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processor of choice for audio?

Post by JACKnight » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:03 pm

Hi,

Is there any sold evidence of one processor being better than another for Cubase6/audio-in-general?

In this case I'm interested in whether an Intel i7 (such as the 980x) or a Xeon (such as x5680) is a distinctly better choice.

I gotta believe you guys know the answer firsthand.

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(currently using dual Xeon 3.4s and they work pretty great, but I have nothing to compare them to)
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Re: processor of choice for audio?

Post by JACKnight » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:58 pm

After doing so research into this, it seems that unless you are planning to get a 2 processor mobo, the i7-980x is the better bang for the buck.
Specs out the same, though runs a bit hotter, but is also directed more to users like us.

Xeons are nice, but pretty pricey. A dual Xeon system would be pretty sweet, but also cost more than your car...lol


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Re: processor of choice for audio?

Post by TwinOak » Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:03 pm

Have you checked out http://www.dawbench.com/?

Edit: I should add that I'm very satisfied with my new dual Xeon system, swallows everything I can throw at it and runs super cool, right now Core temp shows Low: 14-20°C, High: 24-36°C on a normal 30 track mixing session with Noctua U9DX 1366 coolers running at ultra low speed (they barely manage to spin up) in an Antec take 4 case. I'm actually thinking of unplugging one of the chassis fans to make it even quieter.

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Re: processor of choice for audio?

Post by JCschild » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:59 pm

Xeons are a complete waste of $ unless you need that much power.
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a single 980x will outperform all Xeons until you get past 2x 2.8GHz.. which will run you a big chunk of change.

if you can wait until late March the new Sandy Bridge is a better option for far less than the 980x.

benchmarks here including the new sandy bridge..

http://www.adkproaudio.com/benchmarks.cfm
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Re: processor of choice for audio?

Post by TwinOak » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:11 pm

Looking at raw power then yes, an OC:d 980x looks like the obvious choise.
As for the Dawbench tests, my system performs similar (200-230 rxc:s between runs @ 64 samples) to the 980x running at stock speed for €200 less processor wise, and I can imagine that you could fry some bacon on the 980 at 4 GHz, so taking cooling into account things aren't that black and white.

But I agree that if you can wait, a Sandy bridge is probably the way to go, and the prices will surely drop on older gen. processors after launch if you're on a budget.

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Re: processor of choice for audio?

Post by JACKnight » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:26 pm

That's great guys...thanks for the excellent input!
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