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February 2, 2011 7:46:45 PM

I'm updating my graphics card (currently ATI 4850/512meg) as I'd like to use nVidia GPU acceleration in Premiere Pro and After Effects(CS5). I'm mostly editing audio and HD video, with very casual gaming once in awhile, mostly FPS stuff.

For the $$, is the 560 Ti my best bargain to get the Fermi/CUDA GPU acceleration? I'd like to spend $300 or less; I have a Corsair 850 watt modular power supply. Asus MOBO, (Core i7 940, 12GB DDR3 ram)

There's a great video on Vimeo that's a DIY step-by-step for unlocking PP and AE's GPU accleration for a good list of nVidia cards.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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February 2, 2011 7:55:22 PM

Your only other options for a faster card are the 570 and 580; neither of these are under $300 or offer he same price/performance ratio.

As for the best bargain, I think a GTX 460 is better for the price.

So either $120-180 for a 460 (ranges for both 768 and 1gb models) with MIR or the GTX 560 for $250.
February 2, 2011 8:30:33 PM

Hmm. I hadn't thought of a 460 due to the difference in the number of Shaders (336 vs 384 in the 560). Not sure but I think more is better for the GPU acceleration, I should hit Adobe and learn a bit more about it. Your reply did make me search out "560 TI vs 460" and I found a good article that compares the 2 cards.

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=28691
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February 2, 2011 8:49:54 PM

minitron815 said:
Your only other options for a faster card are the 570 and 580; neither of these are under $300 or offer he same price/performance ratio.

As for the best bargain, I think a GTX 460 is better for the price.

So either $120-180 for a 460 (ranges for both 768 and 1gb models) with MIR or the GTX 560 for $250.




+1 Great Answer

I just picked up a 570, have not tried it yet but have done quite a lot of research, if you can hold off a bit and get a 570 you would not be disappointed.

On a side note I have tested the GTX 460 and it is a decent card and for the prices its going for now that would be right in your price range and you would have some extra cash to put towards a memory upgrade or purchase a game

hope this adds to minitron815's initial comment.
February 2, 2011 9:12:37 PM

The point is the 460 is more than sufficient for Adobe and costs almost half the price of the 560.
February 2, 2011 9:36:02 PM

Price is not particularly an object here. I'm just cheap, LOL, and since I'm not gaming much these days was most interested in the price/peformance ratio of the card as far as accelerting the Mercury Playback Engine and other GPU-renders in Premiere Pro and After Effects CS5. One concern I do have is noise. Does anyone know how the 560 vs. the 460 is in the fan noise/heat dept? I do a fair bit of audio recording in my workspace and I want to keep noise down, too. Then again, if nVidia are planning to release something above the 570 soon (or AMD are going to chop the legs off the 570 by hacking prices on their competing cards, as they have been known to do), then I might wait around for the 570 to drop in price.

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February 2, 2011 9:45:24 PM
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The Gigabyte Superoverclock models for both the 460 and 560 Ti are the quietest in their class according to Guru3d:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-froze...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-gtx-560-ti-soc-r...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-460-...
February 2, 2011 10:34:27 PM

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February 2, 2011 10:35:17 PM

I'm going with the Gigabyte Superoverclock 560. After reading those reviews, for the price it clearly spanks anything close to it. Now if NewEgg would just get it back in stock..... hard to find it anywhere else.
February 2, 2011 10:38:50 PM

Thanks all for chiming in, I know it's different from the usual GPU question....
February 3, 2011 12:41:00 AM

improviz said:
I'm going with the Gigabyte Superoverclock 560. After reading those reviews, for the price it clearly spanks anything close to it. Now if NewEgg would just get it back in stock..... hard to find it anywhere else.


Before you jump the gun. :non:  You might want to read this review on the ASUS 560. I read a better review, I am still trying to find it.

http://www.geeks3d.com/20110125/tested-asus-geforce-gtx...

Edited: Just because I am a fanboi of ASUS :D 
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February 3, 2011 2:16:51 AM

cthunder067 said:
Before you jump the gun. :non:  You might want to read this review on the ASUS 560. I read a better review, I am still trying to find it.

http://www.geeks3d.com/20110125/tested-asus-geforce-gtx...

Edited: Just because I am a fanboi of ASUS :D 

They could only overclock the Asus to 940mhz. The Gigabyte is clocked at 1000mhz straight out of the box.

Also:
"Idle fan noise of the ASUS GTX 560 Direct CU II is well optimized. Unfortunately the fan noise under load is not acceptable in my opinion - the reference design is much quieter. ASUS has already hinted that they will take another look at the fan control table and probably release an updated BIOS."
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_560...
February 3, 2011 1:28:14 PM

Yeah, I'm probably not going to both overclocking whatever card I get, myself. I don't have the time/patience for it and don't want to risk bricking my part. Since I'm not trying to squeeze 100 fps out of Crysis Warhead (LOL), but using the GPU for accelerating video editing stuff, a 60mhz difference in clocking or even the 100mhz difference between the 900 mhz eVGA OC part, and the Gigabyte 1000mhz part, may not be noticable. I'm currently strongly considering the eVGA oc'd 900mhz board, because I've owned eVGA stuff in the past and because it has a LIFETIME warranty. That Gigabyte SuperOC board is just not in stock anywhere!
February 3, 2011 4:08:38 PM

I also need to measure my case (it's a huge Thermaltake case tho' so card length may not matter) just to be sure I'm not affected by card length. Since I have 6 x 2GB ram sticks need to check clearance there too. I do lean toward the lifetime warranty, however....
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February 3, 2011 4:33:41 PM

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