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Video Editing: DDR2 ECC SDRAM and 400MHz DDR Memory for

by pam50 / October 31, 2004 1:47 AM PDT

Looking to buy a PC Video Editing System but confused about what makes the system faster where editing and rendering is concerned. Please advise:
Which memory am I better off with?
DDR2 ECC SDRAM or 400MHz DDR Memory
3.40 Ghz Single Processor or XEON Processor?
Does the video card make the difference? Which video card do you recommend?

Thanks in advance
Pam 50

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Re: Video Editing: DDR2 ECC SDRAM and 400MHz DDR Memory for
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 31, 2004 7:50 AM PST

We have a paltry 4 MB ATI RadeonGO card on on DVD rendered box after we tested with some 2 hundred card and found no difference in performance. It seems to be all about the CPU, CPU CACHE and memory speeds. Next in line are hard disk speeds.

Bob

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Re: Video Editing: DDR2 ECC SDRAM and 400MHz DDR Memory for
by mcgyver--2008 / October 31, 2004 6:58 PM PST

Most video editing software is extremely dependent on CPU and RAM. I'm not sure which way to go on the RAM question - I personally haven't put a lot of stock in RAM speed differences. I use an AMD Athlon 64 CPU and PC 2700 DDR RAM (1.5GB) running Avid Xpress Pro editing software. I have basically no problems with rendering, layers, etc. I also am running (internal) ATA/IDE drives and connecting both USB and Firewire external drives. Access of the externals is sometimes a little slow, but not enough to affect the editing performance.

The video card requirements depend on the software requirements. For example, Avid - and many other high end programs don't require more than about a 64MB video card in most cases. I run an NVIDIA 128MB card in my system. I've been told not to waste my money on a high end/high RAM capacity video card for editing - the current softwares won't use most of the onboard video RAM anyway.

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Re: Video Editing: DDR2 ECC SDRAM and 400MHz DDR Memory for
by 1234paul / November 5, 2004 12:57 AM PST
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Re: Video Editing: DDR2 ECC SDRAM and 400MHz DDR Memory for
by billzhills / November 5, 2004 5:23 AM PST

Pam,

Use the faster memory, min 512MB -> 1 gig better.
3.0 Intel P4 800Mhz CPU will have enough power
on a dual channel M/B.

Visit the Video Guys here http://www.videoguys.com/system.htm

Lots and lots of information on systems and video editing


Bill
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