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Joe Murray
optimizing graphics cards for Smoke
on Jun 27, 2012 at 6:55:20 pm

My primary Smoke system is a 12 core system with 32GB of RAM and two graphics cards - Nvidia GT120 and Nvidia Geforce 480 GTX. I'm not sure what card Smoke will use and in what situations - rendering, GPU, previews etc. - but I'd like to make sure I'm making the best use of the 480 in particular. Any advice would be very welcome.

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Grant Kay
Re: optimizing graphics cards for Smoke
on Jun 27, 2012 at 7:38:39 pm

Hi

I would ensure that graphics switching is disabled in the mac preferences menu...

There is also a free mac app... the name skipped my mind today ... which allows you to set which graphics card you are using with your system.

Hope this helps.

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Joe Murray
Re: optimizing graphics cards for Smoke
on Jun 27, 2012 at 7:44:07 pm

Is there no preference setting within smoke to determine which card it uses?

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Walter Soyka
Re: optimizing graphics cards for Smoke
on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:28:46 am

[Joe Murray] "My primary Smoke system is a 12 core system with 32GB of RAM and two graphics cards - Nvidia GT120 and Nvidia Geforce 480 GTX. I'm not sure what card Smoke will use and in what situations - rendering, GPU, previews etc. - but I'd like to make sure I'm making the best use of the 480 in particular. Any advice would be very welcome."

Joe, is that a Resolve setup? My guess would be that Smoke, using OpenGL [link], must use the graphics card that the monitor is attached to. It doesn't use CUDA/GPGPU, so if your 480 GTX is disconnected, it won't be seen.


[Grant Kay] "There is also a free mac app... the name skipped my mind today ... which allows you to set which graphics card you are using with your system."

Perhaps you're thinking of gfxCardStatus? If so, I think this is specific to the laptops with dual integrated/discrete graphics cards and it may not be helpful for a desktop with two discrete graphics cards.

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Joe Murray
Re: optimizing graphics cards for Smoke
on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:55:21 am

Yes it's a Resolve/FCP/AE setup. I think you answered my question - after effects and resolve use the graphics card that is not plugged into the display for processing power. Smoke only uses the OpenGL features of the card powering the monitor and doesnt use the additional card. Right?

I also have a second system with smoke installed. That one just has the GTX 480 card which should boost interactivity in smoke via Open GL.

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