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Denis Stefanides
Graphic Card
on Jul 25, 2011 at 4:07:30 pm

Hello,

first sorry for my English.
So, im motion designer and all my works i do in Adobe After Effects.
So, i just wanna buy new PC and i don't know which graphic card is better.

Game card like: NVIDIA GeForce GTX570 http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-570-us.html

Or engine card: NVIDIA Quadro 2000
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-quadro-2000-us.html


I don't have money for better card. So which is better? Quadro -> is worse , but its for video editing or GTX570 -> better card, but its for gaming.


Please, help me...
Thanks a lot! And again, sorry for my english :)


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Walter Soyka
Re: Graphic Card
on Jul 25, 2011 at 5:16:42 pm

AE renders on the CPU, not the GPU, so the graphics card you choose doesn't have any bearing on render speed for AE.

Some specific effects are capable of GPU processing, but AE in general is not. If you're interested in making AE run faster, check out all the suggestions in Improve performance [link].

Premiere Pro, on the other hand, is capable of GPU acceleration: here's the supported cards list [link]. Given your options, I'd probably choose the GTX 570 for myself.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
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Denis Stefanides
Re: Graphic Card
on Jul 25, 2011 at 6:01:20 pm

Thank's a lot Walter!


And here is my last question.
I just wanna buy this components:

CPU: i7 3,4 GhZ
RAM: 16 gb...

So, RAM preview is based on CPU and RAM, yes?
Then, frequency on RAM is important? Better frequency on RAM
give me faster previews?

Thanks


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Walter Soyka
Re: Graphic Card
on Jul 25, 2011 at 6:09:41 pm

I'd match the RAM frequency to the motherboard. No sense in getting slower RAM.

If your motherboard is triple-channel, you will see RAM performance increase by keeping to multiples of three, so 24 GB would be significantly larger, a little bit faster, and a fair bit more expensive. I'm not sure if you'd notice any performance penalty in AE by not filling all channels of RAM, but I suppose it's a possibility.

With my work (mostly motion graphics, very effects-heavy), simply having enough RAM keeps me CPU-bound most of the time.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
Creative Cow Forum Host: Live & Stage Events


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Graphic Card
on Jul 25, 2011 at 5:33:18 pm

I agree with Walter- I would put my money in RAM and better processors. As far as the card goes, any one of the newer NVIDIA cards will do.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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