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  • Graphics card recommended for Davinci Studio on a PC

    Posted by Tim Neighbors on May 7, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    Hi, I’m having trouble playing back even proxies on my newish Dell Precision 7820 and it looks like the graphics card (Nvidia Quadro P4000) is the bottleneck. Is there a recommended GPU I should buy that works well with Davinci? I’m willing to spend up to $1K.

    Or maybe there is a way to reduce the software’s reliance on GPU and instead move more workload to my CPU which is barely getting touched?

    Tim Neighbors replied 1 year ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Riccardo Luppi

    May 8, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Hey mate,

    Yeah that GPU is a bit old at this point. With your budget I would recommend either an RTX 4070 or 3080, depending on what you can find.

    That said, may I ask:

    – what are the CPU and RAM?

    – where are you shoting the files you are using?

    Because yes the gpu is old, but should be at least usable.



  • Steven Martillo

    May 8, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Tim!

    I agree with Ricardo an RTX 4070 or 3080 are very powerful and some of the best on the market for that budget. However, before buying a new graphics card, make sure your power supply has enough capacity and is also compatible with your system.

    Another option would be to reduce the GPU workload and move more workload to the CPU. Davinci has the option to enable CPU performance for processing effects and color processes, which can help reduce the GPU load. To do this, go to Davinci’s preferences, then to “System Settings” and select “Performance”. There, you can enable the option “Use CPU for processing effects and color processes”


  • Karl Buhl

    May 25, 2023 at 1:54 am

    Tim: To ensure you’re not overlooking the obvious: make sure DaVinci is using your graphics card as the primary processor (not your cpu). This can be configured in settings.

  • Tim Neighbors

    May 30, 2023 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks all! I ended up buying an RTX 4070 and Davinci is now working like a dream.

    To answer the questions, I’m using a Dell Precision 7820 Tower running Windows 10Pro 64bit with Intel Xeon Gold 5220R CPU @ 2.20GHz, 2195Mhz, 24 Cores, 48 Logical Procs, 64GB ram.

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