HD video playing and transcoding - no games - which is best?
I'm getting ready to build a media center pc (in linux) with XBMC. I'm looking at different nvidia cards and am a little confused.

I can get a 1GB GTX 550 Ti based card for about $120, which supports PureVideo 4 and vdpau feature set "C." It has 192 Cuda cores.

A 1GB GT 520 based card is about $50, supports PureVideo 5 and vdpau feature set "D" It has only 48 Cuda cores. (this info is from Wikipedia)

Is this correct? Which would be better for my use? I'm only interested in transcoding and playing HD video. Games do not matter at all. Is the bigger feature set on the GTX550 Ti mostly for games? Won't the extra cuda cores speed up transcoding?

Wikipedia says: "The fifth generation of PureVideo HD, introduced with the Geforce GT 520 and also included in the Nvidia GeForce 600 series GPUs has significantly improved performance when decoding H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 codecs ..."

Is the cheaper card better in this case?
I'm getting ready to build a media center pc (in linux) with XBMC. I'm looking at different nvidia cards and am a little confused.



I can get a 1GB GTX 550 Ti based card for about $120, which supports PureVideo 4 and vdpau feature set "C." It has 192 Cuda cores.



A 1GB GT 520 based card is about $50, supports PureVideo 5 and vdpau feature set "D" It has only 48 Cuda cores. (this info is from Wikipedia)



Is this correct? Which would be better for my use? I'm only interested in transcoding and playing HD video. Games do not matter at all. Is the bigger feature set on the GTX550 Ti mostly for games? Won't the extra cuda cores speed up transcoding?



Wikipedia says: "The fifth generation of PureVideo HD, introduced with the Geforce GT 520 and also included in the Nvidia GeForce 600 series GPUs has significantly improved performance when decoding H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 codecs ..."



Is the cheaper card better in this case?

#1
Posted 04/19/2012 02:58 AM   
They are talking about transcoding during playback, is that what you mean? Or are you talking about ripping/creating DVD's ?
They are talking about transcoding during playback, is that what you mean? Or are you talking about ripping/creating DVD's ?

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Posted 04/19/2012 06:09 AM   
[quote name='HollywoodPCRepair' date='19 April 2012 - 12:09 AM' timestamp='1334815796' post='1398174']
They are talking about transcoding during playback, is that what you mean? Or are you talking about ripping/creating DVD's ?
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I'm talking specifically about encoding H264 video from raw DV, possibly ripping DVD collection, etc.
[quote name='HollywoodPCRepair' date='19 April 2012 - 12:09 AM' timestamp='1334815796' post='1398174']

They are talking about transcoding during playback, is that what you mean? Or are you talking about ripping/creating DVD's ?





I'm talking specifically about encoding H264 video from raw DV, possibly ripping DVD collection, etc.

#3
Posted 04/19/2012 12:15 PM   
Ok, you should get cuda-enabled software and, ideally, a card from the Quadro line.

If not a Quadro, then more cuda cores = better for your purposes. You will also benefit from lots of RAM and a fast CPU.
Ok, you should get cuda-enabled software and, ideally, a card from the Quadro line.



If not a Quadro, then more cuda cores = better for your purposes. You will also benefit from lots of RAM and a fast CPU.

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eVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI motherboard

HAF-X Case, Corsair H80 CPU Liquid Cooler

12GB System RAM

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480

KingWin Mach 1 ATX 1220-Watt Power Supply

Western Digital VelociRaptor 10000 RPM hdd



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Posted 04/19/2012 12:31 PM   
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