Picking a new video card. . .

Post » Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:27 pm

I am upgrading my Video Edit workstation graphics since the update to VegasPro 13 and the NewBlue Titler I bought won't run at all with my on-MoBo Intel HD-3000 graphics.

I first tried an ASUS Graphics Cards R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5 but it was actually a bit too long to even make it in the case thanks to the GPU's metal fan shroud that extends significantly past the end of the board.

I just finished some research on alternative cards and size options and have a short list of GPU options that will fit. Nothing killer like the R9 290X but they will outperform the on-board chipset and should meet my minimum need to use the NewBlue Titler with VP13. (Maybe rendering an 8 minute video will happen in under 30 minutes :-)

Here's the list of modest cards that will fit. If you have had a good or bad experience with the GPU or have any input, please share. This could be on the specific board, or the brands or the driver availability.

The target workstation is Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. Other current info is in my profile. I'm having to scale back on the GPU power and mostly seeing boards with 2GB.

- ASUS R9 270-DC2OC-2GD5

- XFX R9-285A-CDFC Radeon R9 285 2GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP

- Sapphire DUAL-X 100314-4L Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

- Sapphire Radeon R7 240 2GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-D/VGA with Boost PCI-Express

- Sapphire Radeon R7 240 4GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-D/VGA with Boost PCI-Express

- Gigabyte R7 240 DDR3-2GB DVI-D/D-SUB/HDMI OC Graphics Card (GV-R724OC-2GI)

Thanks for any input!

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