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Video Editing CPU Upgrade - Ryzen 9 3900X vs 3950X

I'm looking to upgrade the processor in my Video Editing Workstation.  Currently I have a Ryzen 7 2700X in there.  It gets the job done, but Premiere Pro timeline performance isn't amazing.  Scrubbing through a complex project isn't nearly as smooth as I would like it to be. I record 4K video in a mixture of ProRes and H.264 (primarily ProRes).  It is vastly superior to my i7-8750H Laptop (6 core Laptop processor, so no duh).

My next Upgrades are moving from my Vega 56 GPU to a RTX 2070 Super Card (now that Premiere makes better use of NVENC), a new CPU, and a Gen 4 SSD for scratch disk.  

I can look at benchmarks all day long and see that the 3950X is better when it comes to Exporting projects, but my question is Timeline Performance.  While actually editing, is the performance that noticeable? For me I'll be stepping from Zen + to Zen 2, so I'm already gaining Single Core performance, and even the 3900X gives me 4 more physical cores.  

Basically I think the 3950X would be a great option for me, but the price tag just stings so bad. For that price difference I could buy a new light to better light my video shoots.  I make money off Video Production, but it would take a bit for me to justify that expenditure, especially since I'll be updating my GPU and probably my Scratch Disc SSD at the same time.  

Ryzen 7 2700X , Asus Prime X570-Pro, Bykski CPU Block, AMD Vega 56, Barrow GPU block, g.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB PC2800, Dual EKWB SE360 Radiators, Corsair RM750x PSU. All in a Lian-Li PC011 Dynamic XL case.

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3900x is better for your money. ryzen 9 3950x is roughly 25% faster but is over 50% more expensive.



Main PC:


|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.


Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold


| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||


Tier lists for building a PC.


Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)



Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)



Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)



Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!



Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)



Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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