Question Bottleneck on CPU vs. GPU?

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I am planning to build a music production workstation probably with AMD Ryzen 3900x CPU with ASUS Prime x570-Pro motherboard and 64gb RAM. It will have the following GPU / PCIE / SSD configuration

  • 1 onboard M.2 SSD (under the M.2 heatsink on the motherboard) as boot disk
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 in PCIE16x_1 slot
  • ASUS HYPER card with four M.2 SSDs in PCIE16x_2 slot (with using all 4 SSDs; no RAID) for sample libraries
  • 2 SSDs via SATA port for extra audio samples
With this configuration, will the GPU limit (bottleneck) CPU performance in any way, or would it be the other way around? I do not mind if the GPU performance is limited as long as CPU is unaffected. I have this GPU only to support dual 4k monitors for my studio and won't use it for gaming. Thanks in advance!
 

jimmysmitty

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I can't imagine what limitations the GPU would impose for music production. I would imagine the CPU would be the biggest part along with a good sound card or external sound system to handle it.

What software do you plan to use?
 

SamirD

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If anything, the gpu will help if you'll have any real-time waveform displays as you record. You should be solid.

One thing I would recommend is looking into enterprise pcie storage as it has much more read/write life than the consumer stuff (some of it is 10x). If you're using this the way I think you will be, top speed is second to reliability.
 

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