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Old March 6th, 2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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Quad Xeon x 2 cpu system or single quad system ?

Hi guys,

Does anyone out there have a double Xeon cpu chip system ?

To clarify, 2 Xeon chips on a single motherboard.

I'm wondering if going with a new system with 2 Intel Xeon Quad Core chips would blow away a new computer sysem with a SINGLE Intel Quad Core chip.

* I have checked up and down the net ( using Google ) and have not found any actual specs in terms of render times within any video editor where it shows a single Quad Core vs an Xeon chip X 2 in a robust system.

I want to know if rendering times would be 2x faster in the Xeon system where 2 Xeon chips are at work, and when does this extra power actually come into play ? ( is at rendering time only ? )

I don't know if this is a popular setup, but I hope to spark some good responses,

Thank you,

Dave.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 09:54 PM   #2
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Here's a great discussion of that subject in this very forum:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=107204
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Old March 8th, 2008, 10:40 AM   #3
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Generally you will get better performance, the more cores you have n your system. And although sometimes more processors is preferable to more cores on a processor, the latest generation makes good use of both.

Your milage will vary depending on your applications and OS.

A recent review of one of the latest dual Quad Core systems can be found on Studiodaily.

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Old March 8th, 2008, 01:29 PM   #4
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the problem with the intel multicore technolgy versus the one developped by AMD , is all the core are sharing the same path to memory.
So you got a huge processing power, but if at the same time you need to apply it to a lot of data (like video), there will be a bottleneck on the access to the memory.
So a good dual core is still a good performer versus a quad core.
With processor on a different socket you can have (while is is not always the case) a memory path for each processor. For this you have to check the chipset.
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Old March 8th, 2008, 03:33 PM   #5
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Not being a tech person, do I understand that this is not yet a time to expand to the bigger core system, because the pathway is not able to facilitate the true useage of the resources?

By the way, thanks for the link to the review - very impressive although expensive system.

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Old March 9th, 2008, 08:02 AM   #6
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yes you better had to put the money in core2 duo fast paced processor(3+ Ghz) ,with fast bus (fastest is 1300Mhz today) with fast memory. than in a slow quad.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 10:18 AM   #7
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I'm not a 'geek' but my advice is to buy the latest generation Intel CPU and go for dual quad cores at the level you can afford. Skip AMD, as they are seriously behind the game right now.

I find this site usefull to compare processor models/series. There are lots of test and review sites to clutter your mind.

There are good deals to be had now on the previous 5300-series, but I believe it is better (not necessarily more economical) to go for the latest 'architecture'.

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