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Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition Trouble

New Here ,
Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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Hey guys,

 

My work just gave me an Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition they bought in 2020 to use for making motion graphics in AE and post-processing video in Pr and AE. Here are the specs:

 

OS: Windows 11 Pro

Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (16 cores)

Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Storage: 1TB SSD, 2TB Storage

 

On paper this thing sounds like it should be running like a champ but AE is having trouble rendering pretty much everything I throw at it. 4k or 1080p motion graphics (a combination of animated vector shapes, video and photos) renders extremely slowly and even basic 1080p video post-processing like adding a basic intro/outro sequence, header and footer with logo and title, etc. quickly gets choppy.

 

I've always used Apple computers for Adobe applications for personal/side work and have a 2019 15 inch MacBook Pro that runs just as good if not better than this computer and I'm not sure where to go from here. Is this computer under spec'd for what I'm doing? Does it just have a bad graphics card? I've done a lot of research online and manually updated the graphics card through the NVIDIA GeForce app, added virus & threat scanning exlusions to all of my Adobe apps, made sure all footage is local and not being pulled from the cloud, etc. none of which has improved performance. I've used multiple PCs for Adobe applications at work none of which have really worked well so it's easy for me to say "Apple is superior, if it's not a Mac, it won't run AE that well" but I've seen a lot of people on these discussion boards have great success with building PC editing rigs. 

 

Any advice and opinions are welcome. Thanks!

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Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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>RTX 2080

 

Do not count on Windows to be fully up to date when it comes to device drivers
Go to the vendor site to be sure you have an updated driver for your graphic adapter
nVidia Driver Downloads https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
-for all Adobe programs use the STUDIO driver, not the GAMING driver
-To achieve the highest level of reliability, Studio Drivers undergo extensive
-testing against multi-app creator workflows and multiple revisions of the top
-creative applications from Adobe to Autodesk and beyond
If you have a laptop you MAY also need to check for a laptop specific nVidia driver
-SOME laptops require an approved driver from the laptop company, not nVidia

 

There are also intermittent reports that the newest driver is not always the best driver
due to driver bugs or compatibility issues, so you MAY need to try an earlier driver version
This is about Premiere Pro, but the nvidia driver is the same for Premiere Elements
As noted in https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro-discussions/bad-performance-with-high-end-gpu/td-p/13456...
First, the last Nvidia driver that is known stable and usable at this time is the 517.40 Studio
driver. The later ones have been a mess for many users even in Resolve. So ... go to their site,
the 'older drivers' list, and do a clean install. That may help some.

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I did do the manual driver update for the NVIDIA card with clean install and selected the Studio option but updated to the newest version so I'll give that older, 517.40 version a try and see if it helps. Thanks!

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Jan 18, 2023 Jan 18, 2023

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Although that Ryzen 3000-series CPU had decent single-core performance (albeit only mediocre when compared to newer-gen CPUs), the bigger problem is overheating. You see, that Alienware PC, simply put, has a poorly designed chassis to begin with. It is designed to use only a single 80 mm cooling fan, which is woefully inadequate by modern PC cooling standards. Worse, most of its components, including the system's motherboard, are very proprietary, and cannot be upgraded at all with better-performance motherboards and coolers. In fact, your PC's clock speed might have throttled down to an extremely low clock speed even with a light load.

 

And what made this worst is that AE is almost completely single-threaded outside of certain features.

 

Put them both together and you've simply bought the wrong overall PC package for anything that comes even remotely close to video editing. That PC has a funky looking case that's extremely poor at airflow.

 

And the reason why your MacBook Pro performed about equally to your desktop is that like your desktop, that MacBook Pro ran too hot for the CPU it contained, throttling it's clock speed way down under normal use conditions.

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