New Processor for Video encoding....

By vassil3427
Apr 13, 2004
  1. Hey guys,
    Well I've begun video encoding and heavy use of my new TDK 8x DVD+-RW Drive...however I am finding out quickly, even with 768mb of DDR my 1800+ is slow as anything when it comes to video encoding, especially when its an hour and a half of basketball games..It takes many many hours to encode..So if you could all help me in choosing a new mobo and processor, I'd really appreciate it :D

    I've heard P4's are better for video AMD or Intel, I'm not biased...

    I'd like to stay sub $300 if possible:grinthumb

    Current Specs:
    Athlon XP 1800+
    K7S5A Mobo
    786mb PC2700(running at PC2100 speeds)
    100GB WD SE HDD
    Ati AIW Radeon 9600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    400w Antec PSU
    TDK 8x DVD-+RW
    XP Home
  2. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    I personally prefer the AMD 64 platform, however according to Anandtech, the P4's got the encoding crown.

    And according to, to stay under your $300 limit would probably stick you with a P4 3.2 800mhz and any supporting mobo thats around $115, like the ASUS P4P800
  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    If it were me, I would get something like a P4 2.8E with a P4P800-E Deluxe. Those together would drop you about $315 (on newegg), but I don't think you should go lower than that. I have a P4P800 (non -E) Deluxe and I can't say enough good things about it, very solid system board, and affordable too. The difference between my board and the -E is a different RAID controller (better, the VIA VT6410 on mine sucks), different onboard audio (better, again :(), and a different onboard gigabit Ethernet chip (I dunno about better, the 3COM I have in mine is awesome).

    Here's the link for the P4P800-E Deluxe and here's the Pentium 4 2.8E

    If you wanted an alternative, I dunno how they would compare performance wise, then a Athlon XP Barton 3200+ and an ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe would do you good. That's about $15 more than the Intel solution, but you could always settle for a 3000+ and save like $55 :rolleyes: (it's the same way with the 2.8E and the pay like $60 for one multiplier stepping)
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    This is probably one of the only cases where a P4EE would come in handy. All you need to do now is sell a kidney or two ( they don't even have to be yours *cough*MrG*cough* ) & get one of those rare-as-Loch-Ness-CPUs.:D
  5. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    It's good to see another purist around here. :angel:

    And no, you can't have my kidney either.....I've given one away and the other's reserved for my hops and barley. :p
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