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Graphics card for video encoding/editing

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May 19, 2010 9:56:07 PM

Hello,

What gives - I see "gaming" cards but not many as performance for video encoding/conversion... Is there really a difference or will a 5970 be just as good as a new "fermi"
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May 19, 2010 10:30:03 PM

Is this for a hobby or for professional use, the 5970 wouldn't be a bad choice but I need more information as to what you are doing but in more detail.
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May 19, 2010 10:37:06 PM

The 5970 would be great for most any type of home video editing. Unless you are working with George Lucas...lol.
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May 19, 2010 11:29:53 PM

Thats because for the most part encoding is done on the CPU. Few rendering programs can use the GPU instead. CS5 is supposed to, I'm not sure of any others. Of those that do, you need to have a CUDA (read Nvidia.) in order to do it.

Check your programs. If none can use the GPU just use any cheap card. Spend the extra money on a faster CPU and/or more ram. If they can use CUDA, get a GTS250 or perhaps a GTX260. Not sure what your budget is here.
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