The Q9400 is not very fast. A certified nVidia card will help with PIP and other supported effects, but the CPU will still be a bottleneck.
If you run the PPBM4 Benchmark test and submit the results to Bill, and possibly to me by PM, you will have in idea of the speed of your own system in comparison to others. With CS4 I expect your system to come up with a score around 110 - 130 seconds, which is more than 3 times slower than the top performing CS4 scores.
Whether the FX3800 would be the best video card for you is not really clear. The new Quadro line based on the Fermi architecture is expected to be announced in june.
Your luck is that HDV, XDCAM-EX and AVC-Intra are formats that are pretty easy on your system.
Thanks a lot, I will do the test. so if I get it right, what you're saying is that it's a CPU-graphics card combination. I'm guessing with an I7 Extreme Edition (980x) and, say, 8 or 12 GBs of RAM things will be much better, right? I was considering an 8-core Mac Pro but I'd like to have a second, more affordable option...
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In that case an i7-930 is far more affordable, but of course not as fast as the i7-980X, but with proper tuning and some overclocking, the performance is nearly equal, only the price is significantly different.
I see... So would you recommend I7 980 even for RED material or would an 8-core Xeon be prefered? Do you think in these two cases a Quadro FX 3800 be of more use?
Below are the results of the test.... (sorry, I couldn't find a way to attach a file)
HappyTrimmer, Personal or Computer ID
ASUS P5K64WS, Computer Manufacturer
P5K64 WS, Computer Model
1407.1, secs Total Benchmark Time
11.1, secs AVI Encoding Time
58, secs MPEG Elapsed Time
1338, secs Rendering Time
Intel, CPU Manufacturer
Quad Core 9400, CPU Model
2500 MHz (7.5 x 333), GHz CPU speed
unknown, Number of CPU chips
4, Total Number of Cores
4 GBs, GB RAM
CS4 (4.2), APP Version PPBM4 DV
WinXP Pro, OSVersion
SATA, OS Disk Interface
250, GB OS Disk Capacity
7200, OS Disk Speed
SATA, Project Disk Interface
750, GB Project Disk Capacity
7200, Project Disk Speed
SATA, Preview Disk Interface
750, GB Preview Disk Capacity
7200, Preview Disk Speed
SATA, Output Disk Interface
750, GB Output Disk Capacity
7200, Output Disk Speed
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512, Graphics Board
This is way off. I suggest you go to the PPBM folder, open the Adobe Premiere Pro Preview Files folder and then open Benchmark.PRV folder.
Press CTRL-A and then SHIFT-DEL to delete all preview files. Next open PR and the Benchmark project. Select skip all previews and then render the timeline again. Close PR and run Statistics.vbs again. Only answer the first two questions about location and for all the rest just press Enter.
It you now open Output.txt again, you will likely see a render time of around 35 seconds and a total time around 104 seconds. Report these here if you please.