So bottom line for a minimum spend that will also have a MiniDisplay port for my Apple Ciname screen, which of the listed Nvidia CUDA cards would you buy from the official list below?
What are you planning to do with this card? Do you use third-party plugins in AE that make use of a GPU? Do you use Premiere?
Unless you are using the outdated and obsolete ray-traced 3d renderer, a stock installation of After Effects doesn't use CUDA at all.
I mainly edit video, I do some titles in AE, have used the ray trace a few times but so damn slow I gave up on it. I get the Cinema 4D is the way to go but yet another tool to learn.
So I would like to boost AE a bit if I can but a low priority, my main acceleration need is in Premier Pro and Speedgrade
Don't think about After Effects when making a buying decision for a GPU. make your decision based on SpeedGrade and Premiere Pro.
After Effects uses the GPU for almost nothing, so whatever you get for those other applications will be more than enough.
Thanks for that perspective Todd, I can see considering AE is only important if doing lots of ray tracing.
So if you where spending your own money which of the Nvidia cards would you get to boost Premier Pro & Speedgrade?
I've been thinking about the Quadro 4000 but not sure if it is overkill considering I have 12 cores on my Mac Pro, just how much does editining use the CPU over the GPU?
I'd ask on the Premiere Pro Hardware forum:
When I bought a GPU recently, I bought a GTX TITAN, which is powerful and affordable and works well for all of the various creative applications that I care about. That's not an Adobe recommendation but a personal data point.
So is the titan pc or mac?
ok will post in Premiere pro hardware forum.
I got the GTX TITAN for a computer running Windows.
UPDATE: I bought the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2048 MB in the end for my Mind 2012 Mac Pro (running Maverick 10.9.3) and it worked perfectly (well the Mac hung on first boot and I discovered I had to switch off my 27" Apple Cinema Display at the wall socket to reset it and then rebooted and worked perfectly)
It has sped up playback and rendering of 1080p HD video in Premiere and After Effects, almost realtime encoding when exporting in Media Encoder (unless I use Speedgrade which slows down rendering by 4 times!)
I even managed to sell my old ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card on Amazon, so was a cheap upgrade in the end and well worth it.