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Paul John
Old computer / new computer / R7 290x / R9 390
on Dec 31, 2016 at 1:24:36 pm

I have lots of [simple] projects using [Sony/Magix] Vegas Pro 13 right now, I will upgrade to 14 soon.
My computer right now is i5 3470 with Intel HD 2500, 8 Gb RAM DDR3, 1 SSD for Windows 7, 1 Tb HDD for files and projects, MSI GT 630.
The projects are rendered at 1080p mostly, using Sony AVC. 90% I will not need 4K in the future.
Project length ranges from 5 to 50 minutes. Source material is MP4 videos, images, lower third graphics, titles, very few FX.
Render time example, using a 5 minute project:
- Intel QuickSync speed = 04m:25s
- CPU = 07m:20s
- nVidia GPU = 12m:05s

I have these upgrade options, I want to choose best combination for faster rendering.
Quality is acceptable either way, I'm only interested in speed.
- i7 6700K, 16 Gb RAM DDR4, AMD R9 390 = all new, most expensive option
- i7 6700K, 16 Gb RAM DDR4 = all new, expensive option + AMD R7 290x second hand (price is 75% as new R9 390)
- old computer + AMD R7 290x second hand = cheapest combination

So, which will be the fastest ?
Is R9 390 better than R7 290x for use with Vegas Pro ?


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