Premiere CS5 Video Card

I need help figuring out which one to buy.


So I want to buy a graphics video card for my desktop computer that will make Adobe Premiere CS5 render in real time – super fast.

But a few questions come up before buying one.

  1. Which Mercury Engine support card do I get? Which one is the cheapest that will give me the real time rendering results that I want? I a leaning towards NVidia GeForce GTX 470.
  2. These cards are long! Will it fit in my computer, looks like I have about 10 inches? The NVidia GeForce GTX 470 is 9.5″ long.
  3. Will my power supply that can do 460Watts Max need to be upgraded? Judging by the NVidia site I don’t make it.
  4. Will it be quiet?

When it comes to upgrading your system there is no one to turn to for help.

  • HP the company I purchased my computer will not help with these questions because they already got my money.
  • NVidia can’t help because I can’t find their sales phone number anywhere.
  • Adobe won’t help because they don’t know what’s in my computer. Update: Actually since I wrote this two Adobe employees have reached out to me to help, so I want to thank Adobe for that!

So right now I am thinking of getting the NVidia GeForce GTX 470 card for around $260 on Amazon – should I get this one?

Great Demonstration Video

Since the manufacturers can’t help I turned to YouTube to find the answer and ran across this most excellent video by b2dmastersniper who demonstrates the NVidia GeForce GTX 470 with Premiere Pro CS5.

Update 10-29-10

So it looks like I need the following attributes in the video card to make it work. I got these notes from the site. If you are in my shoes looking for a CS5 video card, you must read that page – it is really good!

  • NVIDIA video card
  • Mercury Playback Engine requires at least 896 megs memory or more.
  • Latest NVidia drivers 260.99 WHQL
  • DDR5 memory if you can, but DDR3 memory will work, don’t go lower than 3.
  • Rumor is CS5 only uses 100 CUDA cores, but might use more later.

From all the reading I did on that page looks like they recommend the MSI N240GT which is about $90 and will work on my power supply. The 240 is 6.9″ long which should fit nicely.

MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB  GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0

Note to self, make sure you remove all video drivers before installing the new one.

The card I have now is the ATI Radeon 5450 which uses a DDR2 RAM and typical power of 19.1watts and the new 240GT card has DDR5 RAM and max power of 69watts.