[FFmpeg-user] Which graphics card for FFmpeg + Linux?

Edward Park kumowoon1025 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 09:34:04 EEST 2020


> I've searched the web for infos about which graphics card/GPU to get for using FFmpeg's hardware encoding/decoding features, but the results where either heavily dated or unclear.
> If someone can point me at something, I'd be very grateful :)
> Sorry if this has been asked a million times before, but:
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> Which graphics card would you suggest to buy for a new PC (AMD Ryzer CPU) with the intention of FFmpeg running well with it?
> What would the developers suggest?
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> I knew about [FFmpeg on nvidia developer](https://developer.nvidia.com/ffmpeg), but I'd also be curious about the status with AMD GPUs?

"FFmpeg’s hardware encoding/decoding features” is kinda too broad of a use case, with only that query I’d say get the best “pro” line card you can.

If you’re asking about Nvidia vs Radeon, green team will recommend Quadros and red (now blue) team will recommend FirePro and Radeon Pro :P

There is basically a reference implementation of the nvenc/dec for directly using the hardware on nvidia cards, but amd tends to take a different approach with their sdks, abstracting away as much as possible rather than directly working with specific hardware, so it might not be as clear when hardware acceleration is happening (amf might be wrapped around vcn, and used by directx, Mac frameworks, vulkan, etc)

Ted Park

P.S. lol@“and RTFMs"

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