Asus GeForce GTX, NVidia CUDA and hardware acceleration h.264

Xeoma supports CUDA hardware acceleration on NVidia graphics cards.
We often get questions about which graphics cards to choose for better work of a video surveillance system. That’s why we decided to create a list of models recommended by our technical specialists.

  • Asus GeForce GTX 950 (or higher, but it won’t affect H264 decoding speed). The disadvantage of this option is that there may not be enough video memory, i.e. depending on the resolution it is possible to get only 250fps instead of 510fps.
  • Asus GeForce GTX 960 with exactly 4096(!) MB of video memory.
  • Asus GeForce GTX 1060 with at least 6144 MB of video memory – 1.5 times faster than the GTX 960.
  • Asus GeForce GTX 1070 with 8192 MB of video memory.
  • To summarize, we would like to highlight the following models and their advantages.

  • The best option in terms of price and quality is the Asus GeForce GTX 1060 with at least 6144 MB of video memory. It will have up to 25 video streams at 30fps Full-HD. And at 10fps up to 75 cams (but you have to check if there is enough video memory).
  • If your budget allows, it’s better to give preference to Asus GeForce GTX 1070 with 8192 MB of video memory. In this case you will be able to connect more cameras, because the 1060 in some variants is limited by the size of the video memory. It gives theoretically about 750 fps Full-HD, i.e. it is 1.5 times faster than 900-series (which has only 510 fps Full-HD).
  • GTX 950 at 30fps Full-HD will have 8 (possibly up to 16-17) video streams.
  • GTX 960 4GB at 30fps Full-HD will have up to 16-17 video streams.
  • If you decrease resolution or fps – there will be proportionally more cameras, however, the resolution may not be lower than HD (otherwise, hardware acceleration does not apply).

    Please note that not all graphics cards allow users to use the hardware acceleration feature in Xeoma. The exact requirements depend on 3 factors: OS type, camera stream type, GPU architecture. Here is the breakdown:

    OS Stream Minimal Architecture
    Windows H.264 Fermi
    H.265 Pascal
    Linux H.264 Maxwell
    H.265 Pascal
    MacOS H.264 Maxwell
    H.265 Pascal

    Here “minimal architecture” refers to the GPU’s own architecture, each card model has one indicated in its specifications. You need a card of the same or higher architecture as shown in the table. Here are the architecture names in ascending order (valid as of April, 2023):

    • Tesla
    • Fermi
    • Kepler
    • Maxwell
    • Pascal
    • Volta
    • Turing
    • Ampere
    • Hopper

    For example, on a Linux system you can use video cards with Kepler architecture to display the client part on screen, but that architecture would not be suitable for hardware acceleration.

    Your computer should have enough RAM as well since it is also consumed during decoding via CUDA (appr. 140-200 MB for a Full-HD stream). It is desirable to have at least 16 GB. 6 GB will theoretically be enough for 40-42 cameras, 8 GB — for 55-57 cameras (with a little less fps). Otherwise, there won’t be enough speed of the video card.

    As of Xeoma version 22.3.16, some of the modules can take advantage of CUDA as well, the minimal requirement is the same for all of them on all OS types – Pascal. They are:

    • Object Recgonizer
    • Sports Tracking
    • Cross-Line Detector

    We hope that this article was helpful for you.

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