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Hey there all:

I'm looking for a card (Nvidia or ATI) that is passive, handles blu-ray and is powerful. PROBLEM: 500W PSU.

Why do I need something powerful? Because I plan on using the card in a similar way F@H uses graphics cards, but applied to video editing/encoding. For the video encoders out there, I'd like to use FFT3DGPU() in Avisynth for HD x264 encodes, and want to offload that part of the processing to the GPU.

My E6300 is a little anemic for the job, i'll eventually get a Q6600 in the next price drop.

Thanks for the advice!

Budget is max 200.
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look into the 8500 and 8600 series cards. They have a built in processor for HD/Blu-ray content. I have one in my HTPC that has only a 350 watt power supply.
    
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Im running an x1950XTX 512 on 400W PSU , you should be fine.
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I have an 8600 and it runs blue-ray just fine, my PSU is 700W though, but its bigger because I'm going to dual cards.
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My 500W cheapy SevenTeam rebrand pushes this Galaxy 8800GT overclocked to 750/1800/2000 on 1.3V just fine.
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Ok, so now that we know power isn't an issue, which card is best for my needs?

I kind of feel that the 8800GT would be overkill, so I guess that leaves me with 8600, 3650, 8500, 3450?

I saw Nvidia come out with a 9600, is that worth it?
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I'd go with the 9600GT. Use promo code "hardocp31715" and it's a mere $130 after MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150277

As far as price/performance goes, you can't beat this one.
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Originally Posted by Jimmy2Shoe View Post
Hey there all:

I'm looking for a card (Nvidia or ATI) that is passive, handles blu-ray and is powerful. PROBLEM: 500W PSU.

Why do I need something powerful? Because I plan on using the card in a similar way F@H uses graphics cards, but applied to video editing/encoding. For the video encoders out there, I'd like to use FFT3DGPU() in Avisynth for HD x264 encodes, and want to offload that part of the processing to the GPU.

My E6300 is a little anemic for the job, i'll eventually get a Q6600 in the next price drop.

Thanks for the advice!

Budget is max 200.
Hmm...well, I don't know too much about this for video encoding on the GPU--I mean, I'm not sure if only pure clock speed matters (whether Nvidia cards are more efficient at ATI cards at the same clock speed). But I'm actually very curious and interested about your video encoding on the gfx card--it's something I looked into quite a bit when I first got my x1950pro some time ago, but I could never find anyone that knew about it. Do you have any guides to get things started? I've only briefly used Avisynth once or twice (don't know much about it). Any info you have on this is greatly appreciated.

I believe even the ATI x1600xt (with passive cooling--it's available) will do HD and Blu-ray playback with no problems. Any card since then will handle HD and Blu-ray playback with ease. For budget, I'd recommend the 8600xx from Nvidia--they're quite affordable now and supposedly quite good cards (I've never used one though...), and gaming-performance wise, they're on-par with a x1950pro from ATI.

But if you wouldn't mind responding to the using a video card for video encoding, I'd really be appreciative of any info you have. Thanks!
    
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Hmm...well, I don't know too much about this for video encoding on the GPU--I mean, I'm not sure if only pure clock speed matters (whether Nvidia cards are more efficient at ATI cards at the same clock speed). But I'm actually very curious and interested about your video encoding on the gfx card--it's something I looked into quite a bit when I first got my x1950pro some time ago, but I could never find anyone that knew about it. Do you have any guides to get things started? I've only briefly used Avisynth once or twice (don't know much about it). Any info you have on this is greatly appreciated.

I believe even the ATI x1600xt (with passive cooling--it's available) will do HD and Blu-ray playback with no problems. Any card since then will handle HD and Blu-ray playback with ease. For budget, I'd recommend the 8600xx from Nvidia--they're quite affordable now and supposedly quite good cards (I've never used one though...), and gaming-performance wise, they're on-par with a x1950pro from ATI.

But if you wouldn't mind responding to the using a video card for video encoding, I'd really be appreciative of any info you have. Thanks!
Well truth is I only know of one FILTER that can do stuff off the GPU, and it's called FFT3DGPU().

It's a denoiser, so it cleans up grainy video to make it look like new again. Problem with this filter is that it's very demanding CPU-wise, so much in fact that encoding is slowed down by the filter.

Example:

I encode an XviD (no filters) and it goes 80FPS; if I put this denoiser, it goes to 10FPS. So the filter bottlenecks the whole encoding process. That's pretty much the idea.

Furthermore, it's the only one of it's kind, as far as I know, but because I do SO MUCH video encoding, it's worth my consideration... Probably not what you were hoping for, but there you have it.

Cheers and thx for the suggestion,

Jimmy
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I run my 8800GTS no problem on a 500watt power supply.
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