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  • Ultimate Vegas Machine 2.0

     Matthew Jeschke updated 1 year, 5 months ago 4 Members · 5 Posts
  • Matthew Jeschke

    April 3, 2020 at 1:33 am

    I made a post on this years ago and built the computer. Spec’ed below. However, now I find new challenges h.265 decoding, 4k files, etc. I’m having a hard time finding out what bottlenecks I may have in my hardware as well as what hardware Vegas is optimized on (or various plug-ins & extensions are optimized on).

    Somethings I’ve always been curious about:

    Dual GPU support? Can Vegas (or any of the effects) make use of two GPU(s)? I built my system with that in mind but never got a straight answer if a second graphics card would make a difference other than having one to run monitor and other devoted to rendering.

    What exactly makes vegas run better? is there any decent bencharmk software? The latest vegas installed with a little program for PC health or something to that effect. I quickly got rid of it, it kept displaying popups. I’d seriously like to know what hardware makes this software work better though, other than blindly upgrading to next level of hardware which costs thousands of dollars.

    Anybody have different builds that work well for them?

    Here’s my build:

    *CPU: Intel i7-5930k 3.5GHz 6 core Haswell-E Core LGA 2011-v3 socket
    MAINBOARD: ASRock FATAL1TY Intel X99 chipset
    GRAPHICS: Radeon RX 480 8GB
    MAIN STORAGE / OS DISK: Samsun 950 PRO m.2 PCIe NVM
    RAM: 4 sticks of G.SKILL 16GB DDR4 2133 / PC4 1700 for total of 64 GB RAM

    *Was told Haswell-E architecture doesn’t support bandwidth throttling on PCI-e bus like newer chip sets which sometimes crashes NLE software

    Miscellaneous –
    COOLING: Deep-cool Captain 240EX 240mm liquid cooling
    CASE: Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 CC-9011070 (awesome case hands down)
    MONITOR: LG 31MU97-B / IPS 4K 10bit display (regret I didn’t buy 2 of these)
    OS: Windows 10 Ultimate
    Vegas: Vegas Pro 17


    I do Architectural Photograph & Cinematography as a part of being a Residential Real Estate Consultant.

    Some of my work can be seen at,


    PS. It’s an excellent excuse to ride off what I love, Camera equipment 🙂

  • David Bernal

    April 4, 2020 at 2:07 am

    CPU upgrade will get you the biggest increase in performance. I went from an i7-4790 to an i9-9900k and the difference in workflow is insane. No more waiting for laggy windows to load and my rendering times were cut probably more than half.

  • Ole Kristiansen

    April 4, 2020 at 11:38 am

    The problem with the i9-9900K Coffee Lake version is that it has only 16 pci lanes ! If you put in 2 graphies card or single black magic video card – then the speed of your graphies card will drop to x8 speed !

  • John Norton

    April 6, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Lots of different machines tested with this benchmarking project …–118503/

  • Matthew Jeschke

    April 7, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Yeah the CPU I bought was an older architecture. It has 40 PCI lanes ☺ I’m woundering if upgrading to the 8 core (I think there’s even a 10 core) version would help. However, I also notice the newer CPU(s) have built in / better video decoding. I don’t believe my old i7 has any of the video decoding hardware.

    That’s a sweet thread. I’ll have to check it out ☺ I thought might be worth it to buy that second graphics card. At time I built my system though Vegas was primarily optimized for Open GL. Now they are using CUDA from Nvidia as well ☹ I think? In which case, I’d have to swap out my graphics card for Nvida?

    Is about only thing short of spending $1200 for the bigger processor that I can do with my current build. I’m curious though, I bet the color grading studios and big guys don’t bother rendering every single time they showcase something to a client. I’d think they have beastly computer builds that run the timeline buttery smooth with 4k effects and about anything you can throw at it. I wish Magix would show us what a built like that looks like. Even if it’s a $20,000 build.


    I do Architectural Photograph & Cinematography as a part of being a Residential Real Estate Consultant.

    Some of my work can be seen at,


    PS. It\’s an excellent excuse to ride off what I love, Camera equipment 🙂

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