All this work... for what?? - Upgrading the Video Render Server

  • Published: 10 July 2019
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    We tried to improve our video rendering times significantly with a hardware upgrade, and the results were... interesting.

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Comments • 4 569

  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips   5 days back

    Buy an LTT shirt, hoodie, hat, and even our own water bottle at

    • J van
      J van  18 hours back


    • John Doh
      John Doh  2 days back

      You have mountains of hardware and instead of doing a comparison in a separate test machine you rip out the server, change the hardware and only then do you do a comparison?
      Linus you're a retard.

    • Logan Foutz
      Logan Foutz  3 days back

      I want to the LTT shirt that says "sold my soul to Intel back in 2016"

    • rtorbs
      rtorbs  3 days back

      No. They make condoms to stop reproduction at a couple of quid, why would i spend £20 on a hoodie for the same effect ?! Cool vids though bro lol

    • Articulated Monkey
      Articulated Monkey  3 days back

      Strange how you always have issues with XMP, I seem to have been lucky with it so far lol

  • Deep hug
    Deep hug  14 minutes back


    • XantheFIN
      XantheFIN  3 hours back

      Waiting new video how RED is scamming Linus with their lower cost SSD choices.

      • Atlas Atlas
        Atlas Atlas  4 hours back

        1. Use AMD
        2. Ram bandwidth have major impact on cores scaling
        3. Delete GPU

        4. Use FreeBSD and FFmpeg for encoding

        • Deep hug
          Deep hug  13 minutes back

          Quick Sync is not used for CineForm. Are there other benefits from CineForm worth the increased rendering time? (Full disclosure: I've spec'd out an Intel-based video editing

      • William Kendrick
        William Kendrick  5 hours back

        i think the only thing worse than being linus would be watching his videos for intelligent information.

        he literally wasted 5000 bucks to try to get his server faster and all he managed to do was 1 fucking minute faster.

        i'd have fired his stupid ass a long time ago, what a sorry excuse for a technician.

        • Simon Spencer
          Simon Spencer  5 hours back

          Yeah, right: "we could do that... but there are advantages to (spending more money)".

          Some aspects of video software isn't open to interpretation, meaning even with user-settings, the way it handles transcoding has a minimum duration - no matter what hardware you happen to use.

          • W
            W  5 hours back

            9:03 that 980 tho

            • djchristian82
              djchristian82  6 hours back

              Linus it's not surprising. Going from a HDET system with four channel memory to a consumer system with dual channel memory and two cores less.

              • faraz_ 224
                faraz_ 224  7 hours back

                Around 12:00
                RYZEN CPU chilling in the background

                • faraz_ 224
                  faraz_ 224  7 hours back

                  What about the *EPYC* CPUS from bigboy AMD

                  • fredEVOIX
                    fredEVOIX  8 hours back

                    funnel please ! ><

                    • honeymak
                      honeymak  9 hours back

                      what do u guys think about egpu stuff for this kind of situation?

                      • Verliebt
                        Verliebt  9 hours back

                        i wonder.

                        wouldn't it be better to use the same coolant cars use in their radiators instead of water or the stuff pc component shops sell?

                        and for this project, wouldn't a radeon 7 perform better with the better memory?

                        • Eyejeey
                          Eyejeey  9 hours back

                          Is the next vid already on floatplane? I want to support, but I need to convince my wallet 😂

                          • buerger3
                            buerger3  9 hours back

                            10:16 My heart stopped there a little. Only a mad man poors water into a running electronic device.

                            • Mackan Götgård
                              Mackan Götgård  9 hours back

                              aint it test bench used before drag out server bit out and kill all other work, and test before and test what usage of matrial needed ? some time is snail race better then run like JOLO time ;)

                              • Brent Polk
                                Brent Polk  13 hours back

                                Well this is why you get paid the big CANUK BUCKS! Use 10k RED cameras and $10k cpus for completing BS videos about "PLUG BOY" Unicorn products only you are given for free and most can not afford... CARRY-ON!

                              • Jacob P. Smith
                                Jacob P. Smith  13 hours back

                                this video is hilarious

                                if it aint broke don't fix it

                                such a waste of money and time

                                • jack son
                                  jack son  14 hours back

                                  really man you know how many people would die for a rig like that and you do not seem to understand how much that costs. could you please do a cheap bud mid-rangepc for once

                                  • MisjudgedTwat
                                    MisjudgedTwat  15 hours back

                                    i do not take tech tips by someone who runs windows on a server.

                                  • PeteTheGeek196
                                    PeteTheGeek196  17 hours back

                                    How does Intel Quick Sync factor into this? Using an Intel CPU with a built-in GPU (e.g. the 9900K) would enable Quick Sync and make H.264 rendering much faster. It seems Quick Sync is not used for CineForm. Are there other benefits from CineForm worth the increased rendering time? (Full disclosure: I've spec'd out an Intel-based video editing machine, but haven't purchased any major parts yet; with Ryzen 9, I'm reconsidering. My current editing rig is too old to support Quick Sync and I'm using a ProRes workflow anyway).

                                    • pcguy21
                                      pcguy21  17 hours back

                                      This video is sponsored by Bounty "The quicker picker upper".

                                      • J van
                                        J van  18 hours back

                                        YOU COULD OF USED A FUNNEL TO POUR THE WATER LOL

                                        • paul maydaynight
                                          paul maydaynight  18 hours back

                                          Published on Jul 7, 2019

                                          • meisnick54
                                            meisnick54  18 hours back

                                            Time to hit up Level One Techs

                                            • Bananatee ZOD
                                              Bananatee ZOD  19 hours back

                                              why so shakey

                                              • Captive
                                                Captive  19 hours back

                                                Wouldnt it make more sense to place the cooking in the back or on the side?

