10 Replies Latest reply on Jun 3, 2012 4:58 PM by bernard_black

    Need advice on graffics card upgrade for use of CS6 Mercury Playback in PR & AE w/ dell xps 9100


      I am curretly running CS6 on my dell xps 9100

      Windows 7 64bit
      12GB Ram

      2TB HD + 0 Rate 2TB External Drive (x2)

      • Intel Core i7 930 operating at 2.8 gigahertz with an 8-megabyte cache.

        Memory and Storage  

      • The Studio XPS 9100 can be equipped with up to 24 gigabytes of RAM. It uses Tri-Channel DDR3 SDRAM operating at 1333 megahertz. The computer has six DIMMs into which RAM can be plugged. The Studio XPS 9100 may have a hard disk size of up to 2000 gigabytes using SATA drives operating at 7200 rpm.


      • ATI Radeon HD5870 with 1024 megabytes of RAM

        Expansion and Networking  

      • The Studio XPS 9100 has one PCI slot, three PCIe x1 slots, one PCIe x8 slot and one PCIe X16 slot. It has four USB 2.0 ports, a 15-in-1 card reader, a headphone port and a microphone port on the front panel. The rear ports into an IEEE 1394a port, surround-sound audio ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, an S/PDIF port and HDMI ports. It has integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN through the RJ45 port on the back with optional internal Wireless-N. PCI card slot (PCI_1) 26
      • PCI Express x1 card slot (PCIE1X3)
      • PCI Express x16 card slot (PCIE16_1)
      • PCI Express x1 card slot (PCIE1X2)
      • PCI Express x1 card slot (PCIE1X1)
      • PCI Express x8 card slot (PCIE8_2)

        Chassis and Power  

      • The Studio XPS 9100 is 19.4 inches high by 7.8 inches wide by 20.7 inches deep. It weighs about 40 pounds. A 525-watt power supply powers the computer.





      I use Audition, Premiere Pro and After Effects (Dynamic Link) to edit concerts filmed on 4 HD Camera's (m2ts x3 and mp4) I also take and mix 6-8 tracks from soundboard and mix in audition. I find my system is struggling to keep up when I have done some color correction and then try to cut in multi-cam mode. My graphics card does not support CUDA and as stated above my system only has a 525w power supply. So a GeForce GTX 470, 570, 580 would not be compatable. I do not GAME but I work with large HD files (4 angles, 1-2 hours each, audio & effects).


      My trouble is I don't know which one of the graffics cards that support Mercury play back, would be the best for my needs without having to upgrade my power source (if possable). I'm thinking a mid level card and another 8-12 ram upgrade would be more suited (and cheaper) to my needs, unless I'm going to need a power upgrade anyway. If someone could please let me know what card would help me with my worload of these that would be great! I guess what Im saying is can someone tell me which of these is compatable with my system and is it worth it for the change in performance I will see?

      • GeForce GTX 285 (Windows and Mac OS)
      • GeForce GTX 470 (Windows)
      • GeForce GTX 570 (Windows)
      • GeForce GTX 580 (Windows)
      • NVIDIA® Tesla C2075 card (Windows) when paired with a Quadro card as part of an NVIDIA Maximus™ configuration
      • Quadro FX 3700M (Windows)
      • Quadro FX 3800 (Windows)
      • Quadro FX 3800M (Windows)
      • Quadro FX 4800 (Windows and Mac OS)
      • Quadro FX 5800 (Windows)
      • Quadro 2000 (Windows)
      • Quadro 2000D (Windows)
      • Quadro 2000M (Windows)
      • Quadro 3000M (Windows)
      • Quadro 4000 (Windows and Mac OS)
      • Quadro 4000M (Windows)
      • Quadro 5000 (Windows)
      • Quadro 5000M (Windows)
      • Quadro 5010M (Windows)
      • Quadro 6000 (Windows)
      • Quadro CX (Windows)
      • Tesla C2075** (Windows)