Is a HD4670 enough for HD videos?

irse

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I have a Sapphire HD4670 512mb DDR3 card right now. I do some HD editing, rendering and viewing. Would it benefit me to get a better card like a Nvidia GT 240 1GB GDDR5 card? How much more of a benefit would it be? What would be a good card for what I do? Thanks
 
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Since it's nearly all done by the CPU, yes. The 4670 is up to 3850/9600gs/gt levels, so it certainly has the power for running HD content.
 

Arkaign

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Since it's nearly all done by the CPU, yes. The 4670 is up to 3850/9600gs/gt levels, so it certainly has the power for running HD content.
o_O ?

You missed the boat on gpu-accelerated video playback? Virtually every discrete card made in the past three years has it, and newer models are better than ever :

http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/his-hd-4670-iceq-native-hdmi-1gb-128bit-ddr3-agp/devil-may-cry-4-dx10.html

"During Video Playback, CPU usage was (as expected) at a bare minimum. The system idles at around the 5-10% mark (average used Vista installation with sidebar running), and during HD Video Playback this jumped to about 15%. Bottom line is though that those same video files were unwatchable with the X1800GTO in the system."

^^ Was done with an ancient P4 3.2Ghz w/1GB DDR1 memory, lol.
 
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o_O ?

You missed the boat on gpu-accelerated video playback? Virtually every discrete card made in the past three years has it, and newer models are better than ever :

http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/his-hd-4670-iceq-native-hdmi-1gb-128bit-ddr3-agp/devil-may-cry-4-dx10.html

"During Video Playback, CPU usage was (as expected) at a bare minimum. The system idles at around the 5-10% mark (average used Vista installation with sidebar running), and during HD Video Playback this jumped to about 15%. Bottom line is though that those same video files were unwatchable with the X1800GTO in the system."

^^ Was done with an ancient P4 3.2Ghz w/1GB DDR1 memory, lol.
Referring to what's important here. Rendering and editing. CPU work. Even my laptop's Intel X3100 can do HD playback without a hitch.
 

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I think some video editing software (such as Adobe Premier) can take advantage of CUDA on nVidia cards to reduce rendering and encoding time. Might be worth looking into if you do a lot of HD video editing.
 

Arkaign

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Referring to what's important here. Rendering and editing. CPU work. Even my laptop's Intel X3100 can do HD playback without a hitch.
Ah, lol I misunderstood the response, as the original post was also pretty weirdly written.
 

evolucion8

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Too bad CPU accelerated video playback still produces the BEST picture...
Yeah, specially with upscaling. A pity waste of GPU power not using it for upscaling standard DVD movies to HD. WinDVD offers it and it uses CPU power.
 

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