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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanChristophe Dupasquier View Post
    Maybe somebody can help: How good is the Microsoft Surface Book 2 15" for editing R3D?
    Using Premiere Pro, After Effects and Resolve.

    Specs look good, altho not sure about that low-power CPU:
    - Intel Core i7-8650U (1.9 - 4.2 GHz, 15W)
    - nVidia GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5
    - 16 GB RAM
    - 15" 3:2 Touchscreen 3240x2160 (detachable for tablet mode)
    - up to 1 TB SSD

    I usually work my 8K Helium R3D files in PP in a 1080p timeline, playback at 1/2 resolution works fine on my midrange Acer laptop for now. But the Surface Book 2 is tempting!
    You can buy a lot more portable horse power for that kind of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misha Engel View Post
    You can buy a lot more portable horse power for that kind of money.
    Misha does bring up a good point I forgot to mention, I bought my Surface Book mostly for its versatility for non-video related things (which it excels at). The detachable base is really nice for digital art/notetaking/mindmapping/storyboarding. If I was just buying something for video I probably would have gotten something else though (there was another thread with lots of good options in it) with 32 GB’s of RAM and TB3.
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    Would be amazing if you could test .R3D playback in PP (1080p sequence), maybe with Lumetri and 1-2 LUTs applied. If 1/2 res is good it's very tempting for me.

    I don't need a very highend laptop, the one I have right now doesn't have TB3 and 32 GB RAM either, USB-C and a high-res touchscreen with pen would be great tho. Just hoping the Surface Book 2 is not slower due to a low-power CPU @ 1.9 GHz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanChristophe Dupasquier View Post
    Would be amazing if you could test .R3D playback in PP (1080p sequence), maybe with Lumetri and 1-2 LUTs applied. If 1/2 res is good it's very tempting for me.

    I don't need a very highend laptop, the one I have right now doesn't have TB3 and 32 GB RAM either, USB-C and a high-res touchscreen with pen would be great tho. Just hoping the Surface Book 2 is not slower due to a low-power CPU @ 1.9 GHz.
    Those parts of the Surface Book 2 are definitely the good parts. As for editing r3d, it's sort of mixed results.

    With Premiere Pro, for the most part I found with those settings it was fairly smooth, but at points would slow down.
    I also tested at full-res 1080p, which was the same but would be choppy more often.
    And half-res 2160p, which was just choppy and basically unusable for playback.

    For testing why certain points performed worse though, I went back to 1080p Half-Res and found that using Control Panel, the CPU can go from Idle to 100% Usage in about 2.5 seconds where it can sustain itself there for the most part. The bigger problem is the TDP of the chip more-so than the base clock of 1.9 GHz, although they do affect performance together. While idling, clock speeds stay around 3.9 GHz. However, due to it being only a 15W Processor, under a sustained load, it can't handle that 3.9 GHz for very long (maybe about 10 seconds at the most, I should have timed it though). It would reach points where it has to go down from that high speed, footage would become choppy in playback, and then it would stabilize around 2.2 - 2.6 GHz, and be smooth again. Until it goes back up, throttles, and goes low.

    Then I imported the comp to AE, just to test with the 1080p Timeline at Half res, and played back (rendered) three frames:
    1st took 00:08:07
    2nd took 00:09:36
    3rd took 00:09.64

    I minimized the program to come write this, and in the Background, it uses about 60% or so of CPU, and seems to maintain itself around 2.6 GHz. Little bit of an accident, but good to know regardless.

    I might have to do a test where I limit it to 2.8 GHz to see how that fares, since the slow points in playback in Premiere seem to be directly related to when it comes down from it's full boost speed, and not so much from running slightly OC'd.
    At the moment I'd say it's good but not great with those points of slowdown throughout playback.
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    Wow thanks for your efforts Brandon, that was very detailed testing, helps a lot!
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    When your not in a hurry to buy a new laptop, I would wait for laptops containing these six-core i9 processors https://videocardz.com/75326/intels-...h-score-leaked they have more or less the same tdp as the i7-7700hq but are 70% faster in multi-threaded apps and twice as fast as an i7-8650U in the surface book 2.
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    Thanks Misha, this is a good point for saving money for the time :)
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    Well I guess it was worth waiting! Just found out about the Dell XPS 15 2018 with i9

    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/dell-xps-15-2018

    Intel i9 6-core
    32 GB RAM
    UHD monitor with 100% AdobeRGB
    GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
    1.8 kg
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanChristophe Dupasquier View Post
    Well I guess it was worth waiting! Just found out about the Dell XPS 15 2018 with i9

    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/dell-xps-15-2018

    Intel i9 6-core
    32 GB RAM
    UHD monitor with 100% AdobeRGB
    GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
    1.8 kg
    For Resolve you might want to have a more powerfull GPU, the GTX 1050 Ti is around 2 TFlops, GTX 1070 is around 6 TFlops and the GTX1080 is around 8 TFlops and believe me Resolve loves TFlops.
    For adobe workflow the 1050 Ti is sufficient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misha Engel View Post
    For Resolve you might want to have a more powerfull GPU, the GTX 1050 Ti is around 2 TFlops, GTX 1070 is around 6 TFlops and the GTX1080 is around 8 TFlops and believe me Resolve loves TFlops.
    For adobe workflow the 1050 Ti is sufficient.


    Thanks for that but laptops with bigger GPU get bulky. I think the new XPS 15 is quite perfect for my needs, and with Thunderbolt 3 I still can add a GTX 1080 if needed :)
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