Suggested Video Cards For MediaShout

To ensure the best video performance, we strongly recommend a graphics card that is designed for video gaming (see below for more information). The following is a list of video cards that should work well with MediaShout 6 (fastest at the top, and getting slower as you go down). All of these cards are in the recommended range of performance, but we recommend getting the best that you can afford. (The card that we use in systems that we sell are indicated in bold.)


Nvidia GeForce AMD Radeon
GTX Titan RX 580, RX 570
GTX 1060 RX 480, RX 470
GTX 970 R9 390, R9 390X
GTX 780 Ti R9 290, R9 290X
GTX 780 HD 7990
GTX 1650                                   (GV-N1650WF2OC-4GD) R9 380, R9 380X
GTX 770 R9 280X
GTX 680 HD 7970 GHz Ed.
GTX 590 HD 6990
GTX 1050 Ti R9 280, R9 285
GTX 960 HD 7950
GTX 670 HD 7870 LE (XT)
GTX 580 HD 5970
GTX 1050 RX 460
GTX 950 R7 370
GTX 760 R9 270, R9 270X
GTX 660 Ti HD 7870
GTX 660 R7 265
GTX 570 HD 7850
GTX 480 HD 6970
GTX 295 HD 4870 X2
GTX 750 Ti R7 260X
GTX 650 Ti Boost HD 6950
GTX 560 Ti HD 5870
GTX 470 HD 4850 X2
GTX 750 HD 7790
GTX 650 Ti HD 6870
GTX 560 HD 5850
GTX 465 RX 550
GTX 460 (256-bit) R7 260, R7 360
GTX 285 HD 7770
9800 GX2 HD 6850
GT 740 GDDR5 R7 250
GT 650 HD 7750 (GDDR5)
GTX 560 SE HD 6790
GTX 550 Ti HD 5770, 6770
GTX 460 HD 5830
GTX 260, 275, 280 HD 4870, HD 4890
GTS 450 R7 250 (DDR3)
GTS 250 HD 7750 (DDR3)
9800 GTX+ HD 5750, HD 6750
9800 GTX HD 4850
8800 Ultra HD 3870 X2
GT 730 (64-bit GDDR5) HD 4770
GT 545 (GDDR5)  
8800 GTS (512MB)  
8800 GTX  
GT 740 (DDR3) HD 7730 (GDDR5)
GT 640 (DDR3) HD 6670 (GDDR5)
GT 545 (DDR3) HD 5670
9800 GT HD 4830
8800 GT (512MB)  

(This chart is based on the excellent Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart from Tom's Hardware, which is updated monthly, and we encourage you to visit their site for up-to-date comparisons.)


More Information

In the chart above, you typically need to go about 2-3 sections (marked by the alternating shading) before you will see a difference in performance worthy of the difference in price. The cards above the range shown are significantly more expensive, but provide only limitedif anydifference in performance for the types of rendering that MediaShout uses. Cards below this range are considered unsuitable due to poor performance, incompatibilities with our graphics rendering, or both.

MediaShout processes graphics using technology similar to video gaming applications which utilize motion graphics rendering using DirectX and DirectShow (Windows' graphics technologies). While MediaShout uses DirectX 9 functions for communication between our software, video card, and the Windows OS, cards that support a higher level of DirectX also support DirectX 9 and may be used.  Therefore, we recommend using a gaming video card like the NVidia GeForce or AMD Radeon series cards that have FULL DirectX 9 (or higher) support.  In addition, we recommend that the video card have at least 1GB of "dedicated" (or "discrete") video memory. Of these two 'families' of cards, our preference is for NVidia cards because we've seen fewer issues with the driver software for those cards.

Vector-based graphics rendering is a common approach used by many engineering and design applications, and that is the rendering method that video cards like the AMD FirePro and NVidia Quadro are optimized for.  While those cards will render using DirectX, they are typically much more expensive than gaming video cards, yet they will not typically provide better performance. Vector based cards are optimized for greater accuracy than is necessary for presentations, and the strength of gaming cards is speed.

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