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Plex Using RAM for transcoding?

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Datamonkeh

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This idea of ‘saving’ the SSD is amusing, have you ever worn one out through excessive writes or personally known anyone that has? Even using the stated endurance figures, you’d generally need to write hundreds of GB/day depending on the drive size/NAND type used (though even that is subjective). The best performance upgrade you could do to for transcoding in Windows is not run Windows, that’s one of the advantages of PG - it scales well, Windows doesn’t.
 

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I dont see why running Plex on Windows is such a bad Idea? I was running it on Ubuntu for a number of years, but it was a pain for me, since I'm not very well versed in linux. On windows it just works, day in and day out... HW transcoding works like a charm with the RAM drive (yes, the SSD would probably handle it, but the RAM was there, and I did not need it for anything else) and I've put in a Quadro P2000 card which have so much power, that I've never been able to hit the roof with simultaneous transcodings... So, performancewise, windows have never given me a problem, and its a platform that I am very comfortable with using.
 
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I dont see why running Plex on Windows is such a bad Idea? I was running it on Ubuntu for a number of years, but it was a pain for me, since I'm not very well versed in linux. On windows it just works, day in and day out... HW transcoding works like a charm with the RAM drive (yes, the SSD would probably handle it, but the RAM was there, and I did not need it for anything else) and I've put in a Quadro P2000 card which have so much power, that I've never been able to hit the roof with simultaneous transcodings... So, performancewise, windows have never given me a problem, and its a platform that I am very comfortable with using.
The only thing that pisses me off with windows is Win10 updates and at times, plex will crash. It’s not problematic day to day, but on MacOS or Linux, it’s always running. I was on the windows cheerleading camp 3 years ago.
 

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Windows artificially limits concurrent transcoding, it’s been well documented over the years that it can’t transcode the same number of streams on the same hardware as Linux, it’s the same story for HW transcoding, at one point it had exclusive hardware decode for h265, but even that’s now a thing on Linux. I hate to burst your bubble here, but have you seen your RAM disk actually get used much? Just if you have a P2000 doing HW transcoding then you are transcoding to GPU RAM and GPU RAM is what (under Linux at least) dictates the maximum number of concurrent transcodes taking place. The only time your RAM disk is going to get used is if your GPU can’t (or won’t) do HW transcoding.
 
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The only thing that pisses me off with windows is Win10 updates and at times, plex will crash. It’s not problematic day to day, but on MacOS or Linux, it’s always running. I was on the windows cheerleading camp 3 years ago.
You cant beat linux's live patch :p
 

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I know this is an old thread but just to clear up some confusion, this isn't CPU vs ram, this is hdd vs ram. From my experience the difference is negligible and not worth it imo, as ram is more valuable for other tasks that need fast io. In addition, if you use an igpu, like the intel's, they use ram space for transcoding. Generally the more ram you have, the more simultaneous transcodes the igpu can do (not the only factor though.) So if you use ram transcode you might be limiting the # of hardware transcodes your box can do at once.
 
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