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Does using dual socket will reduce video encoding time?

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August 22, 2012 1:37:51 AM

Hello
Please right now I am using core i7 2600k
I'd like to know if using dual socket mother boards with dual cpu will reduce the video encoding time?
Or it is not related?
I mean right now I am encoding a file with 1 hour length lets say in 10 minutes.
Does using dual socket will reduce it to 5 minutes instead?
Thanks
a c 448 à CPUs
August 22, 2012 2:24:31 AM

The short answer is no.

It can be done, but the video encoding program you use and the video codec both must be designed to support Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP). Most software that supports SMP are enterprise class software; meaning specifically designed for very large corporations and would generally cost more money than the average American citizen would earn in their lifetime. If only the program or the codec is designed with SMP in mind, then you are likely only going to utilize one CPU.

Not all codecs supports multiple core within a CPU. For example, if you were to use XviD, then you will only be encoding with one core, however, if you were encoding with h.264 then it would be capable of encoding video with all available cores and HyperThreading if it is present.

a c 101 à CPUs
August 22, 2012 3:04:41 AM

Get video encoding software that supports QuickSync and upgrade to i5-3570k or i7-37xx, this will be faster and much cheaper than dual Xeons if you encode lots of stuff to h264.
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