July 29, 2013 Alexander Swensen

Upgrading to the GeForce GTX 670 FTW

In recent years the video editing world has gone through some huge changes, from linear editing of film to non linear editing in the digital world. you can add, change, remove, and modify any part of your video in any way you want with a few clicks and a few keystrokes. Its an amazing thing. This, combined with video cameras becoming cheaper and cheaper means the average consumer is able to do more and more with their own video much like photographers were able to do with traditional film in a dark room. With this digital revolution, however, comes a price. It requires lots of processing power, and sadly, your dads laptop just wont cut it anymore. You need a serious computer to do serious work. Originally you needed a high power CPU or a special hardware card that was able to handle the majority of the processing required. At the same time the development in PC video gaming has skyrocketed and required better and better graphics cards to compensate for the gaming enthusiasts who so dearly love these games. (Me included.) Very recently, the major video editing platforms have started to take advantage of this common (and powerful) technology.

Platforms such as Avid, Adobe Premiere (and After Efects),  and Apple Final Cut X have implemented GPU acceleration into many of the rendering calculations required. This means that not only do you get the benefit of the CPU, but if you have a gaming graphics card, you can take advantage of that power as well in order to speed up your render times. I personally find that i spend almost as much time waiting for the previews to render when i am color grading my work or working in after effects as i do editing. When I am running on a 6 Core 3.3Ghz Processor (for those who don’t know, thats a really nice processor 😉 ) I found that my macbook pro could render my video almost as fast as my super computer desktop. This to me didn’t add up until i realized that my Macbook was utilizing the extra power of the graphics card in order to compensate for the weaker CPU. So i got to thinking that its time that i upgrade my desktop’s video card to something that could strike fear into both my gaming rivals, and allow me to work more quickly and efficiently. (This is where we get into the whole reason for this post 😉 )


Meet the Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 FTW by EVGA.

This isn’t the best graphics card money can buy, but it is a REALY nice card from the research I have done. It will laugh in the face of Skyrim and will handle Battlefield and Crysis with no problems what so ever. (and if you know nothing about modern video games, that just means it is about the best that one would need right about now) The card comes in at about $359 USD right now, but for the price i cant complain considering it should boost my performance by about 20x or 2000% in comparison to my current system. (mind you thats the raw number crunching, I doubt it will improve that much, but it should improve by a noticeable amount.)

Today I placed the order for this card, and I plan to post reviews as soon as it arrives and when I have the time to put it through its paces. I will post a full run down once I have finished that.

Here is the link to card on Newegg.

If you have any questions or comments on what you would like to see in terms of benchmarks or performance tests let me know in the comments section below! Thats all for now! 🙂

Until next time!