I feel like I’m in a weird limbo here. My laptop is starting to not be able to keep up with projects–I’m doing a lot of video editing as part of my program in school, and I enjoy it enough and think I’m getting to the point where I could try freelancing.
As far as I can tell, my system is struggling primarily because of the CPU, an i7-6700HQ. I’ve got 16GB of RAM and a GTX 1060 (6GB), as well as a Samsung 960 Evo as my only drive.
My plan to upgrade was to invest in an “Ultrabook” because I really do want a smaller (~13") form factor to be able to take my laptop with me on filming/photography projects or to class. At the moment, I use a Chromebook I got for free and it is frustrating to work with at times. The idea was, I could get a really portable laptop and use an external GPU (with all my peripherals connected) when I’m at home via Thunderbolt 3.
It does seem like even U-series processors from 10th Gen are generally faster than the 6700HQ, but I don’t have much context on “how much better” that would be in Premiere Pro. So, I could get a better CPU, upgrade to something like a 2060 or 2070 in an eGPU enclosure, and have an overall much better system with reasonably convenient ability to upgrade the GPU if it’s aging.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like any Ryzen 4000 laptops will have Thunderbolt 3. That architecture would definitely be a lot better for video editing and it received a lot of praise upon release. I’d be happy to be on the red team if I could, I appreciate that they’re a genuine competitor again.
So, I was wondering…
- Can a display connected via a USB-C hub utilize a laptop’s dedicated GPU? (I’m using a 43" 4K TV as my monitor at home, so 60hz without any sync tech is my upper-limit.)
- Are there any Ryzen 4000 laptops that are a good fit for my situation? ~13", portable, apparently 32GB (or ideally 64GB???) of RAM for Premiere Pro?
- Bonus question: Is it possible for Ryzen 4000 to support TB3? If so, is there any chance it might on some laptops?
Thanks, take care of yourselves in these crazy times!