NVIDIA STUDIO to test on Acer ConceptD 3: How creative software behaves

NVIDIA STUDIO to test on Acer ConceptD 3: How creative software behaves

NVIDIA STUDIO to test on Acer ConceptD 3

The fact that NVIDIA is catalyzing all its efforts towards the goal of creating optimized ecosystems in every single component of the whole is no secret at all. If over the years we have witnessed an ever-increasing commitment to translating the gaming experience into a result capable of leaving millions of gamers speechless, it was clear that sooner or later the same care would also be paid to the creatives.

Most systems that mount NVIDIA components today offer, for example, the possibility of installing two types of drivers: there are Game Ready, designed precisely to skyrocket the gaming experience of any enthusiast, and then there are the Studios, which were made with the sole purpose of increasing performance beyond measure in the creative suites. But that of the drivers is only a small component that is the background to a much more ambitious project.

What do we mean when we talk about NVIDIA STUDIO? Today that of NVIDIA is a real software and hardware platform, a full-bodied set composed of the NVIDIA GeForce GPUs made by the same manufacturer, the aforementioned drivers dedicated to the creative suites, entire lines of certified laptops and desktops such as the ConceptD series by Acer that we have. put to the test during our tests, and finally by Software Development Kits that offer additional functionality to app developers.

The ConceptD 3 is the NVIDIA STUDIO notebook used to carry out the tests. Worth a particular mention, although not strictly linked to NVIDIA STUDIO, also NVIDIA Omniverse, an open platform designed to run on any system based on NVIDIA RTX that was born with the aim of setting up a collaboration system in real time, rewarding the 'interoperability between different applications mainly linked to creativity in the 3D field.

In short, all the initiatives of the house push towards the birth of an operational metaverse designed to meet the needs of any kind of creative, responding to the main critical issues of contemporary businesses but above all to improving the user experience of any content creator .

Sponsored Partnership with NVIDIA STUDIO and Acer ConceptD. We put NVIDIA STUDIO to the test together with the new Acer ConceptD 3, notebook part of the ConceptD family and created precisely with NVIDIA STUDIO, a blank canvas for creatives that mounts, in our case, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti, hosting under the shells an Eleventh Generation Intel Core i7, to be precise the i7-11800H with 8 Cores and 16 Threads. A machine that we have dealt with in a dedicated review by putting it in front of some benchmarks typical of the sector, discovering a series that will certainly become a reference point for creators.

Technical sheet Acer ConceptD 3 with NVIDIA STUDIO

Panel: 14 "Full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) IPS 60Hz Pantone Validated Processor: 11 Gen Intel Core i7-11800H 8 Core 16 Thread GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti with 2560 CUDA Cores and 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM memory dedicated RAM: 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz Storage: 1Tb PCIe SSD Ports: 2 USB-A 3.2, 1 USB-C 3.2 Thunderbolt 4, 1 USB-B, HDMI 2.1, 3.5mm Audio Jack Battery: Lithium 57Wh Dimensions: 22.9 x 32.67 x 1.79 cm Weight: 1.5 Kg approx Operating System: Windows 10 It goes without saying that such an optimization in the orbit of a portable machine like the Acer ConceptD 3 goes in the direction of promoting creative activity regardless of the circumstances, and this was precisely the aim pursued by both Acer and NVIDIA, which had both moved in this direction even before the explosion of smartworking. Now, thanks to NVIDIA STUDIO laptops, working from home will no longer mean having to compromise, relying on top-notch performance in any situation.

Illustration and Photo Editing We could only start from the Adobe Suite, specifically from the graphic applications, which are great protagonists of the union between NVIDIA STUDIO and Acer ConceptD, not only thanks to the GPU, but also and above all thanks to the 14 '' IPS panel mounted by our ConceptD 3, a Pantone validated screen with a Delta of less than 2, therefore perfect for showing colors just as they would be when the job is finished , even after printing, animation or editing.

SmartPortrait, like all AI-based neural filters, is accelerated by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX. As for Photoshop, one of the main improvements is the Super Resolution feature, designed to quadruple the quality of imported photos. A feature that can count on the thrust of RTX acceleration to improve quality more easily, and this kind of intervention touches several of the classic options used in post-production, being applicable to the majority of filters.

Sharpness, perspective, blur, are just some of the many operations that can count on NVIDIA STUDIO GPU acceleration, but the most impacting are those related to neural filters. For example, we tested Smart Portrait, a filter at the limit of the uncanny that allows you to substantially modify the expression of the subjects and that gains enormously from the AI ​​acceleration of STUDIO given the complexity of the operations.

It goes without saying that , even in the case of Lightroom, the benefits of the ecosystem are felt especially in the case of works in 4K resolution, which are not supported by the IPS panel of the ConceptD 3 but which find space on the higher-end ConceptD configurations. In these cases, color gamut calibration and image processing features shine even more than they already do on our reference system.

