PNY NVIDIA Quadro CX Workstation Graphics Card
Alright, so Producer Dan came up to me and
he tells me that he’s having some problems with encoding. It takes too long
for us to film tech update. Everything is a pain. By the time
that we go to encode it it takes so long that we can’t
update it until the next day, and that is a big pain in the butt.
So I asked my friends at NVIDIA for help, and this is what I got.
Check out this incredible piece of hardware.
This is the NVIDIA Quadro CX. Now, if you know what a Quadro is, it’s
their line of professional graphics cards for people that do 3D, for people
that do CAD, that do video editing, or image editing, it’s their work station
cards and they’re meant for pros. There’s a lot of great features on here.
And this is their, pretty much their board, specfically designed to accelerate
Adobe’s CS4’s Suite. So, looking at it, pretty much just
looks like a regular, old video card. Pretty much. Same Form Factor you’re
used to seeing. You will notice that it does only have one
6-pin PCI Express Connector. If you can zoom in right here,
that goes to show that it does have, you know, this is actually
a GTX260, more or less inside. So the fact that it only has one connector
means that they’re using a very efficient chip. This is the first
55NM chip that was released. And it also has a very highly
bent chip, which is really nice. So, that’s one of those great features that
you get when you buy a work station card. That’s what you pay the extra
money for, a highly bent chip. You get larger frame buffers for larger
data sets. This actually has 1.5 GB of DDR3, which is quite a bit. You also get
10 bits of color versus 8 bit. So you get a lot more color
combinations and higher color fidelity in case you’re professional. And, I
don’t know if you remember that HP monitor I did recently, that 24”
that had the display port, and that had 10-bit color support.
That’s a proffesional type of display that you could use with a card like this,
to get the highest amount of color fidelity. And another interesting thing is,
check that out. See that little connector right there?
It looks like an S-Video connector? It’s not, you know what that’s for?
Dana, you know what that’s for? Producer Dan? Guess what, that is for
3D Stereo. That is what that’s for. It’s for 3D stereo. It’s something that
you’ll only find in a card like this. And then that’s definitely the features
that you’ll get in a Quadro line card. Besides that you get great support.
It’s an NVIDIA card. It doesn’t go out to EVG8.
It doesn’t go out to XFX. It doesn’t go to any of the board partner.
It’s sold specifically through NVIDIA. And the best part about that is
that you get straight up NVIDIA support. So, now let’s talk about the specs on this
card. Like I said, it’s the GTX 260, pretty much. It has 192 stream processors.
It’s got 1.5 GB of DDR3. And it’s got one PCI Express connector.
So, it’s pretty much just like a video card. It’s got 384-bit memory interface.
It’s nothing really, too much different. Like those other feature that I mentioned
are what make this different. That’s why you pay the extra money,
and for the support from Quadro. Now, let’s talk about what this does
because it is quite incredible. First of all, in CS4 on this card,
system memory is no longer a limiting factor with big pictures. Sometimes you put a
really big photo into CS4 and it would take a long time for it to render that image.
It would be using up all your system memory, which would in turn slow down the program,
and you would not be able to actually zoom in, pan, tilt, rotate the photo
quickly or easily. This makes it real time, literally.
As fast as you can zoom in on a 2 GB photo, it will zoom in as fast as it possibly can.
And that’s because of the very fast parallel architecture of the memory
on a graphics card. It works in parallel
versus serially. That gives you a lot faster memory
through put for looking at an actual image. And it lets you pan in and out,
or zoom in and out. Pan, tilt, rotate the photo
in literally near time. Now, another thing that’s really impressive
about this is in CS4 Premiere. That’s what we use it for.
We wanted to encode our videos faster, and we wanted to get them
up on the web faster, and that’s exactly what this card does.
It gives you a double, or two times the performance encoding as a CPU does.
And that’s including, even the fastest CPUs. We’re talking about
3.2 GHz Core i7s. This is twice as fast in coding them.
Now, the limiting factor on that is that it only does H.264.
But that’s not a big deal because that’s what most people
are doing for the HD content anyway. So, a product like this
gives you a ton of extra efficiency. You’re just twice as fast as doing something,
encoding a video you actually get twice the productivity, and if you’re a
professional, that can add up to a lot of money. This card will actually pay
for itself, and I’m not kidding. If you want to get your boss,
let’s say you use CS4 a lot, you do Premiere, and you want to get one
of these cards to make your life easier, it is a very, very simple proposition
to give it to your boss with an explanation of how this card
will save you so much time that it will pay for itself, depending on
what you do, within months. Within days sometimes, it will pay for itself
with the amount of time that you’ll save. So, it’s extremely fast at
encoding H.264s. You gotta use the Rapid HD, what do you
call that? Plug-in, that they will give you for CS4. You also need to make sure that you
enable GL- OpenGL Acceleration in your preferences on CS4.
Now also, if you want to use after affects with a card like this, it is very helpful in
after affects. Have you used it for after affects, Producer Dan?
Yeah, pretty much if you want to do your little timeline previews, those instant
previews, you can see those instantly. You can change settings and then see the
preview again without having to wait for the CPU to encode it.
It will happen in a split-second. It’s quite incredible. And if you’re a
professional, this is right up your alley. You’re going to really want to look at
something like this. Because it will save you so much
money in the long term that it definitely will pay for itself.
And it’ll increase your profits, if you’re doing it for profit.
Now, I’m gonna give you, before I go into what’s in the box,
I’m gonna give you a quick demo of the type of performance increases you can
get doing an H.264 code to video. And let’s take a look
at that real quick. See what I mean? Absolutely incredible.
Literally 100% increase in performance with this card.
It’s quite phenomenol. And again, it’s going to work for CS4,
Photoshop, for Premiere, for after affects, you can do a bunch
of affects with this. And in case you wanted to know,
let’s take a look at a real quick peak. I want to let you guys know
you have one DVI on this card. So if you are gonna be using this
and you want to use a 10-bit, you’re going to be using a display port.
And you do have two display ports right there. Now, you also, in the box,
get this very little interesting component, which is a DVI to display port adapter.
So, if you want to use dual DVI moniters, and you don’t have two display ports,
well you can use this but remember, if you want to use 10-bit color,
you’re gonna need to use a display port. Also remember that this technology
does support SLI. So, if you want to use this, a couple of
these to radically increase your performane, you do get in the box, this little
two-way SLI bridge. You can put two of these together
and make an absolutely incredible system. So, really, really good stuff
from NVIDIA. Thank you guys very much for sending
me the card. Producer Dan definitely appreciates it. If you have any more questions on
this NVIDIA Quadro CX, Email me right here,
and I’ll see you guys next time. For more information on
the NVIDIA Quadro CX Excellerator for CS4, type in:
P56-3900 into the search engine of any
of these major retailers. For Computer TV, I’m Albert. (C) 2008 SYX Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved