R9 290 - how to check if MCEBuddy is using GPU/OpenCL encoding

Jun 21, 2014 at 5:37 PM
I've donated and got v 2.3.15

Currently converting some MCE recordings. How do I check if my GPU is being used for conversion? It seems rather slow...

I have I7-2600K and R9 290 4GB.

Jun 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM
Search the forum. The question was answered a few weeks ago. Also when asking questions post the link to your conversion log file.

Jun 22, 2014 at 3:19 AM
I did search.

here is the log

This forum has non-standard layout, graphics, structure. It might be here but I had hard time finding it. Sorry.

Any pointers are appreciated.

Jun 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Jun 22, 2014 at 1:38 PM
And yes your encoder is using QuickSync hardware accellerations. See the below lines from the logs:

INFORMATION> 2014-06-21T10:39:50 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Handbrake --> QuickSync encoding supported availble -> True
2014-06-21T10:39:51 MCEBuddy.AppWrapper.Handbrake --> [10:39:51] + encoder: H.264 (Intel Media SDK)

Jun 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM
You're using a high quality conversion, your original video file is 2 hours long and 1080p resolution. You're getting a FPS of about 30 FPs which is slightly on the lower side.

This could be because:
1. Your chipset is old, you log shows Intel microarchitecture Sandy Bridge, the newer chipsets are faster.
2. Your CPU/GPU is being used by some other process (check the utilization using CPUZ and GPUZ)
3. Your video driver is slow (try updating to the driver
4. You are using a high quality profile which is slower than regular profiles

To compare speeds between Intel chipset look at this chart:

Compare CPUs - hd_other_samsung_earth_from_above - Q264 - Main - FPS

on this page:

Jun 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM
See this consolidated FAQ I've put together:

Marked as answer by rboy1 on 6/22/2014 at 7:48 AM
Jun 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM
Thank you for all info.

I know the limitations of my CPU/Chipset. I was hoping that 2.3.15 will use my R9 290 GPU to provide substantial boost in FPS/Second.

Frankly, that was the main reason I spend money on it.

In any case, does the R9 290 contribute to encoding or is in only relying on Intel to the job?