Turbo264HD performance on Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by shinji, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    I have a quad core mac pro. Does the Turbo264HD make enough of a difference in encoding speed, or it's marginal at best? Searching around there are mixed reports...some people also don't like the software it comes with, and the macworld review said the video quality with the presets was an issue.

    If you have this (the HD model), are you happy with it? Is there another hardware-based alternative that is better?
  2. maestrokev macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2007
    It worked better when I had an iMac but with my quad MP, no it doesn't make any difference. Any unfortunately the quality is not as good as Handbrake.
  3. shinji thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    Thanks for the heads up. I think I will pass on it.
  4. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    If you have a Quad Core MacPro already then it won't be worth it as the idea of the stick is that it offloads the cpu load. With a Quad Core Mac Pro then doubt would really be worth it as can just use the CPU instead.

    It works great on my mac mini, (Dual Core 2GHz) however I only use it with recordings from my ElgatoTV so I am encoding from within ElgatoTV.

    Encoded recordings from the Elgato have not shown any of the issues that arise from using the software that comes from the stick, ie no jerkiness or audio synch issues.

    If looking to use with a low power machine for encoding then worthwhile as long as have an alternative peice of software to use with the stick.

    Some of the other apps out there now like Popcorn 4 will use the stick if out there, again however with a Mac Pro then will have the grunt to encode anyway.

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