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Inno3D GTX 560 Ti iChiLL vs PowerColor Radeon 6870 PCS++ Review


by Stuart Davidson - 29th April 2011
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Inno3D GTX 560 Ti iChill FreezerXSeries vs PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS++ Graphics Card Review

GPU Computing


GPU computing is something which is fast becoming a very important feature on "video" cards. NVIDIA have a number of useful utilities for CUDA enabled cards which all help to enhance the performance of day to day tasks. On the AMD front we have "Stream" applications which use the GPU to enhance performance. Here we have taken an example of the different technologies at work to find out how the cards benefit us in real world use.

GPU Assisted Media Conversion
Our media encoding test takes a 4GB 1920x1080 file and converts it with Arcsoft Media Convertor 7 or Badaboom 2.0 to iPad format with GPU assistance.

Benchmark Results

In this test we don't see a reduction in time for the encoding task; instead there is another benefit... reduction of CPU use with the PowerColor card offering the greatest benefit.
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