I was reading about using CUDA to increase computer power. It seems to be a little complicated but not to much so i was thinking about installing it.
I have some doubts because with my actual setup i dont know if it makes sense to do it. 1 - My graphic card is passive cooled so im a little afraid of toasting it! Neither i know if it would be powerful enough. It´s a GeForce GT 720. Its the 2Gb version. 2 - I have a I7 email@example.com Ghz. I guess its a little old and its not enough to work with Nebula fluently sometimes. Mostly its enough, specially if i take decisions early with NebulaMan, but as other Nebula users will probably say, some more computer power would be nice
So the question is: Considering my setup, is CUDA worth?
Last edited by aatigre on Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Your cpu is nice and fine, and far from being old . My guess (but it's only a guess) is that the wee little gt720 won't do much in this case, since it's quite low on compute power. 2GB video-ram means nothing in this case.
I have a way older i7 @ 3.5ghz, and I tried the Cuda setup with a gtx 760 and a gtx770 and in both cases it _was_ faster, but only for _a single reverb_ instance and it wasn't even a 1.5x speed increase compared to the CPU.
There are a bit of rules to the Cuda usage which limits its usefulness (minimum kernel length, kernel type, even lengths in the kernels, etc..).
I'm sure that if you have a nice modern quadro card it will probably change the numbers . And if you have one or two _long_ reverbs set up in busses which you route multiple stuff too, running those on Cuda can actually be a good thing to free up the CPU a bit more for other tasks in the DAW / Nebula.
But for EQ / Console / Compression stuff it doesn't do much, and I'm guessing your GT720 won't add much or anything at all to your quite powerful 3xxx core i7.
thanks jorismak! I chose the GT 720 because since its passive its totally quiet! I couldnt expect it to be also powerful. With my i7 i can use Nebula fine, using reverbs and everything. Its just that sometimes it would be nice to have some extra power and i was curious about CUDA technology. But since i dont have plans to upgrade my computer in a while, i think i'll stay withtout CUDA benefits.