Anyone use the i7 2600s low tdp CPU?

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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  1. 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.
  2. Would quick sync work in a virtual machine?
  3. tankerboi said:
    Would quick sync work in a virtual machine?


    i stole this from:
    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1964-sandy-bridgequick-sync-for-a-whs2011-media-server/

    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.
  4. Anonymous said:
    i stole this from:
    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1964-sandy-bridgequick-sync-for-a-whs2011-media-server/

    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! :)
  5. 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.
  6. Go with a 2600 if you are using virtualization.
  7. 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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