CUDA vReveal and Dell Dimension E520 CUDA enabled Graphics Card for Dell Dimension E520

Hi! Would appreciate some help and direction with the following: I’ve a Dell Dimension E520 (bought May 2007) with GeForce 7300 LE and recently installed vReveal which is excellent. Everything is working well but at a snails pace. Understand that a CUDA enabled graphics card would speed up the process considerably. I’m in a bit of a quandary as I’ve no idea which CUDA graphics card to choose. Something within a $200 range?

Recently we had a box full of 8mm films transferred to avi, and I’m using vReveal (with spectacular results) to clean and edit on to DVD. It’s a process that will enable me to pass on family memories. It’s frustrating to spend so much time waiting for the files to be ‘vRevealed’! Please help. I’m providing the Dell E520 specs. which I hope will be useful.



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Hi, Gellesgib,

Glad to hear you’re having such awesome results with vReveal!

In the $200 price range, you’ll be able to get a CUDA-enabled GPU that will give you a HUGE bump in performance when enhancing your videos with vReveal. In that price range, you could easily find a GTX260, which I expect would give you at least a 5x speed benefit over your current CPU.

The key is having as many GPU processing cores available as possible. (The GTX260 has 216 cores.)

Check out this page on the vReveal site to get an idea of the relative performance of various CUDA-enabled GPUs with different numbers of processing cores (and prices). You can find a link to a nice GTX260 from EVGA at the bottom of the page in the “Recommended” section.


I hope that’s helpful!



P.S. Make sure that your system has enough power to drive your new graphics card. Looks like your Dell has a 305W power supply. (The minimum for a GTX260 is 500W.)

You can use this handy calculator from NVIDIA to choose a card based on budget and available power: