Originally Posted by bizkat
I'm interested in the Sager 9860 primarily for video editing using AVID Xpress Pro, After Effects, and Boris Red.
Is this correct information?
How would this affect someone like me who is intent on using the 9860 as a portable video workstation rather than just as a gaming platform?
I've been following this issue and Nvidia had been claiming that this is something that can be fixed with a driver release. However, I'm not sure how high a priority Nvidia has assigned to this issue. I can tell you that a lot of video enthusiasts are disappointed at the apparent false advertising of these features.
That said, previous GPUs have not had this feature and for the applications you mentioned, the CPU will be doing almost all the work. So, it won't really have any effect on your ability to do video work. It might have been a nice feature to have, but if Nvidia doesn't or can't implement a driver fix, it's not going to make this machine and GPU any less capable of a video editing platform. And to be honest, even if the encoding acceleration feature was working, I'm not sure at exactly what level it integrates with various applications and software codecs. As you know, one MPEG2 encoder can different output than another, and I'm not sure if using the Nvidia acceleration would limit you to certain encoders or not.
Anyway, I don't think it's an issue worth worrying about it. And really, there's probably no more capable video editing notebook on the market than the 9860. At worst, you might be missing a feature you may or may not have used. At best, Nvidia may fix it in a driver release.