CPU recommendations

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  1. kavinsky

    kavinsky misty orchard in the middle of Czechoslovakia

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    Hi.
    I'm getting bottlenecked and I feel my Cubase performance is getting worse day by day.
    Right now I'm on a 2 years old i7 and I'd really use A LOT more headroom

    In the market for a new CPU at the moment.
    Not ready to spend $2k on i9 7900X series just yet.
    Something around $1k is preferable. What are the best options within this price range at the moment?
    Appreciate any suggestions

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2018 at 11:03 AM
  2. zircon_st

    zircon_st Lead Developer

    What is your current CPU? Or better yet, your current computer specs including RAM, hard drive(s), OS etc?
     
  3. Damarus

    Damarus Composer n stuff

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    Full specs and setup would be a very helpful start.

    is this 1k budget just for a new CPU combo?
     
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    kavinsky

    kavinsky misty orchard in the middle of Czechoslovakia

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    CPU - i7 6700
    RAM - 48Gb
    400Gb SSD as a system drive and 3 standard 7200rpm HHDs (4,3,2 Tb respectively)
    Windows 10 x64

    Whatever is best. Preferably something solid and on a budget side of things if possible.
     
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  7. Damarus

    Damarus Composer n stuff

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    What motherboard?

    That's a very capable CPU... what's running on your HDD's? That might be your bottleneck.
     
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    kavinsky

    kavinsky misty orchard in the middle of Czechoslovakia

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    not much, even very simple mixing projects are struggling ever since I installed 9.5, I'm not running those crazy 1000 tracks orchestral templates
    Just lots of different plugins. Sometimes not so many and its still causing problems.
     
  9. jamwerks

    jamwerks Senior Member

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    Your HD's are probably slowing you down. You might consider moving everything to SSD's.
     
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  10. Damarus

    Damarus Composer n stuff

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    Yeah, that CPU should do just fine, it's still good. Your drives are definitely going to be a bottleneck in some way. I would try to consolidate to 1 boot SSD and 1 sample SSD if you can. Less is more.

    Also, how is your RAM configured?
     
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    kavinsky

    kavinsky misty orchard in the middle of Czechoslovakia

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    the HDDs are not even being used in the project though.
    Just WAV stems running off of SSD and a fairly high amount of plugins and the project is choking. In my "serious" projects I can't use Cubase without ASIO guard.
    RAM is 3x16gb.
    I was planning to get another 16gb one but never actually needed that much so forgot about it completely
     
  12. Damarus

    Damarus Composer n stuff

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    Could just be a software issue, might just have to reinstall Cubase.

    Heres an odd test you can try. Shutdown the PC. Take out one of your RAM sticks (it's a dual channel board so leave slots A2 and B2 populated per the manufacturer)
    And disconnect the HDD's to see if they are causing any weird issues (if you don't need them for Cubase). Boot up, and load your projects.

    Might not change anything, but removes the idea that the HDDs or RAM configuration is the bottleneck
     
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  13. JohnG

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    what buffer are you using?

    It is certainly true in my experience that lots of reverbs and delays are usually a CPU issue. Also, mastering plugins can gobble it.

    If it's for mixing, you could set the buffer to a large number and it won't be a problem.
     
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    kavinsky

    kavinsky misty orchard in the middle of Czechoslovakia

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    its always maxed out which is 2048 with RME Fireface ASIO
    I have an idea which plugin or cubase feature could be the cause, but I can't live without them, I'm still planning to upgrade in the near future
     
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  15. JohnG

    JohnG Senior Member

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    Good luck with it. I don't think it's certain the CPU change is going to fix everything, but I guess it can't hurt.

    Any chance there is some other setting? Something in Cubase? Real-time plugin rendering or some junk like that? I agree with others who are puzzled, since your computer is pretty powerful already.

    Clearly the buffer is enormous, which should allow your existing CPU to sail through. Could it be something in the BIOS? Some "helpful" power management setting there?
     

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