                                                • hershycows
                                                  hershycows  19 hours back

                                                  These are my favorite vids, where you are upgrading/building something and it doesn't go according to plan and we get to see you problem solve it. Although I'm sure you guys like it better when it goes smoothly haha

                                                  • Corey Venice
                                                    Corey Venice  19 hours back

                                                    EEEWWW windows 8.1 is garbage

                                                    • Niclas Horn
                                                      Niclas Horn  20 hours back

                                                      then comes the LTT funnel??

                                                      • LANo
                                                        LANo  21 hours back

                                                        Anyone know what model monitor that is at the 3:30 mark?

                                                        • Jim Moore
                                                          Jim Moore  22 hours back

                                                          wait, you're running a 100 watt board, a 200 watt cpu, a 300 watt gpu and probably 60-100 watts of ssd plus the pump and the half dozen fans... on a 500 watt psu??

                                                          my math head is broken or that doesn't add up and your psu is gonna go boom fairly quickly.

                                                          • Youtube Fine
                                                            Youtube Fine  23 hours back

                                                            Every time I watch a video, I am shocked by the like/dislike ratio. And wait, It's not what you think. The first time I look at the likes and dislikes, I see that the dislikes are floats(ex. 1.1K) and likes are too big and are turned to integers(32K). As a result, I see that 1.1 is longer than 32 and think that there are less likes than dislikes. Hope someone understands my explanation.

                                                            • LTSMASH 284
                                                              LTSMASH 284  23 hours back

                                                              My gaming PC is 900 dollars USD and I have no AC so my Ram is always at 40 dregges C and my GPU is at 45 C and CPU 90 C

                                                              • R34L157
                                                                R34L157  23 hours back

                                                                Laughs in TR

                                                                • Mike Runnells
                                                                  Mike Runnells  24 hours back

                                                                  Looks like your necessity to switch to an AMD work server platform is steadily RYZEN... Sorry, couldn't help it. That joke was too EPYC to pass up...

                                                                  • Jonas Frøkjær
                                                                    Jonas Frøkjær  1 days back

                                                                    Makes video that Amd is faster than Intel

                                                                    3 days after: upgrading render server to Intel cpu

                                                                    • cyash Zs
                                                                      cyash Zs  1 days back

                                                                      More and faster cores = better rendering try 9th series ryzen

                                                                      • spoopy_boopy_ doopy
                                                                        spoopy_boopy_ doopy  1 days back

                                                                        just get a 9980xe 4head

                                                                        • Hostionou_
                                                                          Hostionou_  1 days back

                                                                          Linus will one day do a threadripper 2 server. I can guarantee that.

                                                                          • 1BigBen
                                                                            1BigBen  22 hours back

                                                                            well he akready did give us clues, so in short
                                                                            the server that which he hinted at was a gigabyte  EPYC server
                                                                            custom watercool enclosures = LTT workshop
                                                                            big Vrm = msi x399 creation 16 phases Vrm
                                                                            rip = Threadripper 2990wx
                                                                            oh and plus he wants to overclock it

                                                                        • Aadit Kannan
                                                                          Aadit Kannan  1 days back

                                                                          All this money for frickin less than a minute of faster speed

                                                                          • Ledmaster
                                                                            Ledmaster  1 days back

                                                                            You would not have these problems with threadripper or epyc. Stop fucking using Intel for shit Intel can't do.

                                                                            • Blue Monkey
                                                                              Blue Monkey  1 days back

                                                                              You should have waited for the Ryzen 9 3950x :P

                                                                              • Tomasz Kusmierz
                                                                                Tomasz Kusmierz  1 days back

                                                                                Maybe it's time for amd ? :)

                                                                                • Moses_irl
                                                                                  Moses_irl  1 days back

                                                                                  >pouring actual tap water into a loop instead of cooling fluid

                                                                                  classic linus.

                                                                                • MatrixWisconsin
                                                                                  MatrixWisconsin  1 days back

                                                                                  Cringes as Linus removes a fitting with a vice grips....

                                                                                  • A YouTuber
                                                                                    A YouTuber  1 days back

                                                                                    Interested in an update to this, please also try the Ryzen alternative.

                                                                                    • paul maydaynight
                                                                                      paul maydaynight  1 days back

                                                                                      Threadripper 2 Tests
                                                                                      Matthew Dillon


                                                                                      A full bulk build with a recent DPorts (with flabors) takes around
                                                                                      21 hours on the xeon and 18 on the opteron systems. The 2990WX runs
                                                                                      the build in 12 hours which is 75% faster than the 2 socket Xeon
                                                                                      and 50% faster than the quad socket Opteron. Not only that, but since
                                                                                      I only had 64G of ram in the TR2 (the Xeon and Opteron systems have 128G),
                                                                                      I had to balance the workload against paging load with the result being
                                                                                      significantly more cpu idle time on the TR2 during the test than
                                                                                      either of the other systems. This means the TR2 will be even faster
                                                                                      on this test once I get 128G of ram into it.

                                                                                      Statistics graph for for 2990WX synth run:


                                                                                      ...My conclusion is that at least for these kinds of loads, its a waste of
                                                                                      watts to run the cpu at high power levels. Even more importantly (and
                                                                                      I hope this isn't lost on people), look at the efficiency at lower power
                                                                                      levels! For many workloads we can get nearly the same performance for
                                                                                      significantly less power. Running the TR2 at 260W (at the wall) is
                                                                                      70W lower than stock and it gets nearly the same performance on this