If you're an Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) user and you want to cut your DVD H.264 video encoding time then you might be interested in NVIDIA's Quadro CX accelerator.
Fitting a Quadro CX card into your video rendering rig can means that Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 can use NVIDIA's CUDA-enabled Elemental Technologies plug-in to leverage the GPU on the Quadro CX card to make H.264 video encoding up to 4x faster than using CPU rendering.
The card also provides a performance boost for a variety of features in Adobe's After Effects CS4 and Photoshop CS4.
The Quadro CX card offers 192 parallel processing cores, a total of 1.5GB of GDDR3 RAM and a total memory bandwidth of 76.8GB/sec. The card offers both DisplayPort and DVI-I output. The Quadro CX is DirectX 10 compatible and can push 2560x1600 pixels through the DisplayPort. The card sucks up 150W of juice and if one card's not enough then it does support SLI.
The catch ... well, the price tag. This card will set you back around $2,000. That might seem like a lot of cash, but if time is money then this could start saving you money quickly.
Want to know more? Dave Helmly, senior business development manager DV/DI at Adobe, demos how NVIDIA's Quadro CX graphics board works with Adobe's CS4 Production Premium software in his DAVTechTable feature on AdobeTV.