Q: “The wiki seems a bit out of date (recommending GeForce 200 or higher – which is no longer supported by nividia drivers). Can someone recommend the ‘best’ nvidia card for video decoding including hardware based h.265 and dual head output? how about Nvidia GTX 1060 (Best = opionion)”
A: I’d recommend this wiki entry:
Part I: The New Best Budget Graphics Card – Nvidia GTX 1060 review:
GTX 1060 is faster than GTX 980, for just a wee bit more cash than AMD’s RX 480. What a difference a little competition makes. Nvidia was always going to release the GTX 1060, just like it released the GTX 960, GTX 760, and GTX 560 before that. But few could have predicted how soon it would appear after the launch of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, the company’s first Pascal-based graphics cards. We’ve got AMD to thank. Its aggressively priced RX 480—which offers excellent 1080p and VR-ready performance for a mere £180/$200—brought the budget fight to Nvidia in a segment where its competitor has traditionally struggled. If you want the fastest, buy Nvidia; if you want the best value, buy AMD. The GTX 1060 changes that. For the first time in a long time, Nvidia has a mainstream graphics card that can compete on price and performance with AMD.
|SPECS AT A GLANCE: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060|
|MEMORY BUS WIDTH||192-bit|
|MEMORY SIZE||6GB or 3GB GDDR5|
|OUTPUTS||3x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0b with support for 4K60 10/12b HEVC Decode, 1x dual-link DVI|
|RELEASE DATE||July 19|
|PRICE||Founders Edition (as reviewed):£275/€320/$300; Partner cards priced at: £240/€280/$250|
Can I actually buy one this time?
That’s not to say the GTX 1060 is flawless. Once again, Nvidia is offering two models: the more expensive Founders Edition, which costs £275/$300 and comes comes with a smaller version of the shard-like reference cooler used on the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, and partner cards, which will come with a range of different coolers and overclocks. Both are said to be available on launch day (July 19, 2016). But if the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 have taught us anything, it’s that despite Nvidia’s promises of a hard launch, getting hold of its latest and greatest graphics cards is easier said than done.
Even now, stock of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 is sporadic, and it’s pretty much impossible to buy one at the advertised retail price. Nvidia’s Founders Edition was launched under a questionable premise (guaranteed availability of reference designs over the full life cycle of the product) and while that’s fine for system integrators and Nvidia, the cards have been a disaster for consumers. Nearly all the cards sold by partners have been priced the same as, or more expensively than, the Founders Editions. The early availability of those cards simply served as a fantastic litmus test for partners: if people were willing to pay Nvidia’s high prices early on, why charge less afterwards?
|GTX 1080||GTX 1070||GTX 1060||GTX TITAN X||GTX 980 TI||GTX 980||GTX 970||GTX 780 TI|
|MEMORY BUS WIDTH||256-bit||256-bit||192-bit||384-bit||384-bit||256-bit||256-bit||384-bit|
|MEMORY SIZE||8GB GDDR5X||8GB GDDR5||6GB GDDR5||12GB GDDR5||6GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||3GB GDDR5|
Nvidia has crossed its heart, pinky sworn, and given me its word that this won’t be the case this time, but I’m going to be keeping a very close eye on GTX 1060 stock.
Part II: Recommended Best H.265 Video Converters For Nvidia Card With H.265 Supported
Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is an all in one video editor, player and converter. If, for example, you have come across a brilliant H.265/HEVC video that you love on computer or from Samsung NX1 and would love to have a copy of it on your computer or players, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate makes that possible. It is an ultimate application that is able to decode H.265/HEVC for multiple use and encode common video files to high quality H.265 mp4 video with 50% compression. Options such as resolution, frame rate and bit rate can all be selected before you start the conversion process.
Main Features of Pavtube H.265 Video Encoder:
– Acting as the H.265 encoder, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate supporst encoding all video files including MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG, MKV, VOB, FLV, AVCHD, MXF, MOD, TS, WTV, TiVo to H.265
– Acting as the h.265 decoder, it enables users to decode h.265 to H.264 or other video files including MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, etc.
– Acting as the H.265 Player, it can directly open and view H.265 video files in its preview window.
– Acting as the H.265 editor, it can edit H.265 files like merge H.265 files into one, crop/trim/rotate H.265 video, add subtitles/watermark to H.265, etc.
Part III: Why Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate as the Best H.265/HEVC Encoder?
|H.265/HEVC Encoder||Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate||StaxRip|
|Supported Input to Encode to HEVC||Blu-ray, DVD, Video||DVD, Video|
|1080p movie x265 HEVC encode time:
Star Wars – Force Awakens (2hr 18min 21 GB BDRip original)
|* 3.1 hours to re-encode as x265 via CPU
* 1 hours to re-encode an equivalent quality 1080p x265 using the NVIDIA GPU
|* 3.75 hours to re-encode as x265 via CPU
* 1.8 hours to re-encode an equivalent quality 1080p x265 using the NVIDIA GPU
|Supported Output Codec and Formats|
|AVI, MKV, MP4,||Yes||Yes|
|M3U8, 3GP, TS, MOV, M4V,||Yes||NO|
|MP3, AC3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, .||Yes||Yes|
|MKA, WMA, DTS||Yes||NO|
|Adjust A/V parameters||Yes||Yes|
|Split & Merge||Yes||NO|
|Add external subtitle||Yes||NO|
|Replace/remove audio in video||Yes||NO|
|Copy Blu-ray and DVD||Yes||NO|
|Keep DTS 5.1/7.1||Yes||NO|
|Have a Try?||Free Trial version | Full version||Download|
After you get the “budget” Nvidia Card For H.265 Hardware, you may need the Pavtube best H.265 encoders. From the chart above, we can learn that Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is superior to Staxrip no matter in input, output or other features aspects. On the other hand, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a paid software but it deserves it. It has free trial version but the output video will have Pavtube logo watermark in the middle. If you want to remove the watermark, you need to get a full version.