Intel’s Quick Sync is a great new feature of their latest CPUs. One reader experienced 3x faster encoding and that is definitely not out of the norm!
You are probably already familiar with how Quick Sync speeds up video encoding and that it is generally regarded as better than the competing AMD and NVIDIA solutions. However, here are a couple tidbits you may not have heard yet!
#1 Intel’s Ivy Bridge brings even faster acceleration to Quick Sync
If this progression keeps up, I cannot imagine how fast video encoding is going to be in a couple years! I only hope AMD increases the performance & quality of its offering so they can really compete with Intel in this arena.
AnandTech – Ivy Bridge GPU Performance: Up to 60% Faster than SNB & Better QuickSynchttp://www.anandtech.com/show/4763/ivy-bridge-gpu-performance-up-to-60-faster-than-snb-better-quicksyncThe other information about Ivy Bridge’s GPU has been known for a while: DX11, OpenCL 1.1 and OpenGL 3.1 will all be supported. [...] Quick Sync performance is apparently much improved. Intel is privately claiming up to 2x better performance than Sandy Bridge in accelerated video transcoding or lesser gains but improved image quality.
#2 Interesting history of how Quick Sync came to be & how it beat AMD/NVIDIA at their own game…
Articles like this are some of my favorite to read, they give you an inside look into the semiconductor industry and how an idea can take half a decade to finally come to fruition!
Sandy Bridge’s Secret Weapon: Quick Sync : Intel’s Second-Gen Core CPUs: The Sandy Bridge Reviewhttp://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833-4.htmlthe Quick Sync engine remained an unknown to everyone outside of Intel, right up until IDF 2010. Would you believe that it was first conceptualized five years ago? Talk about keeping a secret!At the time, the first BD-ROM drives were starting to ship, representing this shift from SD to HD media. [...] Intel’s answer was to build a dedicated block of silicon onto Sandy Bridge-based processor that does nothing but video. According to Dr. Hong Jiang, the senior principle engineer…
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