I sold my EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra to a friend who was building his first PC, and I replaced it with a Gigabyte RTX 2070 Super (Windforce OC 3X). While the gaming performance of the card is markedly better than the 2060, I did notice that when editing video, I have a noticeable lack of stability when scrubbing through the timeline or previewing transitions (freezing, stuttering, and occasional crashes). Hardware accelerated rendering is still very fast, but the overall editing experience is pretty bad compared to the 2060.
Does anyone know what might be causing this? I didn't have any of these issues with the 2060 KO, but the 2070 Super has been a bit difficult to edit with. Since it's primarily a gaming system (I game around 4-5 days a week for about 2 hours per day, and I edit one video a week for about 3 hours per video), I stuck with the gaming drivers from Nvidia. Would the Nvidia Studio Driver be a better option, or could that adversely effect gaming performance? I do have a tendency to play some graphics-heavy titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Resident Evil 3, so I'm not sure if the Studio Driver is the right fit for me, but I guess I'd like to know if it's a driver issue or something else.
The EVGA RTX 2060 KO Ultra is unique in a way. There are videos online that have dissembled the card and basically instead of being a typical 2060 GPU core, it's actually a 2080 core. Most likely this is a case where the GPU failed testing and could not be sold as 2080 core and was offered to EVGA at to be sold as lower end GPU at a reduced clock frequency. VRAM will be reduced as well. So it will perform worse in games, but potentially having more CUDA, Tensor and RT Cores will increase the workstation performance.
I just uttered an audible "whoa" akin to Keanu Reeves circa 1999.
I seem to recall the salesperson mentioning this to me when I initially picked up the 2060 KO Ultra. I didn't put much thought into it as I kinda took it as an upsell tactic (an obviously successful one since I went ahead and purchased it). I was originally looking at the RX 5600 XT, which I think was around $290, and the EVGA card was only $20 more, so it was an easy upsell. I guess it was more than just an upsell tactic then, eh?
Do you think there's any way to offset this limitation in the 2070 Super? I'm willing to do a little bit of upgrading now, but I'm looking to do a slightly bigger upgrade when Ryzen 4th gen comes out later this year, so if any suggested solutions involve hardware purchases, I'd like to keep it below $150.
It's also not world-ending since I'm not editing video more than once a week or so (and the raw footage I receive is never any bigger than 1080p), so I'm perfectly fine with just living with it. I just have to remember to find a nice Ctrl-S rhythm when I'm editing. I'm honestly very happy with the 2070 Super for gaming, and ultimately that's what my build is for. But now the pandemic has forced a number of other use cases onto this rig. (And now I'm wondering if I can expense some of my PC upgrades... 🤔😉)
TSMikeW said:As for troubleshooting performance tweaking. Verify you did a clean install of the drivers with DDU when you installed the new card. If not, do so. What video editing software are you using?
Thanks for the tip! I just cleaned things up with DDU, and I'm updating the drivers now. I did notice when I ran Driver Easy before running DDU, the 2060 driver was still showing up in the menu as a "Missing Hardware."
I mostly use Filmora 9, but I've been an Adobe Premiere user for a number of years, and if I can get some extra money, I may end up using it again.
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