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Anyone use the i7 2600s low tdp CPU?

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February 16, 2012 1:09:33 AM

Was thinking about building a headless encoding rig around an i7 2600s... like the fact that it runs at 65w... I haven't built a computer in ages and am still using my q6600 rig which takes 10 hours to re-encode a 2 hour 1080p video.. or should I go with the 2600k? I plan on installing Debian server on it then slapping it in a corner to crunch video all day

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February 16, 2012 1:13:51 AM

tankerboi said:
Was thinking about building a headless encoding rig around an i7 2600s... like the fact that it runs at 65w... I haven't built a computer in ages and am still using my q6600 rig which takes 10 hours to re-encode a 2 hour 1080p video.. or should I go with the 2600k? I plan on installing Debian server on it then slapping it in a corner to crunch video all day


if "headless" you mean no monitor then you are cheating yourself out of quick sync which is the best advantage of using a sandy bridge cpu to encode . . . it needs a monitor plugged in to enable it.
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February 16, 2012 1:17:23 AM

Would quick sync work in a virtual machine?
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February 16, 2012 1:29:17 AM

tankerboi said:
Would quick sync work in a virtual machine?


i stole this from:
http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1964-...

Since you are virtualizing CPU's in a VM machine, the software does not have direct access to the hardware and therefore will not use Quicksync.

1st page toward the bottom.
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February 16, 2012 1:35:21 AM

Anonymous said:
i stole this from:
http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1964-...

Since you are virtualizing CPU's in a VM machine, the software does not have direct access to the hardware and therefore will not use Quicksync.

1st page toward the bottom.


Meh... well, I guess I'll just stick with my original plan then. Appreciate your help! :) 
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February 16, 2012 1:47:50 AM

tankerboi said:
Meh... well, I guess I'll just stick with my original plan then. Appreciate your help! :) 


if the goal of your plan was to lower your power consumption than a pentium G850 would help. it doesn't have quick sync and give a simular performance to a q6600 according to:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/53?vs=404

i was pretty shocked myself. but if you really wanted to decrease your encoding time, sorry maybe someone else would have a better suggestion.
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February 16, 2012 2:10:57 AM

Go with a 2600 if you are using virtualization.
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February 16, 2012 2:59:51 AM

Also, keep in mind that quick sync is not supported on Linux, you will need to find a copy of windows. Also, you can get a "dummy" DVI or VGA dongle that will fool the computer into thinking there is a monitor attached.
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