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Galax create a single slot GTX 1070 GPU

Finally a high powered single slot card. This is something i have been dreaming about for long time. As you have seen the best price to performance in Octane Render and Davinci Resolve has been the GTX 1070 8gb so having a single slot card is amazing in regard to expandability. You could stack 4 of these in a micro ATX form factor.

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Nvidia GRID M40 16gb

So, We got our hands on a NVIDIA Grid GPU we cant wait to test this out for Video Encoding. NVIDIA is pretty silent on these as they are a HPE part and only sold by OEM partners. Cant wait to test out with OTOY’s Octane Render and Davinci Resolve and see where it stands against some other GPU’s. Below is some specs we gathered from the internet for the card.

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Clash of the TITANS!!!


Maxwell v Pascal 

You can watch our YouTube video on the topic click the link below.

Clash of the Titans – Titan X vs Titan X – Pascal v Maxwell – Premiere Pro Davinci Resolve

Another year another Titan this year we got the Pascal version of the Titan X (Yes same name as the Maxwell) it may confuse most on the naming schedule that nvidia has chosen but that hasn’t stopped people naming it the GTX TITAN XP for ease of knowing they are talking about the pascal variant of the Titan.

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AMD Radeon Instinct

With the launch of their Polaris family of GPUs earlier this year, much of AMD’s public focus in this space has been on the consumer side of matters. However now with the consumer launch behind them, AMD’s attention has been freed to focus on what comes next for their GPU families both present and future, and that is on the high-performance computing market. To that end, today AMD is taking the wraps off of their latest combined hardware and software initiative for the server market: Radeon Instinct. Aimed directly at the young-but-quickly-growing deep learning/machine learning/neural networking market, AMD is looking to grab a significant piece of what is potentially a very large and profitable market for the GPU vendors.

Broadly speaking, while the market for HPC GPU products has been slower to evolve than first anticipated, it has at last started to arrive in the last couple of years. Early efforts to port neural networking models to GPUs combined with their significant year-after-year performance growth have not only created a viable GPU market for deep learning, but one that is rapidly growing as well. It’s not quite what anyone had in mind a decade ago when the earliest work with GPU computing began, but then rarely are the killer apps for new technologies immediately obvious.

Getting to the meat of AMD’s announcement today then, deep learning has the potential to be a very profitable market for the GPU manufacturer, and as a result the company has put together a plan for the next year to break into that market. That plan is the Radeon Instinct initiative, a combination of hardware (Instinct) and an optimized software stack to serve the deep learning market. Rival NVIDIA is of course already heavily vested in the deep learning market – all but staking the Tesla P100 on it – and it has paid off handsomely for the company as their datacenter revenues have exploded.


AMD Zen – Codename RYZEN

First benchmarks are in and put the 8-core Zen only marginally faster than the 6900k

Blender; benchmark, Zen @ 3.4 Base clock, and no boost matches i7 6900K at stock clocks 3.2 GHz/3.7 Turbo.
Handbrake; it transcodes 5 secs faster than the 6900K. 54 secs vs 59 secs.

The main factor is RYZEN is 95w and the 6900k is 140w. AMD is also rumoured to have Thunderbolt Technology in the next gen of ZEN.

Lets hope AMD is right and we will see some stiff competition for Intel.



Cores vs Clock – Blackmagics Davinci Resolve & Adobe Premiere Pro

You can watch our YouTube video on the topic below;

Cores vs Clock Video Editing – Davinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Geekbench.

So the age old long debate on clocks v cores are on plenty of forums and everyone seems to have a conclusion but we couldn’t find a definitive answer on it. So we decided to test it ourself and have our own opinion on the matter. Below are the 2 specs of the machines we tested.

In both we used the new NVIDIA GTX 1080 8gb GDDR5X, Which we feel is still not limited by the quad core in our testing of the GTX Titan X Pascal the 6700k saw little improvement over the 1080 but there was a considerable difference between the GTX 1070 and 1080 enough to make me think and feel the CPU was not limiting the performance.

We ran some Synthetic tests below; Geekbench 3 & 4 and Cinebench

Clearly the higher core counts would win the multi cpu tests and the single core would edge out the single tests. We knew that for synthetic but how would they translate to real world use was our main interest.

Now to some more “Real World” test; Blackmagic’s Davinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro

Here we see some interesting results, While some of the synthetic tests saw more than double the score that doesn’t mean we see double here. Premiere Pro with RED 6k and H.264 we see the Dell finish 8min faster but in Davinci Resolve we see just how poorly coded H.264 is the same files take upto 4 hours to finish…

Moving to some DNxHR files and we see some better numbers from Davinci and its faster than premiere this time round.

Now we took a look at some smaller exports 2min to 3min files and here the 6700k with its higher clocked core is only slightly faster than our 24 core machine.

Now to some more “Real World” tests and also Playback and Debayer; Blackmagic’s Davinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro + Cinema4D and Photoshop

In testing some CPU rendering with Cinema4D we see the Dell the clear winner here as expected 5x faster than the 6700k. In Adobe Photoshop we see the 6700k winning this is due to it being heavily single core dependant.

Now this was always something i was wondering with the Cores v Clock argument and how would it effect playback. Well it doesn’t. We see the exact same Frames no matter what.


While we dont see double the encoding speeds i feel anyone working with 10min+ exports should be moving to a higher core count machine. Thats not to say its impossible to work on a Quad core but time is money and if your pushing out projects a multi cpu machine will do it faster no doubt. I feel that without any loss in playback performance you have so much to gain. Thats my opinion anyway.

As always thanks for reading & watching