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raydnz
01-19-2008, 06:29 PM
I'm in the process of buying a new system for running LW 9 and Adobe CS3 Production Premium. Was looking at getting the HP xw8600 with dual Quadcore 2.4Ghz, 4Gb ram and Quadro FX 1700 etc but found it was actually cheaper to get 2 xw4400s both with single Quadcore 2.4 and 4 Gb ram each and each with Quadro FX 1700 etc. My thought was that i could run the 2 simultaneously using one as a render node for both LW and AE and DVD encoding etc while leaving the other free to continue working in LW or AE or Premiere etc.
Which would be more efficient? Faster?
Any thoughts?

AbnRanger
01-19-2008, 06:47 PM
I'm in the process of buying a new system for running LW 9 and Adobe CS3 Production Premium. Was looking at getting the HP xw8600 with dual Quadcore 2.4Ghz, 4Gb ram and Quadro FX 1700 etc but found it was actually cheaper to get 2 xw4400s both with single Quadcore 2.4 and 4 Gb ram each and each with Quadro FX 1700 etc. My thought was that i could run the 2 simultaneously using one as a render node for both LW and AE and DVD encoding etc while leaving the other free to continue working in LW or AE or Premiere etc.
Which would be more efficient? Faster?
Any thoughts?You have advantages either way.
An eight-core would naturally cut through test renders much faster, but wouldn't necessarily render an entire scene faster than having the 2 machines network render the job.
Of course 2 machines would naturally consume more power and take up more space than 1, but you would have the flexibility to have someone else working on the 2nd machine. Depends on what you need the most.

Speedmonk42
01-19-2008, 06:52 PM
Can you cough up some prices? That might help.

You can assemble a pretty kick *** overclocked q6600 system for like 1500 bux

prospector
01-19-2008, 08:24 PM
sure can, I cranked mine up to 3.001 GHz with just stock fan. Running way below limits even at full render. Hasn't gone over 60degC.

raydnz
01-19-2008, 09:02 PM
Thanks for your replies but i have an investor/partner who insists we use HP machines. So any other comments? I've been reading a few other forums that mentioned the difference in render speeds due to 8 cores needing to share FSB and therefore less efficient/quick than 2 separate machines with single Quadcores. Have i read that correctly? Anyone?

Speedmonk42
01-20-2008, 06:14 PM
Thanks for your replies but i have an investor/partner who insists we use HP machines. So any other comments? I've been reading a few other forums that mentioned the difference in render speeds due to 8 cores needing to share FSB and therefore less efficient/quick than 2 separate machines with single Quadcores. Have i read that correctly? Anyone?

Sounds about right.

HP has some cheap q6600 systems you can get.

For the price of that dual quad, you might be able to get a decent workstation and 2 or 3 render nodes. The render nodes don't need any fancy pants stuff in them.

JonW
01-20-2008, 06:43 PM
2 x Intel Xeon 5335
Intel S5000XVN SATA Motherboard
8G DDR II Kingston ECC Reg 667Mhz
256Mb Geforce 8600GTS PCI Express with Dual DVI Port
Intel SC5299WS Case with Intel 650W Power
320G HDD Seagate SATA II with 16Mb Cache
Logitech Ps II Keyboard and Ps II Wheel Mouse Optical
20 Speed DVD RW LG Dual Layer
Windows XP Pro 64 Bit

au$3600.00 including gst (tax) back in Sept. You can now buy a lot more processing power for the same money.

PS The above case is very noisy