I think the best option for the patient is to wait until Adobe announces support for cards in the GTX 400 series, like the GTX 480 or 470. They are much faster cards and at least the 480 will probably be supported in a few weeks via some sort of an update, but no one knows for sure when or which cards will get support.
For now as I mentioned in another thread I bought a used GTX 285 off ebay. The buy now price for these cards seems to range between $220 and $275 many with free shipping. With the GTX 470 and 480 cards now available, a lot of folks are selling their old GTX 200 series cards. Just monitor ebay and look for a GTX 285 to go for sale at a reasonable price.
I tried getting one at or under $200 via the auction route but bidding for the auction cards seemed to rapidly climb to above buy it now levels. People just get carried away towards the end of the bidding. It happened several times that the card I was monitoring got auctioned off above the buy it now price for cards being listed by other sellers.
Probably the best option is to wait and get whichever 400 series card Adobe supports. if you are impatient like me then I would suggest buying a used 285 off ebay. New cards cost $350 or more from retailers like newegg, and the GTX285 is obsolete, being far slower than lower priced cards from ATI and the similarly priced GTX 470 from Nvidia.
David, the best advice is to determine how badly you need this performance increase now. If it is imperative you have this, then get one of the supported cards. If it is not imperative, patience may pay off much greater if you are willing to wait on making a new GPU purchase.
Well, some quick Googlin' around and here are some prices:
Quadro FX 4800 - $1,539.99
Quadro FX 5800 - $3,049.99
The Quadro CX and the the GTX 285 I could not find a price for on TigerDirect.com
Uh..... I really hope this list is going to get larger. These 2 cards listed above are not in my price
what is the memory on the GTX 285 you bought ?
All the ones I've seen listed have 1GB of memory. The one I bought is an EVGA brand 285 card, and it has 1GB of Video RAM. Several brands of gtx 285 cards are still available on newegg.com as well, but they start at $350 and if you live in CA you have to pay tax. A lot to pay for an already obsolete card.
I was thinking we should have a thread, ( sticky ) that shows the cards,
listed by their rating of power, and memory, and even a ballpark cost, so that everyone can find the info quickly.
There is a CS5 FAQ at the top of this page that lists the cards.
Which one is best is really subjective
I second both earlier responses. Wait and see.
The currently supported cards are all end-of-line. They are/will be replaced by newer versions now or in the coming months.
Also wait for some clever chap to come up with a solution to circumvent the artificial limitation Adobe put on the GTX-285 (around € 300) in comparison to
the Quadro FX5800 (around € 2,000) that have the same hardware specs, apart from memory.
Maybe Tesla will be supported in the future or OpenCL, that will give you even more options.
My advise, don't hurry...
I agree. Thanks for the suggestion. I know things are going to change, I don't honestly have $1,500 to put on on a card anyway.
As for the GTX 285, I found a price on it, and for an old card, it's pricey. Over $500.
I would never want to put 500 big ones on a card this old. At $200, it's a different thing, however, I think when replacing the graphics
card, I'd want to go with 1 Gb of memory.
I posted a video from Youtube in another thread, ... I wonder what card the Adobe guy was using, to make editing so so so quick, I may
have missed what card it was, but I'm sold on this new Mercury technology.
Hi Curt, do you mean the list of graphic cards that I pasted from the Adobe site ?
if not, I don't know where you see this. I went to the "discussions" page and don't see any sticky there.
Also, wouldn't what I pasted, be the lasted and only list of cards suported by Mercury ? or is that already outdated and there's
a newer / more updated list ?
sorry, but I"m a bit lost.
Probably it was a FX4800. Adobe has several systems equipped like that.
thank you for the information. I'm going to hold off buying a card, but will check out eBay for fun. You did get a good deal from what I've seen,,
many places selling your new card ( 285 ) for $500.... ( yikes ! )
I've seen many good tutorial videos on Youtube on these new supported cards, but have yet to see any tutorials on why these cards work this way,
meaning, what we, the end-user need to keep in mind when purchasing one of these cards.
- Is that 1 Gb of memory the end-all ? does it have to be 1 Gb ? or can it be smaller ? or should it be a 1.5 gb memory card ?
- and what about the speed of the graphic chip ?
I guess I'd like to see an easy to understand video, showing what is more important, speed of the chip, or memory, or both etc.
ah great to know. Ok, well I'm less impressed I guess.. knowing the card the gentleman was using cost
a mere $1,500 :-)
Yes, waiting will save us all LOTS of money.
p.s. - how do we "quote" somebody ? I don't see an option to include the original post I'm responding to.
Most GTX 285's sold have 1GB of RAM. Some had more than 1GB but those were rare. I doubt the extra RAM helps much in this application. newegg has the gtx 285's in stock still, and charge $350 for them rather than the $500 you found elsewhere.
But the 285 is an old card, and people are selling them on ebay. New listings pop up daily, just keep an eye out and when one goes low enough grab it. Or better still, wait and see what GTX 400 series cards are supported. If we are lucky Adobe will support the GTX 470 which costs about $350 new right now, and should drop even lower after a few weeks (when these cards first hit the market they are always overpriced).
There's no guarantee Adobe will support the 470 though, it's possible they will do the same thing with these 400 series that they did with the 200 series, supporting only the top of the line single GPU card, or who knows maybe only the Quadro series from now on but that would really upset a lot of people.