The first problem that I see may be the height of the Ripjaws memory modules interfering with the huge Noctua cooler.
Incidentally the SSD OS drive will not improve the encoding performance at all.
I hate to tell you this but MPE hardware acceleration is not going to make a lot of difference in encoding MPEG2. It is firstly CPU intensive and then RAM memory.sensitive.
Well I did check Noctua's website for compatibility issues and it did show that I shouldn't have any problems with the RAM.
I guess I should also explain to you guys in more detail what his setup consists of right now. He does have 16GB of RAM and an I7 2600 at stock speed. Also, I noticed that his project settings are a complete mess and he often puts his project videos and does his rendering on the same hard disk. His 6990 video card is of little use since he can't use the Mercury Engine or any CUDA support.
SSD will give him better startup times and program load times and I know that's just about it. Now I know that the 2600K can be overclocked nicely up to 4.6Ghz and the new video card should help. The two RAID 0 setups should also help.
Also according to the PPBM5 benchmarking site:
"Definitely use a CUDA/MPE capable video card. It can reduce rendering time by a factor 10 and assists with scaling on export, while improving export quality. SLI is no consideration, since it is not supported. For the time being ATI is out of the game and only nVidia cards with 1 GB+ video memory are worth considering."
If this isn't the right way to go, than what is...
IMO you could save a few $$ and gain storage space without a performance penalty by exchanging the Velociraptors for WD Caviar Black 1 TB drives. They have the advantage of 64 MB cache and are very fast. Alternatively you could have a look at the Samsung F3's that perform very good as well, despite a smaller cache.
I think you are on the right track to speed up this guys system (2600k w/ OC, dual RAID 0) and I second Harm's comment about large 7200 drives being better than the prev. generation VR 300GB drives (HLFS series).
Be aware however that "rendering" does mean different things, and if you are thinking that MPE will increase AME rendering to MPEG2-DVD by 10x you will be very disappointed! Here is the rest of the story...
Timeline rendering, as benchmarked in PPBM5, will indeed speed up on the order of 10x with the addition of MPE using the appropriate nVidia hardware. PPBM5 is a test carefully constructed test that represents how long it takes for Adobe Premiere Pro to prepare (render) a timeline for playback. In actual use, your results will vary. Some timelines may only be sped up by 2x (i.e. very complex and/or using non-MPE effects, filters, etc.) to more than 1,000,000x faster for the case where a non-MPE system requires rendering, whereas the MPE system can play back the timeline without ANY rendering (i.e. simple SD timelines with MPE compliant effects).
Next, full timeline rendering and "exporting" from a Premiere Pro timeline to MPEG2-DVD format are both sped up, but more on the order of 2x. On my fast quad-core system, I'm getting about a 1.8x improvement from MPE assistance using the PPBM5 project for testing.
Finally, using Adobe Media Encoder (AME), and I can only speak for CS5, the MPE hardware does not even come into play and does not speed things up at all. On a positive note, Harm has reported that AME ver. 5.5 ran just over 2x as fast as ver 5.0.3; possibly the newer version is in fact tapping the MPE hardware for this gain?
Alright guys, so I think I will eliminate the Raptors and replace them with Black drives. From a realistic point of view, what you guys are telling me is that it varies from project to project and I can expect an improvement, but the results will not be as great as I"m thinking in terms of overall rendering speed.
That being said, would it be worth it to go with a LGA1366 system such as the Intel Core i7 990X with more RAM and a higher price. Am I just wasting money at this point with my primary goal being to cut back rendering time?
Appreciate all the help so far guys.
I guess we should have welcomed you aboard the forum
Here is a resource that you probably have not yet seen from your questions above. Go to the Premiere Pro BenchMark PPBM5 web site that Harm and I provide for all. It has a wealth of information based on the PPBM5 benchmark that over 400 users have submitted to us. As you can see on MPEG2_DVD encoding my single processor (i7-980X) score of 21 seconds is 6 seconds faster than the best i7-2600K at 27 seconds (about 22% faster).
I have inspected the PPBM5 results list. I have discovered one thing in common with all of the top-scoring i7-9xx systems (both in MPEG-2 DVD result and overall result): They all use very expensive motherboards (priced at well over $300, and typically $400 to $600, at the time of the original purchase) and/or have expensive hardware PCI-e RAID cards. There is a reason for this discrepency: Less-expensive, more affordable X58 motherboards simply use lower-quality components than their super-expensive brandmates. As a result, the cheaper motherboards require a significantly higher voltage than expensive boards in order to achieve any given level of overclock. And the more voltage, the greater the likelihood of CPU overheating and the shorter the maximum useful life of the CPU.
In addition, the i7-980X costs three times more than the i7-2600K. With the exception of Cristobal's heavily-overclocked i7-950, none of the i7-9xx quad-core systems with less-expensive motherboards (priced at less than $250) or lack discrete hardware RAID controllers are as fast as the fastest i7-2600K systems on the list.
Randall it sound to me like you are daring me to get a cheap x58 motherboard and duplicate the results. I suspecr I could but it is time to start saving for the next generation CPU/motherboard.