I am fairly new to the ins and outs of computing and I need some help regarding the right graphics card for the CS4 creative suite, on Windows 7 64bit, i7 920, 8GB RAM system.
I went out and bought a card without doing the correct research.
I currently have the ASUS HD 6950 1GB graphics card, which after some further research I found that this card is not on the supported list.
Which is the best card to get? I can't see my self upgrading to CS6 but I don't want to rule out the possibility and thefore I want to get a future compatible card.
For just over £200 I have seen the QUADRO FX 5600 card - which I was made aware from 'supported' list on this forum for CS4, but whcih isn't on the CS5 list, and will no doubt not be on any future lists!
On this forum I have seen people recommending the GTX 560ti 2GB which is the same price as a second hand QUADRO FX 5600.
I use Photo shop, premier pro, after effects and encore mainly (in that order).
Can anyone please help shed some light on my situation
The more proper question would be, whether your editing is actually so heavy that you need Mercury playback in Premiere? Seriously, unless you can tell us that you are working on heavy multitrack projects with 2k or even 4k footage, you're worrying over nothing. For everything else the "normal" OpenGL acceleration is no doubt sufficient and if you don't plan on upgrading your software, it's a moot point, anyway. You could have a certified graphics card, yet CS4 might still not be able to work as smoothly as you would like it. just as much as hardware has evolved, so have the programs' routines for decoding stuff on the fly and rendering effects in realtime. CS5.5 is far more advanced already than CS4 ever was and no doubt CS6 is gonna push the envelope even more. You need to see both sides or else you might throw out a lot of money for nothing. And if you stick with CS4, what card you have is ultimately completely irrelevant for PS and AE, too. Their use of OpenGL is minor and not at all critical.
Hi I am not using 2K or 4K footage.
I am basically looking for a graphics card to help me spped things a long. As I create my own DVD's with animations etc so when I really get into it I am constantly switching between applications. And when I was editing in PS creating a large banner there were delays when resizing etc. When I load up adobe premier with 1 hour long edidted footage it takes a while, and also the rendering time. I needed to upgrade my graphics card anyway as it was very dated so I then decided to go for the HD 6950, which was then when I l;earned that there are other graphics cards that work better. If it really wont make much difference then I will leave it, but if it would do me good selling my current card and getting the FX 5600 quadro then wouldn't it be worth it at all? Aren't the quadro cards meant to work the best with the adobe suites? And if so then if I do decide to upgrade then the chances of the quadro working better than the HD 6950 - would it not make it worth it?
Like I said I am fairly new to this. Thank you for your response and your knowledge.
Well, you're seeing the signs but interpreting them all in the wrong ways.
So ultimatlely you may be looking for a simple solution that does not exist. All of these issues get compounded when you are using multiple apps at the same time and cause Windows own hibernation and disk swapping to kick in and the apps generally battle it out for memory and other resources. In summary, IMO the graphics card is the least of your worries. You might achieve much more benefit with getting a RAID disk setup and ramping up your RAM if possible. And that would still be true, even if you already had a qualified card.
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