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CS5: CUDA, CPU and other hardware questions

May 5, 2010 11:50 PM

CS5 can gain much speed with CUDA technology by Nvidia; I assume everybody who researched a bit knows this.

 

However, I like very exact information to get the best decision for a new investment.

I need to get two identical new CS5 systems, that are much faster and not as buggy as my last CS4 system.

I have about 30.000 euro for 2 machines.

 

Our studio demands SDI connections, so I got a Matrox Axio.

Currently my system has lots of problems with Premiere and After Effects:

 

- Field swaps

- Inconsistent effect parameters

- Very slow rendering

- Very slow app startups

- Multi task slowdowns

- Crashes of apps

- Very slow interface operations

 

1. Does CS5 only use the CUDA of supported CUDA Cards?

2. Does SLI or multi graphic card tech, help CS5 speed at all?

3. Is it useful to get a Tesla next to a Quadro 5800 or is it not seen by CS5?

4. What Intel processor is best suited for After Effects rendering: iX or Xeon architecture?

5. Does Adobe really use only 3 Gb per core, meaning you should not buy more than 3Gb per CPU core? Or is it per THREAD and should I get more RAM?

6. Speed or number: Is it better to focus on very high total core speed, or to optimal RAM distribution by getting as many cores as possible?

7. Can a Matrox MXO2 Rack unit, cooperate with the Nvidia CUDA power or could both accelerations/technologies hinder eachother?

8. Is it best to get Nvidia SDI connectivity or is there a save alternative?

9. Can iX CPU's be dual or is that a Xeon option only?

10. What is the fastest 6 core Xeon that can be dual?

11. Does CS5 need a good scratch disk: is it wise to get a SSD just for scratch or is it overkill?

12. Some say the Nvidia 5800 is not the fastest card around; it has 240 cuda cores and some gtx cards have far more than that. What is the story?

 

I probably forgot about 324 other questions, but for now these will do.

If any of you can give objective and confirmed information, please do!

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    May 7, 2010 7:43 AM   in reply to Geoff Vane

    1. Does CS5 only use the CUDA of supported CUDA Cards?

     

    Only Premiere. CUDA support in AE is dependent on specific plug-ins using these  features. AE itself relies on conventional OpenGL features, not CUDA.

     

    2. Does SLI or multi graphic card tech, help CS5 speed at all?

     

    No. SLI is more or less a gaming feature utterly irrelevant for most professional apps. Even most 3D programs, which are much more dependent on OpenGL than AE ever is, do not  support it.

     

    3. Is it useful to get a Tesla next to a Quadro 5800 or is it not seen by CS5?

     

    You can only have one primary graphics card for acceleration features. Tesla GPGPUs are handled completrely different and are not seen by normal apps unless you compile them with the respective NVidia libraries.

     

    4. What Intel processor is best suited for After Effects rendering: iX or Xeon architecture?

     

    Depends on what you prefer: Quicker interactive updates whiel working or faster final rendering using multiprocessing. Though, to be fair, the difference is not that great. Xeons work just as well ffor editing (pick the W series types) as do coreXi for multiprocessing renders.

     

    5. Does Adobe really use only 3 Gb per core, meaning you should not buy more than 3Gb per CPU core? Or is it per THREAD and should I get more RAM?

     

    You are operating on outdated info. That only applies to 32bit versions of AE, not the 64bit CS5.

     

    6. Speed or number: Is it better to focus on very high total core speed, or to optimal RAM distribution by getting as many cores as possible?

     

    Speed! Several features are not MP enabled and the efficiency of multithreading in plug-ins varies. You could have a ton of course and then use your favorite, single-threaded plug-in and all that poewer goes to waste.

     

    7. Can a Matrox MXO2 Rack unit, cooperate with the Nvidia CUDA power or could both accelerations/technologies hinder eachother?

     

    Most likely not. Same problem as with your Tesla proposoal: Only one can rule. That aside, simple bandwidth considerations with your PCI bus would probably make it pointless, even if it worked.

     

    8. Is it best to get Nvidia SDI connectivity or is there a save alternative?

     

    I doubt it would be the "best", as it is merely meant for previewing, not signal processing, playout and capture as is required in a studio. It may deliver the picture, but no TC control and all that. figure a BMD or AJA card into your equation.

     

    9. Can iX CPU's be dual

     

    No. As designed by intel... Guess why there is a considerable price difference between coreXi and Xeons...

     

    10. What is the fastest 6 core Xeon that can be dual?

     

    Ask that your hardware reseller. They werre just released/ announced a few days ago, so they may not even be available yet.

     

    11. Does CS5 need a good scratch disk: is it wise to get a SSD just for scratch or is it overkill?

     

    SSDs as scratch disks are just plain stupid. unless you get the super-expensive models, write speed is awful. They only make good boot disks, if that is relevant. AE uses a dedicated disk cache which best is handled with fast SATA disks or even a small RAID setup.

     

    12. Some say the Nvidia 5800 is not the fastest card around; it has 240 cuda cores and some gtx cards have far more than that. What is the story?

