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Karel Voners
Upgrade from GTX 660 to 980 worth it?
on Mar 13, 2017 at 9:40:44 pm

I was wondering if upgrading to a 980 card would improve encoding times in media encoder. Can anyone comment on this if the difference is significant?

I read that after a while the amount of available cuda cores doesn't make a whole lot difference anymore, that media encoder doesn't use them?

Regards,
Karel.


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Alex Udell
Re: Upgrade from GTX 660 to 980 worth it?
on Mar 14, 2017 at 1:54:36 pm

What are you dropping in AME?

Already rendered files or PPro/AE projects?


Projects would benefit as they use the same tech as the apps themselves when processing in AME.

Media files probably wouldn't benefit all that much unless you are applying color correction (Lumetri) in the encoding process.

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Karel Voners
Re: Upgrade from GTX 660 to 980 worth it?
on Mar 14, 2017 at 3:53:36 pm

Just your average red --> prores proxy -->h264 conversions.

Thanks!
K.


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andy patterson
Re: Upgrade from GTX 660 to 980 worth it?
on Mar 14, 2017 at 7:45:43 pm

It should help if you can afford it. I notice a huge performance boost going from a GT 240 to a GTX 650 Ti. I then went from a the GTX 650 Ti to a GTX 1060 and noticed a nice performance boost. I wish had the money to get the GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 but the GTX 1060 was worth the money. The graphics card upgrades help for renders with effects and real-time playback. I hope this helps.


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Alex Udell
Re: Upgrade from GTX 660 to 980 worth it?
on Mar 14, 2017 at 9:43:18 pm

I'd have to speculate that since RED debayering is handled by the GPU when present....it would have to be helpful. I can't offer an exact ROI however.

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andy patterson
Re: Upgrade from GTX 660 to 980 worth it?
on Mar 15, 2017 at 12:57:16 am

A new graphics card is usually money well spent but I forgot to mention the new Vega cards from AMD will be here soon. I would wait until we get more info about them before buying a new graphics card. They may or may not offer a better bang for the buck over Nvidia.


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