Hardware video encoding latency with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

To complete the set of posts [1, 2, 3] on hardware video encoding at lowest latency settings, I am sharing the juiciest part and the application for NVIDIA NVENC. I did not have a 20 series card at hand to run the measurement for the numbers, and I hope the table below for GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is eloquent.

It is a sort of awkward to put the GTX 1080 Ti numbers (and those are latency in milliseconds for every video frame sent to encoding) side by side with those of AMD products, at least those I had a chance to check out, so here we go with GeForce GTX 1080 Ti vs. GeForce GTX 1650:

Well that’s fast, and GeForce 10 series were released in 2016.

The numbers show that NVIDIA cards are powerful enough for game experience remoting (what you use Rainway for) in wide range of video modes including high frame rates 144 and up.

I also added 640×360@260 just because I have a real camera (and an inexpensive one, with USB 2.0 connection) operating in this mode with high frame rate capture: generally the numbers suggest that it is generally possible to remote a high video frame rate signal at a blink-of-an-eye speed.

There might be many aspects to compare when it comes to choosing among AMD and NVIDIA products, but when it comes to video streaming, low latency video compression and hardware assisted video compression in general, the situation is pretty much clear: just grab an NVIDIA thing and do not do what I did when I put AMD Radeon RX 570 Series video card into my primary development system. I thought maybe at that time AMD had something cool.

So, here goes the app for NVIDIA hardware.

Download links


  • 64-bit: NvcEncode.exe (in .ZIP archive)
  • License: This software is free to use

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