I've been reading up on video editing cards for a friend as I had no idea what they were used for. From what I've read it seems these expensive cards are specially made to do realtime effects on videos open in programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Vegas etc. They also have dedicated processors for MPEG/video encoding.
What I'd like to know is with i7 out, and the huge amounts of memory you can get, do these cards still make a big difference? Like can't an i7 system do the effects as fast and encode the video or does the video editing card still beat it.
I'm comparing the i7 to an editing card bought in 2000-2003. Surely it can't still beat a top end system of today?
Any help is mucho appreciated