and much more, but I don't know how Magic Bullet works with Cuda. You'd need to look into that but I'd imagine it would give you boost.


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    Quote Originally Posted by david walsh View Post
    Do you know what motherboard you have?


    err, No ! is there a way to find out without taking the case apart ?

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    When you boot up, the initial screen (ie very first screen, long before Windows gropes its way to your desktop) usually shows make and model number - not necessarily easy to identify, but if you note down everything it says and post here, we may be able to help.

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    or if you go to this link and download the free program you can find out lots about your system.

    CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting

    If you look at the screen shot in the link there is a tab that says "mainboard" when you run the program select that and it tells you what board you have near the top. In the same tab it will also tell the chipset (northbridge and southbridge if available), that would be useful too.

    Last edited by david walsh; 07-24-2011 at 09:21 PM.

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    ok im back

    bit more info ...


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