Flame offers tools for fast, interactive 3D visual effects, finishing, compositing, advanced graphics, color grading, conform, editorial, and look development.

Component Recommendations

Processor Processor


Video compositing relies on both a high amount of CPU cores and high clockspeed. Therefore we recommend a 6- to 12-core processor over 3.0GHz.

Note: Flame is only compatible with Linux, not Windows. CentOS Linux is recommended for your configuration.

Memory Memory

In general, 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.

Storage Storage

We recommend having two drives which provides the best performance:

  1. Primary Drive: SSD for the operating system and software
  2. Secondary Drive: another SSD, or for better performance, an NVMe Flash Storage Drive (the "HP Z Turbo Drive") for active project files

If you need additional storage for large, infrequently accessed files, we also recommend one or more 4TB, 6TB or 8TB+ hard drives. Hard drives also work well for storing export files as the export/rendering process is generally not write intensive.

Graphics Graphics

For post production video editing, we recommend NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards as they provide high performance at a great value compared to Quadro cards.

For lower budget systems, we recommend a single NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080.

For higher budget systems, we recommend a single NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti.

If your application scales well with multiple graphics cards we recommend two RTX 2080Ti . If your application takes advantage of only one graphics card or does not scale well, we recommend going with the single RTX Titan 24GB.

Read More: GeForce GTX vs. Quadro Graphics Cards

Chassis Chassis

The HP Z8 G4 Workstation is recommended if you would like dual processors and/or multiple high performance graphics cards.

The HP Z6 G4 Workstation is recommended if you would like to start with a single high-end processor and single high-performance graphics card with the potential of upgrading in the future. With the Z6 G4, you can add a second matching processor and double the memory using the optional second processor riser. The power supply will also support two mid-range graphics cards.

The HP Z4 G4 Workstation is recommended for majority of workflows. Since Intel now produces single Core i9 and Xeon processors with up to 18-cores and high clock speed, there is no need for dual processors unless you will have heavy CPU rendering or intensive tasks demanding more than 18-cores. Also, the HP Z4 G4 has an optional 1000W power supply that will support the most powerful graphics cards inluding the GeForce RTX 2080Ti and Quadro RTX 6000.

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Configuration Recommendations

HP Z8 G4 Workstation

  • Dual 12 cores, 3.3 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Gold 6246
  • 192GB (12x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Registered Memory
  • 500GB SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive
  • 2TB (2x 1TB) NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive RAID 0
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 24GB


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HP Z8 G4 Workstation

  • 18 cores, 3.1 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Gold 6254
  • 96GB (12x 8GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Registered Memory
  • 500GB SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive
  • 2TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro P6000 24GB


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HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Core i9-10980XE (3.0 GHz base frequency, 18 cores)
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 500GB SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive
  • 2TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti 11GB


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Refurbished: Pulled from corporate environment in working condition. Tested upon arrival at our location and also after customization. Cosmetically grade A or B. Overall in good condition, but could have light scratches / scuffs. Ships in double-wall brown box with durable packaging material.