on Jun 20, 2020 at 6:03:24 pm Last Edited By Freddy Rodriguez on Jun 20, 2020 at 6:05:37 pm
I'm usually good at planning a parts upgrade. I don't jump in willy-nilly but this time, well, I guess I was either desperate or I'm starting to lose more neurons than I can keep count of (or both!).
I've been using Sony Vegas Pro 13 with my trusty GeForce GT 640 and loved to see my render times cut nearly in half when I enabled the GPU accelerated render due to Sony Vegas making use of the CUDA thing while I picked AVC mp4 format.
Well, after some years and a client who was pushing me for faster turnaround time I figured I'd do a small upgrade. Sometimes I feel I need to get a second mortgage on the house just to upgrade my entire system and squeez out 5 more precious render minutes.
So while looking at the 'relative performance' chart on TechPowerUp site, I noticed that my GT 640 was half the performance of the equally priced GT 1030.
My 640 is from 2012 while the 1030 is 2015, I think. Still "old" graphics cards but if TechPowerUp was right, I WAS LEAVING HALF THE POWER on the table.
So I proudly used my Amazon Prime membership to get the "new" GT 1030 delivered to my door faster than I could finish clicking the order button.
After installing it and attempting to run a Vegas render test, I realized my render settings window wasn't showing "GPU available" anymore under the AVC format. I shutdown Vegas, used the GeForce software to hunt for the latest drivers and fired up Vegas one more time.
Starting to lose my mind, I read all the forums like a madman. Apparently, John Rofrano 'The Great' said that GPU-accelerated render only works with GeForce cards that were built on the Fermi architecture... and my GT 1030 ain't one of them.