What is the best hardware configuration for my workflow?

It’s the most asked question. So what is the best hardware configuration for my workflow? How do you determine the best hardware configuration for the work you do?

From your application mix, application code, to CPU, GPU and different file types, selecting the best hardware configuration for professional media­-specific hardware is a complex question – and the answer has potentially enormous value. Maybe you have already spent weeks – or months – online trying to get answers. Or you’ve thought to call the leading manufacturers, like HP, Dell, Apple or other independent custom builders. If you say “My top applications are After Effects, Maya and ZBrush – ­ what’s the best hardware configuration for me?” you will likely get silence. Or perhaps “What’s ZBrush?” Most companies simply won’t know what you’re talking about.

Does this sound familiar?

Many companies actually want to help, but they don’t have an in­-depth knowledge of pro media and can’t answer your questions. Many others, including the largest companies, will direct you toward what they sell rather than the best hardware configuration for the work you do. Moreover, the high margins on the hardware they will likely point you to are nothing compared to the costs associated with having the wrong hardware for the work you do week in and week out. The cost of this choice can run into many thousands of dollars yearly or even monthly, depending on your organization’s size and workload.

What do I do?

You can research online, but this work can take weeks or even months. If you don’t want to do this, the best way to determine the best hardware configuration for your pro media or design work is to talk with a specialist who understands your needs. We have supported thousands of media pros over the past seven years. We understand how to optimize your professional media workflow cost­-effectively and provide you with the best hardware configuration for your needs. As some of you will have done research, and some none at all, we provide different diagnostic levels to suit your needs:

Starter

  • Detailed Workflow Diagnostic
  • Best Model For Your Needs
  • FREE

Professional

  • Detailed Workflow Diagnostic
  • Best Model For Your Needs
  • Ideal CPU choice and RAM levels per workflow needs
  • Comprehensive Component level Diagnostic of your current workflow (per machine): CPU, RAM GPU(s), SSD, Optical, PCIe Cards, Power Supply, Case, Airflow
  • 30 minute phone call to cover all the above
  • $97

Studio

  • Detailed Workflow Diagnostic
  • Best Model For Your Needs
  • Ideal CPU and RAM levels per workflow needs
  • Comprehensive Component-level Diagnostic of your current workflow (per machine): CPU, RAM GPU(s), SSD, Optical, PCIe Cards, Power Supply, Case, Airflow
  • Bottleneck identification of current hardware and applications, if any
  • Storage i/o required for needs including RAID
  • 4K, 8K Davinci Resolve / Premiere Pro / Avid / Sony Ultra Dense Compute Need
  • Realtime Performance Requirements
  • SAN/NAS Diagnosis and Recommendation
  • 60 minute phone call to cover all the above
  • $197

Enterprise

  • Detailed Workflow Diagnostic
  • Best Model For Your Needs
  • Ideal CPU and RAM levels per workflow needs
  • Comprehensive Component level Diagnostic of your current workflow (per machine): CPU, RAM GPU(s), SSD, Optical, PCIe Cards, Power Supply, Case, Airflow
  • Bottleneck identification of current hardware and applications, if any
  • Storage i/o required for needs including RAID
  • 4K8K/Davinci/Avid/Premiere Pro/Sony Vegas/Ultra Dense Compute Need
  • Realtime Performance Requirements
  • SAN/NAS Diagnosis and Recommendation
  • 90 minute call to cover all the above for 3+ artists
  • $397

For organizations of 10+ employees we can outline a comprehensive diagnostic analysis and workflow-specific solutions for each need within your organization.

Is it just about determining the best hardware configuration?

The purpose of the diagnostic is two-fold: to root out any current issues in your workflow, and to optimize your new hardware performance for the work you do. It provides you with a simple overview of how you can optimize what you do by understanding how your hardware works with your software. It’s good knowledge to have, and can save you thousands or hundreds of thousands in productivity and hardware expense. In addition, you can apply 100% of your diagnostic costs toward the purchase of any new mediaworkstation or server. As with every Mediaworkstations.net product this includes configuration, build, stability testing and palletized and insured freight shipment of your unit(s) with our one to five year parts, labor and unlimited technical support warranty for as long as you own the product.

Ultimately, the reason to speak with us is so we understand your challenges and aims, and to then provide you with complete information so you can make an informed decision about your hardware investment. If you’re like most, determining the best hardware configuration for your needs is a decision which can profoundly influence your productivity and creativity daily for the coming 3-5 years.

How do I schedule a time to speak with you?

If you’d like to schedule your diagnostic, just email us or give us a call. We’re happy to schedule a time to determine the best hardware configuration for what you do at a time that works best for you.