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Old December 8, 2009, 10:45 AM
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Default ATI Radeon HD 5870 vs. nVidia GeForce GTS 240 for Video Editing

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I am trying to decide between the ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 and the nVidia GeForce GTS 240 1024MB. I am planning on gaming from time to time, but nothing serious. My primary focus is video editing such as encoding and compiling DVDs from my Canon HD video camera. So, my question is: Which card is better for video editing?

P.S. The reason I have chosen these two cards is because I plan on ordering Dell Studio XPS 9000, which can be configured with either card.

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Old December 8, 2009, 10:50 AM
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GTS 240. There are CUDA-enabled video editing apps out there that seriously fly with NVIDIA GPU acceleration. If you are willing to wait until OpenCL apps become available then things may be different but right now, I am sticking with my recommendation.
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Old December 8, 2009, 11:00 AM
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Agreed. Plus a 5870 would be a huge waste given your planned usage.
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SKYMTL is right (of course) but it might be important to note that while the CUDA enabled 240 is better for video editing (and much lower cost), the graphic/game play rendering power of the 240 is dramatically lower than 5870.
If there is a concern for gaming power, you might want to consider an upgrade to another nVidia 200 series (CUDA capable) card such as the 260, 275, or 285 (even if not available from the Dell site).
I just check the Dell site and it seems there are no higher nVidia offerings than the 240 with the 9000.
Strange too that they are only charging $280 for the 5870. Not a bad price for that card.
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Strange too that they are only charging $280 for the 5870. Not a bad price for that card.
They used to have the GT 260 as well, but it was replaced with the 5870 a few days ago.
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Thank you all for the quick replies, it was very helpful. Going with the GT 240 will save me some money that I will spend on the Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB drive, but I have one more question: How does the GT 240 compare to the HD 5870 in terms of heat, noise and power usage? I was trying to find the specs to compare the two, but I could not find all the info.
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The 240 is a quiet low power card. The 5870 is pretty quiet but draws much more power when pushed (idle power draw is remarkably low).
Some power compare numbers on this chart for the 5870. Note the lowest compared nVidia card is the more powerful nVidia 260 (more powerful than the 240 that is).
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