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Old November 20th, 2012, 02:44 AM   #1
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Hi All - I need to get a powerful laptop for CS5.5 to use when my main PC is occupied rendering etc - I am having difficulty finding one with a CUDA card for GPU acceleration as I'm guessing the list of supported cards are all for PC units rather than laptops. I have seen a good priced laptop with a 2GB GeForce GT650M - can premiere Pro be forced to recognize it

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Old November 20th, 2012, 04:25 AM   #2
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The 650M and higher can be CUDA enabled by using the 'hack', a simple modification to a text file. Just be sure to get a laptop with adequate monitor resolution and at least two internal disks.

If you go to http://ppbm5.com/DB-PPBM5-2.php and select Computer type and then Laptops, you will see currently 61 laptops that have run the benchmark test.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:47 AM   #3
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Thanks Harm - I've been looking at lots of laptops - none of the Nvidea cards/chipsets I've seen so far feature on the Adobe spec list
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Old November 20th, 2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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That is no surprise, nearly all of them have been 'hacked'. Look at the number of 'unsupported' cards amongst the most popular cards here MPE Gain - PPBM5

Adobe actually likes people using the 'hack', since it saves them time and effort to certify cards, and by allowing the 'hack', they increase their target market enormously. They even introduced the 'hack' in AE too for the 3D Ray Tracer renderer.

I suggest you also have a look at http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1069742

@ Chris: I know this is frowned upon to link to other forums, but what is a more acceptable way to help Peter?

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Old November 20th, 2012, 01:25 PM   #5
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Hi All - I need to get a powerful laptop for CS5.5 to use when my main PC is occupied rendering etc - I am having difficulty finding one with a CUDA card for GPU acceleration as I'm guessing the list of supported cards are all for PC units rather than laptops. I have seen a good priced laptop with a 2GB GeForce GT650M - can premiere Pro be forced to recognize it

Any advice?

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Check this out Peter Acer Aspire 5750G Core i5 Laptop LX.RXL02.060 - Acer Direct
Sorry, just noticed your post is regarding 5.5, I got one of these for 6, the graphics are hackable for Mercury playback
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Old November 20th, 2012, 01:37 PM   #6
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I have a Sager 9170 with the nVIdia 680M, for which I performed the "hack" in both PPro and AE, works a treat. Has USB3, eSata, and still has a Firewire port for those doing audio from digitial mixers, or those using mini-dv tapes, one of the few laptops to still do so. They have a newer model but it doesn't have firewire.

It's not cheap but is hightly satisfactory. (Usual disclaimer, no connection except as satisfied customer, etc, etc.)

Details here: http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.p...el_name=NP9170

I belive this is available in the UK under the brand name of Clevo as the Clevo P170EM.

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Old November 21st, 2012, 05:14 AM   #7
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Hi Guys - what do think of this one for spec? I only really will need to use it when my other machine is occupied - I have separate hard drives for my footage

MSI GT780DXR-621UK 17.3" Gaming Notebook *Clearance Item* - - CCL Computers

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Old November 27th, 2012, 02:08 PM   #8
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Re: Laptop recommendations

(Don't want to start another thread for a quick question)
Where is the information about this "Hack"

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Old November 27th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #9
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It's been extensively talked about here, I think the original post was this:

How to make Premiere CS5 work with GTX 295 and possibly all 200 GPUs

There is also a very good tutorial here: Adobe Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 Video Cards with CUDA Acceleration Mercury Playback Unlock Enable MPE Hack Mod Tip David Knarr
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Old November 27th, 2012, 03:06 PM   #10
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Thanks much. The tutorial is for me. I need the simple explanation for everything!
Battle Vaughan...thank you for your help.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 06:08 PM   #11
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(Don't want to start another thread for a quick question)
Where is the information about this "Hack"

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This is all you need Video Cards for Adobe Photoshop CS6 with the Mercury Graphics Engine, OpenGL and OpenCL
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Old November 28th, 2012, 04:54 AM   #12
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Colin - That link provides a lot of info but again - hardly anything for laptop cards.

Looking at the Adobe Spec - no laptop cards (with the suffix 'M') are supported - I'm currently looking at a laptop with a GTX 670M 1.5GB DDR 5 - but I'm still unsure if Premiere can be made to recognise it.

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Old November 28th, 2012, 05:24 AM   #13
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Sorry Peter.
Right site, wrong page.
Check this out Adobe Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 Video Cards with CUDA Acceleration Mercury Playback Unlock Enable MPE Hack Mod Tip David Knarr
Bottom of page 2, should tell you what you need to know
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:20 AM   #14
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Peter -- fwiw I have a laptop with a 680M card, did the hack for PPro and AE both, simple to do and works a treat.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:26 AM   #15
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Colin - That link provides a lot of info but again - hardly anything for laptop cards.

Looking at the Adobe Spec - no laptop cards (with the suffix 'M') are supported - I'm currently looking at a laptop with a GTX 670M 1.5GB DDR 5 - but I'm still unsure if Premiere can be made to recognise it.

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GTX 670M is easily hackable, check the second page of the link I provided
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