• Red Dragon

For the power-user - Massive DSP muscle (Ryzen 9)!


  • Silent Mid-Tower case
  • 850w Quiet power-supply
  • Ryzen 9 5950x @ 4.9GHz (16 cores) - Vermeer from AMD
  • 32GB DDR4
  • 500GB SSD (OS/Applications)
  • GTX-1050 Ti (4GB)
  • Thunderbolt-4
  • PCIe 4.0
  • Windows 10 x64
  • 2 year warranty


  • Why AMD and why now?:

    With the new Ryzen-9 5000 Vermeer series, AMD has finally gotten their ultra low-latency audio performance together.

    Previous Ryzen/Threadripper CPUs offer fantastic multi-threaded performance... at the expense of poor low latency performance.

    Ryzen-9 5000 series offers exceptional ultra low-latency and multi-threaded performance.


    Case:

    The stock Silent Mid-Tower case (acoustically treated to minimize noise) is sturdy and roomy with a total of 10 drive bays.

    Upgrade to the Deluxe version if you want to run more than two 5.25" drives.


    Power-Supply:

    The stock 850w power-supply is ultra quiet.

    If you're running many bus-powered peripherals, lots of internal drives, or dual high-end video cards... select the 1000w.


    CPU:

    5900x (twelve cores) provides twenty-four processing threads (twenty-four virtual cores) at 4.8GHz.

    5950x (sixteen cores) provides thirty-two processing threads (thirty-two virtual cores) at 4.9GHz.


    RAM:

    32GB (dual-channel) is sufficient for most users.

    For hard-core composers, the Red Dragon allows up to 128GB.


    OS drive:

    Small SSD as OS drive is what we recommend for most clients.

    With a SSD, the machine boots quicker, apps open quicker, and navigating the OS is a little more "snappy".


    Audio drive:

    A conventional HD can sustain over 100 solid/contiguous 24Bit/44.1k tracks of audio.

    No need for SSD as Audio drive... (unless you're working at higher sample-rates).


    Samples drive:

    Disk-streaming sample libraries is where SSD really shines.

    2.5" SSDs sustain over 500MB/Sec (three times the speed of a conventional HD).

    PCIe SSDs sustain 2600MB/Sec (fourteen times the speed of a conventional HD).


    m.2 Ultra SSD:

    Disk-streaming sample libraries is where SSD really shines.

    PCIe 4.0 m.2 Ultra SSDs use 4 PCIe lanes and sustain up to 7000MB/Sec (thirty-five times the speed of conventional HD).

    If pushing the limits with disk-streaming sample libraries, m.2 Ultra will yield absolute maximum polyphony.


    Burner:

    24x DVD/RW handles all CD/DVD burning needs (which is fine for most users).

    If you're working with high-res or video projects (huge files), 16x BDR (Blu-ray Burner) is convenient.


    Video:

    UHD-630 is fine for straight up audio production (can run a pair of monitors).

    For editing/rendering video, you want a GTX/RTX card (provides hardware accelerated processing/rendering).

    To run three or four monitors, you'll want to select one of the GTX/RTX cards.

    To run 4k monitors, select one of the GTX/RTX cards (connect via HDMI or Display Port).


    Firewire:

    If you're using a Firewire audio interface or external HD, add a TI chipset Firewire controller.

    Most Firewire audio interfaces and HDs work well with the lower cost "For all others" option.

    If using a Tascam, Mackie, or Universal Audio unit, you'll need to select the more expensive controller.


    Thunderbolt:

    On the PC, we now have complete "PCIe via Thunderbolt" support.

    You must be running an up-to-date install of Win10 and have a motherboard that provides Thunderbolt-4 via USB-C port.

    To use a Thunderbolt-2 audio interface, you'll also need a Thunderbolt-4 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt adapter.


    Operating System:

    At this point, nearly all major audio software/hardware is working well with Windows 10 x64.

    For most users, we now recommend Windows 10 x64 Pro.

    "Pro" version has Group Policy Editor (easy to shut down OneDrive, Cortana, etc)... and can fully disable all automatic updates.




    Motherboard
    chipset AMD B550
    pcie slots 5
    m.2 2 (one PCIe 4.0, one PCIe 3.0)
    sata3 6
    usb-c 2 USB-C
    usb3 6 USB-3.2 Gen2
    usb2 4
    gigabit lan 1 (Intel) 2.5Gb
    thunderbolt-4 2 Thunderbolt-4 (via USB-C ports)
    CPU
    clock-speed 5950x @ 4.9GHz, 5900x @ 4.8GHz
    cores 5950x = 16 cores (32 processing threads), 5900x = 12 cores (24processing threads)
    RAM
    configuration dual-channel (128GB max)
    Video
    gtx-1550 Ti HDMI, Display Port 1.4, DVI-D (can run three monitors)
    gtx-1650 HDMI, Display Port 1.4, DVI-D (can run three monitors)
    gtx-1660 HDMI, 3x Display Port 1.4 (can run four monitors)
    rtx-3070 HDMI, 3x Display Port 1.4a (can run four monitors)
    rtx-3090 HDMI, 3x Display Port 1.4a (can run four monitors)

    Red Dragon

    • $3,149.00


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