Switching from Nvidia to AMD. Questions.

erball

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So I’m interested in the upcoming AMD rx6000 products. I have a zen 2 system and currently run a rtx2060 on a b450.

I have some questions on switching that are somewhat program/feature specific.

- Encoding. I use handbrake and Nvidia NVEC x264 as its 2x faster on my system than cpu alone. Is there any gpu offloading option for AMD hardware?

- Nvidia Gamestream. I have multiple Nvidia Shields around the house, while I don’t use Gamestream that often, when I do I find it pretty awesome. Is there a comparable option either opensource or through AMD.

thanks in advance.
 

chameleoneel

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So I’m interested in the upcoming AMD rx6000 products. I have a zen 2 system and currently run a rtx2060 on a b450.

I have some questions on switching that are somewhat program/feature specific.

- Encoding. I use handbrake and Nvidia NVEC x264 as its 2x faster on my system than cpu alone. Is there any gpu offloading option for AMD hardware?

- Nvidia Gamestream. I have multiple Nvidia Shields around the house, while I don’t use Gamestream that often, when I do I find it pretty awesome. Is there a comparable option either opensource or through AMD.

thanks in advance.
AMD has hardware encoding. There is no indication yet, as to the H.264 quality of the encoding from the new Big Navi/Navi 2 cards. Previously, AMD's H.264 encoding was not nearly as good for quality. However, their H.265 quality is very good.

Also, you should try staxrip for video encoding. It utilizes the hardware a lot better. Its a lot faster than Handbrake for GPU hardware encoding and exposes a lot more options to tweak quality.

There are plenty of game streaming options. Steam itself, has a game streaming function for around your house or to your other devices. Another popular one is Moonlight, which even works on Raspberry PI. can stream to your phone, etc. AMD does not have their own official software to stream your game to play around your house/devices. **correction, yes they do! A post after this one has a video for AMD link. I've never heard of it.
 
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DooKey

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If you are concerned about the software ecosystem then NV is your company. Excellent streaming, encoding and other bennies. Not saying stick with them, but you better research alternatives if that stuff is important to you.
 

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Be aware, all 6xxx benchmarks so far have been with AMD 5xxx CPUs and newer mobos, designed to work together better.
Gaming results will not be as good on other CPUs/mobos unless you are using the very latest AMD kit which hasnt been released yet.
 

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So I’m interested in the upcoming AMD rx6000 products. I have a zen 2 system and currently run a rtx2060 on a b450.

I have some questions on switching that are somewhat program/feature specific.

- Encoding. I use handbrake and Nvidia NVEC x264 as its 2x faster on my system than cpu alone. Is there any gpu offloading option for AMD hardware?

- Nvidia Gamestream. I have multiple Nvidia Shields around the house, while I don’t use Gamestream that often, when I do I find it pretty awesome. Is there a comparable option either opensource or through AMD.

thanks in advance.
You can use AMD Link to stream your games to mobile devices:


Now I've never done that so do not know how that works out.

https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-software-amdlink
 

erball

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Also, you should try staxrip for video encoding. It utilizes the hardware a lot better. Its a lot faster than Handbrake for GPU hardware encoding and exposes a lot more options to tweak quality.
Thanks for this tip. I downloaded it but it certainly isn't as user friendly as handbrake. Any good guides you could point me to?
If you are concerned about the software ecosystem then NV is your company. Excellent streaming, encoding and other bennies. Not saying stick with them, but you better research alternatives if that stuff is important to you.
I hate to say you may have a point.
 
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