May I have some advice on Video Cards for my dual Xeon-E5 workstation?
PC Specs: SR-X Classified Mobo. Dual Xeon E5-2670 (32 simulated cores at 3.1Ghz Turbo)
64GB memory, 4x 2TBCavBlacks in raid 0 (one raid0 for Content Drive, another raid0 for Render Drive)
and 2x SSDs (one for OS, another for scratch or Apps)
Main App: AE CS6 / Secondary: Premiere Pro CS6 / Want to Practice: Cinema4D
Pros: 4GB Memory. 1500 cuda cores & Certified for AE CS6 by Adobe.
Cons: Premiere CS6 has not certified it... yet.
Pros: Comparable performance to the GTX 680 + Certified Pro Card. Allegedly has cleaner performance. i.e. when GPU memory fills up on GTX it can get mad sluggish.
Cons: Hasn't been updated in 3 years. 1/6th of the Cuda (256 cores). 1/2 the memory (2gb). Twice the Price.
All specs considered... I'm inclined towards a single GTX 680 (upgrade to SLI in future).
Any practical advice on which route to go based on my Main Apps? Which has performed better in your experience?
PS: Keep in mind, currently using 7D footage in .264, requiring conversions etc. Eventually will switch over to BlackMagicCinema 4K footage primarily.
PSS: Budget is getting somewhat tight. Rather keep it between $500 and $1000. Not much cash left after all the expenditures so far - I wanted to focus my budget on mobo/chips/memory first. Figured by around Black Friday is a good time to snag a Video Card? or are these not likely to get price cuts?
Thanks in advance!
Upon further research, I'm feeling like the best option would be to save my money for a Quadro K5000 when it (hopefully) releases on PC eventually (MacPro Exclusive right now it seems).
In the meanwhile, maybe I'll just nab one or two super cheap GTX 580 on Black Friday (which are certified for AFX and Premiere Pro apparently)
Opinions and considerations?