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Does Hardware Acceleration Lower Quality?

It seems that all you can benefit from hardware acceleration is maybe, for example, a four times faster speed. But is there some trade off that needs to be aware of between quality and efficiency? Does hardware accelerated video processing lower video quality? After all, output quality comes first sometimes. If yes, then how to balance speed, quality and file size? Almost all video encoding decoding tests stacked up online lead to a same result and are as follows.

Speed: Quick Sync > NVENC > CUDA > X264 1-pass > X264 2-pass
Quality: X264 2-pass > X264 1-pass > Quick Sync > NVENC > CUDA
Compatibility: X264 1-pass > X264 2-pass > CUDA > Quick Sync > NVENC

To a great extent, the results are correct, well, back then. But as we all know, hardware acceleration technology keeps evolving and never stops. So things have changed and there should be new test data basis to draw a conclusion on whether you still have to sacrifice quality to the speed or not. Statistics always speak for themselves and is worth a thousand words. Still wonder about what hardware acceleration is and why you need it when ripping DVD or transcoding videos? See the Stories behind Hardware Acceleration >>

DVD Transcoding Test with A Level-3 Hardware Accelerator

The test aims to cover the balance among DVD ripping speed, output video quality and size, CPU and memory usage, in order to let you know if hardware acceleration is really worth trying and what kind of hardware accelerator should be preferred. Previously, a few words about 3 levels of hardware acceleration:

Level 1 - Hardware encoder. 95% so-called DVD rippers featuring hardware acceleration is only able to exert hardware to encode videos rapidly.
Level 2 - Hardware encoder + hardware decoder. A source media needs to be decoded into raw data firstly for later editing or re-encoding, which can be speeded up with specialized hardware units. Sadly, no other DVD rippers reach this level.
Level 3 - Hardware encoder + hardware decoder + hardware processing. Processing refers to operations like image resizing. Only a level-3 hardware accelerator can maximize the video encoding decoding speed and perfectly balance quality with efficiency.
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Hardware Accelerated DVD Ripping Test Design

We map out and classify all manners of test environment, source and goals in the picture below and draw connection from them to ensure a clear test design is delivered. More information about the hardware encoding decoding ability of the test machine's graphics is revealed as well:

CPU Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470
GPU 1 Intel® HD Graphics 2500 QSV: Yes [1]
GPU 2 Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 CUDA: Yes [2]; NVENC: Yes [3]
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Hardware Accelerated DVD Rip Test Design

1 DVD to MP4 (H.264) Ripping

There are seven different tests with or without hardware acceleration on DVD ripping to MP4 H.264, no video resizing or any other editing. Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU are nearly at the same level. You can easily tell which group of encoder+decoder is the best match. Note that the ripping speed varies on different equipment.

Decoder Encoder Ripping Speed (Avg. FPS)
Software X264 (libx264) 99 fps
Intel Quick Sync 258 fps
Nvidia NVENC 265 fps
Intel Quick Sync Intel Quick Sync 377 fps
Nvidia NVENC 381 fps
Nvidia NVENC Intel Quick Sync 379 fps
Nvidia NVENC 385 fps
2 Test Results - Speed, CPU Usage, Memory Usage

X264 vs QSV vs NVENC on speed

What is clear from the above radar chart:
1. Hardware accelerated video decoding encoding is 2.5-4x faster than that depending only on software. And when there is no video processing (resizing) on DVD to H.264 transcoding, hardware decoder + hardware encoder is the optimal combination you should choose.

2. The test is made on an old PC produced in 2013. We also did the same test on a device with Intel(R) Core(TM) I7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz and Nvidia GeForce GTX TITAN X, the ripping speed on which through X264 can reach up to 200-300 fps. So, yes, the higher your computer is, the faster the X264 will reach and the smaller gap between software and hardware acceleration would be. But it also means that old PCs can come on like gangbusters while exerting potential hardware abilities.

3. Apparently, the best match goes to "NVENC decoder + NVENC encoder", for its fastest speed and least CPU/Memory usage.

3 Test Results - Quality

Actually, human eyes can't spot the difference of an image decoded and then re-encoded solely by software or assisted with hardware acceleration, thanks to the development of technology (maybe the development of algorithm). So here we use SSIM [4]data to check the similarity between the original source and the processed file.

X264 vs QSV vs NVENC on Quality

What we can know from the above line graph:
1. The three lines almost overlap, which means that gone are the days when software (X264 encoder) delivers the best quality while hardware only excels in encoding speed but sucks at output quality.

2. Another type of data we doesn't mention is the output file size, because they are all around 1.39 or 1.40 GB. No big difference. So we just save it here. Tips: how to resize video >>

3. Taken together, hardware acceleration not only doesn't lower video quality, but also boosts the video decoding encoding process, unleashes your CPU and prolongs the life of your DVD-ROM.

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External Resources

[1] Quick Sync Video: Intel® QSV uses the dedicated media processing capabilities of Intel Graphics Technology to decode and encode fast, enabling the processor to complete other tasks and improving system responsiveness. 

[2] CUDA: A parallel computing platform developed by NVIDIA for general computing on graphical processing units (GPUs). Developers can dramatically speed up computing applications by harnessing the power of GPUs.

[3] NVENC: A hardware-based encoder by Nvidia, providing accelerated video encoding. With computationally complex encoding offloaded to NVENC, CPU is free for other operations. 

[4] SSIM: The structural similarity index is a method for predicting the perceived quality of digital television and cinematic pictures, as well as other kinds of digital images and videos.

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