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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.

Thanks.
Coordinator
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.

Thanks
Coordinator
Jun 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM


Coordinator
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)



Coordinator
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 10.18.10.3379
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:




Coordinator
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?