The hardware specialist Puget Systems assembles PC workstations especially for applications such as video editing or compositing (e.g. with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effecs or Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve). Puget has now published an overview of the reliability of the various components used, such as motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, RAM, power supplies and SSDs/HDDs for 2018, which have been determined by tests before delivery of the fully configured PCs.
This information (along with specific benchmarks) is of interest to anyone who creates their own editing computer and is more reliable than individual user reports of hardware failures because it is based on a large mass of data. The error rates also allow conclusions to be drawn about which components are most responsible for errors. Of course, the statements only apply to the components used and tested in each case - Puget did not carry out comprehensive tests of all possible components, but only determined which were the most reliable models of the components used in each case.
The central component and basis of all others is the motherboard. Due to its high complexity and the large number of different components, it is particularly prone to errors. However, Puget was able to observe a halving of the error rate in 2018 compared to 2017, it was 2.1% in 2018 (corresponding to a faulty motherboard of 49). Because not a single error could be observed in the models used, the Gigabyte Z390 is Aorus Pro WiFi Puget&s recommendation number 1 - other reliable motherboards with only one faulty model each are the Gigabyte Z370 AORUS 5, Supermicro X11SSH-F and the Asus P10S-M WS.
Since Puget only uses EVGA power supplies, the recommendation here is limited to models from this manufacturer: the EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W P2 Power Supply first, then the EVGA SuperNOVA 1200W P2. The choice of graphics cards was limited to Nvidia GPUs with an error rate between 0.45% (Titan models) and 1.24% (GeForce) - here the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB has the highest reliability, followed by the NVIDIA Titan Xp 12GB, PNY Quadro P2000 PCI-E 5GB andEVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ACX 3.0. However, because many different models were used, statements about the reliability of individual models are not as meaningful as with the other components due to the relatively low quantities used.
RAM (average 0.41%), CPU (0.2%) and SSDs (0.11%) have significantly lower error rates. Here the recommendations are Kingston DDR4-2400 8GB ECC, Crucial DDR4-2666 16GB ECC Reg. and Crucial DDR4-2666 32GB ECC Reg. regarding RAM, SSDs/NVMe drives in general Samsung with extremely few failures and Intel Core and Xeons - AMD CPUS were hardly used by Puget and therefore there are no reliable numbers.