ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS5.5 AND NVIDIA MAXIMUS EXPLORED
With the release of Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5.2, Premiere Pro now also support Maximus configuration on the machines. So what exactly is Maximus and what more does it offer when it comes to down to performance and other factors when compared to using nVidia Quadro and GeForce for GPU/Hardware acceleration. This article would cover some of the most common queries.
Maximus technology is a configuration where we use nVidia Tesla C2075 GPU computing card in combination with the Quadro 2000 or better. This is completely different from SLI where multiple video cards are used to work together as one. In Maximus configuration both cards work independently. Unlike in using a Quadro alone, where single card used to process the OpenGL effects and also give GPU hardware acceleration, in Maximus, Quadro is used to process the OpenGL part like some OpenGL based effects, transparencies, etc. and Tesla is used for boosting GPU Hardware acceleration in playback on timeline.
This would not only allow us to have more complex timeline in real-time i.e. without rendering, however, would also boost the performance when using multiple applications together. Like if we use After Effects along with Premiere in dynamic link. After Effects which relies heavily on OpenGL will now have a dedicated Quadro to work on the OpenGL piece and Premiere would have Tesla powering its mercury playback engine and thus we would have a much better performance while compositing in After Effects and simultaneously viewing it in Premiere timeline. Not only this, in future it can even have the potential to simultaneously work on animation applications, particle physics effects along with video editing and compositing.
Apart from this, one of the biggest reasons to go in for the Maximus is the performance that you get for the cost you pay. Basic configuration of Tesla C2075 with Quadro 2000 would perform better than a Quadro 6000 installed on the machine. http://www.nvidia.com/object/maximus.html. The cost of Quadro 6000 alone is a lot more than Tesla and Quadro together. You can end up saving almost a $900 on using Tesla and Quadro 2000 together as compared to using Quadro 6000 as standalone.
Now for the building part of the machine that is good enough to run the maximums configuration. Some of the good machines I have seen this working flawlessly is HP Z800 workstation. For this, I would recommend a machine with a Power supply of 1000watt or more so that the video cards has ample amount of juice to work properly, ample amount of cabinet space and a high end motherboard with multiple PCIe 16x slots as Tesla alone takes 2 slot space. HP Z800 that I saw had all of this and was working without any performance drops with Maximus peeked out.
Other one of the good workstations for this is Dell Precision T7500, which also provides all the power for the same. Ref: http://www.nvidia.com/content/quadro/maximus/Maximus-Application-Configs-PremierePro.pdf
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