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Old April 21st, 2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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Video Card like Matrox RT.X2 or update?

I currently am using a Geforce 8800GTS 640mb in my system and would like to upgrade to a card that will actually help my system process video in Premiere Pro CS3. I've been editing SD for a good while but am slowly moving into the HD domain with my XH-A1 cameras.

I have been looking at the Matrox RT.X2 card because I want more real-time effects along with the ability to view my work on a separate monitor. I was wondering if there were any alternatives to this video card that offers the same features.

I wasn't sure when the Matrox RT.X2 came onto the market, so I wasn't sure if they were going to release a successor soon. I'd hate to purchase one for almost $1800 when they are going to release a new product in a month. I'm looking for a long term solution.

Can anyone offer any guidance to me?
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Old April 21st, 2008, 01:06 PM   #2
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At NAB Matrox announced the new RT.X2 le card. all of the performance of the original RT.X2 for under $1,000 on a 3/4 form factor. http://www.videoguys.com/rtx2le.html

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Old April 21st, 2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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At NAB Matrox announced the new RT.X2 le card. all of the performance of the original RT.X2 for under $1,000 on a 3/4 form factor. http://www.videoguys.com/rtx2le.html

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Wow!!! That is great news! This is exactly what I was looking for! If I'm going with Matrox, I'll definitely be purchasing this card! Thank you for posting that! :)

Are there any alternatives to the Matrox cards for Adobe systems or do they pretty much rule the roost?
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Old April 21st, 2008, 08:35 PM   #4
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Matrox is a video editing acceleration card. it is not a video card that connect to your monitor. With that, you still need a video card together with the matrox card.

Matrox RTX2 is very picky with the host computer. You'd better check with Matrox if you CPU, motherboard, chipset, video card... all compatable before you invest the money.

The LE card is shorter than the full length RTX2 card. Because of the length requirement, I have to shop around a full tower case so the card will fit in. Even so, I still have to unscrew the card hardle so it can fit to the computer case.

The LE card also doesn't have the DVI output to regular computer monitor as preview monitor. But you can still connect with the breakout box to any NTSC monitor as preview monitor.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 07:51 AM   #5
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Thank you very much for the info - so you're saying I will need to keep my Geforce 8800 video card in my computer?

Thank you again for your help!
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:06 AM   #6
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Check this matrox page to see if your video card is validated and have enough RAM for some of the video effects.

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/suppo...esign/display/
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:43 AM   #7
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Looks like its compatible! Well this great news because now the $$$ that i spent on the 8800 won't go to waste!! (And i can play a couple games here and there)

Thank you for your help!! :)
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