| fast single-core performance is still key when audio processing. When buying a CPU, look for the fastest single-core performance scores, in a package with at least 4 or more physical cores. For example: An 8 core CPU (14,400) with a single core score of 1800 is likely to be less well suited to music production than a 4 core CPU (10,000) with a single core score of 2500, since much of what happens with audio-processing can't be computed in parallel.
| Depending on the tasks you have in mind, you may be looking at very different hardware requirements: If you wish to employ many VST instruments, happiness lies in fast hard drives, acres of RAM real estate, and a relatively fast processor. If your focus is on pure audio recording, a fast hard disk with a slightly slower processor can get the job done nicely, contingent upon the number of tracks and format.
When selecting a processor (CPU), speed certainly counts because it has such a tremendous impact on many processes within the computer. This is why Steinberg applications support multiprocessor/multicore systems and enable very high performance. Below you can find an excerpt of current processors/systems that can cope with today's demands and large projects. If you feel the need to upgrade your DAW, take a closer look at the hardware listed below. Nevertheless, it is of course possible to use slightly older systems depending on the environment and workload.
Some things to consider on the processor architecture:
Processors with faster cores are preferable to a higher core count for real-time audio performance.
The more cores are available, the more thread synchronization is required. This can lead to a reduced processing power and slow down the system after all.
A higher core count might require a different RAM configuration (dual channel, quad channel) for optimal performance.
A higher amount of CPU cache (L2, L3) can have a positive impact on the real-time processing.
|Optimized for Intel’s X99 chipset|