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Old May 31st, 2011, 10:35 AM   #16
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Re: Another workstation recommendation thread

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Old May 31st, 2011, 04:26 PM   #17
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PCIe x1 (Gen2) is only 4 gigaBITS, not gigaBYTES per second. Huge difference.

Also, current PCIe Gen1 & Gen2 incur a 20-25% bandwidth penalty due to the coding scheme.

Last I checked, BM Decklink Extreme is PCIe x4 and all Aja Kona cards are x4.

You can't see ANY circumstance where you need more than 2 large PCIe slots. I guess you wouldn't like my computers.

HP Z800:
PCIe x4 - Siig Expresscard to PCIe adapter (for offloading SxS)
PCIe x16 - Quadro FX3800
PCIe x4 - USB 3 and Sata 6 card
PCIe x8 - Siig Expresscard to PCIe adapter (for offloading CF cards from nano)
PCIe x16 - Areca 1680ix
PCI - BBU for Areca
PCIe x8 - BM Extreme 3D

Server with i7 Xeon:
2 BM Decklink Extreme 3D (one for inputs and one for outputs)
3ware 9690
nvidia 8400
That is 1 x16, 1x8 and 2 x4. And 2 slots are taken up by the HDMI brackets.

Home workstation:
GTX260
3ware 9750
Siig Expresscard to PCIe
USB3 card

Don't forget that most people use a dual-slot GPU so they lose a PCIe slot (this is why I have the FX3800).

Please realize that Premiere isn't the only program people use; therefore, testing a single program doesn't show the entire picture. For one, After Effects greatly benefits from more ram and more cores. The SB i7 cannot come very close to the 6-core in AE performance.

I would like to see a benchmark of the 8-drive R5 when there is a single stream being written and another being read plus another test with 2 streams being read.

On a side note: I recommend Redundancy and hardware raid controllers to all professionals who rely on their computers for INCOME. Intel's software raid cannot notify you via pop-up alarms or email that something is wrong. I had my first Seagate die a few days ago and it is most likely due to my dropping it a few months ago. My 3ware software emailed me that there were bad sectors and other issues and I was able to buy another drive by the time it died.

In addition, I just had yet another V-Raptor die a few days ago and my personal backup 2TB Hitachi just died today.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 05:40 PM   #18
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Also note that those systems that do well cost far more money (figuratively speaking) than even the wealthiest person in the world can afford. (Well, if one considers $20,000-plus per system astronomical.) The biggest problem is that I do not make any income from my work (I only edit for personal archiving). However, I am forced to use a "prosumer" editing software because I found all of the consumer editing software severely limited (for example, I often work with 720p60 videos but many of the consumer editing programs do not support progressive-scan frame rates above 30 fps, and some consumer video editing programs do not support progressive-scan video at all but support only interlaced video).

And for that matter, no quad-core i7 regardless of generation is anywhere near as fast as a hexa-core i7 in After Effects.
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 06:23 AM   #19
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Re: Another workstation recommendation thread

Sorry to hijack, sort of, this thread, but you guys seem to have the answer for me....

Im about to commit to buying a pc for editing using adobe cs4. Currently I have a nvidia quadro fx 3500 in my crappy pc.
The options on the website PCSPECIALIST.CO.UK - Custom PCs, Custom Computers, Custom PC, Desktop PC, Custom Built Computers, Gaming PC only have geforce gtx 590 as theyre best card. I dunno which ones are good. Then I read on here that adobe premiere doesnt support SLI or something and that half of the 590 would not get used. I also heard I need CUDA encoding compatible card, which I think the quadro is. BTW I also use after effects and photoshop.

Question is- can I save money by using the old quadro 3500(about 4 yrs old or more now)
Or do I need a 590 or do I only need a 570.

I plan on uupgrading to HD camcorders soon so need to futureproof myself as work wont be buying me new pc for years and years.

You dont know how much I appreciate your comments,

Briano.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 11:15 AM   #20
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I am always partial to building my own, but if not, I like the HP's.
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