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This is a good question. I originally didn’t think it’d make much difference since we’re not doing CAD here. The computer is just SHOWING the video, not CREATING it. But over time I’ve come to really appreciate the video card’s importance, especially since Premiere Pro CS5.5 uses the video card for GPU accelleration to speed up rendering.The improvement isapparent to me, as I switched from CS4 to CS5.5. Only certain video cards work with it, so I had to upgrade from a BFG GTS250 to a GeForce GTX580. Other than that, the software takes over, uses it, and I can see some improvement.
There’s a great old post on this forum on this subject. I looked for five minutes and cannot find it. Anyone else? It shows a guy editing like 8 layers of AVCHD H.264 video at once and it’s eating it up. (It was an ad for GPU acceleration with CS 5.5). I do not see as much improvement as the video in that post shows, but I don’t think the rest of my specs are up to the computer they use, either. That video is worth watching, though, for inspiration if nothing else.
papayamon, overall, I see some improvement with the better card and the software that uses it like birdcat says. Not a world changer, but it sure is better. Good enough that I wouldn’t go back to working without it.
I’m sure a new processor and more RAMwould makea big difference for me, too, but I wouldn’t pair them with a cheapo video card. I used a PCI video card once (not PCI Express, but plain old PCI) and the machine would hardly edit anything. That created a bottleneck that slowed the system right down. Itwas like using an IDE hard drive on a system with otherwise great specs. Remove the bottlenecks. Assuming all your other specs are solid, get a video card that your software can utilize. That’s my two cents.