I am running a program called dvd catalyst and us it to rip dvds and blu rays to an H 264/mp4 format. When the encoding starts, everything is at the mercy of the encoding. Web browsing is slow and even if I wanted to jump on World of warcraft the fps drop to around 10-12 fps until either the encoding is done or I stop the encoding and everything is back to normal. One other thing I would like to mention is that there is a high pitched whine when this going on as well. The bios settings are all at defaults and there is no overclocking. Here are my specs if this helps.
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 V1.1
2 sticks of DDR3 Ocz 10700 4gb ram
2 sticks of DDR3 Patriot 12800 vengeance 4gb ram
Ernmax Aftermarket CPU cooler.
64GB SSD Patriot For OS
2tb black WD drive
1.5tb barracuda Seagate drive
I had an old intel dual core processor that didn't react like this. I have read that AMD processors have a hard time when encoding in H264. There has to be something that can fix this. There has to be something deeper that is causing this. I mean why is there is a high pitch whining noise when this encoding is going on?
just realized I should have added that and I apologize. I have tried 2 different PSU a OCZ 550w and I have a cosair Xt750 in currently. Both caused the Whine that I hear and it seems to be coming from around the CPU area. I mean there has to be someone that has gone through the same issue I have. Why would it take a step backwards with better parts then my 7 year old intel core duo???
I think I am going to disable all of the power management options on the MB and start from there. I just got this MB 3 months ago and don't want to go that route if I can help it. I also do notice using any other encoding other then H 264 will not tax the system as much and I can go on business as usual.
the FX has an issue with encoding h264 because of its architecture; sharing L2 and FPU (floating point unit) between two cores.
You can try limiting your app to 4 or 6 cores to give your game some cpu.
Also check your hdd setup for encoding. With what you listed I would use the 2tb drive as source, the SSD as scratch, and the 1.5tb as destination. And when your done encoding move the file off the destination drive and put it in your final storage drive and make a backup (or leave a copy on the destination drive as the backup)
@popatim My source is either a dvd or a blu ray movie and I rip them to be put on a nook tablet. I encode the files to the 1.5tb. Not sure what you mean by "scratch." If your talking temp files I checked dvd catalyst and can't find anywhere that it dumps temp files to.
Also I noticed that I have to keep changing the affinity every time I rip a tv episode or a new movie.
And what kind of processor would be good for something like this in future if
I decide to unload the FX 8150 on to someone that doesn't encode video.
Yeah affinity settings to the cores doesn't help. World of Warcraft and dvd catalyst are both slow and the whine continues.