Filters like Style Transfer make huge gains from NVIDIA GPUs. Similar speech regarding Designer, Painter and Illustrator. If in the case of the latter it is the canvases that are accelerated via GPU and allow to clearly facilitate the work on the most complex vector drawings by reducing the zooming times to a few moments, the first two can count on NVIDIA Iray rendering technology that comes to reduce the export times of the most complex scenes are over 30 seconds.

Video Editing The key element of our tests was Adobe Premiere Pro, a program that we use, together with Avid and Adobe After Effects, for the elaboration of our video production. The important premise is that the Acer ConceptD3 with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti and Intel i7 11800-H turned out to be the best notebook in terms of encoding and export times among those we tested, in some cases lowering the results of the latest generations of equivalent portable workstations.

It's no surprise because Adobe Premiere Pro has been a central focus of the STUDIO project, and in general encoding on these systems benefits from Nvidia NVENC, a feature built into the GPUs of the house that serves to soften the intensive load on the CPU by diverting it to dedicated components of the graphics card, optimizing the overall workflow. The same obviously applies to decoding operations, aimed at guaranteeing a smooth and clean reproduction of high resolution videos, even in the preview phase.

The improvement does not only concern NVENC and the encoding speed but also AI-based features like reframe. Special mention for the option of automatic reframing (Auto Reframe), which like almost all the AI ​​features is also accelerated by STUDIO. For those who do not use it, it is a system that allows you to automatically edit video clips to adapt them to the frames of the main social channels, such as Facebook or Instagram, or 1: 1 and 9:16. For both Premiere and After Effects, all effects benefit from the ecosystem, but the real strength lies in the rendering and export times, which in our case have been reduced by more than half compared to the bare hardware of RTX Studio.

Streaming A parenthesis on the world of video streaming is mandatory, which is closely linked to the undergrowth of video editing and plays a fundamental role in the modern entertainment market. NVIDIA STUDIO touches all the main dedicated software, but in our case we focused on OBS and the StreamLabs variant, which are by far the most popular among creators.

The advice we feel we can give to any creator is to equip itself with a Studio workstation, perhaps an Acer ConceptD, as a dedicated streaming machine to which to connect the main PC for gaming purposes, because the difference is there and you can feel it, especially for partners of platforms like Twitch that they want to aim for the highest quality offered by the platform.

NVENC and GPU capabilities improve the conditions of any live streaming. The secret also lies in Nvidia NVENC in this case, but the apps can count on an additional boost offered by the advanced GPU econding features integrated into the software, which in the case of a simple live stream in 1080p60fps at 10Mbps significantly increase the quality of the broadcasts. with practically zero workload on the machine.

This argument remains valid in all situations in which an application must be shown running during a meeting, perhaps even using simpler and more immediate software such as Zoom or Teams instead of exploiting the Virtual Cam of OBS, because the GeForce RTX Series 30 handle all the screen sharing load, bearing in mind the intrinsic limitations of the most popular telecommunication apps and, obviously, the bandwidth.

Software 3D La a necessary premise lies in the fact that professionals intent on working through particularly heavy and impactful software, if they have the ssibility, should consider Acer ConceptD configurations with NVIDIA STUDIO running GeForce RTX 3060 or higher to fully enjoy the enhancements made to real-time ray tracing and directly verify the results via 4K resolution output.

In Arnold's case, just like Maya, working with real-time raytracing support can only improve workflows. Because the fluidity offered by Studio to Autodesk software such as Maya lies in the accelerated graphics in the modeling and design phase, but also in the increase in performance in real time within photorealistic and interactive projects such as the classic Virtual Tours, also impacting the integrated render engines to offer smoother and above all faster workflows.

Although in our test there was no room for NVIDIA Omniverse, this kind of software is part of the metaverse and will allow professionals to manage the ecosystem simultaneously and above all in compatibility, making the transition to programs such as Unreal Engine immediate, another application that greatly benefits from the improvements thanks to the support for real-time ray-tracing and the overall growth in the management of shading and systems dynamic lighting.

In short, the Acer ConceptD 3 with NVIDIA STUDIO has proven itself to the test of fact i an excellent machine to meet the needs of creatives, and the benefits brought by the GeForce Series 30 together with the enormous amount of optimizations daughters of STUDIO bring these workstations to give their best in any working circumstance.

In the case specific to the Acer ConceptD 3, the increase in performance comes without any counterpart, because the internal temperatures of the PC and GPU always remain below the critical thresholds of 90 °, a limit that is touched only during the operations that put the card graphics in total state of effort, such as 3D renderings. For the rest, temperatures remain stationary around 80 ° during work, and the battery can hold up for three hours even during intensive regimes.

Ultimately, the combination of Acer ConceptD hardware with the NVIDIA STUDIO's rich ecosystem is the perfect operations center for any kind of creative professional, a system fully optimized to allow reference software and apps to operate in the best possible conditions.

Powered by Blogger.