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The lowest priced card that I would suggest for Premiere CS5 is the new GTX 460. This card is the brand new lowest priced "Fermi" card. Now I know of no one that has tried this card yet since it was just introduced a few days ago, but I do not see any reason why it cannot be "hacked" to enable use of the CUDA hardware acceleration and be used just like its bigger brothers the GTX 470 and the GTX480. Using this technology is extremely important step forward for Premiere users. Buying any other card for Premiere in my opinion at this time is a waste of money.
Agreed, the GTX 460 is definitely the budget card of choice at this point for CS5 users. Added to the MPE acceleration is Direct X 11 which will play much more of a role as software gets updated to take advantage of it. I think then you will see the raw performance of the Nvidia hardware start to pull away from the current ATI cards.
I just installed a 1gb GTX 460 and activated the MPE "hack." Tech reviews of this GPU are stellar and I was eager to see MPE in action.
I ran a few performance tests with multiple layers, color correction, other effects and saw no difference with GPU accelleration activated or software MCE only. I did one test render and saw no difference in speed.
I have a I7 860 with 8gb RAM and EVGA mobo.
Am I missing something?
Thanks for the benchmark. It revealed substantial gains in rendering.
After getting familiar with testing procedures, I ran a project with 2 layers of 1080p, color correction, and 3d effects. Turning off GPU MCE, the red bar appeared above the timeline and previewing was ineffective. Activing GPU MCE switched the bar back to orange, previewing and scrubbing were operational again. Rendering time within PP was about 10x faster. Exporting time was about 8x faster.
Success with the GTX 460. 1gb, gigabyte.
How to do that?