     

    And, does it matter? Unless you have program code that exceeds the number of CUDA commands that can be processed in one clock cycle, you'll never know the difference. Which is a way of saying that it will be pretty much irrelevant in most cases. For premiere and AE, anyway. Just like with CPUs, more cores does not automatically mean more processing power in a given app.

     

    Mylenium

     
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    May 6, 2010 1:26 AM   in reply to Geoff Vane

    ANswers to some of your question:

     

    1) Only Premiere Pro is really accelerated by CUDA thanks to it's Mercury Engine. And yes, only the supported cards can enable Cuda acceleration.

     

    5) Now that AE CS5 is 64bit you can use more than 3gb/core. You can use all the ram you want per core.

    6) It really depends on your compositions (number of layers, effects applied, blending modes...).

     

    11) Yes it's better if you have a dedicated scratch disk. My config is like this: 1 HDD for Windows, 1 HDD for swap/temp/scratch, 1 HDD for sources and 1 HDD for renders. Like that you avoid cross reading/writing on disks, and keep the pace. SSD is overkill IMHO.

     

    12) The 280 GTX card will allow CUDA acceleration up to 3 tracks in Ppro, whereas the Quadros supports 10 tracks and more. For AE, it won't probably make any difference.

     

    Hope that helps (and I let the others reply the other questions)

     
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    May 6, 2010 8:30 AM   in reply to Sébastien Périer

    I'm just repeating what Mylenium and Sebastien said, but I wanted to make sure that their answers were considered as fact (which they are).

     

    CUDA has nothing to do with After Effects. Among the Adobe video applicaitons, only Premiere Pro CS5 uses CUDA.Also, The Premiere Pro Mercury engine doesn't support/use SLI. (Please keep the Premiere Pro, CUDA, and Mercury questions on the Premiere Pro forum.)

     

    There is not a 3GB/core limit in After Effects CS5. It is true that the largest number in the preset values in the Memory & Multiprocessing preferences is 3GB, but you can change the presets. See the comment at the bottom of this page for details on changing the presets.

     

    Also, consider that After Effects isn't the only software running on your computer. At the very least, you also have an OS running. If you want to dedicate 4GB per process to After Effects (which is a reasonable number for digital cinema), and you're using 4 processor cores for Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously multiprocessing, then you don't just need 16GB; you need more like 20GB, so that the OS and other software have what they need. See this post, which was written for CS4---but the principles are still relevant for CS5: "Performance tip: Don't starve your software of RAM"

     
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    Oct 13, 2010 6:47 AM   in reply to Geoff Vane

    Mainly I apologize by my BAD English and let know these post does not have any lucrative intention but is informative.

     

    If you Like to have, the best of the best you have to folow theses roule:

     

    1- O.S. 64bits, processor minimun 4 core, and RAM minimun 12.

     

    Thent the Secrect. as rendering on CS5 use all core, the key is fast processor and fast ram, Offcourse  you can tellme that nothing new for you. BUUUT. Have you ever try a machine running @ 4.2 GHZ, Whit Ram speed off 1800mhz whit latenci 7-7-20.

    Shure not, Other whise you shoul not be looking these forum.

    You want to know THE TRUEE about the best PC'S for cs5. Letme knowt. krostyforever@gmail.com or ask on the forum so I can share these info.

     

    I hav´t see no one doing OC. for cs5. I allready built  5 pc's. For shure none pc on the market is faster for use CS5, no even MAC'S WHIT multi XEON processors. whict cost over 12000 usd.

     

    The pc's I built are under 3000USD. and they are:

     

    *Your sheapers choise.

    *The best quality

    *Upgrateable if  you feel you need it. "if you like to make the edition of MATRIX 4"

    *100%Compatible whit all adobe sof.

    *100% stable under FULL strees test for mor that 2 days WHIT PERFECTS TEMP. for people who knowt.

     

    I'm a harware pc expert and if there something to say to ADOBE people is Congrats for a sof. who let use the maximun potential of a xtreme pc

    whict nobody could imagine.

     

     

     
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    Dec 13, 2010 9:04 AM   in reply to Geoff Vane

    Why dont you go to the http://ppbm5.com and show how god and fast is your machine. That can help you to improvise a little and surely you will Learn much to obtain the maximum performance in your pc.

     

    You dont even mention a Raid CONFIG or O.C. or Type of ram....

    To  know about the comunication betwen all the pieces of your system is the key of a faster PC.

     

    Look Harm's PC. http://ppbm5.com/Benchmark5.htmlWhit the money you used man can buy 2 of harm pc´s and just try to make the benchmark and see that what I tellyou is true.

     

    B.R.

     
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    Dec 22, 2010 12:37 PM   in reply to Geoff Vane

    Well to use short words.

    Your pc Is grate, but think what will happens if you have 1 pc for the importing of all your data. SDI, TAPE ETC... where all these data is goint to be storage on a external SSD. NOTE: " on these pc you can have matrox, blackmagic, whatever.... input-card". Then your  pc 2 is your Best,  perfect OC for ram and cpu, no hyperT. Totaly ready for the perfect interac CS5/PC. you just need to conect your SSD and guess what, These choice still been much better that your pc.

     

    BTW, I posted before you got the pc.

     

    Be my guess for any other cuestion.

     
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