The 2011 Pin system is the best choice for using DaVinci Resolve. It is not the cheapest option, although if you use the quad core version of the processor it is very close to the price of our Haswell system. The advantage of this system over the Haswell system listed below is that it can take more RAM and has more internal expansion capability than the Haswell. the Haswell will work very well, but the 2011 Pin is more "future proof" in that you can expand the system more easily.
The name 2011 Pin refers to how many pins are on the processor, not the year in which it was released! The latest 2011 Pin processors were released in September 2014. These processors are also known as Haswell-E processors although we tend to refer to them as 2011 pin to avoid confusion with the regular Haswell processors
These motherboards can also use a single Xeon processor which means you can have a 10 or even a 16 core processor installed. Please email or phone for more details.
The 2011 pin systems main advantages over the "Haswell" processors are:
♦ The motherboard can use more RAM so it is easy to install 32GB RAM which the 64 bit Adobe applications will use. The higher spec 2011 pin board we offer can actually use 64GB RAM
♦ The motherboard is more expandable in terms of the number of extra PCIe cards you can install. In a standard Haswell system you could have a graphic card, MX02, and maybe one other card happily working. In the 2011 PIN there is room for these plus a RAID card, and possible extra FireWire sockets, as well as other interface card. This means the 2011 pin is more expandable. In practice a standard Haswell computer has the things you need already built in, but if you want a machine which allows for more extra cards then consider the 2011 pin system.
♦ More hard drive connections. The 2011 pin boards have 10 SATA connections internally where as the Haswell only has 6.
♦ The USB3 chipset used in this motherboard has had some issues with some external drives, Blackmagic devices and some RAID boxes. We recommend adding in another USB3 controller (as listed in the configuration). The Haswell motherboard has a good USB3 controller built-in.