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Old 01-19-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Iíve had a bit of look around for this but with not much luck, so sorry if Iím repeating a thread I couldnít find.

I need to upgrade my graphics card and wanted to get some feed back on what works best for you.

Iím running a Supermicro X6DA8 motherboard with dual Xeons so Iíll be looking for something PCI or PCI-X

Running Edius 5 and SP and currently limping along with Nvidia GeForce 6600GT

Look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers

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Old 01-19-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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I checked the Supermicro website for your motherboard - X6DA8-G. It has 1 16X PCI-Express and 1 4X PCI-Express slot - similar to the Supermicro board I have (X7DA8).

I wondered why you are looking for PCI or PCI-X video cards - those are already obsolete. You should be looking at PCI-e video cards (from nVidia or others).
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:39 PM   #3
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Yes my mistake PCI e as in express not X as in extended.
(i put x thinking eXpress).

Hows your card working out for you with your supermicro?
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:28 AM   #4
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I have a restriction that prevents me from putting up a "higher" performance video card - if you look carefully at most of the high end video cards today, they all take up 2 physical slot space. I can't afford to do that - because the next slot that is besides my PCI-e 16X is a 32 bits PCI slot - and I plug my ECHO GINA 3G card in. Therefore, this is only nVidia "high end" GPU card that takes only one physical slot space - it is expensive, but, I don't have much choice here.

If you have the spare slot besides the PCI-e 16X slot, go for the cheaper (but hotter, and more power hungry) nVidia 295 (latest version) or maybe a GTX - with 1GB video memory. They will provide you with more than adequate horsepower for real time video effects on EDIUS.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:13 AM   #5
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Thanks for your advice, great point about the space issue! (I could have just seen me about to install it with card in hand!)

Iím really on a budget here, its not ideal but Iím looking at a minimum spec to ensure I can use the 3rd party filters with E5 and BluRay playback support.

This is whatís prompted my upgrade Ė burnt my first BlueRay disc, but canít even check it back! Doh!
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With Blu Ray platback you are going to need something like cyberlink Power DVD Ultra or WinDVD as Windows Media player doesn't support Blu Ray playback. I prefer Cyberlink's Power DVD Ultra..

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For real time transitions,

http://www.prodad.de/gb/vitascene_std_gfxcard.html

Has a list of qualified cards that could do this job.


Go for 1GB Video RAM if you can afford it.
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I bought the nVidia 9800GT which is on the approved/tested components list for Edius 5.0.
Single slot works OK with GPU transitions.
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Thank you and thank you!
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